Our Vision & Mission
Our Vision is to create Colorado communities in which neurodiverse children experience life integrated with neurotypical peers.
Our Mission is to provide extracurricular opportunities for neurodiverse and neurotypical children to interact, learn, and play together.
How Do We Serve Colorado Communities?
KIOC provides inclusive extracurricular programming for neurodiverse and neurotypical children and teenagers in Colorado communities. Parents of neurodiverse children or children with special needs are in need of reputable extracurricular programming that is capable of teaching their children the activities that they love to do.
This is where KIOC comes in.
KIOC partners with established extracurricular programs who are excited about providing services to both neurotypical and neurodiverse children and teenagers. We train the staff and helpers (volunteers, peer mentors, and friends – see below), educate the neurotypical participants, prepare the neurodiverse participants, and work through a series of trial classes before we begin. From there, the KIOC team provides ongoing support. Voilà, we have an inclusive program!
What Need Are We Addressing?
There are many extracurricular programs available to neurotypical children. However, there are very few programs and even fewer that provide inclusive opportunities for neurodiverse children or children with special needs. Children with special needs want to learn and participate in the same activities as neurotypical children. They want to make friends. They want to play. They want to excel. They want to feel successful.
By providing supported inclusive extracurricular classes (we call them INclasses), children with special needs are given a consistent opportunity to engage with others, learn a skill, and excel at their own pace. Further, neurotypical children are given the opportunity to develop their leadership skills, practice kindness and empathy, experience a different kind of class, learn how to interact with neurodiverse children, and make new friends. We see our classes as a win-win for both neurodiverse and neurotypical children.
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