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It is the mission of Overture. to support and respect the varied lifestyles of people with developmental disabilities. The values guiding the mission are grounded in the belief that emotional and physical health is central to living a life of experience, opportunity, participation, choice and growth.
Our goal is that all people will receive the privileges and learn the responsibilities that accompany first class citizenship.
Overture is a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) charitable organization that provides support services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities in managed residential settings. We have a history of over 30 years of service to Boulder County and the surrounding area. The staff of Overture is comprised of experienced professionals with deep commitment to the individuals they serve. The Board of Directors is comprised of volunteers from the community giving their time in support of the organization’s goals.
In 1982, a group of parents of children with autism, along with the Colorado Chapter of the Autism Society of America, established Overture as a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Our organization began as a single group home housing eight people with disabilities and was the first in Colorado to adopt a philosophy of non-aversive therapeutic methods.
Believing that individualized services are best provided in a smaller setting, we pioneered a shift from larger group homes to host-homes. Many of our first consumers came from state institutions, lacking the basic skills to care for themselves. We have watched many of these individuals progress beyond all expectations, and this success has enabled our growth.
Overture provides services for approximately 50 consumers in managed residential settings in Boulder, Broomfield and Jefferson counties in Colorado.
- The residential services are provided in host homes.
- Each location serves from one to three individuals.
- Our staff and host home providers teach daily living, personal care, socialization, and work-related skills.
Overture staff and Host Home Providers work closely with each person they serve. The staff has expertise in responding to the special needs of individuals with autism and with the challenging behaviors accompanying other developmental disabilities. We believe that behavior is often a method of communication, which helps us provide growth-oriented support services that focus on understanding, rather than changing, behavior.
Maintaining a low ratio of consumers to Program Managers allows us to give individualized care and ensures we provide the best support programs possible. We have on-staff nursing to monitor health and medical issues and also engage a team of outside specialists to provide support to the Nursing, Program, and Behavioral staff. We work with a full set of professionals to provide a team approach to ensure each individual consumer's needs are met and to enhance their quality of life.
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