Kendall Noble is curious, athletic, very smart and loves to meet new people. He has autism and getting to know him is amazing. Kendall has always exhibited many classic autistic behaviors which can be odd and off-putting to people who have not been exposed to kids on the autistic spectrum. He has a lot of friends with similar disabilities and with the same underlying goodness that is a pleasure to be with. There is a big reward for those who accept some behavioral differences and get to know these remarkable people.

Maureen and Zac are a mother and son sharing the journey of autism. Maureen is mother to four adopted children, a teacher and a counselor and Zac’s biggest advocate and fan.  Zac is a hard worker and a force for positivity and enthusiasm in his quiet, unassuming way.

Rylan Jack's Story

Rylan loves looking for deer and elk, running, jumping, climbing and watching movies like Moana, Trolls, and Storks. He has autism and a sensory processing disorder. He is a non-verbal 3-year-old that his mom Kayla describes as “the most pure human being.” Kayla can’t imagine life without this vivacious child who has in her words “…taught us so much about love, acceptance, and kindness.”

Ascendigo Autism Services

Ascendigo Autism Services has been working with Roaring Fork Valley clients from across the autism spectrum for 15 years. In the process, they've become one of the largest employers in Carbondale. KDNK spoke with Ascendigo CEO Peter Bell about the organization's history and where he'd like to see them go in the future. They're also putting on their largest annual event, Ascendigo Blue Aspen, this Saturday (February 16) at Hotel Jerome.

Sopris Theatre Company

Here’s your community calendar for Friday, February 16th, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale.  For a list of today's events like Red at the New Space Theater Spring Valley follow the headline...

Ascendigo Autism Services


For many years, autism was considered a childhood disorder. Today, organizations like Ascendigo recognize autism as a lifelong condition that is best supported by community. Journalists John Donvan and Caren Zucker, co-authors of In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, joined KDNK’s Raleigh Burleigh to discuss these topics with Ascendigo president and CEO Peter Bell. John Donvan and Caren Zucker will join VIP ticket-holders at the Ascendigo Blue Aspen fundraiser on February 17. Tickets are available here.