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Welcome to the N.E.R.D. Network.

Helping families with Autism and Neurodiverse students find right-fit education opportunities in Colorado. 

For grades Pre-K to PhD.

 
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Katie Vahey-Gaebler, PhD

Our family believes the axiom, "if you've met one person on the Autism Spectrum, you've met one person on the Autism Spectrum." Characteristics for ASD are as unique as an individual, as is every story about an Autism journey.


In our family’s case, that journey began when our son was medically diagnosed with ASD on his fifth birthday by Insight Assessments of Denver. Our family self-taught ourselves how to navigate ASD resources, insurance providers and in-home programs—experiences that helped me see the need for a larger, clearer, and empowering network.


To support often overwhelmed families and organizations, I advocate for state-wide legislation that improves the graduation rates of students with identified disabilities, consult with educational organizations who want to effectively serve neurodiverse people, and help families understand and advocate for educational resources that help their children enroll and thrive in postsecondary education.

Let's connect, share, and learn from one another’s journey.

 
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What Dr. Katie can do for you.

Certification, legislation, and administration

For families seeking personalized education planning for an ASD-identified student, grades PK-PhD.

 

Looking for a place to start? Check out Muse, Dr. Katie's blog about navigating ASD and neurodiversity.