What It Means To Pursue Personal Growth

HighPointe Services was started in the fall of 2003 by Ken and Kim Ziel, parents of a special needs son.

They had a strong desire to provide long-term solutions to the challenges confronting individuals with developmental disabilities.

Their vision was to establish a series of programs that support individuals at various stages of their lives and in various settings. Ultimately, they wanted to enable individuals to “Pursue Personal Growth” in all aspects of their lives.


Austin Ziel was the inspiration for the founding of HighPointe Services.

His wonderful smile and accepting personality are core values at HighPointe which all staff embrace. We always greet our clients warmly and embrace them for who they are. Sadly, Austin left this world too soon at the age of 24 in 2014, but we know he is with his Lord and truly rests at the ultimate HighPointe.

Austin Ziel with Denver Nugget Cheerleaders HighPointe

First program

HighPointe’s first program was a weekend club called Exceptional Kids, which provided social and recreational activities for elementary age children with special needs.

The program ran from 2003 to 2011 and expanded to three locations; including Aurora, Colorado Springs, and Englewood. During its 8-year span, Exceptional Kids served over 350 children with special needs.


In 2011

HighPointe turned its focus to the adult population of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and launched the HighPointe Center in Centennial, CO. The program was designed to provide high-quality innovative programming by a team of talented and committed individuals. In just two years, the program grew to serving over 150 adults a year.


In 2012

Our sense of outdoor adventure spilled over to our programming model. The beauty and challenge of the Rocky Mountains beckoned and we launch a new outdoor leadership program called Exceptional Expeditions. This program is designed to help our clients gain teamwork and leadership skills that are necessary when tackling the outdoors. We take extended camping trips and epic hiking expeditions to learn how to plan and execute a safe trip while supporting and encouraging one another.

Exceptional Expeditions

In 2014

In addition to our direct programming services, HighPointe is committed to providing our clients and the broader intellectual and developmental disability community with access to important life-impacting information. To that end, Family Voices became a division of HighPointe Services in July 2014.

Through our Family Voices Division, we are able to provide pertinent expert advice and information that will help you access services and be more informed as you seek services for your child or client.

Exceptional Expeditions

In the spring of 2016

HighPointe opened is second enrichment program. The Fort Collins location featuring a beautiful free standing building location in a former high-end restaurant. The facility will allow HighPointe to launch a new cooking school in addition to its quality programming options.

Ft. Collins HighPointe Location

In the fall of 2016

HighPointe launched its new HighPointe Academy, which provides a unique program designed to help clients gain independence, vocation opportunities, and ultimately, independent living arrangements.


In many ways, we feel as though we are just getting started. We look forward to what the future holds and will continue to work hard to provide the best quality programs we can.