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The Arc of Colorado promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

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There are 15 chapters of The Arc in Colorado including the state chapter and 14 local chapters serving designated geographic areas. Local chapters provide individual advocacy services for children and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities who live in their service areas. Learn More >>

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COVID-19 information and resources

We have provided some information and resources for families. You can check back frequently to find updates. View resources >>

The Arc of Colorado Is Advocating for Vaccine Equity

Read more about the issue in this article from our partners at AUCD.

Looking For a Vaccination Appointment?

This link lists all open appointments for eligible persons across all provider pharmacies in Colorado!

DISABILITIES COMMUNITY SALUTES GOV. POLIS’ DECISION TO PRIORITIZE THE COVID VACCINE BEING GIVEN TO PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

DENVER (February 26, 2021) — Local organizations championed Governor Polis’ announcement today that more people in Colorado with all types of disabilities will now be prioritized for the COVID vaccine. The governor made the announcement at a news conference today.

“People in Colorado with all types of disabilities are valuable, essential members of our state and our economy. This decision by Governor Polis is amazing news. We are so proud of an administration that prioritizes people with disabilities,” said Lloyd Lewis, president and CEO of arc Thrift Stores, and board co-chair of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC). Arc Thrift Stores is one of the state’s largest employers of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Christiano Sosa, executive director of The Arc of Colorado, added, “We applaud the Polis Administration for prioritizing individuals with disabilities in the vaccine framework. Today is a sign of hope for so many families and is an equitable approach, inclusive of the settings in which people with disabilities live.”

Julie Reiskin, director of the CCDC, is “thrilled that the Polis administration especially the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing has listened to the disability community and common sense arguments and has adjusted the vaccine priority list allowing those who must receive care from others in the home to be included in the priority list.”

EDITORS NOTE; If you would like to speak to one of these leaders from the disability community to lend insight into this issue please call Lisa Metzger: 720-771-4238

Independence and Decision-Making for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

Independence and Decision-Making for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilites infographic - 83% decide what their daily schedule will consist of on a regular basis, 87% decide how to use their spending money, 30% chose who their roomates would be or chose to live alone, 86% chose or had some help choosing where they work, 25% participate in self-advocacy meetings

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The Arc of Colorado provides system advocacy, public awareness, community education, and support for self-advocacy organizations across the state for persons with I/DD and their families. Each of the 14 local Arc chapters, provide unique services based on the needs of their community.

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