The Arc of Colorado COVID-19 information and resources

Due to COVID-19, The Arc of Colorado’s office will be closed to outside visitors until April 10th, 2020. At that time, we will reevaluate based on the guidance of the city of Denver and the state of Colorado. Our staff will be working in the office and/or remotely (as appropriate) and will be able to participate in meetings virtually. We recognize that there is still important work to do, and we’re striving to perform those vital services while helping stop the community spread of Coronavirus.

We have provided some additional information and resources for families below. Please note this is a rapidly changing situation. You can check back frequently to find updates.

Considering Returning to Day Programs?

Please use our interactive tools to help you consider the options, risks, and benefits. We recommend opening these tools and converting them back to a word document in order to fill them out, or using an online fillable PDF tool.

Day Program Checklist

Day Program Person Centered Plan

Resources and Context- Day Program Return

Considering Returning to School?

Please use our checklist in your considerations. If you need assistance, reach out to your local chapter of The Arc.

Educational Program Checklist

REVISION DE PROGRAMAS EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL

Need COVID-19 Testing?

Contact Stride:

STRIDE Customer Care Center: 303-360-6276

COVID-19 Resources by The Arc of Colorado and the Center for Dignity:

Information for self-advocates about Colorado’s rationing plan: Plain Language Document

Information for health-care workers on assisting people with disabilities: Center for Dignity in Health Care fact sheet on rights for people with disabilities

Information for First-Responders on assisting people with disabilities: COVID-19 Tips for First Responders

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Colorado’s COVID-19 Page:

Colorado HCPF Updates:

Please visit this page to see guidance from The Department of Health Care, Policy, and Financing about COVID-19 – https://www.colorado.gov/hcpf/covid

Housing and Shelter Resources:

Food Banks, Food/Grocery Delivery, School District Food Distribution:

Instacart (available in the app store)
Amazon Prime Fresh: https://www.amazon.com/alm/storefront?almBrandId=QW1hem9uIEZyZXNo
Farm Crest Milk Delivery: https://www.royalcrestdairy.com/covid-19-official-statement/
GrubHub Food Delivery (available in the app store)
Postmates Food Delivery (available in the app store)

Food Banks: Reach out to your local Arc to find nearby food banks.
School district provided food: Reach out to your local Arc for information about school district provided food for children up to 18 years of age.

Stores Offering Special Shopping Hours for At-Risk Individuals:

We have been told the following stores are offering special shopping hours for at-risk individuals in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Please work with your doctor if you or someone you care for is in the at-risk population for COVID-19 to determine the safest way to procedure needed food and supplies.  Additionally, we encourage calling and verifying the available hours and procedures, as stores could still be crowded during these hours:

Albertsons: https://www.albertsonscompanies.com/newsroom/shopping-hours-for-vulnerable-customers.html
Dollar General: https://newscenter.dollargeneral.com/news/dollar-general-announces-first-hour-of-operations-to-be-dedicated-to-senior-customers.htm?fbclid=IwAR0rOFS_ikXDwxPzRR8GcKaXuOLqTDG_H5Fhlv89y-18hXEzrpnz8VloSPQ
Target: https://corporate.target.com/about/purpose-history/our-commitments/target-coronavirus-hub?lnk=Acoronavirusupd
Whole Foods: https://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/whole-foods-market-adjusts-store-hours-to-better-serve-our-communities

Energy Assistance – Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP):

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/leap

How to Disinfect Groceries/Takeout Food

Entertainment:

Short films featuring people with disabilities: http://sproutflix.org/virtual-sprout-film-festival/

Animal Live Streams: https://mashable.com/article/best-zoo-animal-livestreams/

Join  denveropenmedia.org and on facebook for some upcoming livestream events!

  • This Saturday, March 21st at 6:30 pm, comedians will perform live on the radio and Facebook as part of a fundraiser to support performers whose livelihood has been taken by the current epidemic.
  • Next Friday, March 27th at 6:30 pm, we’ll host an all-virtual Sacred Voices indigenous spoken word, poetry, and music performance.
  • Then, on the First Friday April 3rd at 8 pm, we’ll host our first ever virtual Open Music Sessions. Doors will be closed with no live audience, but you’ll still be able to watch and listen to comedy and music from Native Station.

A simple explanation of federal legislation: