Father and son in a classroom

There are fourteen local chapters of the Arc that provide direct advocacy to families. Most chapters provide a form of educational advocacy and adult advocacy services, free of charge. In unserved counties of the state, The Arc of Colorado provides advocacy. Please contact your local chapter if you need direct advocacy assistance.

Kinship Families Raising Children With I/DD

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Grand Resources

A Grandparent’s and Other Relative’s Guide to Raising Children with Disabilities

Download the full guide [PDF]

Public Education Services

Children age 3 through 21 with a disability may be eligible for special education services under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA).
Information about special education services can be obtained from local school districts or from:

Colorado Department of Education
201 East Colfax Ave
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-6600 Phone
(303) 830-0793 Fax

Colorado Services and Supports for People with Intellectual/Developmental Disabilities

The state of Colorado has many different programs available to assist people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The cost of most services is covered by a combination of state and federal tax dollars. Colorado Medicaid is publicly funded health insurance for low income families, children, pregnant women, persons with disabilities or who are blind. Colorado Medicaid is often simply referred to as the State Plan. The State Plan covers the cost of basic medical services. People with intellectual and developmental disabilities who qualify can receive Medicaid services regardless of whether or not they also receive other services specific to their developmental disability.

The Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) is the state Medicaid agency. For information about Medicaid eligibility and benefits, contact:

Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing
303 East 17th Avenue 7th Floor Conference Room. Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-2993 Phone
(303) 866-4411 Fax

Colorado’s Service Delivery System

Developmental Disability Services—Community Centered Boards

Community based services (HCBS Medicaid waivers, Early Intervention, and Family Support) for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Colorado are provided through a system of 20 Community Centered Boards (CCB). CCBs serve defined geographic areas of the state. The CCB is the Single Entry Point for eligibility determination and coordination of resources (case management.) Individuals can choose from many different service providers or receive services directly from the CCB in some areas of the state.

For contact information and a map of CCB service areas click here.

The Calabrese Life Opportunities Fund

The Calabrese Life Opportunities fund is designed to help people with developmental disabilities of all ages to obtain technological devices, applications to be used on technological devices or training on the use of technological devices and applications. Access to technology and information access is essential for community and social participation, employment, education, health, and general communication. Any individual with an intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the State of Colorado is eligible to apply for assistance through a grant application to the Calabrese Life Opportunities Fund.

Learn more about the application process.

Supported Decision-Making

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Supported Decision-making is a tool that can be used in place of, or in addition to a guardianship. Supported decision-making places the person with a disability’s preferences and decisions at the center of the process. The person with the disability choses a team of individuals around them to assist them when making critical life decisions. These supporters provide information and perspectives, while respecting that ultimately, the choice is in the hands of the person with disabilities. Please read more about supported decision-making in the following resources.


Self-Determination and Supported Decision-Making [PDF File] English version, Spanish version – Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council

Supported Decision-Making in Your State – National Resource Center for Supported Decision-Making

Wings for All

Wings for All Denver airplane

Wings for All is an event that gives children with disabilities and their families the opportunity to go on a “test run” and see what it is like to go through the airport. With the help of United Airlines, roughly 330 families in 2018 experienced navigating terminals, airport security, boarding the plane, and leaving the plane. The event is free, but registration is limited.

Please see our events page for upcoming dates!