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In the News

April 22, 2022, Chalkbeat 

Colorado bill to improve school climate, limit seclusion and restraint advances

By Erica Meltzer

Read the article here including quotes by one of our chapter Executive Directors, Pam Bisceglia of AdvocacyDenver

April 21, 2022, Kiowa County Press 

Disability measures aim to expand access to higher education, reduce poverty | Kiowa County Press – Eads, Colorado, Newspaper

By Eric Galatas

Read the article here including quotes by our own Christiano Sosa, Executive Director

April 12, 2022, Chalkbeat Colorado 

Colorado bill seeks changes to school discipline, less use of seclusion and restraint


Read the article here including quotes by our own Jennifer Levin, Director of Public Policy.


April 2, 2022, Greeley Tribune 

By Morgan McKenzie

Weld County family finds misconceptions about autism complicate coming of age – Greeley Tribune

Common misconceptions about people with autism spectrum disorders are adding to the challenges faced by a Weld County teen entering adulthood and his family. Michael and Autumn Kelley of Ault are taking a leap into their next chapter with Andre, their son with autism. At 18, he has limited verbal …


April 2, 2022, Greeley Tribune 

By Anne Delaney

As the Arc of Weld approaches their 30-year anniversary, they celebrate Margaret Brown, a 102-year-old advocate who was instrumental in the Arc of Weld’s early years.

Read the interview article with Margaret Brown and the Greeley Tribune here.

‘Margaret resuscitated us’: As Arc of Weld County nears 30th anniversary, work of Greeley resident remains impactful (greeleytribune.com)

Dec 2, 2021, Amicus Brief filed in support of Mother’s petition! 

The Arc of Colorado files an Amicus Brief in support of mother’s petition for writ of certiorari.

Read the brief here.

2021-12-02 PWC Amicus Mtn and Proposed Brief combined – REDACTED 

Dec 2, 2021, Steamboat Pilot & Today

Article by Dylan Anderson, Parents of special education students concerned about paraprofessional shortage

Steamboat Springs High School is looking to hire more than four paras.

Read the article here.

Oct 14, 2021, The Colorado Sun

Opinion Column by Lloyd Lewis, Opinion: Nearly 50 years since schools opened to developmentally disabled children, segregation persists

Inclusion and integration in our schools means we must invest in training our teachers.

Read the article  here.

September 21, 2021, Colorado Times Recorder

Article by Sean Price, Hick Says He Supports Care Workers After Rally Asks Hick to Fight for Biden Care Plan

Senator Hickenlooper (D-CO) states his support of the Biden Care Plan, a $400 billion investment in Home and Community Based Services nation wide, after advocates and the disability community rally outside his state offices.

Read the article and his statement here.

September 2, 2021, Boulder Weekly

Article by , Turning workers’ challenges into workplace assets

Read about the new state law which aims to provide better jobs and pay for Colorado workers with disabilities and the interview with self-advocate Mitch Routon!

Read the Article Here.

August 18, 2021, Chalkbeat Colorado

Article by , Denver planned to stop separating students with emotional disabilities. Now, the district has changed course.

Read the Article Here.

August 12, 2021, Public News Service

Article by Eric Galatas, Disabled Community Urges Congress to Boost Home-Care Infrastructure

Read the Article including Christiano Sosa’s (Executive Director of The Arc of Colorado) statements Here.

August 8, 2021, Denver Post

Article by, Saja Hindi, featuring self-advocate Mitch Routon Colorado has several new laws to support people with disabilities – Great Job Mitch Routon! 

Read the Article Here.

July 20, 2021, The Colorado Sun

Article by Michael Booth and Jennifer Brown, A $500 million Medicaid boost gives Colorado a chance to re-do its disability  – A Must Read! 

Read the Article Here.

June 15, 2021, Greeley Tribune 

Article by Anne Delaney, Better mental health access for all a focus as Gov. Polis signs bill in GreeleyRep. Mary Young advocated for reducing barriers for individuals with multiple diagnoses

Read the Article Here.

June 2021, Colorado Parent Magazine

Interview with The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas’, Executive Director, Carol Meredith and a dad from their Dad’s and Disabilities Group

Read the Article Here.  (Pages 29-30)

June 10 2021, Denver Business Journal

Article about the elimination of Subminimum Wage in Colorado by Senior Reporter, Ed Sealover

Click here to read the article SMW.

April 23, 2021, 6 News Richmond

Interview with The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas’, Executive Director, Carol Meredith

Biden’s infrastructure plan makes huge investment in people with disabilities

April 11, 2021, U.S. Government Accountability Office Weekly Digest

“The Arc of Colorado, parents, advocates, the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council, Disability Law Colorado, Office of Employment First, and Alliance contributed to the following report on Sub-Minimum Wage. We are honored to bring forth legislation this year that align with the findings and best practice!  Sign-up here to help pass this important piece of legislation!”

Subminimum Wage Program Report

April 6, 2021, Dorrance Publishing Promotions

Value of a Life, a new book by Janet Farmer-Selden

Parker, CO Author Publishes Book on the History of the Rights of the Developmentally Disabled in Colorado.

This Book is the True Story of One Colorado Family’s Fight for the Rights of the Developmentally Disabled

March 25, 2021, IDD Awareness Day Success

IDD Awareness Day Website

 Over 600 people and nearly half of the Colorado General Assembly gathered virtually yesterday for the 2021 Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (IDD) Awareness Day at the Colorado Capitol! Thank you for taking the time to join our IDD Policy Webinar and IDD Awareness Day Virtual Luncheon! And thank you for continuing to help us bring awareness about the Colorado IDD community to your legislators, our state partners, friends on social media, and to people in your communities.

Did you miss any of the virtual events? Don’t worry, we recorded them and provided the links below! They are also available to the public on our  IDD Awareness Day Website.

February 26, 2021

Disability 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.

February 9, 2021 Webinars on Children’s HCBS Waivers

Advocacy Denver in coalition with Family Voices has created the following set of webinars, accessible at your convenience, about Children’s HCBS Waivers. Check them out here!

January 27, 2021, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

From The Arc of Aurora’s THINK + change project: Behavioral Health Challenges Can Push Youth with Disabilities Into School-to-Prison Pipeline

October 16, 2020, CBS4 Students with I/DD


Advocacy Denver provides information on the impact of in-person schooling and student’s with I/DD

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