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October 2015
Fall Greetings!

Kids are back in school and so the theme of education is in the air...
Here at The Arc of Aurora, too.
 
The Arc of Aurora is partnering with Arc Chapters throughout the Metro area to host Richard Villa, Ed.D, for a training on inclusion of children with developmental disabilities in school and community settings next week.  Some News You Can Use readers are able to take advantage of that no-cost educational opportunity and registered, along with 125+ others from throughout the metro area, to attend that session via the link in last month's newsletter.

Too, election time nears, and who doesn't need help with the myriad of choices on our ballots?!  No doubt you've received your mail-in ballot for the November 3 election.  In an effort to encourage an informed electorate, The Arc of Aurora is co-hosting an opportunity for members to get to know City Council candidates; check out details on that event held later this week in the Member's Corner section of this newsletter below.

In this issue's Spotlight On section you are introduced to a girl and her family who, through a generous non-perishable food donation, has schooled all of us on the meaning of compassion, empathy and selflessness.  WOW!

Cheers to continued learning!

Jean N. Solis
Editor, and Director of Marketing and Development
jsolis@thearcofaurora.org
720.213.1420 - ext. 106
MEMBERS' CORNER

Bowling Fun!
The Arc of Aurora sponsors a Sunday afternoon bowling league that runs
through May, 2016, for 16+ year-olds at AMF Aurora Lanes, 16700 E. Mississippi Ave, from 12:45PM - approx. 3PM. Cost is $8 for 3 games, shoes included.  If you need support, please bring it -- neither support nor supervision is provided. An experienced bowler is available to help teach you to bowl, if needed. For more information, call Dottie at 303.337.5540.

Aurora Candidates Forum
This year the City of Aurora has 6 seats up for re-election. Join The Arc of Aurora and its co-hosting partners at our 2015 Aurora City Council Candidate Forum to learn about the candidates and their stances on important issues in our community. The forum will be Thursday, October 22nd at 6PM at The Aurora Welcome Center, 1085 Peoria St., Aurora 80011. Register here. Click here to view the Forum Flyer in English and here to view in Spanish.

Trending on Social Media
"Only 5 of every 10 students in the #Aurora district graduate from high school... And of those only 2 will go on to college." If kids in General Education have such low success rates, how are the kids in Special Education services doing? #ItsTimeToTalkAboutIt   Learn more here.
 
"The next phase of the battle is changing hearts and minds... Separate is no longer equal." #ItsTimeToTalkAboutInclusion Learn more here.
 
Join us and our friends from Rights for All People, SEIU Local 105, Mi Familia Vota-Colorado, and FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities at an #Aurora City Council Candidates Forum on October 22nd at 6pm! Learn more here.
 
The lack of sexual education for people w/ #IDD is rooted in a pervasive social problem: no one wants to admit that disabled people are sexual in the first place." #ItsTimeToTalkAboutIt  Learn more here.

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HOT TOPIC: Housing Crisis
Contributed by Hanni Raley, Director of Systems Advocacy

A home of one's own - either rented or owned - is the cornerstone of freedom. Being part of a community and living independently are among the most important values shared by all Americans, including people with disabilities. However, for people with disabilities and their families, this milestone is often fraught with concerns that include affordability, availability and accessibility.
 
Consider the following statistics as they relate to community living for individuals with disabilities:
 
Affordability: A person whose sole source of income is Social Security Insurance (SSI) would need to pay 120% of his/her income to rent a one bedroom apartment. Beyond basic monthly housing expenses, barriers such security deposits, rental history, and moving expenses impact populations trying to secure lasting housing.
 
Availability: For every 100 extremely low income renter households, there are only 30 affordable and available rental units. Federal programs such as public housing, transitional housing and Section are often "full" or "wait-listed".  In times of economic hardship, these programs are often the first cut which directly impacts the most vulnerable in our communities. In fact, Aurora's Housing Authority has not opened its waitlist since 2005 due to stagnant or declining congressional allowances.
 
Accessibility: In 2011, nationally, 44% of all housing discrimination complaints were connected to alleged disability inequity. Individuals with disabilities, when able to find affordable housing or appropriate subsidies, often face discrimination. Though most public and private
housing arrangements directly prohibit discrimination based on disability (by federal law), it persists unchecked and unenforced.
 
The loss of rental assistance funding has hurt many families and individuals, especially those who were already struggling to afford basic needs, especially people with disabilities.
 
We can make a difference. Help by communicating YOUR housing needs to our State and Federal elected officials!  Use your voice to tell the story of declining affordable and accessible housing solutions in Aurora.  For assistance telling your story, contact Hanni Raley in The Arc of Aurora office at hraley@thearcofaurora.org.
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POLICY PROFILE: ADA Testing Accommodations
Contributed by Hanni Raley, Director of Systems Advocacy
 
In September, The Civil Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued technical assistance guidelines on testing accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for individuals with disabilities who take standardized exams and other high-stakes tests.
 
Standardized exams (GED, ACT, or SATs) are often the access point to post-secondary educational and employment opportunities, such as admission to a college or graduate program, or obtaining a professional license or trade certification. It has become increasingly challenging to achieve entry into institutional settings without having standardized test scores available. Though many testing bodies have made efforts to ensure equal opportunity for individuals with disabilities, users complain about excessive and burdensome documentation demands and failure to provide testing accommodations at all or in a timely manner.
 
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) ensures that individuals with disabilities are able to pursue educational opportunities by requiring testing entities to offer exams in a manner accessible to people with disabilities.  However, due to ongoing concerns with access to standardized testing accommodations, DOJ recently published revised final regulations for implementing the ADA for title II (state and local government services) and title III (public accommodations and commercial facilities) compliance.
 
The guidance addresses the obligations of testing entities, who is entitled to testing accommodations, what types of testing accommodations must be provided, and what documentation may be required of the person requesting testing accommodations.

For more information, view the report here.
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SPOTLIGHT ON... the Dicciardello Family...
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... who recently donated a healthy supply of non-perishable food to The Arc of Aurora's in-office, emergency food bank.  The was in an automobile accident this summer, and their 10- year-old daughter Savannah remains hospitalized, recovering from spinal injuries sustained in that accident.   Savannah attends Aurora Quest K-8, and, when asked by her classmates what she wanted for her birthday, Savannah asked her classmates to conduct a food drive instead of purchasing her gifts.  Savannah's mom Bridgette and brother Anthony delivered the food earlier this month in Savannah's honor.  WOW!!!  Our hats are off to Savannah for her selflessness and generosity.  Thank you, Savannah and family!  Have we said WOW!!! enough?!  Could we?!  WOW! Here's hoping you have a complete and speedy recovery, Savannah, so you can get on with the business of changing lives --- one at a time!
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AmazonSmile :)
Did you know that with each purchase you make at Amazon.com you can support The Arc of Aurora? AmazonSmile is a 501(c)(3) foundation that lets customers enjoy the same selection of products, etc., as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to The Arc of Aurora!

RTD has updated its website on accessibility services. Check out the new page here.

The winter edition of the Aurora Recreation Guide includes a 20-page section in Spanish on youth recreational activities. The City has also designated a Spanish language phone line at 303.326.8652 to register and get more information about classes. 

For only the third time in decades, individuals with disabilities who receive Social Security benefits will see no increase next year in their monthly payments.

Colorado Disability Benefits Support Program (DBS) is an organization that helps individuals and families file for disability benefits that is piloting a new webinar series.  Click here for information on this webinar series.

Paid Research Study Opportunity
The University of Denver is conducting a paid research study which will involve 3 visits to the DU campus for 4-5 hours of testing, caregiver interviews, and survey completion. Participants must be ages 6-25 and have a diagnosis of intellectual disability. Participants will receive compensation for their participation. They will also receive a feedback session on cognitive test results from a licensed school psychologist. For more information, contact Jeanine Coleman at 303-871-2496 or click here.

The Colorado Special Education Advisory Committee (CSEAC) is a state-level committee mandated by federal and state law. The committee is currently seeking dedicated people from across Colorado to advise the Colorado State Board of Education and the Colorado Department of Education's Exceptional Student Services Unit on issues relating to special education services and supports for children and youth with disabilities. For more information on CSEAC and to apply, click here.

Genetic Alliance has launched a national survey to better understand the healthcare experiences of individuals with genetic conditions. "With this new survey, Genetic Alliance will harness voices throughout our network to make clear, concrete recommendations for improving genetic services and support," says James O'Leary, Chief Innovation Officer at Genetic Alliance.  To read more of the press release announcing the survey's launch, click here. To participate in the survey, click here.

Interested in attending a free webinar series focused on the Individual Education Program? PEAK Parent Center will explore topics such as SMART goals, accommodation and modifications, and progress monitoring. Webinars will take place October 26 and November 9 from 6-7PM. Register here for one or both.  Email registration@peakparent.org with any questions. 

This conference is an opportunity for everyone involved in the education and support of students with disabilities. This will be a professional development opportunity that provides participants with the practical strategies needed to reinvent schools so that all students can achieve success. The conference will be held on February 25 and 26, 2016, from 8AM-5:30PM at Denver's Renaissance Hotel, 3801 Quebec Street. Early registration is now open. Click here to register.

Disability Law Colorado will be providing a free parent training on Friday, November 13, from 9AM-12PM about the rules that apply when a child is restrained in school. The training will focus on the legal requirements of school districts regarding seclusion and physical restraint, and there will be time for Q&A. The training will take place at Mile High United Way, 711 Park Ave West in Denver. See flyer in English here or in Spanish here to register. Include your interpretation or other accommodation needs when registering.

Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) will be holding a free conference designed for parents and professionals of children with disabilities, aged birth to 21. The conference aims to promote family and school partnerships that are essential in supporting students with disabilities and their families in schools and the community and will take place April 7-9, 2016, in Colorado Springs. For more information and to register, click here or contact Pahmela Mendoza at mendoza_p@cde.state.co.us or (303) 866-6771.

Health Insurance Jeopardy
The National Disability Navigator Resource Collective has released a series of six videos called Health Insurance Jeopardy aimed to help users with disabilities navigate the health insurance marketplace. Each video presents scenarios of potential insurance shoppers and addresses the questions they need to be asking when looking to enroll in coverage with the Affordable Care Act marketplace. These videos may be viewed at the Collective's YouTube Channel.
 

Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder may mask signs of autism in young children, researchers say, often delaying diagnosis for years.

Rather than enhance their abilities, training those on the spectrum to follow predictable patterns may actually inhibit their ability to apply new skills in the real world, according to findings in the journal Nature Neuroscience.

The U.S. Supreme Court has paved the way for an Obama administration rule mandating minimum wage and overtime for in-home caregivers assisting those with disabilities to be implemented.

The Justice Department says that school resource officers may need to modify their procedures when dealing with students with disabilities to ensure that the children's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act aren't violated.

Supplemental Security Income added more than 328,000 children with disabilities to its rolls between 2004 and 2013. The increase is largely in line with population and economic trends, according to a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's Institute of Medicine.

One-to-one assistants spend far less time engaged with students as compared to teachers and classroom assistants, a new study suggests. Paraprofessionals are engaged in instruction or support only 57% of the time.

One in 10 pregnant women in the U.S. admit to drinking alcohol at least every now and then, and a third of the drinkers admit to binge drinking. They're putting their children at risk of fetal alcohol syndrome, which affects 2% to 5% of first-graders, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention says.

This free webinar will take place on October 28 from 12-1PM MDT and will describe the range of resources for families living with FASD. Click here to register.

Watch this YouTube video to learn how prenatal exposure to alcohol permanently alters a developing brain, leading to lifelong learning and behavioral challenges, and how working with the developmental age of students with FASD is the foundation for developing positive behavioral outcomes. Another goal of the video is to to present academic outcomes and behavioral success for students with FASD.

A new guide tells what to expect at a gynecology appointment, discusses birth control and sexually transmitted infections, and advises women with disabilities on how to ask to see a doctor without a parent or guardian present.
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August and September 2016

posted Sep 9, 2016, 10:12 AM by Darla Stuart

Members' Corner
Do You Love to Bowl and Are You 16+ Years Old?
Then you can join The Arc of Aurora's Sunday Get Together Bowling League! The group meets at the AMF Aurora Lanes, 16700 E. Mississippi Avenue, Aurora 80017, on Sundays starting September 11. Practice begins at 12:45PM, games at 1PM. Cost is $9/week for 3 games and shoes. Use a wheelchair? No problem! Supervision is NOT provided. Got questions? Call Dottie at 303.337.5540.

Is Your Arc of Aurora Membership Current?
The Arc of Aurora's membership calendar is July 1 - June 30.  Thus, it's time to confirm that you have renewed your Contributing Membership for 2016-'17.  In addition to access to advocacy support, Contributing Members are eligible to apply for annual scholarships offered by The Arc of Aurora (other criteria must also be met) and receive a 15% discount card for arc Thrift Store shopping throughout the year.  Click here to renew your Membership online or check in with your Arc of Aurora advocate for a printed form and payment by check or cash.

Make Volunteering a Regular Part of Your Life
Aktion Clubs are service clubs for people with developmental disabilities and are supported by local Kiwanis Clubs.  A metro area club is starting up, and you are invited to join!  The next Aktion Club meetingis Tuesday, September 6, from 1-2:30PM at the Englewood Public Library, 1000 Englewood Pkwy, Englewood, CO 80110 in the Andersen Room.  Attendees will nominate and elect officers and board members.  The agenda also includes a program on Operation Christmas Child by Nicole Johnson.  You may arrive as early as 12:30PM.  Questions on Aktion Club may be addressed to Jean or your advocate in The Arc of Aurora office. 

March 2016 Members' Corner

posted Mar 21, 2016, 12:04 PM by Darla Stuart   [ updated Mar 21, 2016, 12:07 PM ]


Members' Corner
Need a camp for your kids this summer?
We found an epic listing of just about every summer camp in the state!

Bowling Fun!
The Arc of Aurora sponsors a Sunday afternoon 
bowling league through May for ages 16+ at AMF Aurora Lanes from 12:45-3PM. The cost is $8 for 3 games, shoes included. If you need support, please bring it - neither support nor supervision is provided. For more information, call Dottie at 303.337.5540.

Make a Springfest Basket Donation
Have you attended previous years' Spring- and/or Summerfest's silent auctions and thought, "I could help The Arc of Aurora and donate a basket, gift cards for baskets, or something else for staff to combine with other things in a basket."? Here's your opportunity! We are collecting new items and gift Tour of Italy basketcards, as well as assembled baskets themselves, for our April 23 Springfest silent auction of baskets. Click here for a donation form you may complete and send to Jean in the office to let her know of your donation. Or you can just drop Jean a note at jsolis@thearcofaurora.org or leave her a voice message at 720.213.1420 letting her know to expect your donation. We request items be dropped off in the office no later than Monday, April 4, for beautifying and cataloging.

Contributing Membership with The Arc of Aurora has many benefits.  AND both new and renewing members are eligible for a gift card drawing each month - realize your benefits right away! Click here to renew now.

January 2016

posted Feb 2, 2016, 8:17 AM by Darla Stuart   [ updated Feb 2, 2016, 8:21 AM ]

Members' Corner
Action Required: Member 2016 Scholarship Applications Available and Accepted Through February
One benefit of Contributing Membership with The Arc of Aurora is that you are eligible to apply for the 
Glen Talladay Scholarship and Sibling Scholarship Funds. Both scholarships are designed to enhance the lives of The Arc of Aurora members and are funded by both private donations and the organization's Board of Directors via the budgeting process. Applications for both scholarships are due February 29, 2016. Each application includes procedures, requirements, applicant information, and authorization --- all of which must be complete for consideration.
Glen Talladay was a member and ward of The Arc of Aurora who passed away years ago. As The Arc of Aurora came to know Glen over its years of involvement in his life, we recognized his passion for travel and outings. Thus it was that the Glen Talladay Scholarship Fund was created in Glen's memory. The Sibling Scholarship Fund looks to recognize the special role and responsibilities of brothers and sisters of a person with intellectual or developmental disabilities. 

Click here to access the 2016 Glen Talladay Scholarship Fund Application and here for the Sibling Scholarship Fund Application. 

Questions on either of the scholarships or their application process may be directed to Darla Stuart, Executive Director, 720.213.1420, ext 105. Donations to help fund the scholarships are always welcome -- contact Jean Solis, 720.213.1420, ext. 106.

November 2015

posted Nov 19, 2015, 8:07 PM by Darla Stuart

MEMBERS' CORNER

Trending on Social Media

As if you need more reasons to consider giving:  Check out our reach and impact on social media!

  • #Colorado needs #affordable, #accessible, and #available housing options for #PWD!  Check out what our #Self Advocates have to say about it.  Like the work?  Consider how your donation can help us to keep the #ItsTimeToTalkAboutIt Series going!!!  Check out the video here.
  • Have you joined the movement yet? Schedule your donation to The Arc of Aurora for #CoGivesDay now! Every donation helps us become eligible for a $1 Million Incentive Fund!  Find us here to donate. 

October 2015

posted Oct 30, 2015, 8:09 PM by Darla Stuart   [ updated Oct 30, 2015, 8:34 PM ]

MEMBERS' CORNER

Bowling Fun!
The Arc of Aurora sponsors a Sunday afternoon bowling league that runs
through May, 2016, for 16+ year-olds at AMF Aurora Lanes, 16700 E. Mississippi Ave, from 12:45PM - approx. 3PM. Cost is $8 for 3 games, shoes included.  If you need support, please bring it -- neither support nor supervision is provided. An experienced bowler is available to help teach you to bowl, if needed. For more information, call Dottie at 303.337.5540.

Aurora Candidates Forum
This year the City of Aurora has 6 seats up for re-election. Join The Arc of Aurora and its co-hosting partners at our 2015 Aurora City Council Candidate Forum to learn about the candidates and their stances on important issues in our community. The forum will be Thursday, October 22nd at 6PM at The Aurora Welcome Center, 1085 Peoria St., Aurora 80011. Register here. Click here to view the Forum Flyer in English and here to view in Spanish.

Trending on Social Media
"Only 5 of every 10 students in the #Aurora district graduate from high school... And of those only 2 will go on to college." If kids in General Education have such low success rates, how are the kids in Special Education services doing? #ItsTimeToTalkAboutIt   Learn more here.
 
"The next phase of the battle is changing hearts and minds... Separate is no longer equal." #ItsTimeToTalkAboutInclusion Learn more here.
 
Join us and our friends from Rights for All People, SEIU Local 105, Mi Familia Vota-Colorado, and FRESC: Good Jobs, Strong Communities at an #Aurora City Council Candidates Forum on October 22nd at 6pm! Learn more here.
 
The lack of sexual education for people w/ #IDD is rooted in a pervasive social problem: no one wants to admit that disabled people are sexual in the first place." #ItsTimeToTalkAboutIt  Learn more here.

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July & August 2015

posted Jul 31, 2015, 3:11 PM by Darla Stuart

MEMBERS' CORNER

 

40th Anniversary Party -- SAVE THE DATE

Membership has Benefits!
Contributing Membership with The Arc of Aurora comes with benefits, and it is renewal time! Click here to download the application to print and mail back to us, or you may also complete it online here.  Contributing Members (new and renewing) are eligible for a gift card drawing each month ---realize your membership benefits right away and renew now!  Our June winners pictured below, Dottie & Will and Irene, were quite pleased with their Smashburger and Coldstone gift cards, respectively!


Looking for More Bowlers!

Trending on Social Media

"Enjoying a BEAUTIFUL day with the Colorado Rockies! Promoting a Lifetime of Activity for Youth (PLAY) is a public awareness campaign of The Professional Baseball Athletics Trainer Society (PBATS) for children of ALL abilities, designed to promote a healthy lifestyle!"

 

"Despite inadequate resources and other limitations, the #deinstitutionalization of people with #IDD has been a quiet triumph. Our challenge is to make that system work, not to walk it back." #Coleg #ItsTimeToTalkAboutIt" Read about ithere.

 

"Without addressing #disability we'll never make meaningful progress in ending #PoliceViolence" #Coleg #ItsTimeToTalkAboutIt" Read more here.

 

"Yesterday, The United States Department of Justice published new #ADA guidance to assist state and local governments in fully realizing the protections of the federal #CivilRights Law! #Coleg #ADA25" Read about it here.

 

"#Texas to install cameras in self-contained #classrooms. Could #Colorado students benefit from a similar law? #Coleg #ItsTimeToTalkAboutIt" Learn more here.

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Have Something to Say about your Special Needs Provider?

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November 2014 Newsletter

posted Nov 7, 2014, 11:12 AM by Darla Stuart   [ updated Dec 4, 2014, 1:17 PM ]

Fall Greetings!

The Arc of Aurora is excited to announce that our ColoradoGives.org profile is live, is featured on ColoradoGives.org, and will be available Colorado Gives Day 2014 - Tuesday, December 9!  So what does all of this mean to you, a prospective donor?  It means that The Arc of Aurora voluntarily engaged in a rigorous opportunity to make information about our organization's mission and how we implement that mission available for you to view and, ultimately, we hope, support.  The Arc of Aurora offers advocacy support for and with adults and families with children with intellectual and developmental disabilities year round as needed and receives NO government monies to do that.  The support of members and friends who value empowerment and justice is critical to our work.  No donation is too insignificant or too small -- all support matters!  Check out our profile and donate today!

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."
    ~ Aesop

2014-'15 membership renewal began this summer -- become a Contributing Member now!  Your contribution helps make the advocacy you and many others rely on available when it is needed.

It is Annual Membership Meeting time again next month.  Those ofyou who are members of The Arc of Aurora will receive a US Mailing with meeting information, including agenda, time and location, in early November.  If you do not receive that US Mailing and think you should, contact Executive Director Darla Stuart here in the office.

Happy fall!

Jean N. Solis
Editor, and Director of Marketing and Development
jsolis@thearcofaurora.org
720.213.1420 - ext. 106

MEMBERS' CORNER

 

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The Arc of Aurora's Annual Membership meeting will be Saturday, November 15.  All members of The Arc of Aurora will receive printed information on the business meeting and movie via US Mail early next month.  If you do not receive that printed mailing via the US Mail and think you should, contact Darla Stuart, Executive Director.


Excited about and Appreciative of Our Work and Looking toSupport It?

While our website is under construction (and even after it is up and running!), you can learn a lot about us on the  Community First Foundation's ColoradoGives website.  If you feel as if you know the advocacy support we offer you and the broader community pretty well and are ready to make a donation in honor of that advocacy,click here!  And thank you - we are privately funded and receive NO government support for our advocacy work; your contribution matters!
 

Renew your The Arc of Aurora Membership

To be eligible to attend/participate in Contributing Members' only events and opportunities, to have access to Annual Scholarships, andto receive a 15% arc Thrift Stores' Discount card, you must be a Contributing Member of office signThe Arc of Aurora.  Now is the time to renew your membership!  Click here to print an application.  Complete and mail it with your check to The Arc of Aurora, Attn: Membership Coordinator, 1342 S. Chambers Road, Aurora, CO   80017.  Online membership sign up and payment is also available.  Since you receive this newsletter via email, you will NOT receive a membership application in the mail.  If you need assistance downloading and/or completing the 2014-'15 membership application, contact your Arc of Aurora advocate.
HOT TOPIC:  Colorado United States Senatorial Candidates' Interviews

On September 26, people with disabilities, their advocates, and their allies heard directly from the two major party gubernatorial candidates on issues of importance to the disability community.  Host Aaron Harber interviewed Congressman Bob Beauprez and Governor John Hickenlooper as both live streamed and recorded-for-later-viewing segments of The Aaron Harber Show.  The opportunity to hear directly from these major party candidates was made possible by Aaron Harber and a coalition of organizations representing people with disabilities, including The Arc of Aurora.

Now that same coalition has interviewed Colorado's United States Senatorial candidates who
responded to an invitation to do so and has posted those interviews on YouTube.  Three candidates accepted the invitation for the taped, ten-minuteinterview:  Senator Mark Udall;Steve Shogan, M.D.
; and Congressman Cory Gardner.  We encourage you to click on each candidate's name above and view the YouTube posting of his ten minute interview on three specific issues of primary importance to the disability community:  employment, long term supports, and Medicaid.
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POLICY PROFILE:  Vote!

 

All Colorado voters registered to vote at their current address will receive a ballot by mail.  Ballots will be mailed to voters the week of October 14.  Eligible voters can register to vote through Election Day,Tuesday November 4.

 

Coloradans have three options for voting:

  • Vote by mail - Ballots must be received by 7:00 PM on November 4th. Postmarks do not count. You should mail your ballot early.  Ballots will require extra postage to mail.
  • Drop off your mail ballot - You may drop off your ballot at a Voter Service and Polling Center or Drop-Off Location to be sure it is received in time to be counted.  Click here to find the closest location.  Go to Vote Your Mail Ballot, enter Arapahoe county and your address. 
  • Vote in person - If you want to vote in person rather than return your mail ballot, need to register to vote or update your voter registration, or if you want to vote on an accessible voting machine, you may do so at any Voter Service and Polling Center in your county.  Click here for a link to find the closest location in Aurora.  Go to Vote In Person, enter Arapahoe County and your address.

The Justice Department has published a new technical assistance publication about federal laws that protect the rights of voters with disabilities, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Voting Rights Act, the National Voter Registration Act and the Help America Vote Act. The publication, The Americans with Disabilities Act & Other Federal Laws Protecting the Rights of Voters with Disabilities, is intended to help election officials, poll workers and voters understand how the ADA and other federal laws ensure equality in the voting process for people with disabilities.  The publication is available in HTML and PDF versions on ADA.gov. 
 

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SPOTLIGHT ON... Josh Winkler

For innumerable hours over the past year, Josh has represented The Arc of Aurora on The Arc of Colorado's Board of Directors.  His time has involved articulating The Arc of Aurora's positions and concerns, as well as helping to guide The Arc of Colorado's direction.  Josh has spent time reviewing documents prior to meetings as well as time in meetings themselves.  And all of that time has ultimately helped make Colorado a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  For his gifts of time, dedication and integrity to and for The Arc of Aurora, our hats are off to Josh Winkler.  Thank you, thank you, thank you!
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Free Document Shredding

Throughout October:  8AM-4PM Monday through Friday and 8AM-1PM Saturday at Curbside, Inc., 15686 E. Batavia Drive, 303.343.7096.  Aurora residents, businesses and city employees (with city ID) may drop off unlimited quantities of paper (no trash, plastic or binders) to be shredded for free.  Witness your document shredding n Wednesdays only; call for an appointment and pay $25 for up to 10 boxes.


 
Advocacy Denver is hosting a clinic for parents of children with any kind of disability to get their education-related questions answered by a qualified attorney on October 28.  Click here for a flyer with detailed information about what parents can expect at the clinic.  The clinic is free of charge, but parents must register ahead of time by calling Elizabeth Brophy with the Rocky Mountain Children's Law Center at 303-692-1165.

 

National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2014 Resource Toolbox from the Department of Labor (DOL) Office ofDisability Employment Policy (ODEP) is designed to help businesses and other organizations participate in October's observation of National Disability Employment Month. The goals are to raise awareness about disability employment issues and celebrate the many and varied contributions of America's workers with disabilities throughout our nation's history.

 

Impaired Prediction Ability May Be Behind Autism

An inability to place behaviors in context -- such as what usually comes before or after a smile, a cry or a shout -- could be at the root of autism, researchers say.

 

Colorado Office of Behavioral Health Behavioral HealthStakeholder Survey

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Office of Behavioral Health is conducting a Behavioral Health Needs Analysis Project tohelp plan for the future behavioral health (mental health and substance use) needs in the State. The purpose of this project is to conduct an analysis of existing behavioral health resources in the State of Colorado and project future needs for both state hospital beds as well as community-based services.  The study is being conducted by the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), Mental Health Program and will identify and assess existing public behavioral health resources, which will inform future strategic planning recommendations. These recommendations for the strategic positioning of the Office of Behavioral Health will be based upon a systems analysis that takes into account the many stakeholder variables associated with an evolving behavioral health care system.  A critical component of this study is the Open Mic Survey, which is an electronic survey that provides interested Coloradans the opportunity to provide input into this project.  This link takes you to the survey so you may share your perceptions and experiences to help analysts understand what is working well and what is needed, as well as to offer creative solutions to improve the behavioral health system in Colorado. The survey will be open until the end of October, 2014.

 

Waiting list opens for Commerce City Housing Authority's Housing Choice Voucher Program for 2 days on Thursday, Oct. 23, and Friday, Oct. 24, 2014.  Applications are available at the Commerce City Recreation Center, 6060 Parkway Dr. from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  For more information, click here or call 303.289.3696.
 

Shop, Sell, and Support The Arc of Aurora

Perfect timing for the upcoming holidays:  Shop for eligible products on AmazonSmile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the purchase price when you select The Arc of Aurora as your charitable recipient.  Sell an item on EBay and, through EBay's Giving Works program, you can select a percentage of your sale as a donation to The Arc of Aurora.  Shop, sell and support The Arc of Aurora this holiday season!  If you have questions on these programs, contact Jean Solis at The Arc of Aurora, jsolis@thearcofaurora.org.

 

TIME Magazine: This Is Your Child's Brain on Alcohol

"Social scientists have calculated that detrimental effects of alcohol cost the U.S. some $223.5 billion a year... But there's a more disturbing cost that you might be surprised to learn about that's noteven factored into those staggering numbers: fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, the conditions that can result when a mother drinks during pregnancy."

 

Webinar: Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) Basics October 29, 2014, 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT.  The Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) will present the FASD Basics designed to provide an introduction to Fetal AlcoholSpectrum Disorders. This webinar is designed for primary and behavioral health care providers, social workers, educators, and other professional who work with individuals with an FASD and their families."  Cost = $25.  Click here to register.

 

Deal Reached On Tax-Free Disability Savings Accounts

Federal lawmakers say they've reached a deal to move forward on a bill that would establish a new way for people with disabilities to save money without jeopardizing their government benefits.

 

The Guardian Article on Drinking and Pregnancy

This article examines the research on light drinking during pregnancy,citing studies that suggest, "even a small amount of prenatal alcohol use may increase the risk for prolonged effects on a child's mental health."

 

Study Points To More Reliable Autism Test

Assessing how quickly the brain responds to sights and sounds could offer a more precise and earlier method to diagnose autism, new research suggests.

 

Is Supported Employment a Good Investment? Or Are Sheltered Workshops Cheaper to Operate?

Which program is the best investment for taxpayer based programs, sheltered workshops or supported employment? The Collaboration to Promote Self-Determination (CPSD) Ruderman Fellow Issue Brief by Robert Evert Cimera cites several recent studies that have attempted to answer this question. To read the brief in full, click here.  CPSD is an advocacy network of 22 national disability organizations who have come together to bring about a significant modernization of the federal adult system of services and supports for persons with disabilities, particularly those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information, please visit CPSD's website.  The Ruderman Family Foundation  believes that inclusion and understanding of all people is essential to a fair and flourishing community.

 

Taking Iron During Pregnancy May Cut Autism Risk In Half

A nutrient deficiency that's common among pregnant women could impact the odds of giving birth to a child with autism, researchers say.

 

Increasingly, Adults With Down Syndrome Face Alzheimer's

A growing number of families are struggling to care for aging adults with Down syndrome who also have Alzheimer's disease and are losing hard-won skills.

 

Family Law Open Forums-Free Legal Clinics Open to the Public  

An attorney will provide free legal clinics with information on thefollowing topics:  Child Support, Visitation, Parenting Time, Custody, Contempt Citations (family law only) and Other Family Law/Court Issues.  The information is presented in a group setting.  The forum is designed to provide information and not legal representation.  Family Law Open Forum takes place at the Denver Dept. of Human Resources, 1200 Federal Blvd., Rm 1018 on the following dates from 5:30 to 7:30pm:  October 21st, November 18th, December 16th.  No reservation is required. This event is open to anyone in the Denver metro area.

 

Birth Control Options Stressed For Teens With Disabilities

Doctors are getting a reminder that adolescents with developmental disabilities are interested in sex too and their need for guidance and contraception should not be overlooked.

 

PEAK Parent Center's Fall 2014 E-Newsletter is available.

 

Young People With Autism More Sedentary, Study Finds

Children with autism are far less physically active than their typically-developing peers, researchers say.

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posted Aug 1, 2013, 8:54 AM by Hanni Ruehrdanz   [ updated Dec 2, 2014, 10:13 AM by Darla Stuart ]

Sorry ... this is an outdated event ... BUT don't worry we will have more in the future!


Attention Bowlers!

posted Jul 12, 2013, 11:29 AM by Hanni Ruehrdanz

Attention Bowlers!
Volunteers for The Arc of Aurora host a Sunday Get Together Bowling League that starts September 8, 2013, and runs until May 18, 2014, and there is space for new bowlers. Cost is $8/wk, which includes shoes and ball, if needed, as well as 3 games of bowling. For more information, contact Dottie at dottiek2@juno.com or 303.880.5506.

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