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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 profile is live, is featured on, 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
720.213.1420 - ext. 106



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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.


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 


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,


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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The Arc of Aurora is a membership association that provides individual and systems change advocacy through information and referral; community education; and individual, family and class support for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

We receive NO government monies for our advocacy work but rely on private donations, including yours, to be able to offer our advocacy support.  We appreciate your financial donation at the level that works for you --
EVERY donation helps!
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