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 641 E. 112th Avenue - Northglenn, CO 80233 circle  Phone: (303) 428-0310
E-mail: info@arcadams.org circle Fax: (303) 650-9070

What is advocacy? And what does it mean for me?

We offer a variety of supports for persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. The Arc of Adams County helps meet the needs of residents in Adams County. We are the only agency in Adams County that provides conflict free intervention and advocacy for persons with I/DD. The utilization of our services prevents costly legal fees for many individuals and families. Services are focused in three areas: Individual and Family Support, Advocacy and Monitoring and Public and Volunteer Services.

INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY SUPPORT SERVICES

The individual and family support program provides a variety of intervention, outreach, educational and family supports to individuals age birth through elderly. In order to empower individuals and families in obtaining quality supports necessary to enhance their quality of life, we offer the following:

  • Information and Referral : Provides information regarding services available to persons with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) and your families. Referrals are made to a variety of agencies and generic services. Service includes specific information and direction for the individual and/or family to follow and encouragement to call back for direct intervention, if necessary.
  • Individual Intervention and Advocacy : Provides direct intervention and advocacy for individuals and/or families. Working with you we jointly define your outcomes and a plan to achieve them. It is not our role to take over for you but to support and to directly intervene, if necessary, on your behalf to obtain appropriate services, to increase the quality of services or to prevent the termination of services by other systems.
    1. assisting the family to get information about the child's disability;
    2. helping the family understand the services for which the child may be eligible and applying for and monitoring those services;
    3. assists students and parents in learning more about special education laws, their rights according to these laws,
    4. assisting in the development of the Individual Educational Plan (IEP)
    5. monitoring a child's educational services

In order to advocate for you and your child and to work together as an effective team, please read the Parent and Advocate Agreement (pdf format not yet done) Also review the Resources section of our website.

ADULTS:

Many adults receive services through a local community centered board (CCB) funded through the Colorado Division for Developmental Disabilities. Adults may also receive support through the Division for Vocational Rehabilitation or need generic community services. Some people want services out of the typical state system and others are on a long waiting list for services. For adults individual advocacy means:

  • A review of all the services they may be eligible for;
  • Help in understanding, accessing and monitoring services;
  • Assistance with making their needs known and having choices about what happens in their life
  • Helping people understand their rights and assuring they are met;
  • For information on specific topics, please review the Resources section of our website.

Family Support : Offers a variety of options for families to receive information and support from other families. Those options are educational workshops, regular informational mailings, and distribution of resource guides. For information on specific topics, please review the Resources section of our website.

Emergency Assistance Fund : Provides assistance to persons in emergency or potential emergency situations. Funds are targeted for individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) or families for basic needs. Fund criteria must be met to qualify. The amount of assistance will vary depending on availability.

Parent and Advocate Agreement

ADVOCACY AND MONITORING SERVICES

  • System Advocacy

It is a goal of The Arc of Adams County to work with educational departments and providers of services for adults to create and maintain quality services to people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD). We monitor services, research new ways to provide supports and work to assure that all entities keep the best interest of the people they support in the forefront.

  • Legislative Advocacy

There are many expected and unexpected changes proposed by the Colorado legislature every year. Together with other local and state Arc units we track and analyze proposed legislation for its impact on peoples lives. We keep you and other interested parties informed of the potential impact of the legislation and any recommended action. Federal legislation is tracked through Arc US. To learn more about the legislative process and how to contact your public officials go to Get Involved, Advocacy.

PUBLIC AND VOLUNTEER SERVICES

This program provides education and training to The Arc of Adams County's staff and staff in other agencies such as public schools, residential services and employment training programs. Volunteer recruitment and development is accomplished through The Arc of Adams County's direct service programs. Membership services are part of this program area. Included is dissemination of an E-Newsletter distributed monthly by email.