Request Child Advocacy

Does your child qualify for advocacy?

We assist people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD). IDD is a medical and neurological  diagnosis. The Colorado definition of IDD meets all the following criteria:

  • Diagnosis has occurred before the age of 22
  • IQ of 70 or less (as measured by specific testing/evaluations) and/or
  • Adaptive (daily living) skills that are like having an IQ score of 70 or less (as measured by specific testing/evaluations)

Due to the high demand for advocacy services, please allow up to 5 business days for a response after your request has been received.

All of our advocacy services are FREE, but please consider becoming a member!


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Some examples of advocacy include:

  • Assistance understanding:
    • the I/DD system,
    • how to apply for services,
    • advocacy to resolve any problems with your services and supports and
    • advocating for your needs and wants.
  • Providing resources for your wants and needs
  • Help to navigate IDEA, 504, IEPs, disability support services
  • Assistance navigating the special education system in Colorado
  • Learning to advocate for your child and understanding their rights and responsibilities.

Some examples of IDD are

  • Autism*
  • Behavior disorders
  • Brain injury
  • Cerebral palsy
  • Down syndrome
  • Fetal alcohol syndrome
  • Spina bifida

*Not all children with autism qualify for our services.

Under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) there are 13 disability categories that students may be eligible to receive special education services under. Some of the common disability categories that you may see on an IEP of a student who has I/DD include but are not limited to:

Intellectual Disability
Multiple Disabilities (Intellectual Disability + another disability category)
Autism Spectrum Disorder*
Developmental Delay (up to age 8)
Speech-Language Impairment (often seen listed as a secondary disability category with Autism Spectrum Disorders or Intellectual Disability)

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