Happy Summer!
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Over the River and Through the Woods We Go...
Contributed by Laura Miller, Advocate

Traveling for a vacation is an opportunity to relax and to get away from the day-to-day pressures that we face. However, traveling with one or more children can sometimes take away from that relaxing break - let alone traveling with one or more children with special needs. Before leaving the house, there is always "the list". On the list are things such as diapers, wipes, water bottle, change of clothes (hopefully in their current size), snacks, medications, wallet (ideally with your ID and money inside), and that is just the start! Oh, and remembering the kids is also a big one.

Mandatory Reporting: A Brief Layman's Snapshot
Contributed by Nancy Bowden, Director of Advocacy

Senate Bill 109, Mandatory Reporting of Mistreatment Against an Adult with a Disability, was signed into Colorado law by Governor Hickenlooper on June 5, 2016. Senator Kevin Grantham and Representative Dave Young spearheaded the passage of Senate Bill 109 with a great deal of support, word-smithing, and honest education from a number of strong leaders from the disability advocacy field. Great work everyone! Senate Bill 109 went into effect on July 1, 2016.

Drink Up! 
Contributed by Kristin Lance, Advocate

Summer is upon us, which means lots of sunshine, hot weather and fun activities! However, it also means higher risk for dehydration. It is very important to stay hydrated in the summertime, so you and your family can enjoy your summer activities safely.

Water Safety Tips
Contributed by Christine Ungerer, Advocate

Swimming is one of the most popular summer activities. Always remember to follow these safety tips whenever you and your family are in, on, or around water.

Who You Gonna Call When the Bus Don't Come?
Contributed by Nancy Bowden, Director of Advocacy

It might be summertime according to the calendar, but many of you are subconsciously counting the days until that first day of school. Some of you are secretly, some not-so secretly, looking forward to waving "bye" to your little one as that terrific yellow, metal-of-a-blessing, drives off with your little one. Others of you are counting the days in dread as you anticipate that once again your little one will not get picked up by that short, yellow headache of a bus.

Kristen Blackwell, Administrative Assistant
The Arc of Aurora | kblackwell@thearcofaurora.org | 720-213-1420 | www.thearcofaurora.org
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