News You Can Use
Oct. - Dec. 2021

News You Can Use is The Arc of Aurora's quarterly e-newsletter covering what’s new in public policy, events, resources, and happenings at The Arc of Aurora. To get daily updates on resources, disability policy information, and community happenings, find us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
A message from us to you
Fall Greetings from The Arc of Aurora!

Here we are, speeding toward (gulp!) the holidays again. Is everyone's schedule just as full? In this issue, learn about our bowling league starting back up, free training and education via our THINK+change program, how you can help us on Colorado Gives Day, voting in the upcoming election, and introducing you to our advocate, Anna.

Take care of yourselves, and thank you for your ongoing support!
Erica Dennison
Special Projects’ and THINK+change Manager  ---  720-213-1420
Upcoming Events and Announcements
Sunday Get Together Bowling League

Every Sunday now through May 2022 starting at 12:45 am

Our Sunday Get Together Bowling League is back! If you are over 16 years old and vaccinated against COVID-19, then you can join The Arc of Aurora's Sunday Get Together Bowling League! Everyone of every ability is welcome to join. Caregivers/families can also attend to provide supervision to those that bowl if they cannot be left alone. This is a great place to make new friends, meet other families in Aurora, and to get active!
  • Location: AMF Aurora Lanes, 16700 E. Mississippi Avenue, Aurora, CO  80017
  • When: Every Sunday until May 2022
  • Time: Bowling starts at 12:45 pm for practice. The games start at 1:00 pm.
  • Cost: $10 each week for three games and shoes.
  • Safety: Supervision is not provided AND you need to provide proof of your COVID-19 vaccination before attending.
  • Questions or want to sign up? Contact our volunteer, Dottie, for more information and to get set up as a participant at 303-337-5540 or at
Colorado Gives Day

Tuesday, December 7
24 hours starting at 12:00 AM

Save the Date! Tuesday, December 7 is Colorado Gives Day, and for 24 hours, Colorado comes together to raise funds for local nonprofits.

The Arc of Aurora is excited to be part of the day, every gift is tax-deductible, and your donation helps us reach our goal of $6,000. Please visit to learn more and to schedule your Colorado Gives Day donation in advance starting November 1.

Together, we can impact the lives of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families!
Become a 2020/2021 Member of The Arc of Aurora

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The Arc of Aurora is a private not-for-profit organization, that has dedicated its mission to supporting and advocating for and on behalf of children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families for 46 years. We are a membership association that offers different membership levels for every budget (even a free membership) and also provides these benefits to our members.

Did you know? Contributing Members are eligible to apply for annual scholarships offered by The Arc of Aurora, receive a 15% discount card usable at any arc Thrift Store, and more?!
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The Arc of Aurora's training and education program
No-cost Online Training Course

Cultivate Learning That Advances Everyone; People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and You

Are you a professional and have you found yourself struggling with disability-focused training ideas and resources to help support your team and the individuals you serve? Or perhaps you have little to no budget or even time to create provocative and relative content that represents issues, trends, or challenges affecting providers of community services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD)?

We’ve got you covered! This course helps you learn how to use, access, and facilitate continued training and education through THINK+change’s menu of options. Together we can change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with developmental disabilities!

This training is brought to you by THINK+change, a training and education program of The Arc of Aurora.
Podcast and Vodcast

Special Education Services: IEP vs 504 Plans

This 3-part recorded vodcast/podcast series helps you understand the basics about IEPs, 504s, how to navigate common challenges, build solutions, and also features the perspective of a special education lawyer. Receiving a free and appropriate education is not only possible for children with disabilities; it is their right!
Video Storytelling Train-the-Trainer Guide

Victimization and People with Disabilities: It's Real

People with disabilities are more likely than people without disabilities to be victims of mistreatment, abuse, neglect, and exploitation. The Victimization and People with Disabilities: It’s Real TALKS Train-The-Trainer Discussion Guide, with TALKS videos, is for organizations to learn about victims with developmental and other disabilities who have experienced crimes of sexual assault, trafficking, financial exploitation, and Medicaid fraud; and solutions from professionals to help support survivors and to reduce victimization of people with disabilities.
Policy Profile
The Disability Vote Matters
Voters with disabilities are guaranteed the right to access campaign, rally, and election spaces, and to vote privately and independently as prescribed by federal laws - inclusion of and access for voters with disabilities is not just good practice; it is the law!

Casting your vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2, is one of the best ways your elected officials are representative of you and your community.
How You Can Help
Donate to The Arc of Aurora on December 7
Colorado Gives Day is an important fundraising event that is critical to fulfilling our mission. The donations we receive support our work for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. Your donation helps:
  • refine the systems designed to support people with IDD;
  • encourage schools to deliver the best free and appropriate education for each child with IDD;
  • supports independence and self-determination of adults with IDD;
  • offer emergency food and other assistance to adults and families with children with IDD; and
  • educate professionals about how to best work with individuals with IDD.
Spotlight On
Individual Advocate, Anna Cafaro
Hi! I’m Anna and I am so happy to join The Arc of Aurora family. Tom has passed me the crown of Newest Team Member! I feel so lucky to have this opportunity to support, promote and advocate for the IDD community. I’ve been an educator for most of my adult life and have had the chance to teach children and adults of all ages in different countries and cities. I taught in Denver for over 20 years and most recently spent the pandemic teaching in Thailand. I am so happy to be back home and close to my family and friends. I love our weather, our mountains, and being able to ride my bike to work and to the occasional brewery! I look forward to meeting you in the future.
Community Mention Corner
Rocky Mountain Civitan Club
This quarter, we met with Fred Matthies, a member of the Rocky Mountain Civitan Club. The club is a valued local community partner and supporter of The Arc of Aurora who dedicates its time to helping people in their communities. Learn about how this fantastic community resource helps people with IDD and others in our area, and how YOU can get involved!
You can donate to The Arc of Aurora anytime by clicking here. We appreciate your donation to help support individuals with IDDs.
Thanks to our fans, we won a 2020 Top-Rated Award from GreatNonprofits! Read stories about us and add your own here.
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There is a community resource list on our website if you need help, to locate testing, vaccine info, and more.
Arc Thrift Stores’ profits support Colorado Arc Chapters, including The Arc of Aurora. Donate and find a location near you!
Our organization earned a 2021 Silver Seal of Transparency!