News You Can Use
-October 2018-
News You Can Use is our quarterly e-newsletter covering what’s new in public policy, events, resources, and happenings at The Arc of Aurora.

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Happy fall!
Upcoming Events
Saturday, November 3

Annual Membership Meeting & Dance Party
4:00pm-7:30pm
J oin The Arc of Aurora members, staff, and Board of Directors for our annual membership meeting followed by a family-friendly dance party with a free light meal, a live DJ ( Dan Hardee from 99.5FM The Mountain), face painting, a photo booth, and great people! 

Guess what else? We are giving away two door prizes: a television and a tablet! You must be a current 2018/2019 Member of The Arc of Aurora (will be verified) and RSVP by October 27 to be entered in the drawing. Only one entry per family and you must be present on November 3 to win.
  
Special note: All members are welcome to attend both the meeting and dance. Meeting details were U.S. Mailed on 10/4/2018 to all eligible to vote (i.e., Contributing Members) on the business matters of the organization. 

To let us know you're coming or if you have questions, visit http://bit.ly/AoA2018
by October 27 or contact Erica at the below phone or email.

Edennison@thearcofaurora.org  | 720-213-1420
Tuesday, December 4

Colorado Gives Day
 24 hours starting at 12:00am
The Arc of Aurora is proud to be a part of Colorado Gives Day. This important fundraising event is critical to fulfilling our mission. The donations we receive on Colorado Gives Day support our work for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families so they can live the highest quality lives possible.

Schedule your donation starting November 1 by clicking here .

Questions? Contact Erica Dennison at 720-213-1420 | Edennison@thearcofaurora.org
Ongoing

Sunday Bowling Get Together
Did you know that The Arc of Aurora hosts a Sunday bowling league? This year's season is underway and ends on May 19, 2019. Everyone of every ability is welcome to join anytime. Click here to learn more about location, time, and cost. 

Questions? Contact Dottie at 303-880-5506.
Annual Membership and Organization Agreements have expired!
All agreements expired on July 31, 2018
Your membership not only supports The Arc of Aurora's mission and keeps our doors open, it also insures that your voice is represented in local, state, and national public policy dialogues that impact the lives of people with developmental disabilities and their families.
 
If you didn't have the chance to renew your membership for 2018/2019 yet, don't worry! Below are options to renew:

  • Online - click here to do that
  • In person - Come by The Arc of Aurora and complete this form or drop it off
  • By mail - Complete this form and mail to 1342 S. Chambers Road, Aurora, CO 80017
  • By email - Complete this form and email to Erica at edennison@thearcofaurora.org 
  • By phone - Call Erica Dennison at 720-213-1420 to complete over the phone
 Policy Profile
After many years of planning and process building, people who receive Supported Living Services (SLS) are finally able to self-direct specific services. Consumer-Directed Attendant Support Services, commonly referred to as CDASS, took effect Aug. 15 and is considered an optional new service delivery method versus a new service. Individuals can now direct and manage the attendants who provide specific services, including personal care, homemaker, and health maintenance services, rather than working through an agency.
 How You Can Help
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The holidays can be a challenge for many we help. Do you, your company, a club, or someone you know want to make an impact in the life of someone with I/DD through gift giving? Consider adopting an individual or family this year to make their holidays a little brighter.


Want to adopt an individual or family? Contact Erica by October 27 .
Spotlight On
-Volunteers and sponsors of THINK+change's 2018 TALKS series-
Real people, real inspiration. A good story offers awareness, education, and compassion. That's exactly what THINK+change’s multiple TALKS did in 2018. THINK+change TALKS  are provocative, in-person or video shorts on topics of interest to, or emerging issues for, people with I/DD and those who care for and work with them.
 
THINK+change was able to produce these powerful educational series because of generous support from volunteers and sponsors ... volunteers who were raw, unfiltered and vulnerable; sponsors who saw a need to push the boundaries of disability education. We thank you , our volunteers and sponsors, for your commitment to helping us spread powerful messages and making these series possible for people with I/DD, their families, the people in their lives, and the community at large. View THINK+change's TALKS series by clicking the links below:

Thank you to our 2018 TALKS sponsors!