News You Can Use
April-June 2020
The Arc of Aurora is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting and advocating for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. 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.

To get frequent updates on resources, disability policy information, and community happenings, find us on Facebook , Instagram and Twitter .
We Are Here for You!
Submitted by Darla Stuart, Executive Director
Click the below video message to watch our Executive Director Darla Stuart share what The Arc of Aurora has been up to at the national, state, and local levels regarding COVID-19, as well as an organizational update and information about resources that can help support you.
Upcoming Events
Giving Tuesday Now

May 5, 2020

In the face of funding changes and a continued need for our services, The Arc of Aurora continues to be committed to supporting and advocating for people with I/DD and their families. Even as we practice physical distancing, we remain connected and continue to provide high-quality individual advocacy, training, and education that nurture individuals, families, and our community. Join the movement and donate to The Arc of Aurora for Giving Tuesday Now on May 5. All donations will help lead the way to ensure all people with I/DD and their families continue to receive the help they rely on from The Arc of Aurora everyday.

Thank you for your consideration and make a donation by visiting one of the below links:
(When you donate through Firespring, The Arc of Aurora will receive a 5% match of all donations given.)
2020 Census

*Complete yours as soon as possible*

The 2020 Census is here and people with disabilities and their families count! Census data impacts funding for programs such as Medicaid, housing vouchers, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and education programs, to name a few. To help people with disabilities, their families, and the professionals in their lives understand the importance of people with disabilities being counted, The Arc of Aurora’s social enterprise THINK+change , with funding support from the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition (CCDC), created 30, 30-60 second video(s) sharing why participation in the census is important. Check out the 2020 Census Videos' Product Usage Guide to learn how you can access the videos and share them with your friends, family, and colleagues.

If you haven't already, be sure to complete your census as soon as possible.
The easiest way to complete your census is online at www.my2020census.gov or
by phone at 1- 844-330-2020 .
Third Annual Online Auction

May 1 thru May 8, 2020
Postponed to July 1 thru July 8

We have postponed our annual fundraiser until July 1. In the meantime, check out the Online Auction, save your favorite items, and peek back in frequently for newly listed items. Shout out to our amazing donors, listed on the auction website, who CONTINUE to support our mission: https://www.32auctions.com/arcofaurora2020.

The Arc of Aurora's Online Auction raises funds to help us continue offering high-quality services, such as information and referral; community training and education; individual, class, and systems change advocacy; and individual, family, volunteer and community support.

P.S. You can also click on the green Donate  button on the Online Auction homepage and make a cash donation NOW to be applied toward our $5,000 goal!

Questions or want to donate an item to the auction?
Contact Erica Dennison at 720-213-1420 |    Edennison@thearcofaurora.org
2020/2021 Organization Agreements

Now thru July 31, 2020

Now more than ever, we need YOUR support! We are encouraging current Members, advocacy clients, and other supporters and friends to complete a 2020/2021 Organization Agreement with The Arc of Aurora. When you complete your new agreement, it will be valid through July 31,  2021 .

If you have a current 2019/2020 Organization Agreement with The Arc of Aurora, it expires  July 31, 2020, no matter what time of year you completed that agreement. This also applies to all individual advocacy cases. 

The Arc of Aurora is pleased to offer Contributing and Basic Members these benefits for the 2020/2021 year. W hen you become a Member, you create a partnership with the organization, and also add your voice to those locally, statewide, and nationally who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Make the best use of your time at home, and take care of your annual agreement now by clicking here or calling Erica at 720-213-1420 to complete your agreement over the phone.
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Am I Eligible for a Stimulus Check?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) wasn’t expected and it has left many Americans unprepared for the potential of lost or reduced wages. Figuring out how to make rent/mortgage payments, how to buy food, and how to stay healthy and safe, all while staying entertained and busy is no easy task! Thankfully, Congress took action and will provide relief to nearly 90% of Americans by providing a stimulus check to each household via the passage of the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act). 

As a follower of The Arc of Aurora, what does this mean for you?
 How You Can Help
Give back to The Arc of Aurora
At The Arc of Aurora, we pride ourselves on taking action. But we need your help to make that action happen. Like so many other non-profit organizations, The Arc of Aurora has needed to shift our operational income and expenses amid COVID-19 . To support the work we do for individuals with I/DD and their families, below lists 10 different ways you can support The Arc of Aurora and those we help RIGHT NOW !

#1. Make a cash donation
Consider giving a cash donation though Colorado Gives. We know money is tight for everyone, but be comforted knowing that your donation will have a direct and immediate impact for those we help by ensuring that transformative individual advocacy continues, expands, and remains affordable.

#2. Make an in-kind donation
There are hundreds we support with I/DD in our Aurora community that need the below listed items. Consider making an in-kind donation to The Arc of Aurora (call to arrange a drop-off) so we can provide these items to the children and adults with I/DD and their families whom we support:

  • Unexpired, nonperishable food
  • Masks (handmade is okay)
  • Hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes
  • Cleaning products
  • Disposable gloves
  • Toilet paper, paper towels and Kleenex
  • Hygiene items such as soap, body wash, wipes, shampoo, etc.
  • Tylenol
  • Thermometers
  • Laundry detergent

#3. Catch us on social media
Even though we can't see you in person, the show must go on! The Arc of Aurora is posting pictures and videos on our social media to keep in touch and to provide you updates everyday. Follow us on Facebook , Instagram , and Twitter so you don’t miss a thing! It's easy to show us your support from afar without spending a penny.

#4. Check to see if your employer will double your donation
Right now, every little bit helps. If you’re able to donate to The Arc of Aurora, find out if your company will match your donation to us.

#5. Host a Facebook Fundraiser
Have a Facebook account? Consider setting up a Facebook Fundraiser to raise money for The Arc of Aurora with support from your friends and family! The Arc of Aurora will receive a check from Facebook a few months after your fundraiser ends. Be sure to tell us that you held the fundraiser as we aren't always notified.

#6. Donate to our online auction and support a small business at the same time
Although our Online Auction is postponed, we’re continuing to pursue our goal of raising $5,000! To help us reach that goal, consider buying gift cards from a small business and donating those gift cards to our Online Auction. You can also c lick on the green Donate  button on the Online Auction homepage and make a cash donation to be applied toward our $5,000 goal.

#7. Shop on Amazon.com
AmazonSmile is a simple and easy way to support The Arc of Aurora. Every time you shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/84-0678813, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to The Arc of Aurora.

#8: ReFUND Colorado Tax Program
A new program called ReFUND CO enables taxpayers to donate any portion of their Colorado state income tax refund to eligible nonprofits. Consider donating a portion of your tax refund to The Arc of Aurora! Simply add The Arc of Aurora's name, our registration number, #20023003597, and the amount you would like to donate to the new line on your tax return, "Donate to a Colorado Nonprofit Fund." Learn more at www.refundwhatmatters.org/. The IRS does not release information on donors, so please let The Arc of Aurora know that you donated so we can thank you.

#9: Participate in Giving Tuesday Now on May 5, 2020
Giving Tuesday Now is a global day of giving and unity that will take place on May 5, 2020, as an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19. Show your support and rally to do some good by making a donation to The Arc of Aurora on May 5 by visiting Colorado Gives or Firespring. 

#10: Become a Member of The Arc of Aurora for 2020/2021
What does it mean to be a Member of The Arc of Aurora? It means you're a part of us. It means you're part of something bigger that impacts people with disabilities. It means you're a friend. It means you're a supporter. It means you appreciate the work we do. It means you're an ally. When you're a Member, you help keep our doors open, create a partnership with the organization, and add your voice to those locally, statewide, and nationally who support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). To learn more,  click here .

Thank you for ANY support you can provide!
Spotlight On
Our newest Individual Advocate, Khali Johnson
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Hello, All! My name is Khali Johnson, and I am the newest advocate to join The Arc of Aurora team. I have two family members with intellectual disabilities (I/DD), and I advocate for citizens with I/DD because I believe that everyone is entitled to equality, respect, and joy!

Prior to joining The Arc of Aurora, I taught special education for five years in Cherry Creek School District. I have a Masters of Education in Special Education, and was a volunteer with both Special Olympics Colorado and Adaptive Recreation Opportunities in Larimer County. Each experience has taught me something new that I can use to help others, and I love every minute of it!

I grew up in Fort Collins, Colorado, attended college at the University of Missouri, and returned to Denver in 2011 for graduate school. Traveling is one of my strongest passions -- I try to visit one new country every year. In my spare time, I love hiking and camping, running races, playing board games, and spending time with my puppy Kaia!

I’m incredibly excited and grateful to be a member of The Arc of Aurora team, and I look forward to meeting each one of you!
 THINK+change
Training and education
THINK+change  is The Arc of Aurora’s training and education program that strives to change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with I/DD, their families, and the professionals in their lives.

People with disabilities who live in the U.S. are 2.5 times as likely to be victims of violent crimes as those without disabilities -- and 3 times as likely to be targets of rape, robbery, or aggravated assault.

In recognition of both  Sexual Assault Awareness Month  and  National Crime Victims' Rights Week , THINK+change invites you to check out the below TALKS TRAININGS and TOOLS to help your in work supporting victims with disabilities. 


Our shared work with and for victims of crime seeks to ensure equal access to justice for all victims. Take time to increase your awareness of the vulnerability of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD), and check out the above-listed TALKS TRAININGS and TOOLS as resources to help in your work, or to share with others.

Check out THINK+change’s entire product line at
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