In This Issue:

  • Laugh With Us at Comedy Night With Josh Blue
  • All About Colorado ABLE Accounts
  • Watch Out - Don't Be a Victim of a Local Phone Scam
  • IMatter: Free Therapy for Colorado Youth
  • News From The Arc U.S.: Healthcare Discrimination
  • Participate in a Survey about Child Care Accessibility
  • Jeffco Public School's Special Education Resource Fair - January 30
  • Jeffco's (Dis)Ability Focused Hiring Event - January 31
  • PossAbilities Expo - February 3
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Comedy Night with Josh Blue

Laughter is one of the best ways to reduce stress. So, take a brief break and click here to check out one of comedian Josh Blue’s performances on America’s Got Talent.

Critics have said Josh is not a cerebral palsy comic; he’s a comic who happens to have cerebral palsy. He has funny stories that spread laughter and break down stereotypes of people with disabilities

Comedy Night with Josh Blue is being presented by The Arc-JCCGC as part of our Developmental Disability Awareness Month activities this March. All tickets include a 60-minute comedy performance and a Q&A with Josh. Limited tickets are available, so get yours today before they are sold out.

What: Comedy Night with Josh Blue
The content of this show is "adult-friendly"
When: March 8 at 7 p.m. (doors at 6:30)
Where: Lakewood Cultural Center, 470 S. Allison Parkway, Lakewood

  • Ticket Price: $59.00
  • Post-Show VIP Party: $119.00 - includes a ticket for the comedy show followed by a reception with Josh. Light food and drinks included at the party.
  • Self-Advocate Discounted Ticket: A limited number of $19 tickets are available for self-advocates. These tickets must be coordinated through The Arc.

Want tickets for a self-advocate, or have questions about show content?
Contact Veronica Wernsman at The Arc: [email protected] or (303) 232-1338.
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All About Colorado ABLE Accounts

Colorado ABLE Accounts are now available through CollegeInvest.

These accounts will give­­ individuals with qualified disabilities -- and their families and friends -- a tax advantaged way to save for disability-related expenses, while maintaining the individual's federal government benefits.

For more information and links to ABLE resources, click here.

Watch Out - Local Scam

Don’t be a victim of a phone scam happening in our area.

At least one scammer is leaving phone messages claiming to be a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy. The scammer leaves messages saying there’s a legal matter to discuss, KDVR News reports.

The latest message people are receiving says something along the lines of, “I’m a Jefferson County deputy and you missed court and are pending a $45,000 fine,” according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.
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I Matter: Free Therapy for Colorado Youth

I Matter provides up to six free therapy sessions for any Colorado youth 18 and younger, or 21 and younger who are receiving special education services.

Support mental health wellness for youth and visit to sign up for in-person or telehealth services in English, or for services in Spanish.

For more information about I Matter, click here.

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News From The Arc U.S.: Healthcare Discrimination

The Arc U.S.’s recent blog, He Isn't Worth Helping, shares gut-wrenching stories of health care discrimination against people with IDD.

From denying treatment to discounting pain, people are being refused life-saving and routine care at disproportionately high rates.

As we advocate for reform, these lived experiences spotlight the urgent need to combat stigma and ensure equitable health care access.

Our health care system is failing people with intellectual and developmental disabilities – and costing them their lives. Their shared experiences are eye-opening and egregious, including doctors outright refusing to provide services, wrongly attributing health issues to their disability, not viewing people with IDD as reliable communicators of their own health issues, making assumptions about quality of life and worthiness, refusing to allow a support person to accompany them, discounting their pain, and more.
Participate in a Survey About Child Care Accessibility

The Government Accountability Office (GAO)—a nonpartisan agency that conducts research for the U.S. Congress—has been asked to conduct a survey on child care accessibility. They are looking to hear from parents/guardians of children with disabilities and parents/guardians with disabilities.
  • If you have a child with a disability and would like to share your experience in a discussion group, please click here to complete this survey.
  • If you are a parent with a disability and would like to share your experience, please click here to complete this questionnaire. There is a phone number at the beginning of the form that can be used if you need help completing the online form.
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Don't Miss Jeffco Public School's Special Education Resource Fair

The Arc-JCCGC's Child and Family Advocacy Team will be at Jeffco Public School's Special Education Resource Fair along with many community groups and organizations that provide services for families with children who have disabilities.

Jeffco Special Education staff will be available to talk with families and answer questions about Jeffco programs. Attend to gather helpful information about resources. All are welcome – parents, guardians, caregivers, educators.

When: Tuesday, January 30: 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Where: Jeffco Education Center: 1829 Denver West Drive, 5th Floor Board Room

For more information, or accommodations, contact Holly Dolfi: [email protected].
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(Dis)Ability Focused Hiring Event in Golden - January 31

Jefferson County Business and Workforce Center’s (Dis)Ability Focused Hiring Event is being presented to help promote equity, diversity, and inclusion by connecting employers to talented individuals with and without disabilities.
When: Wednesday, January 31: 1 - 3:30 p.m.
Where: 3500 Illinois St., Golden
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Free Workshop - Disclosure of Disability and Health Concerns
Are you worried that health or disability concerns will keep you from getting hired or keeping the job? Recognize what you should and shouldn’t disclose and how to share your story, in a way that puts you in the best possible light. Practice how to ask for what you need in a direct, respectful manner, including appropriate accommodations. Register for the workshop by clicking here.
12 p.m. Lunch Break
1 - 3:30 p.m. – Hiring Event
Register to attend the hiring event by clicking here.
Questions? Email Cheryl Keough, Business Outreach Specialist, Jefferson County Business & Workforce Center: [email protected]
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Lakewood's PossAbilities Expo - February 3

Connecting the Disability Community with Recreation and Resources
The City of Lakewood is planning its first PossAbilities Expo to highlight opportunities for the disability community and bring together resources for people who have disabilities and their families or caregivers.  
Many local adaptive recreation opportunities and organizations that provide services that benefit individuals with disabilities and their families/caregivers will be represented. People of all ages and abilities are welcome.
Stop by and say hello to members of The Arc-JCCGC’s team. Explore a wide variety of vendors, resources, and services for different abilities, including therapeutic recreation, adaptive sports, health care, funding sources, transportation and more. Interactive demos and activities are planned.
When: Saturday, February 3: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: Charles Whitlock Recreation Center: 1555 Dover St., Lakewood
More information: click here