News You Can Use
-June 2018-
News You Can Use has dropped a few pounds, just in time for summer! Now our quarterly newsletter only includes info about upcoming events and important topics.

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Happy summer!
Upcoming Events
Saturday, July 14

Picnic in the Park
11:00am-2:00pm
Everyone attends FREE! Join us for a family-friendly, fun-filled day with yummy food and great people at Utah Park. W e will also have an adaptive obstacle course, provided by the National Sports Center for the Disabled. Come celebrate what makes The Arc of Aurora so great...YOU! To learn more and to let us know you're coming by July 10 , visit http://bit.ly/PicnicinthePark18.

Questions? Contact Erica Dennison at 720-213-1420 | Edennison@thearcofaurora.org
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Saturday, July 28 & Sunday, July 29

Finding Health Conference
8:00am-5:00pm each day
Finding Health is for EVERYONE! Looking to feel better? Heard stories about how better nutrition and medical cannabis may help improve your quality of life? Been looking for info on how and when to consider modifying your diet? Then join us at Finding Health. Be sure to contact us to see whether you qualify for a scholarship to help pay your way. To learn more and to register by July 16, visit http://bit.ly/FindHealth2018.

Questions? Contact Jean Solis at 720-213-1420 | Jsolis@thearcofaurora.org
Annual Membership and Organization Agreements with The Arc of Aurora are expiring!
Please renew by July 31, 2018
We are a Membership organization and accept memberships from everyone! Not only do you receive benefits and create a partnership with the organization, you help keep our doors open. It couldn't be easier; just choose an option below to renew or to become a new member!
 
  • Attend Picnic in the Park (RSVP required so we can plan for enough food) - we will have forms available
  • 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
The 71st Regular Session of the Colorado General Assembly concluded in May. Check out legislation that was introduced impacting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, and the outcomes of those bills in this handy wrap up offered by The Arc of Colorado. 
 How You Can Help
The emergency food bank at The Arc of Aurora is completely donation driven and is only available to our families and individuals with I/DD facing hunger and food insecurity. We welcome donations of nonperishable goods and hygiene items, and accept food bank donations year-round. Here's a thought...host a drive at your work, church, gym, school, club, etc!

Questions? Contact Erica.
Spotlight On
-Michelle Walker, MAMMA's-
When's the last time you met a mover and shaker? Or more specifically, a mother of a child with autism who strives to make a difference in not only her child's life, but in the lives of all children in Colorado with autism? Meet Michelle Walker, State Chapter Director of MAMMA's (Mothers Advocating Medical Marijuana for Autism).

Michelle and her family moved to Colorado from Texas so her 10-year-old son would have access to medical cannabis to treat his epilepsy and severe autism. Seizures are on the list of qualifying conditions in Colorado to be legally prescribed medical cannabis. Once Michelle began administering medical cannabis to her son, his autism, as well as his epilepsy, dramatically improved. Michelle recently shared with a media outlet that "He is more verbal, he is more cognitively aware, it's just amazing. It's a night and day difference. It's like someone turned the light switch back on for him."

Michelle was instrumental educating our elected officials this last legislative session with her powerful testimony on how medical marijuana has helped improve her son's quality of life.

Want to hear more about Michelle and her story? She will be a closing speaker at the Finding Health Conference on Sunday, July 29.