In This Issue:

  • Let's Celebrate Together at Our Holiday Open House on December 11!
  • Colorado Gives: Guide to Giving - Help People with IDD Live Their Best Lives
  • National Convention Recap
  • In The News: Elimination of Subminimum Wage Employment
  • Low Income Energy Assistance Program
  • Observing The Transgender Day of Remembrance
  • Coffee House Tomorrow!
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Let's Celebrate Together!

Join Us at Our Holiday Open House on December 11.

We’re looking forward to ringing in the holiday season with you.

Don’t miss our Holiday Open House!
When: December 11 from 3 to 7 p.m.
Where: The Arc – JCCGC’s Office: 13949 W. Colfax Ave., Building 1, Suite 102, Lakewood

Create some happy memories. Catch up with old friends and meet some new people. Light refreshments will be served. Santa will be available for pictures between 4:30 and 6 p.m.

It will be casual and fun! For more information, click here.

Please RSVP by December 6. We can’t wait to see you there!
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Colorado Gives: Guide to Giving

Giving is more convenient than ever this year! It only takes a few minutes to support The Arc- JCCGC through our Colorado Gives page. Your donation in any amount will help people with IDD live their fullest lives.

Give how you like! Accepted forms of payment include:

  • Major credit cards
  • PayPal
  • Apple Pay
  • Google Pay, and more!

Watch this video to see how easy it is to donate this year: click here.

Make a gift between now and December 5 to further the work The Arc does year-round to empower people with disabilities and their families, expand access, and erase misperceptions about people with IDD!

The Arc National Convention Recap

The Arc’s 2023 National Convention was three wonderful days of learning, connecting, and fun.

Attendees at this year’s event held November 6-8 in New Orleans had opportunities to network with advocates, professionals, people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their families.
Representatives from The Arc-JCCGC were there, including the winners selected in our random drawing for a trip to the National Convention. The winners of our chapter’s drawing and their support people were:

Michael Saynourath and his mother Melissa Saynourath
Mackenzie Cline and her father Bruce Cline

They attended informative sessions about employment, education, advocacy, housing, criminal justice, and more – sure to challenge, inspire, and motivate.  

Q & A with Mackenzie Cline

Q: What was the highlight of the New Orleans trip for you? 
A: Two highlights were meeting some people and having dinner with a group at Drago’s.

Q: What was your favorite breakout session at the National Convention?
A: I didn’t have favorites, but I liked the videos that were shown.

Q: What was the most important thing you learned by attending the convention?
A: Meeting new people.

Q & A with Michael Saynourath

Q: What was the highlight of the New Orleans trip for you?
A: Creole Queen Historic Cruise on a Paddleboat.

Q: What was your favorite breakout session at the National Convention?
A: When Ignorance Becomes Awareness: The Dark Side of Autism.

Q: What was the most important thing you learned by attending the convention?
A: Learning about resources to attend college.

In The News: Elimination of Subminimum Wage Employment

No Colorado companies can pay people less than minimum wage because they have a disability. This is thanks to the bipartisan SB21-039 Elimination of Subminimum Wage Employment, which required an end to this practice by July 2025. 

Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera, and the Colorado Departments of Labor and Employment (CDLE) and Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF) announced this legislation on October 31.

The Arc worked on this Bill in 2021.

This legislation prohibits an employer from paying an employee less than minimum wage due to age, physical or mental disability, or injury. The law also required HCPF to enhance Medicaid employment-related services to members with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and to expand eligibility for the Medicaid Buy-in for Working Adults program to all adults with disabilities so their higher earnings will not make them ineligible for the Medicaid services they need. 

This announcement, two years ahead of the legislated timeline, marks an era of new opportunity for Coloradans with disabilities.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program

The Colorado Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible families, older adults, and individuals pay a portion of their winter home heating costs.
LEAP works to keep our communities warm November through April by providing assistance with winter heating costs, equipment repair and/or replacement of inoperable heating tools. While the program is not intended to pay the entire cost of home heating, it helps alleviate some of the burdens that come with Colorado's colder months.
LEAP accepts applications between November and April.

To learn more about applying for LEAP benefits, eligibility, and a checklist to help you prepare your application, click here.
Questions? Call 1-866-432-8435 for more information.
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The Transgender Day of Remembrance

Recognizing the Intersectionality of the People We Serve

The Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed every November 20 to memorialize people who have been murdered as the result of transphobia.

At The Arc every day is a time to continue working toward promoting and protecting human rights and achieving greater acceptance and inclusion for all.

The theory of intersectionality is important for people with intellectual developmental disabilities, and for The Arc, because many people with IDD fall into numerous other minority categories related to race, gender, sexual orientation, and more. It is important to recognize the many aspects of a person--not only whether or not they have a disability.

Learn about the history of The Transgender Day of Remembrance by clicking here.

While the fight for equality, protection, and acceptance of the LGBTQI+ community is far from over, we at The Arc would like to recognize everyone at the intersection of the IDD and LGBTQI+ communities and thank them for courageously showing their pride every day. We see you AND we support you.

Coffee House is Tomorrow

It's not just for coffee-drinkers! Whatever your drink of choice, you’re invited to Coffee House.

Join us at our monthly social get-together. You'll have fun getting to know our friendly community.

Thursday, November 16 (TOMORROW)
5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Panera Bread -- 650 S. Wadsworth Blvd, Lakewood (Southeast corner of Wadsworth & Center Ave).
Questions? Email