training and education program that strives to change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, and the professionals in their lives.
Greetings ~ 
Summer is here, and so are THINK+change's newest TALKS, TRAININGS, and TOOLS.
In this issue, check out:
  • NEW TALKS about The Intersection of Race and Disability
  • NEW online TRAININGS for Living Well: Host Home Service Delivery Option
  • NEW Colorado Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for Children TOOL
From all of us at THINK+change, we wish you a great summer with loved ones and a lot of fun in the sun!
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Erica Dennison
Special Projects' and THINK+change Manager
Provocative, in-person or video shorts
The Intersection of Race and Disability
The lived experience of disability varies, both among people with disabilities and among racial and ethnic groups. All people should be able to engage in everyday activities regardless of race, national origin, ethnicity, or disability. But, many still face barriers. This video storytelling series features the perspectives of four individuals from different racial backgrounds including North African Arab, Vietnamese, Black, and Latino who have a relationship with disability. What happens when those identities are united? What discrimination do these individuals face, what successes have occurred, and what still needs to improve?

Why you should watch
It’s time to talk about these blended identities and understand that experiences are different for people with disabilities who are from communities of color.
The Intersection of Race and Disability was made possible through support from Arc Thrift Stores, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition, Developmental Pathways, Guided By Humanity, PASCO, and The Arc of Aurora.
In-person or online targeted education opportunities
Living Well: Host Home Service Delivery Option
What is a Host Home in Colorado? Host Homes are located in different cities, towns, and rural areas and is a residential setting where an adult with intellectual or other developmental disabilities (IDD) lives with a qualified Host Home Provider. A Host Home Provider is an independent contractor that opens up a room in their own home to provide access to up to 24/7 individualized supports and care.

This no-cost training reviews
  • Medicaid and intellectual and developmental disability (IDD) eligibility for long-term services and support;
  • Home and Community-Based Services Waivers (HCBS) for adults with IDD;
  • What a Host Home is;
  • Tenant Rights and Responsibilities;
  • Becoming a Host Home Provider (HHP);
  • Person-Centered Planning and Self-Determination;
  • At-risk Adults;
  • Host Home Provider Rights and Responsibilities; and
  • How to Find the Right Fit.

What to expect
  • A 45-minute self-paced video slide-based course;
  • Members of The Arc of Aurora's Advocacy team as your trainers;
  • Closed captioning in English;
  • Multiple downloadable TOOLS including an Adult HCBS Colorado Waiver Chart, Critical Incidence Reporting TOOL, Host Home Interview Questionnaire for Host Home Providers, Host Home Interview Questionnaire for people with IDD and their families; and a
  • Downloadable Certificate of Participation.

Who should take this course
  • People with IDD interested in the Colorado host home option;
  • Parents of children with IDD in Colorado;
  • Individuals interested in becoming a Host Home Provider;
  • Community Centered Board (CCB) and Single Entry Point (SEP) employees;
  • Professionals that serve and support people with IDD such as victim service providers, healthcare workers, school personnel, and;
  • Program Approved Services Agency (PASA) staff.
Victimization and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD)
People with IDDs are victims of crime at a substantially higher rate than the general public, which impacts their ability to safely live in many community settings. This 3-part podcast/vodcast series reviews victimization statistics, unique crimes against people with disabilities, and how to help victims with disabilities become a survivor.

  • Episode 1: Overview – reviews mandatory reporting, the difference between offender and victim in the criminal justice system, legal supports, and protections.
  • Episode 2: Pathways to Justice – reviews forensic interviewing, hearsay exception, ADA accommodations and access, victim advocacy, and emerging as a survivor.
  • Episode 3: Victim Advocacy and Support, with special guest Brie Franklin from Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CCASA) – reviews the differences between private and public-funded victims’ advocates, accessing victim’s services, and what victims services look like for people with IDD.

Why you should tune in
To learn how to support someone with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD) down the path of becoming a survivor, and what community resources can help.
Victimization and People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) was made possible through support from Arc Thrift Stores, Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault, Colorado District Attorney's Council, Developmental Pathways, and The Arc of Aurora.
Tangible educational products
Colorado Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) for Children
Do you have or know a child that has a disability or unique needs? There are four (4) HCBS waivers for children in Colorado that can provide additional supports for enhanced quality of life. But, each waiver can offer different services and supports, and also have different eligibility requirements. We created an easy to use TOOL to help better understand the:

  • Children's Home and Community-Based Services Waiver (CHCBS);
  • Children's Extensive Support Waiver (CES);
  • Children's Habilitation Residential Program Waiver (CHRP); and the
  • Children With Life-Limiting Illness Waiver (CLLI).

Why you should download this TOOL
To know what HCBS waivers are available in Colorado for children from birth - 20 years old, to help navigate what that child may qualify for, and whom to contact to get started.
THINK+change Catalog
THINK+change has been creating original content for 4 years and our Third Edition THINK+change catalog features all TALKS TRAININGS and TOOLS we have developed and produced to help you in your work for and with people with disabilities.

Why you should explore
We have nearly fifty (50) original content-based TALKS, TRAININGS, and TOOLS in one easy place covering topics such as Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Special Education, Victimization, Self-Determination, The Americans with Disabilities (ADA), and MUCH MORE!
Want more information or have questions? Just ask – we'd love to connect.
Use any of the below podcast platforms? You can listen to us there too!
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