It is with mixed feelings that Jean has announced her retirement from The Arc of Aurora. Red Pen Rita, as her coworkers affectionately called her, has made an immeasurable impact in the lives of children and adults with I/DD, their families and the professionals in their lives. To our dearest Jean, we wish you all the best and know you will not be far. We hope you enjoy a happy, healthy, and well-deserved vacation!
THINK+change will continue with the same gusto and enthusiasm amid Jean's departure, and future THINK+change communications will come from me, Erica Dennison. My career in the I/DD field spans nearly 17 years. This includes working a variety of roles including home and community-based services (HCBS); disability case management; public policy at The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing for The State of Colorado; and finally landing at The Arc of Aurora in 2017. On a personal level, my brother has an I/DD. Because of him, I'm driven to make sure all people with disabilities are included, supported, and cared for with the same dignity and respect we all deserve. I am extremely dedicated to the standards of person-centered practices and self-determination, and I am a strong believer in educating persons about disability rights.
In this issue, check out a new
Breaking the Barrier of Disability Bias
TALKS resource, a vodcast/podcast about forensic interviewing, and our updated THINK+change catalog!
Have any questions about using our educational resources? Feel free to reach out to me directly.
Be kind to one another,