In This Issue:

  • Navigating Proposed Rights Modifications
  • The Intersection of Race, Disability, and Crisis Response Virtual Conference
  • The Planning Process for Early Intervention Services Webinar
  • In-Person Training: Sextortion - Online Romance Scams and People with IDD
  • Friendship Research Project
  • Sexual Education for People with IDD
  • Recording Available: Changes to Case Management
  • Colorado Department of Education's BIPOC Family Listening Sessions
Navigating Proposed Rights Modifications

To help individuals understand their rights and considerations for consenting to proposed rights modifications, informational videos are available from Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). These videos were designed to be a part of discussions during the decision-making process for individuals who are considering whether to modify their rights.
The two-part video series includes Part I: My Rights and Part II: Rights Modifications.

Click here to watch the videos.

In addition, for a resource sheet containing links relating to supported decision making, advocacy organizations in Colorado, self-advocacy, and relevant state agencies, click here.
The Intersection of Race, Disability, and Crisis Response Virtual Conference

Too often, people with disabilities in crisis have nowhere to turn and call 911, many times resulting in bad outcomes. In some instances, family or friends call 911, only escalating the situation. According to the National Center for the Dually Diagnosed, 30 to 40 percent of people with IDD and almost 70 percent of people with Autism are likely to have co-occurring mental health disabilities.
The Arc U.S. and partner organizations are hosting a free virtual conference: BIPOC Disabled: Disrupting Danger in Crisis Response. Disability rights advocates leading the way to transforming crisis response in their states and at the federal level will share information. Directly impacted individuals, advocates, social workers, and the federal government will collaborate to name the issues and strategize the solutions.
Conference sessions include:
  • Impacted Families and Crisis Response
  • 988 Beyond a Law Enforcement Response
  • Mobile Crisis Response for Young People with Disabilities
  • Solutions: Success in Illinois and Federal Civil Rights Enforcement
BIPOC Disabled: Disrupting Danger in Crisis Response
Date: Tuesday, September 13
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To learn more about the conference and register, click here.
The Planning Process for Early Intervention Services Webinar
The process of program planning in early intervention and special education can be challenging at times for parents, teachers, service providers, and administrators.

Join The Arc U.S. for a webinar on engagement in the early intervention program planning process.

Information will be shared to better inform parents of students with IDD. IDEA Part C and B, and program planning requirements. Strategies that support more meaningful engagement in early intervention programs will be explained. Equity issues and the points of advocacy at the individual and systems levels will be explored through examples, discussion, and reviewing the resources available.

This webinar will be captioned. The recording will be available to view on demand for those who register. Questions? Email

The Planning Process for Early Intervention Services
Date: Tuesday, September 20
Time: 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time

Click here for more information and to register.
Sextortion Online Romance Scams and People with IDD

People with IDD are increasingly becoming targets of online romance scams and sextortion.

Join THINK+change, a training and education program of The Arc of Aurora, in partnership with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, for an in-person training specifically for people with IDD.

Training content includes:
  • What romance scams and sextortion are
  • Red flags and warning signs
  • Tips to connect safely
  • How to do a Google Image search to identify a scammer
  • Ways to report an online scammer
  • How to stop communication with a scammer
Who should attend the training? A person with an IDD who is over 18 years old, has guardian permission (if applicable), uses the internet, and/or has experienced online scammers.

Sextortion Online Romance Scams and People with IDD
Date: Wednesday, September 14
Time: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Location: Developmental Pathways: 14280 E. Jewell Ave. Suite A, Aurora

Advanced registration for this in-person training is required by Wednesday, September 7.

For questions and to register contact Erica Dennison: edennison@thearcofaurora org or at (720) 213-1420 ext. 107.
Friendship Research Project

Quality friendships are critically important to happiness, quality of life, and enhanced mental and physical health and wellness. Friendships help manage stress and without them, people may feel loneliness, isolation, and depression.

The University of Denver is interested in learning more about the friendships of those with intellectual disabilities to help schools build more targeted and social skills services. If you have an adolescent between the ages of 15 to 21 who has a mild to moderate intellectual disability, you may qualify. Payment will be provided for gas and participation.

If you would like to participate or have any questions about the study, email
Sexual Education for People with IDD

There is a need to teach people with IDD comprehensive sexual education. The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties will be partnering with Planned Parenthood for a four week “Sex Positive” virtual education class for people with IDD. These virtual classes will promote sexually healthy, educated young men and women with IDD being safer, more informed, and more vocal about their rights and their bodies.
Topics Include:
  • Different Types of Relationships
  • Moving From Friend to More
  • Anatomy
  • Understanding and Respecting
All classes will be held via Zoom. This class is meant for individuals 16 and older
Four-week class on Tuesdays & Thursdays
September 13 - October 6 
5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Space is limited. RSVP by September 10.

Click here for more information and to register. Questions? Email
Myths & Facts About Changes to Case Management

Major changes to a system may cause major confusion.
Colorado Department of Healthcare Policy & Financing presented an education session on August 23 designed to help people sort through facts vs. fiction about changes to case management resulting from the Colorado Case Management Redesign work.

The issues covered in the meeting may be most helpful for individuals and their families who are being served by a Case Management Agency, as well as individual case managers and providers seeking to understand this important reform.
Click here to view a recording of the meeting.
Colorado Department of Education's BIPOC Family Listening Sessions

The Colorado Department of Education is hosting BIPOC Family Listening Sessions. Objectives of these upcoming events are to:

  • Discuss students’ and parents’ equitable, diverse, and inclusive experiences with special education identification and services.
  • Understand parent knowledge regarding equitable, diverse, and inclusive, special education identification and services.
  • Clarify parent needs and solicit input from Colorado’s BIPOC and bilingual community.
  • Utilize gathered information to provide support and resources.

Here are the dates of the listening sessions:

September 29: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
October 19: 12 - 1 p.m.
November 11: 1 - 2 p.m. for Spanish speaking families/parents

Click here to register.

Questions regarding listening session content - please reach out to Michael Ramirez at Questions regarding registration - contact Roberta Curtis at
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