In This Issue:

  • Don't Miss Summit of Hope on October 13!
  • Locative Technology and Addressing Wandering Webinar
  • Promising Programmatic Practices for People With Dual Diagnosis Webinar
  • Improving Outcomes for People With IDD in Contact With the Criminal Justice System
  • The Arc's National Convention: November 10-12 in Denver!
Join us at Summit of Hope

The Arc - Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties invites you to our largest annual gathering on Thursday, October 13 in Golden.

Don’t miss this event! Hear stories, live speakers and discussions that will engage and inspire - featuring a movie premiere theme, complete with red carpet photos and popcorn! See how much individuals have achieved, and the integral part The Arc plays in people’s lives. Enjoy food, drink and conversation with others who are committed to valuing and respecting everyone in our community.

Your participation in Summit of Hope will help support the programs our chapter provides year-round to ensure people with IDD in our community can lead their fullest lives.

How Summit of Hope Makes an Impact:

  • All proceeds from Summit of Hope go directly to The Arc—JCCGC’s programs, the biggest of which is advocacy.
  • Each year, The Arc works one-on-one with individuals and families, addressing requests for advocacy related to benefits and services, education, housing, transportation, employment, healthcare, safety, conflict resolution and individual rights.

RSVPs are required. There is no cost to attend the event. Donations are appreciated.

Gifts of all sizes support our ongoing work to:

  • Empower people with disabilities to build skills and confidence
  • Educate families on how to navigate complicated systems
  • Expand access to systems that provide critical supports for people with IDD
  • Erase misperceptions about people with IDD

Two identical presentations of Summit of Hope are scheduled – one at 12 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, at Calvary Church, 1320 Arapahoe St., Golden.

For more information about Summit of Hope and to RSVP, click here.

We look forward to seeing you there!

If you are unable to attend Summit of Hope and would like to support The Arc-Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties, you can donate by clicking here.
Webinar: Exploring Locative Technology to Address Wandering

The Arc U.S. has developed a recorded webinar about addressing wandering.

During this 60-minute webinar and 30-minute Q&A session representatives from the International Association of Chiefs of Police explore the pros and cons of using tracking devices in wandering situations, emphasizing some effective alternatives.

Law enforcement, family members, and disability advocates share strategies to address wandering by individuals with IDD, as well as the use of locative technology as a last resort.

The speakers include poet and self-advocate Russell Lehmann.

To view the webinar, click here.
Promising Programmatic Practices for People With
Dual Diagnosis

The Arc U.S. is hosting a webinar about programmatic practices for people with dual diagnosis.

Chris Snell, MS and Dorian Crawford, PsyD of Incompass Human Services, will provide an overview of promising practices in community-based services for people who are dually diagnosed with an intellectual and/or developmental disability and a co-occurring behavioral health condition.
Learn about:
  • Community based program modalities and promising clinical practices, including residential, employment, and meaningful day curriculum, plus treatment and programming integration and oversight
  • Challenges and opportunities in supporting this population, including internal and external stakeholder collaboration and communication
  • Staffing support and training needs
Promising Programmatic Practices for People with Dual Diagnosis
Date: September 22
Time: 12:00 p.m. Mountain Time

To register, click here.
Improving Outcomes for People With IDD in Contact With the Criminal Justice System

Often, when people with intellectual or developmental disabilities encounter the criminal justice system, they experience situations that do not address their unique needs and they face misconceptions about their abilities.

However, there are ways to help improve outcomes for people with IDD and reduce their chances of re-encountering the criminal justice system.

Important steps that criminal justice and disability professionals can take to better identify and respond to the needs of people with IDD are highlighted in a new publication created through a partnership with The Arc’s National Center on Criminal Justice and Disability and the Council of State Governments.

This two-page brief titled: Improving Outcomes for People in Contact with the Criminal Justice System Who Have Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities, offers details about:

  • Training all staff to identify people who have IDD
  • Creating policies for engaging with and responding to people with IDD
  • Developing collaborations with advocates, experts on IDD, and people with lived experience in the criminal justice system

Click here to read the brief.
The Arc's 2022 National Convention in Denver
The Arc’s National Convention will be held in Denver November 10-12 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel.

We’re already getting excited and we hope you are too. We can’t wait to see you there!

Each attendee at The Arc’s events brings a wealth of knowledge and experience, ensuring you’ll leave with a new support network and sounding board for your work back at home. While the event is still two months away, there is something you can do RIGHT NOW to make it even better—invite a friend!

The more people and diversity in experiences are at National Convention, the stronger our entire movement will be. We hope you’ll spread the word about our first in-person event in three years with the friends and colleagues in your community, so they can share in the value of National Convention too!

To register and for more details about the convention click here.

If there are any questions you have about the event in the meantime, please email

See you in November!
Thank You to Our Transformative Partner
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