Board of Directors is Seeking Nominees
Deadline Extended to February 8!

Are you committed to ensuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live the lives they choose as valued and respected members of the community?  

Do you know someone else who is passionate about The Arc?  

The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties is seeking nominations for positions on its Board of Directors, a rewarding experience that requires both passion for the organization’s mission and the ability to dedicate time and energy to moving the organization forward. You can read more about Board Member responsibilities in the Board of Directors Prospectus. 

After reviewing The Arc’s Strategic Plan and current Board composition, we are particularly interested in adding the following to our Board: 

• Young adult representation, especially a sibling who is between the ages of 18-34
• Health Care knowledge and experience
• Experience working in government/public sector
• Relationships with Local media organizations
• Relationships with Philanthropic Organizations/Individuals

Although the Board, through the Governance Committee, has expressed these priorities, all interested individuals who have a passion for The Arc’s mission are encouraged to submit a nomination form. Minorities are encouraged to apply.

 The Arc has extended the deadline for application to February 8, 2019 . Please download the Board Service Interest Form to nominate yourself or someone else. These forms will be reviewed by the Governance Committee, which will put forward a slate of nominees to be voted on by the Membership at The Arc’s Annual Meeting on April 17, 2018. New Board members would begin service July 1, 2019.

If you’re interested in serving and would like to know more, please contact Board President Helen Pietranczyk at (720) 979-1447 or Executive Director Lori Ropa at (303) 232-1338 and visit our website.

"Board service has been rewarding, inspiring and educational. I treasure the friendships that I have made through The Arc - Board, Staff and the individuals and families we serve. We are truly helping to create an inclusive community." -- Deb Karsell, Past President
Now Hiring: Are You Our Next Director of Adult Advocacy?

You’re committed to protecting human and civil rights for all. You believe that people should live self-directed lives and be valued and respected for who they are as individuals. You see abilities above all else. You are an Advocate. 

The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties needs you. As part of the largest organization of Advocates with and for people with autism, cerebral palsy, Down syndrome, and other intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), we have more than 60 years of history and a legacy of successfully promoting social justice.

If you are experienced and interested in learning more about this position, its qualifications, and the excellent benefits provided by The Arc, please click here.

Submissions are due by midnight February 10th and should be emailed to or mailed to 13949 W. Colfax Avenue, Suite 150, Lakewood, CO 80401. Please include a cover letter that speaks to your interest in joining The Arc, as well as your resume. Let us know why you’d be a great fit for our team!
Honor Someone Exceptional with The Arc's SPARC Awards

Do you know someone who is making a difference for our community? The Arc's SPARC awards are a special way to recognize exceptional people in our community who have given of themselves to make a difference in the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD), and/or assisted the families and organizations that serve them.
SPARC Awards are given in the following six categories:
Advocacy – Family, Friends, Caregiver
• Community Champion – Recreation, Church, Volunteer, Partner/Collaborator, etc.
• Education – Local Educator, Administrator
• Employer – Local Business
• Policy/Legislator – Local Policymaker
• Self-Determination – Self-Advocate

If you know someone who demonstrates extraordinary leadership in any of these areas, changing the community and the lives of people with I/DD, send in your nomination form by Tuesday, February 13 for consideration. Additional details are available on our website.
Last Information Night for Parents of Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Join Jeffco Public Schools for their final Information Night of the series:

Night 3 - Why Jeffco Asks for Cognitive Assessments: Cognitive testing, alternate assessment, extended evidence outcomes (EEO's) and modifications.
  • Tuesday, February 19 at Jeffco Education Center, 1829 Denver West Drive, Bldg 27, Golden, CO 80401 (Room 4E)
  • RSVP by 2/14/19

Time: Join at 5:30 PM for pizza, salad, and networking followed by interactive learning from 6 to 7:30 PM.

Please note that child care is not provided. Click here to RSVP!

For more information or accommodations contact Holly Dolfi at (303) 982-6710 or

To request any resonable accomodation you may need in order to fully participate in the training or for interpretation services please leave a message at (303) 982 - 6710 one week prior to the training date.
Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program Now Enrolling for Fall 2019

Motivated students with learning, intellectual, and development differences are leaving high school expecting to go to college with their peers.

The Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program (IHECP) is here to help.
They believe that higher education is a vehicle for self-empowerment as it increases
students’ social circles, opportunities for employment, and independence. The Inclusive Higher Education Certificate Program designs individualized, inclusive higher education experiences for students with learning, intellectual, and developmental differences so they attend classes, interact with instructors and peers, maximize their learning, and explore all that college life has to offer.

The IHECP 2019 Open House will take place at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, Auraria Campus, West Classroom Building on Thursday, February 28 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in Room: 257 and on Thursday, March 7 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM in Room: 257.

Please RSVP by February 22. Click here to RSVP!

To find out more about how IHECP can support you in college, contact or (303) 805-4083.
Support The Arc While Shopping at Amazon!

Did you know that using AmazonSmile is a great way to support The Arc? Simply click here to shop and Amazon will donate to The Arc - Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties!

Each eligible purchase you make will result in a donation to The Arc. Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.

For more information please see the complete AmazonSmile program details.
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Want to be even more connected? Check out our website here!