Farewell, Emily!

After more than three wonderful years at The Arc, advocate Emily Hobbs will be leaving us at the end of February 2019. Though we will miss her, we wish her the very best as she moves on to a new adventure in her life. Emily will be returning to her home state of New Mexico to pursue a new venture with her family’s small business.  

If you’ve worked with Emily, we’re sure she’d love to hear from you before she leaves on February 28th. Please feel free to call her at the office at (303) 232-1338 or email at emily@arcjc.org to wish her well!
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 info@arcjc.org 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!
Board of Directors is Seeking Nominees

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 is accepting nominations through January 31, 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
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.
Information Nights for Parents of Students with Intellectual Disabilities

Join Jeffco Public Schools for their 2 remaining Information Nights:

Night 2 - Special Education 101: Starting the journey and navigating your new IEP. Overview of the special education process and Individualized Education Plans (IEP).
  • Tuesday, February 5 at The Arc, 13949 West Colfax Ave, Bldg 1, Lakewood, CO 80401 (Suite 150)
  • RSVP by 1/31/19

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 holly.dolfi@jeffco.k12.co.us.

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.
Join the 2nd Annual Special Education Accountability Committee (SEAC) Resource Fair

Please consider joining the Special Education Accountability Committee (SEAC) for their 2nd annual Resource Fair on Thursday, January 31 from 5:00 to 7:30 PM at the Jeffco Education Center.

All are welcome - parents, guardians, caregivers, and educators. Connect with local organizations that provide services for families with children who have special needs. Come meet community groups and organizations that provide supports and resources for children with disabilities.

Jeffco Special Education administration, staff and SEAC parent volunteers will be on hand to talk with families and answer questions about SEAC and Jeffco programs.

For more information/accommodations contact Holly Dolfi at (303) 982-6710 or holly.dolfi@jeffco.k12.co.us.

Check out SEAC's webpage for up to date information here.
Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #4

Join the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD) for Sex Talk for Self-Advocates Webinar #4, Relationship Experiences.

It is well documented meaningful relationships are connected to better health, social, and quality of life outcomes for all people, including people with disabilities. Relationships can help to create a greater sense of identity, self-worth, and belonging. Relationships are important, but they can look different for all of us. Join this webinar to hear from self-advocates as they talk about their experiences being married, dating, partnered, and single. Sex Talk #4, Relationship Experiences, will focus on the personal relationship experiences of self-advocates as they join our panel of sexual health educators.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 from 12:00 - 1:00 PM (MST)

If you've missed past AUCD Sexual Health webinars, don't worry! They are all archived online; you can access them here.
Join The Arc's National Sibling Council!

Are you a sibling looking to get more involved in disability rights activism? The Arc’s National Sibling Council seeks to foster the active involvement of siblings of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in The Arc’s grassroots advocacy efforts nationwide. Siblings are an important and unique segment of the disability rights movement. We want your help as we work to promote and protect the rights of individuals with I/DD throughout the country.

The Arc seeks applications from siblings who are eager to take a leadership role in The Arc’s advocacy movement. Members of the council will be asked to complete the following:

• Participate in 4 quarterly conference calls each year. 
• Carry out the advocacy action steps assigned in each call, and report back to the council.
• Encourage other siblings to join The Arc’s advocacy movement.

Apply to join the Sibling Council today! Deadline to apply is February 15.

Have questions? Contact Liz Mahar at mahar@thearc.org
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Want to be even more connected? Check out our website here!