In This Issue:

  • State of The Arc - Today!
  • Pride Month - The Intersectionality of Our Community
  • Webinar: Future Planning: It is Possible and Necessary - June 30
  • Save the Date! Our Picnic is August 4 and You are Invited
Today: Attend 
The State of The Arc
Annual Meeting 

Our chapter of The Arc hosts an annual meeting to inform our members and community of the state of our chapter. We welcome all who would like to attend and learn more about The Arc, who we are, and why we do what we do.
During this short but important gathering the President of the Board will deliver the State of The Arc address, which recaps the past year of our organization – challenges we overcame, highlights, and triumphs.
For more information about The State of the Arc meeting, and materials related to voting matters, please visit our website.
Our State of The Arc Annual Membership Meeting will be held virtually through Zoom and by conference call TODAY - Wednesday, June 22, 6:00 – 6:30 p.m.
Click here to register online before the meeting begins. After you register, you will receive an email with details about how to join the meeting online or by phone.
We hope that you will join us!
Pride Month

Recognizing the Intersectionality of the People We Serve
Pride Month is nationally recognized in June. At The Arc this and every month is a time to continue working toward promoting and protecting human rights and achieving greater acceptance and inclusion for all - including our friends and neighbors with IDD who also identify as LGBTQ+.
It is important to recognize the many aspects of a person--not only whether or not they have a disability.
The theory of intersectionality is important for people with intellectual developmental disabilities, and for The Arc, because many people with IDD fall into numerous other minority categories related to race, gender, sexual orientation, and more.

In his 2022 proclamation, President Biden said, “…We honor the resilience of LGBTQI+ people, who are fighting to live authentically and freely. We reaffirm our belief that LGBTQI+ rights are human rights. And we recommit to delivering protections, safety, and equality to LGBTQI+ families so that everyone can realize the full promise of America.” 
To read the entire proclamation, please click here.
While the fight for equality, protection, and acceptance of the LGBTQ+ community is far from over, we at The Arc would like to recognize everyone at the intersection of the IDD and LGBTQ communities and thank them for courageously showing their pride every day. We see you AND we support you.
Locally, one of the biggest Pride festivals is this weekend. Denver Pridefest, organized by The Center on Colfax, is a two-day event at Civic Center Park. Festival attendance is anticipated to be more than 500,000, according to The Center. Events range from a 5K, to a parade, and musical performances. Click here for more information. 
Future Planning -
It’s Possible and Necessary 

Planning for the future is important for all families. Learn from staff at The Arc U.S. how to get these discussions started and the steps your family should take to create a future plan.

Thinking about the future can be challenging and emotional. However, experience shows that people with disabilities make a better transition from the family home when a future plan is in place. In this upcoming webinar, learn about:

  • Barriers that people and their families may face in planning for the future and how to overcome those challenges
  • Why it is critical for people with IDD and caregivers to have discussions about the future and how to get them started
  • The six core areas of what’s included in a future plan.
  • Free resources available from The Arc’s Center for Future Planning to facilitate these discussions.

This webinar is scheduled on Thursday, June 30: from 2:00 – 1:15 p.m. MT.
Click here for more information and to register.
Save the Date! August 4
Join Us at Our Annual Picnic
The annual picnic is back in person this year. We can't wait to see all of your smiling faces!

Come on down to Clement Park for our hoedown themed party from 4 – 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 4.

Wear your cowboy boots, 10-gallon hats, and chaps if you have them!

Musicians, a face-painter, a balloon artist, a special appearance by a local firetruck, and fun games are among the planned festivities. Food will be served until 6:30 p.m.

This event is FREE for all to attend. 

Click here for more details and to RSVP by July 28. 

See you there!