RSVP Now For The Arc's Holiday Open House December 9
Join The Arc’s staff, board, and supporters for festive food, live music, and plenty of holiday cheer! Stop by to say hello, meet new people, reconnect with old friends and see what we’ve been up to this year. The open house will be held at The Arc’s office located at 13949 W. Colfax Ave, Bldg 1, Suite 150 in Lakewood on Monday, December 9 from 4 to 7 PM. 
To honor the tradition of holiday giving, each year we provide a unique opportunity for our guests to donate gift cards at the holiday party. The Arc distributes a variety of gift cards to the people we support and the volunteers who support us. Please consider bringing with you a gift card of any value for groceries, household goods, gas, movies or clothing. There will be a wrapped “deposit” box at the check-in table where you can drop off your gift card donation.
To ensure we have sufficient amounts of food and holiday cheer, please be sure to RSVP by November 29 by clicking here , calling (303) 232-1338, or by emailing us at . See you in December! 

Advocacy is Working Together
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“Tonya is an extraordinary human. She has faced a lot of challenges, but isn’t afraid to find the joy in life,” said Breanna Fetters, the advocate who works with Tonya. “I think she was a little bit lost and wondering where to go. She wanted to take the right steps to create stability in her life and without The Arc, those steps would have been unclear.”

Our advocates know that sometimes all people need is help finding the right resources. Tonya and her family were homeless and connected with The Arc through a partnering agency. Once they began working with an Arc Advocate, Tonya and her family were able to secure housing and begin setting goals for their future. Read Tonya's story here or experience the  video version   that was part of our Summit of Hope event.

And, if what you see inspires you, help ensure we can continue to connect individuals and families to the critical resources and supports they need.  Make a donation today on our website . Or, schedule your   Colorado Gives Day donation now ! Gifts in all amounts make a difference.
Outreach Advisory Council Invites You to Become a Member

“Nothing about us without us.” It is a slogan that many disability groups use to express the necessity of being included in decision-making about their own lives and futures. At The Arc, we recognize how essential this concept is to everyone, but especially to the people we serve. As a result, our Outreach Advisory Council was created in 2017.

The purpose of the Council is to provide advice and guidance that will help our outreach team develop activities and events that are inclusive, relevant, and beneficial to the people we serve and to our community as a whole. The activities and events are driven by The Arc’s strategic plan, which was created by staff and board, including people of all abilities. The Outreach Advisory Council’s ongoing participation has been very important to our outreach efforts, and has assisted us as we carry out our strategic plan.

Currently, the Council is comprised of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who help shape outreach activities. This enthusiastic and dedicated group of people was instrumental in creating a strong, statewide theme for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March of 2019.

In the spirit of true inclusion, the Council has decided to invite people of all abilities to join the group in order to gain a wider array of perspectives to inform outreach activities and events. If you are someone with or without a disability who is interested in learning more about the Council or pursuing membership on the Council, click here or contact Brent Belisle at or 303-232-1338.
Guardianship and Alternatives Training Rescheduled

Due to last week's winter storms, we rescheduled our Guardianship & Alternatives Training.

The training has been rescheduled for Tuesday, November 19 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM.

Our office located at: The Arc's office, 13949 W Colfax Ave, Bldg 1, Suite 150, Lakewood, CO 80401

For more information and to register, please click here.

*If you've already registered for the training and you're planning to attend on November 19, there's no need to register again.
FREE IEP Workshop

Join other parents and educators to learn more about IEPs at PEAK Parent Center's The IEP: A Tool for Realizing Possibilities.

When: Thursday, November 14 from 5:30–8:00 PM
Where: Jefferson County Head Start, 5150 Allison St, Arvada, CO 80002

Get answers to these questions and more:
  • How do I get ready for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meeting?
  • What needs to be included in an IEP?
  • How do I know if we have a good IEP or not?

*Spanish interpretation, Dinner and Childcare are available.

For more information, click here .

Participants may register online or by phone, (719) 531-9400. Please register by November 12!
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