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  “I had given up on people caring, but not anymore. With The Arc, I can love again. I can care again. I can breathe again. I can live again. I’m not alone, and that’s all someone needs to hear when they’re struggling.” 
--Tonya

As part of our continuing Campaign for Advocacy, we’re sharing stories of how our core program, individual advocacy, changes the lives of people with I/DD and their families. 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.
Let’s Groove On Nov 20 at LifeAbility: Music
 
Join us on Wednesday, November 20 at 10:00 AM at The Arc's office for our next LifeAbility Talk, which is all about music! Research shows that music is good for us in so many ways, plus it unites us as human beings, no matter what our abilities are.
 
We’re excited to announce that public speaker & autism advocate, actor, musician, Benjamin Tarasewicz, will perform at this event. He was the featured performer at A Night of Inspiration, which was a community event that took place at the Lakewood Cultural Center last month. To learn more about Benjamin, his awards, and his life, click here.

We’re also excited to let you know that a local business has chosen to support this LifeAbility Talk. Golden Music, located just down the road on Colfax and Miller Street, is providing percussion instruments for us to try, and they will be sending their percussion teacher to help us play them. We’re delighted to partner with Golden Music in enriching lives through music at our Talk. To learn more about Golden Music, click here.
 
As we mentioned last week, we’ll also be joined by special guest and musician Tony Davis who will lead us in writing a song as a group. LifeAbility always includes fun, empowerment, and some surprises so don’t miss this event. Please RSVP now to reserve your spots by emailing valerie@arcjc.org or calling (303) 232-1338. Thank you to those who have already RSVPed!
 
LifeAbility Talks are fun, free, interactive discussions designed to strengthen the abilities of self-advocates with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The talks are led by experienced self-advocates who cover topics that promote more independent, satisfying lives. 
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 2018.

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 brent@arcjc.org 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.
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Still a little time to donate a dime!

Are you looking for a simple way to support The Arc? Next time you grocery shop, go to Lucky's Market on Wadsworth! There's only 4 DAYS LEFT!

From now through November 9th, we’re one of three Lucky's Market Bags for Change partners.

Our Lucky’s Market Bags for Change partnership period ends this Saturday, November 9 , so make sure to get to the store on Wadsworth in the next few days. Just bring your reusable shopping bags and donate your wooden dime to The Arc--JCCGC, and Lucky’s Market’s will double the total amount collected. Thanks to all who have participated over the past months, and to Lucky’s Market for providing this opportunity!
Family Support: November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregivers Month. This month is dedicated to recognition of the vital role family caregivers play in the lives of people with disabilities and educates the public about the need for greater support. This year's theme is #BeCareCurious . Family caregivers will be encouraged to ask more questions about care options for their loved ones. A presidential proclamation recognizing National Family Caregivers Month has been issued each year since 1997. President Trump's 2019 Proclamation can be found here .
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!
Are You on Social Media? Connect with The Arc Today!

Stay up to date with what’s happening at The Arc by connecting with us on social media! Click here to find us on Twitter, click here to find us on Facebook, and click here to find us on Instagram!
Want to be even more connected? Check out our website here !