Virtual Summit of Hope
Check out highlights from the event!
 
Our 13th annual Summit of Hope Community Awareness Event and Fundraiser was a huge success!

We invited as many people as possible who didn’t yet know about the essential nature of our work and its transformative impact on our community. Throughout the program, we explored this very question: What would life be like without The Arc? Members of The Arc community shared of their journeys from fear and despair to having hope and optimism for the future after connecting with The Arc. 

Miss the event? Check our website to see highlights from the event.

Summit of Hope was a tremendous boost for our campaign to raise $75,000 for advocacy. You, too, can help ensure that people with I/DD continue to have the right support, at the right time, by making a donation today . 100% of your donation will support families, friends and neighbors in Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties.
Get Your Groove On for 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 helps reduce stress and promote better sleep, in addition to other health benefits. Not only that, it brings people of all abilities together!
 
We’ll 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. Did we mention they’re also really fun?
Family Leadership Training Institute of Jefferson County Is Taking Applications

Are you someone over the age of 11 who has an idea that could make your community a better place to live? And are you interested in learning how to bring your idea to life? If so, you should apply for a spot in the Family Leadership Training Institute (FLTI) of Jefferson County. 

FLTI is a civic leadership class where participants practice public speaking, prioritizing, figuring out the system and learning how to make change happen. It is a free course offered in Jefferson County from January – May 2020. There are two tracks in the FLTI—one for adults and one for youth ages 12 – 18, so families can apply together. The weekly classes will be held on Wednesday evenings in North Lakewood. Each participant commits to attend the evening classes – which include a meal, Spanish interpretation and child care – and to complete a community project of their choosing.

People of all abilities are encouraged to apply, as diversity is highly valued and strengthens the program. Please apply online by December 3rd at by clicking here. If you are a good candidate, you will then be interviewed for the program. Preference is given to Jeffco residents. For more information, contact Kim Massey at 303-271-6635 or kmassey@jeffco.us.

What are people saying about FLTI? 
“Family Leadership Training Institute has been a life-changing experience. I’ve been inspired to chase my civic dream.” - Valeria, 2019 Youth Leader
“Because of this class, I have the confidence to speak up and I am able to utilize more resources and agencies in my community.” - Aaron, 2019 Family Leader
Propsed Service Cuts to RTD Could Impact People with Disabilities

Transit riders with disabilities are sharing their concerns with lawmakers about a recent proposal from the Regional Transportation District (RTD) that would significantly impact their use of public transportation.

RTD currently has an extreme driver shortage. The agency is short about 160 drivers/operators and in order to keep up with service levels, many of them are tired and overworked. In an effort to reduce this, they’re implementing fixed-route cancellations. And Access-A-Ride drivers have been combining trips, which sets many people with disabilities back. Access-A-Ride offers curbside and door-to-door service for people with disabilities who aren’t able to use RTD’s other services. 

The Transportation Legislative Review Committee is taking a closer look at how the RTD driver shortage is impacting Access-A-Ride, bus fixed-routes and light rail trains in the Denver Metro area. People with disabilities have told lawmakers that RTD should commit to not cutting any services, and are urging them to look at other ways to retain drivers. 

People with disabilities rely on RTD’s buses and trains on a daily basis, so any sort of cut would have a huge effect. If these restrictions are made, people with disabilities won’t be able to be independent and fully participate in the community. RTD is playing around with new ideas, including hiring temporary employees. It’s tough to say what will happen; the proposal is still in its early stages. The RTD Board will hear more information in December. 

For more information regarding the funding cuts to RTD, click 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!
Hey Lucky's Market Shoppers!

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 ONE WEEK LEFT!

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

All you need to do is bring your reusable grocery bags and at checkout the cashier will give you a wooden dime for each. Before leaving the store you’ll see the Bags for Change display (pictured). Just drop your dimes in the slot with our name. Then, in November, Lucky’s Market will add up what the community has donated, and make a donation to us for double the amount!

Be sure to stop by Lucky's Market, and don't forget to bring your bags!
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