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training and education program that strives to change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (IDD), their families, and the professionals in their lives.
Introducing THINK+change Academy
An online, on-demand, solutions-focused training platform you use on your schedule.
Our diverse, credible, and reliable team of intellectual and developmental disability (I/DD) experts through The Arc of Aurora and THINK+change are excited to introduce THINK+change Academy. Your online learning platform where you can take online courses on your own time to further your education for all things I/DD. Every online training offers course-specific content packed with video slide-based lectures, downloadable TOOLS to reinforce training content, closed captioning, and MORE!

We piloted the platform while training victim service providers throughout Colorado as well as offering our Schooling at Home and Every Voter Counts courses, and we've had nearly 200 people enroll! Consider the resounding feedback from those that have taken courses so far:

  • "I would definitely recommend a THINK+change training to other professionals."- Katie B., Division of Criminal Justice

  • "I truly enjoyed listening to what they had to teach. Their training was very professional, intuitive, interactive and engaging." - Veronica F., Weld County District Attorney's Office

  • "This was the best online training I have attended. I highly recommend!" - Kelsey F., 1st Judicial District Attorney's Office

  • "For anyone brand new to IEPs this is "gold"! You will feel so much more prepared for meetings, talking points, questions to ask, and information to gain." - Stephanie J., parent of a child with I/DD

  • "I enjoyed the online platform a lot. It was easy to navigate and the videos were such an enhancement!" - Cymone W., Safehouse Denver Inc.

Our newest training is open to the public to take at no cost and is all about Transforming the Special Education School-to-Prison Pipeline. We invite you to set up and create a THINK+change Academy personal account, and enroll in the free training, or scroll down to learn more.

Have any questions about THINK+change Academy? Give me a shout. We can't wait to help you achieve your goals!

Erica Dennison
Special Projects' and THINK+change Manager
Our newest course
An online, on-demand, solutions-focused training targeted towards parents, school districts, and law enforcement
Transforming the Special Education School-to-Prison Pipeline
The “School-to-Prison Pipeline” refers to policies and practices that push students out of classrooms and into the juvenile criminal justice system. The prevalence of youth with disabilities in juvenile corrections is 3 to 5 times greater than youth without disabilities.

This no-cost solutions-focused training reviews:
  • What the Special Education School-to-Prison Pipeline is;
  • Who youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) are;
  • Why behavior and transformation matter;
  • How restorative practices and a trauma-informed approach can change a youth's life; and
  • An educator and law enforcement perspective via guest speakers of how we can partner together for successful outcomes.

What to expect:
  • Video slide-based lecture format;
  • The THINK+change team and guest speakers as your trainers;
  • Over 1.5 hours of content over three lessons;
  • Closed captioning in English and Spanish subtitles;
  • Multiple downloadable TOOLS to help you be successful; and a
  • Downloadable Certificate of Participation.

Who should take this course:
  • Parents;
  • School district teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators, and school resource officers (SRO); and
  • Local law enforcement agency personnel.
National Crime Victims' Rights Week is April 18-24, 2021
People with disabilities who live in the U.S. are 2.5 times as likely to be victims of violent crimes as those without disabilities -- and 3 times as likely to be targets of rape, robbery, or aggravated assault.

In recognition of National Crime Victims' Rights WeekTHINK+change invites you to enter into a drawing to win a poster, watch a video message from our team, and check out the below TALKS and TRAININGS to help your work supporting victims with disabilities. 

Every Victim Matters poster drawing:
  • Enter into the drawing to win an Every Victim Matters poster here.



Our shared work with and for victims of crime seeks to ensure equal access to justice for all victims. Take time to increase your awareness of the vulnerability of people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities (I/DD), and check out the above-listed TALKS and TRAININGS as resources to help in your work.
Want more information or have questions? Just ask – we'd love to connect.
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