To support Coloradans through innovative and comprehensive early childhood education, employment, and support programs.
In 1946, nine Mothers met in a waiting room at Children's Hospital. These Mothers found themselves faced with the difficult decision of how to care for their children with Cerebral Palsy. At that time, institutions were the only available option, and both opportunities for public education and the chance to lead a productive and functional life was non-existent for children with disabilities.
These brave Founding Mothers planted the seeds for inclusive educational environments, employment opportunities for the most underemployed population and provision of critical family support services. At Ability Connection Colorado, we strive every day to continue this important legacy.
Creative Options Early Childhood Education Testimonial:
One of the great benefits of working with Creative Options are the letters and notes we get from our families. This success story is just that. We have been caring for a little girl since she was three and a half years old. Her mother is a single mom with an 8th-grade education. Through Creative Options, as a team, we were able to provide this family with the support and services they needed. The Family Development Team helped this mom complete Family Partnership Agreement goals two years in a row, to attend ESL classes and to find a more stable job, so this mom could provide more for her family. By receiving resources and support, she was able to accomplish all of her goals. When it came to the classroom, her little girl thrived! She was friendly, outgoing, and always happy to be at school. When this little girl left us to enter kindergarten, she and her mom brought flowers with a personal note in which the family thanked all of the teams at Creative Options. The family thanked the Family Development Coaches for everything they do and the nurses for helping and caring for this little girl when she needed it the most. Her mom remembered each teacher the little girl had by name for several years. This is the kind of appreciation and gratitude and a true expression of the sentiment that warms the hearts of Creative Options staff! - Creative Options Staff Member
Parent to Parent Testimonial (P2P) Testimonial:
P2P provides help from the community, so we know we're not alone. Even when I'm not an active participant (responding / posting), and even when the issues of others don't mirror our own, I still know I am not alone. That is truly priceless, and occasionally, life and sanity saving. There are others who are fighting, who are figuring out, who are trying, who are mourning, who are celebrating. That's a language unique to us Special Parents, and it's one I now speak pretty fluently. Thank you again for all you do and your kind help. - Parent Member of P2P
Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program Testimonial:
My child would have faced severe deformity or a very early and painful death if not for the work of ISOP. Dr. Min Mehta's method of early treatment for Infantile Scoliosis is directly responsible for saving my son. All children diagnosed with this condition should get this life-saving treatment. This is literally a cure for the most difficult orthopedic condition to treat in very young children. - ISOP Parent
Guardianship Alliance of Colorado Testimonial:
The unique services provided by Guardianship Alliance of Colorado represent a valuable and irreplaceable resource to Colorado's citizens and to the Courts. -The Honorable C. Jean Stewart (retired), Presiding Judge, Denver Probate Court (1995-2011)
EMPOWER (Education, Movement, Parents Offering Wisdom, Encouragement, Resources) Testimonial:
I can't thank EMPOWER enough. My son was recently placed in the Gifted and Talented program at his school. Before the IEP meeting, he was seen as a behavioral problem. His teacher emailed me that he is now the top reader in his class. I couldn't have done this without the guidance and advocacy of the EMPOWER team. - Mom of an Elementary Student in Longmont
Faith in Action Testimonial:
I've been unable to drive since I was hit by a car on my bicycle, and I have about a dozen medical appointments each week for my recovery. Your Faith in Action service has been a Godsend since it is impossible for my wife to juggle all of the driving to appointments while taking care of our five-year-old son and the other logistics of my care. I am lucky to be alive, but I am also lucky to live in a community where people like you give so much. Thank you! You're making a huge difference for my family. - Faith in Action Care Recipient
Employment Works Testimonial:
RAMP (Ready to Achieve Mentor Program) is a group of people where everyone is accepted. We work on long term and short term goals but it's not all work. My favorite part of RAMP is the people. Everyone at RAMP pushes us to aim higher and believe that we can achieve our goals. Before RAMP I had no idea what I wanted to do. Now I have more of an idea. This program gives us the opportunity to have an inside look at lines of work we are interested in. I have moments when I say "oh I wonder if I can do this too?". Now, I have two main interests. First, I would like to be a psychologist because I am interested in the brain, how we think and how we are all different. My other interest is writing because it's what I love with all my heart. Without RAMP I would have crossed off writing as a career long ago. The Mentors at RAMP believe I can be a writer and I am starting to believe I can too. In the future, I hope to write a fiction novel and be a psychology major in college. - Student at RAMP