The Arc of Larimer County Inc.

Your donation provides free advocacy services, workshops, and support groups to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. Your support will promote and protect the civil rights of individuals with I/DD!

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Individual Advocacy

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities

Description

Navigating complex systems of support can leave families and individuals feeling frustrated and alone. For those who qualify, The Arc of Larimer County provides free advocacy services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Our advocates work with individuals and their families to help them navigate and find solutions to problems.

2020 Advocacy Focus Areas:

• Justice: Law enforcement trainings, Restoration of Competency work, Courts and I/DD
• Special Education: IDEA, Inclusion, 504's
• Social Security Administration
• Child Welfare and I/DD
• Identification of I/DD and Assessments
• Sexuality and Relationships
• Guardianship

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Evidence of Program's Success

Number of Hours Serving Individuals: In 2020 Arc provided 3,050 hours of free individual advocacy.

People First

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
People/Families with of People with Developmental Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Physical Disabilities
People/Families with of People with Psychological Disabilities

Description

People First of Larimer County is a self-directed community of adults who have intellectual and developmental disabilities. People First of Larimer County promotes equity for people with disabilities to live the lives they want by fostering inclusion and self-determination in every aspect of community life.

People First:

Teaches and empowers people to become stronger self-advocates and to understand their roles in civic engagement.

Advocates for community services that allow people to have choice and control over their supports and lives.

Is a catalyst for change to ensure opportunities for full, meaningful community participation for all people.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2018, People First accomplished the following:

• 3 People first members served on The Colorado Speaking For Ourselves board.
• 2 People First members attended The Arc National Conference
• 2 members attended the Disability Public Policy Seminar in Washington D.C. and spoke with staff from Senators Gardner and Bennett's offices about key issues
• 2 members attended Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) National Conference in Alabama

Education and Outreach
•Thanksgiving Turkey Distribution: in 2018 People First provided 73 turkeys for families in need in Larimer County
• Presentations given on Disability Etiquette, People First Language, and Self Advocacy
• County Clerk and Recorder Angerla Myers gave members a presentation on voter rights and the voting process

Advocacy:
• Participated in I/DD Awareness Day at the State Capitol
• People First members gave feedback on the City of Fort Collins City Plan
• People First was represented at City of Fort Collins and Larimer County Proclamations for National Disability Employment Awareness Month in for October
• Hosted the April Speaking for Ourselves Quarterly Conference at Colorado State University
• People First members attended bill signings for the Employment First Bill and the Down Syndrome Awareness Day bill
• Members attended the annual Town Hall Breakfast in Fort Collins

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