CCDC advocates for Social Justice for people with all types of disabilities.
CCDC came into being after President Bush signed The Americans with Disabilities Act into law in 1990. CCDC was established in order to ensure that people with disabilities in Colorado had the opportunity to live a better life and that the ADA fulfilled the intention articulated by President Bush, which was to break down the shameful wall of exclusion. We are the only statewide organization run by and for people with all types of disabilities. Cross-disability means that we believe people with different kinds of disabilities (e.g. mobility, wheelchair user, chronic illness, mental illness, cognitive or developmental, blind, hearing-impaired, etc.) have more in common than not and we accomplish more through mutual assistance.
I am very proud to chair the Board of this very effective disability organization. As a parent of a pre-teen with Down Syndrome, it is important to me personally to know that the rights of people with disabilities are being protected, and that my son will have a strong community to join as he grows up and enters the world. As one of the largest employers of people with developmental disabilities, I am thrilled that our new strategic plan has a specific emphasis on increasing the abysmal employment rates of people with disabilities. As a businessman I look at the bottom line and have found that including people with disabilities in the workforce helps that bottom line. CCDC is an organization with strong values and a clear mission-to advocate for social justice on behalf of people with all types of disabilities. As we continue to grow, improve, and respond to the needs of our communities we never stray from our values. The Board of Directors employs all of the best practices in nonprofit governance and we are always looking to better serve our membership and community. All of us on the board feel honored and humbled by the responsibility to lead this incredible organization. We thank all of you for your interest in CCDC.
Why CCDC is Important to Colorado -
By former Colorado State Representative and Chair of the Joint Budget Committee, Cheri Gerou:
"As a legislator and especially given my leadership role on the Budget Committee, I rely on the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition to provide cost effective solutions for complex policy problems and to make sure that those who we are trying to help actually receive necessary services."
Why CCDC is Important to Colorado's Disabled Community -
By Colorado State Senator Irene Aguilar, MD:
"I am a regular donor to the CCDC. They provide an invaluable service by helping people with disabilities protect their rights. Unfortunately, our system is so complex that those who are struggling need extra help to get the resources they need. CCDC provides that help. They make my job easier!"
Why my Family Gives to CCDC -
By CCDC Board Member and Nonprofit Consultant Peter Konrad:
"The Konrad Family Fund funded Colorado Cross Disability Coalition because we believe in supporting people with physical or mental challenges in their efforts to become productive, independent, and contributing members of society."
Why my organization uses CCDC for Training and Consulting -
By Claudine McDonald, Director Office of Member and Family Affairs, Colorado Access. Colorado Access is a CCDC Client for Training:
"Colorado Access contracts with CCDC for training because we want to make sure that we provide effective, high quality customer service to the disability community and our diverse membership."
Why Clients Like the CCDC Advocacy Program -
By CCDC Client Ron H.:
"I have recently been a victim of bullying in the workplace and CCDC was a strong advocate for my position. The CCDC advocacy team is knowledgeable, provides many years of experience, and has been successful in mediating with my employer to work towards resolution of the bullying issue…"