Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC)

CCDC advocates for Social Justice for people with all types of disabilities.

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Training, Education and Consulting.

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Disabled, General or Disability unspecified
General Public

Description

Training and Education: Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) offers an extensive training program to teach providers and government agencies how to work with clients with disabilities, provide effective communication and comply with ADA regulations. We also provide advocacy training for people from other agencies serving the disabled. Recent efforts include work with Rocky Mountain Health Plans, Arcs, independent living centers and home care service providers.

Consulting: Providing expertise on focus areas relevant to the disability community such as document testing, opinion surveying, property accessibility, employment accommodation, and accessibility monitoring.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The success of our clients is our success. Recent clients include:

Colorado Access, Rocky Mountain Health Plans, the Women's Foundation of Colorado, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, and the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Medicaid program.

To learn more about our live and online training opportunities and recent accomplishments, visit:
http://www.ccdconline.org/basic-disability-advocacy-training-class/

CCDC Legal Program

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Blind & Vision Impaired
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Physically Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Enforcement of civil rights laws coupled with education of the legal community on disability legal rights. The accesses gained benefit anyone with a disability.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Please visit our website for up to date, detailed information on the progress and success of our Legal Program: http://www.ccdconline.org/legal/

Individual and Systems Advocacy

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Blind & Vision Impaired
Deaf & Hearing Impaired
Disabled
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged/Indigent

Description

Colorado Cross - Disability Coalition (CCDC) has both Individual and Systems Advocacy.

Individual Advocacy involves non-attorney representation and assistance for people with disabilities in navigating complex systems so that they can access resources necessary for independence and self-sufficiency. Individual Advocacy also assists with obtaining and retaining employment, quality of care concerns, discrimination, harassment, intimidation and all forms of bullying. A typical advocacy case can involve numerous meetings, assistance with filing paperwork, representation at Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) hearings, disputing denials and extensive research.

Systems advocacy involves identifying system processes and policies that discriminate against or negatively impact the disability community, as well as providing guidance to the government and service providers on the best methods for providing services in an efficient and effective manner. Our volunteers actively participate in policy matters, boards and commissions at the state and local level.

In 2017, we assisted our clients in utilizing existing resources, including Medicaid Buy-In, vocational rehabilitation services, obtaining essential durable medical equipment (DME), proper clothing, dental services and mentoring. CCDC opened 246 intensive cases for clients in 2017. By issue area, 45 problems were solved in DME, 11 cases in housing access and retention, and 28 in employment, impacting 349 people. We assisted people with Information & Warm Referral to resolve 1257 issues in 2017.

We expected that at least 61 people with disabilities and allies including family members of a person with a disability would participate in our 9-week Basic Advocacy Training sessions in 2017. Of these, 75% would become certified non-attorney Advocates. Our Advocacy Leadership Training made dramatic leaps in 2017; 78 people enrolled in the three sessions (56 CCDC "Scholarships"). Out of the 78, 67 graduated. That is an 85% graduation rate.

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Evidence of Program's Success

CCDC has provided advocacy services to thousands of people with disabilities since 1990. We have also facilitated and participated in extensive efforts in systems change. Please check our our website at: www.ccdconline.org for information on the effectiveness of our advocacy program.

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