The mission of Community Connections is to create opportunities for children and adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to lead healthy and fulfilling lives within our community.
Community Connections, Inc. (CCI) was founded in 1985 as the Community Centered Board serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southwest Colorado (Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan Counties). The de-institutionalization movement was still in its infancy even then, and many individuals were not moved from the Regional Centers back into their communities until the 1990's. The families, caregivers and committed professionals who started Community Connections had a vision of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities living in regular homes, working and playing in the community, leading typical lives. CCI has remained true to our vision and continues to provide services in the least-restrictive environments possible. It is our commitment to see children are being served in their family home or child care setting, and adults live and work in the community rather than being in segregated sheltered workshops and group homes.
"Throughout high school, I moved quite a bit, and with my learning disabilities, I struggled to keep up with the workload.I always wanted a profession in the medical field, but without a high school diploma, I thought that was an unattainable goal. With the encouragement and support of CCI, I have not only received my GED, but I am now studying to be a medical assistant through USU!"
- Rhiannon's story