Connections challenges barriers, both physical and attitudinal, which restrict the rights and personal development opportunities of people with disabilities. Our mission is to promote the full inclusion and integration of people who live with all types of disabilities into all levels of society.
Connections for Independent Living was established as a grassroots effort of persons who live with disabling conditions with an interest in tearing down barriers to personal independence. We embrace independent living for persons with disabilities and have a strong commitment to the provision of core services to increase personal independence. These services include information and referral, systems and individual advocacy, peer support, skills training, housing, and employment. Connections remains consumer controlled - persons who live with disabilities comprise the majority of our board of directors and our staff. We are non-residential, believing that people have the right to live where they choose. Connections has grown greatly, currently serving more than 600 people in seven northeastern Colorado counties annually. Each of our consumers has the right to an independent living plan detailing their goals and we can assist in reaching these goals. We are certified to receive both state and federal funding in support of independent living.
I was living in a nursing home and never thought I could ever move out. Connections worked with me to find a place to live and the services I need. In three months time I was able to move into my own apartment. Connections helped me in more ways than I can count. I am happier and healthier than I have been in years.
- E.M., age 54
Connections has helped me so much over the past few years. They have done so much good for me that I don't even know where to begin. N.T. was living with her adopted family, but longed to get out on her own. Blind since birth, she felt that with some assistance she could live on her own and get away from the people who were taking her disability income and leaving her with nothing. Connections provided training in budgeting, public transportation, independent living skills, and job seeking skills. N.T. was eventually able to move into her own apartment. She learned to budget her money and perform needed homemaking tasks. She now lives independently with the services of a volunteer reader and some assistance with homemaking.
- N.T. is now 34 years old.