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The Arc of Larimer County Inc.

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"Reframe Disability" Annual Film Festival

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

Each year, "Reframe Disability" presents short films by or about people with disabilities with the goal of breaking down stereotypes, promoting inclusion, and bringing awareness to many issues faced by people with disabilities. Selected films spread awareness about living with a disability and cover topics such as parenting, self-advocacy, relationships, and creative expression. The highlight of the event is the screening of our contest winner's film and $500 prize award. Some of the films are humorous, some are serious, but all aim to spread awareness. We hope to instill attendees with a spirit of inclusion and understanding of diversity that will impact change in our community. The festival coincides with National Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Each year, Reframe Disability is attended by over 200 individuals with disabilities, their families, students, and the general public. Annually, up to six local film makers enter the contest for the $500 prize. Since our first film festival was held in 2012, we have consistently increased sponsorships from local businesses, foundations, and organizations, who view the film festival as an important event in our community. We have also honored guests, including state and local dignitaries and elected officials who value the work of The Arc of Larimer County.

Assistive Technology for Independent Living

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

The Assistive Technology (AT) program seeks to increase the number of people with I/DD and their families who are educated about how AT can support independent living. People with I/DD are often able to utilize AT to better perform basic tasks of everyday life, such as communicating, interacting with others, completing daily living routines, and getting around their communities. This program offers workshops about how AT can support individuals with I/DD, how to use the latest AT, and how to successfully incorporate these tools into daily activities. Individuals can apply to receive free devices and software, along with coaching to ensure that the new tools can be effectively utilized.

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Evidence of Program's Success

The program is now in its second year. During that time, we have seen the AT and coaching provided by this program support more foundational aspects of independent living, while for others it has leveraged foundational skills toward greater independence. Likewise, individuals with I/DD of all ages can utilize AT to enhance their independence and inclusion in their communities and benefit from the opportunity to incorporate new devices, software, and apps throughout their lives, both as their needs and the technologies available change.

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.

2019 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 2018 Arc provided 2,520 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

Workshops

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
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

The Arc of Larimer County offers a variety of workshops each year for families, individuals with I/DD, and employers covering a variety of topics about the best ways to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to achieve. Topics include Guardianship and Less Restrictive Options, Wills and Trusts, Transition, Employment, and Individualized Education Plans, to name a few.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2018, we held 21 free workshops which were attended by 210 individuals.

Everybody Works

Class

Employment 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Disabled
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Physically Disabled

Description

Eighty-five percent of adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities are not currently employed-not for lack of skill, but lack of opportunity. Everybody Works is an employment initiative by The Arc of Larimer County. The goal: to make sure that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Larimer County can find meaningful employment in our communities for minimum wage or higher. The initiative serves as a conduit for information for employers, human resources professionals, and business owners interested in expanding their workforce and hiring motivated employees.

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Evidence of Program's Success

2017/2018 Accomplishments:

Outreached to policy and lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level to help raise awareness about barriers people with I/DD face with living in the community, seeking employment, or trying to use public transportation.

Presented to 22 business owners about the benefits of hiring people with I/DD.

Workshops/Presentations/Outreach

• Provided a workshop to 22 employers in Larimer County about hiring people with I/DD
• Wrote proclamations and attended Proclamations naming October as National Employment Awareness Month for The City of Fort Collins and Loveland and Larimer County.

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