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The Arc of Larimer County Inc.

Your donation provides free advocacy services, workshops, and support groups to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. Your support will help promote and protect the civil rights of individuals with I/DD!

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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.

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.

Grupo de Apoyo

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Families
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Physically Disabled
Hispanic, Latino Heritage

Description

Grupo de Apoyo is Arc's Hispanic/Latino support group for parents of children with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The group meets once each month and child care is provided.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Grupo de Apoyo was initiated in 2015 and now meets on a monthly basis with regular attendance. The children's room in our new building allows families to bring their children to meetings. We currently have 8 families and 15 children.

The Arc Arbor

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Mentally/Emotionally Disabled
Physically Disabled

Description

The Arc of Larimer County has been working hard to protect the civil rights of individuals with I/DD has been since we were founded in 2007. Now you, your family, or your business can help us in this critical work by filling the leaves on The Arc Arbor. Your contribution, which will be recognized on a leaf of The Arc Arbor with a personalized message, will provide funding for programs like individual advocacy. We hope that you choose to "Achieve with Us!

Giving Levels & Benefits:

$1,000 - Leaves of Legacy

*A gold leaf on The Arc Arbor with an inscription of your choice
*Recognition in a future newsletter including your or your company's image recognizing your donation.
*Recognition on our website
*Your or your company's image/pictures (as approved by The Arc of Larimer County) will be on our website's rotating banner for at least 30 days in recognition of your donation.
*Two free tickets to The Arc of Larimer County's Annual Film Festival
*Free Membership for 1 Year with The Arc of Larimer County (includes 15% Discount Card to arc Thrift stores, Subscription to Monthly E-Newsletter, Voting Rights about issues facing The Arc of Larimer County, and Invitations and discounts to special events hosted by The Arc of Larimer County)

$750 - Leaves of Impact

*A silver leaf on The Arc Arbor with an inscription of your choice
*Recognition in a future newsletter including your or your company's image recognizing your donation.
*Recognition on our website
*Free Membership for 1 Year with The Arc of Larimer County (includes 15% Discount Card to arc Thrift stores, Subscription to Monthly E-Newsletter, Voting Rights about issues facing The Arc of Larimer County, and Invitations and discounts to special events hosted by The Arc of Larimer County)

$500 - Leaves of Support

*A bronze leaf on The Arc Arbor with an inscription of your choice
*Recognition in a future newsletter
*Recognition on our website
*Free Membership for 1 Year with The Arc of Larimer County (includes 15% Discount Card to arc Thrift stores, Subscription to Monthly E-Newsletter, Voting Rights about issues facing The Arc of Larimer County, and Invitations and discounts to special events hosted by The Arc of Larimer County)

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Evidence of Program's Success

The Arc Arbor was built and installed June 2016.

Workshops

Class

Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy 

Beneficiaries

Disabled
Families
Females, all ages or age unspecified
Males, all ages or age unspecified

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.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017, we held more than 15 free workshops.

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 as a board, prioritizes issues that impact individuals with IDD in Larimer County and actively advocate to reduce and remove barriers to equal community access.

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Evidence of Program's Success

In 2017, People First accomplished the following:

Conferences and Meetings

• Attended Speaking For Ourselves Quarterly Meetings.


Education/ Outreach

• Created a presentation on People First Language and Disability Etiquette and presented at The Matthews House, a local social work agency
• Applied and was selected to be a Week of Hope service project site
• Table at The Arc of Larimer County's Film Festival
• Presented on People First Language and Disability Etiquette to 2 Week of Hope Service Crews
• Hosted voter information and registration drive with the League of Women Voters
• Volunteered at the Poudre School District Transition Fair
• Hosted a panel on local transportation options
• Presented on People First and Self Advocacy to Poudre School District Community Connections Students
• Updated People First of Larimer County website Information
• Participated in the Voter Registration Event Attended at the National Coleman Conference

Advocacy

• Participated in a city-wide transportation survey
• Attended city proclamations in Fort Collins and Loveland for Developmental Disability

Awareness Month

• Attended Proclamation for Colorado Arc Day at State Capitol
• Attended The Arc of Colorado Legislative luncheon
• Testified at Fort Collins City Counsel advocating for Sunday Bus Service in Fort Collins
• Represented People First at both the City of Fort Collins and City of Loveland Proclamations of October as National Disability Employment Awareness Month
• Julian represented SFO on the Employment First Advisory Partnership Committee

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.

2017 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 2017 Arc provided 2,886 hours of free individual advocacy, up from 1,319 hour in 2016.

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