Center For People With Disabilities

CPWD is a cross-disability, non-residential, nonprofit agency that provides unique services to people with disabilities to help them achieve and maintain independent living. CPWD supports and promotes self-determination, self-respect and equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

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General Information

General
Official Name
Center for People with Disabilities​​​​​​​
DBA/Trade Name(s)
N/A
Former Name(s)
N/A
Acronym
CPWD
Date Established
1977
Offers Additional Colorado State Tax Credit
None
Tax ID
84-0732497
Addresses
Headquarters Address
1675 Range Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Colorado Location
1675 Range Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Mailing Address
1675 Range Street
Boulder, CO 80301
Other Address
615 North Main Street
Longmont, CO 80501

10317 Washington Street
Unit 1
Thornton, CO 80229
Phone/Fax
Main Phone Number
303-442-8662
Voice Calls Only
Fax Number
N/A
Other Phone Number
N/A
Web/Email
Email
info@cpwd.org
Website
www.cpwd.org
Social Media Links
 

Mission Statement

The Mission of the Center for People With Disabilities is to provide resources, information and advocacy to assist people with disabilities in overcoming barriers to independent living.

Organization History

Established as a nonprofit in 1977, CPWD's main office is in Boulder, with additional offices in Longmont and North Metro. CPWD serves Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, Gilpin, Jefferson and Weld counties.

CPWD's independent living core services staff and programs, an individual with a disability can gain knowledge of alternative skills, discover their resources and acquire the self-confidence necessary to accomplish their goals. As an organization, we work with consumers to advocate for equal access and opportunity throughout catchment areas. Whether we are working with housing partnerships, other non-profit agencies, governments or projects, we work to ensure that the needs of people with disabilities in our service areas are being represented and met.

CPWD also advocates to change systems with the goal that people with disabilities will have equal opportunity to access community resources, housing, benefits and employment.

More than 50 % of CPWD's staff and board are persons with disabilities, acting as role models and providing real life examples of people with disabilities living independently.

Testimonials

From a staff member: "What I have not mentioned is how being a staff member has made a difference in my life. Through peer support, I have learned additional transportation options and of equipment and tools. I am now connected with venders and agencies. I cannot express enough how wonderful it feels when you see the light in a consumer's face when you make a
difference in their life.
There are many people who have expressed to me how their lives have changed since being a part of this program. And through this my life, too, has changed. Change can only happen if a person chooses to change and I feel here at CPWD we have all inspired change for people to make a choice to live a life of independence."

A CPWD Consumer Satisfaction Survey revealed some of the following comments:

"Your organization has helped me immensely over the years."

"The information and encouragement I get have been very helpful. It would be hard to get this help anywhere else. Thank you!"

"Having been a support group facilitator for about 12 years, I have never thought anything but the best about CPWD!"

"I had no one else who could help me. I now have someone that will help."

"I am so grateful for CPWD and their kind staff. They show they really do care."

In a people-helping-people scenario, a person with a disability contacted CPWD stating they needed a stair lift in their home, as they were no longer able to maneuver getting to their upstairs bedroom and bathroom. The following day, a Boulder County woman happened to contact CPWD with a stair lift donation. In addition, the stair lift was installed at no charge.

A participant in our Beyond Vision Program learned about video magnifiers which can magnify reading materials more than the 3.5x found in local pharmacies. Her first thought was, "How wonderful!" but excitement turns as she realizes she could never afford such a device. She has heard of funding options, but is not certain it would work for her. However, she continues to attend the groups and considers how her quality of life would improve if she could only acquire such a device. She mentions her interest and follows the process. A month after applying for funding, she learns she is approved and what once seemed out of reach is now possible. Her hope is restored and she will be able to live independently reading her mail, reading prices at the grocery store, reading phone numbers, addresses and more. Through our group meetings she saw people change from living a life of fear and vulnerability to one of confidence and independence.

And our staff have good things to say:

1. I have worked in a few different fields along my journey, and I know it is rare to find a job so rewarding that I sometimes forget to stop working at the end of the day. My particular job has many elements to it. I get to drive the gorgeous, curvy roads to Estes Park or the rolling farmlands toward Fort Collins, or cruise south and glimpse the Denver skyline, all on the way to meet with Veterans who have earned the benefits of the VIP and are looking for guidance through the process of enrollment. I get to meet some amazing families, help explain the program, assist in expediting the paperwork, and at the end of the day I know I have done my best ensure another Veteran is able to stay in their home and retain their independence rather than enter a long-term care facility.
CPWD's incredible working environment is established at the top. There is genuine attention to our community and to our collective well-being - no, not the way many agencies merely claim - not some trite bumper sticker philosophy. Instead, it is evident by the way management walks the walk. Need a mental health day? Not a problem. Want to talk to the Executive Director? Great, have tea with her and run through whatever is on your mind. Holiday commitments rushing at you too quickly? Relax. You will have some paid downtime from work to recharge.

The cherry on my sundae is that I have fantastic co-workers whom I know have my back and I theirs, and I sleep well at night, knowing I am a part of a team that is working to make positive changes in people's lives.

2. Working at CPWD has allowed me the opportunity to better understand the importance of the Independent Living Philosophy. As an individual with a disability myself, it's extremely important to me that people recognize my capacity to make my own decisions about my life. Everyone here recognizes that an individual with a disability should be provided with the opportunity to make their own choices. It is great to be working somewhere that is willing to listen to individuals with disabilities speak about their independent living goals and provide them with an opportunity to achieve those goals. 

3. Way back in the year 1983, I was a graduate student at CU Boulder in Experiential Education and contacted CPWD to discuss options for Internship work. I enjoyed working with the Independent Living Program in supporting people living in the Arapahoe Court Apartments. We did activities in the community and we were constantly on the go. At that time, a Day Program for Survivors of Traumatic Head Injuries was created by CPWD and was located in a home setting in Boulder that CPWD purchased with CDBG funds. A childhood friend was hired to be the program director and in March of 1984, I was hired to be part of the team. My friend, Doug Stanton and I had three Summers of working as Camp Counselors and we were very comfortable with creating experiential learning opportunities in the community. The ILP program had a transitional living program that included IL skills training and work on employment/educational goals.

My internship with CPWD was supervised by Homer Page, one of the founders of CPWD and served as director of Office for Students w Disabilities at CU. During our Supervision meetings we discussed the nuances of independent living with the twist of existentialism philosophy.
This in-depth study and grounding work with "I exist, Therefore I am", gave me the foundation to build my understanding of the Independent Living Philosophy with all the people that I have had the honor to work with in the 37 years of learning and growing at CPWD. When I received my Masters in 1984, several of the l consumers of CPWD attended the graduation. What a grand celebration.

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