Community Resource Organizations in Colorado for Individuals with Disabilities and their Caregivers
Please note that these nonprofit organizations are not specific to Assistive Technology, but may be helpful in finding the right services and supports in your community for family members with disabilities.
Ability Connection Colorado
Ability Connection Colorado a variety of educational, employment, and family support services. EMPOWER Colorado offers support, resources, education, and advocacy for the families of children who have social/emotional, mental, or behavioral challenges. Parent to Parent of Colorado connects families of sons and daughters with disabilities or special healthcare needs to emotional and informational supports.
Alliance Colorado is a nonprofit, statewide association of Community Centered Boards (CCBs) and Program Approved Service Agencies (PASAs) that is dedicated to strengthening services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).
Anchor Center for Blind Children
The Anchor Center for Blind Children provides early education and intervention services for children birth to five years old who are blind or visually impaired.
The Arc Colorado
The Arc of Colorado provides many services at no cost for children and adults across the state, including assistance to families for attaining early intervention and public education services, help with development and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEPs), and assistance for adults with developmental disabilities.
In September 2013, the U.S. Department of Education awarded the PROMISE Initiative (Promoting Readiness of Minors in Supplemental Security Income) to a six state consortium, ASPIRE (Achieving Success by Promoting Readiness for Education and Employment). The purpose of ASPIRE is to
- Increase a youth and family’s overall household income, and thereby reduce the household’s dependence upon public benefits, by increased educational attainment and increased career achievement.
- Inform federal policymakers in all the four federal agencies through evaluation of interventions and outcomes.
AT Funding $ources
AT Funding $ources is a searchable online database tool. It is provided to assist Coloradoans with disabilities in locating needed funding to purchase AT devices and services for their specific needs.
Audio Information Network of Colorado
The Audio Information Network of Colorado allows registered listeners to access audio programs online, through downloaded podcasts, on TV or over the phone. With recorded content from over 100 newspapers and magazine articles, our statewide programs provide over 1,500 listeners with everything from national news to local news and community events.
The mission of the Autism Society of Colorado is to improve the lives of all affected by autism. This includes families, providers, educators, and members of the community.
Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado
The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado is the go-to resource for help and services for survivors of an injury to the brain, their families, and providers.
College Living Experience
College Living Experience (CLE) is the industry’s leading provider of post-secondary supports for young adults with learning differences. Dedicated to providing the highest quality of services, we strive to propel young adults toward success as they journey through their transition to independence. CLE students pursue their academic program or career of interest while also receiving services across the domains of independent living and social skill development.
Colorado ABLE gives those with disabilities the ability to save. The new Colorado ABLE plan helps individuals save, while preserving their SSI and Medicaid.
Colorado Center for the Blind
The Colorado Center for the Blind provides innovative teaching techniques and philosophy that continues to have Far-reaching effects on the lives of blind people, taking them to new heights of independence.
Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing provides a wide variety of services and resources for those with hearing impairments.
Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
The mission of the CDDC is to advocate in collaboration with and on behalf of people with developmental disabilities for the establishment and implementation of public policy which will further their independence, productivity, and integration.
Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
The Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helps individuals with disabilities prepare for, obtain, advance in, and maintain employment by providing a range of services based on your individual employment needs and goals.
Colorado Families for Hands and Voices
Colorado Families for Hands & Voices is dedicated to supporting families with children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing without a bias around communication modes or methodology. Hands & Voices is a parent-driven, non-profit organization providing families with the resources, networks, and information they need to improve communication access and educational outcomes for their children.
Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities
The Colorado Fund for People with Disabilities serves people with disabilities and older adults. Their range of services has grown to meet the wide demands of helping families protect and conserve assets and enhance the quality of life. CFPD seeks to enhance the independence and quality of life for people who are elderly or disabled and their families.CFPD actively evaluates, monitors, oversees, coordinates and implements services in partnership with its clients and their families to ensure and maintain their rights, integrity and dignity.
Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind
The Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind (CSDB) is a state-funded school within the Colorado Department of Education. The school was established for the purpose of providing comprehensive educational services for children, birth to age 21, who are blind/visually impaired and/or deaf/hard of hearing. Services are provided directly to students enrolled at the school, and outreach programs serve students, staff, and families in communities throughout Colorado.
Colorado Talking Book Library
The Colorado Talking Book Library provides audio, Braille and large print books for those who can't read standard print.
Disability Law Colorado
Disability Law Colorado is an independent, public interest non-profit organization, specializing in civil rights and discrimination issues.
Easter Seals Colorado
EasterSeals provides services to help children and adults with disabilities and/or special needs as well as support to their families. Easter Seals assists more than one million individuals and their families annually at more than 550 EasterSeals service sites across the country.
El Grupo VIDA
El Grupo VIDA is a network of Hispanic/Latino parents formed to provide mutual support for people with disabilities or special needs, their parents, family, and guardians.
El Grupo VIDA es un grupo de padres Hispanos/Latinos formado para dar apoyo mutuo a las personas con discapacidades o necesidades especiales, sus padres, familia, y tutelas.
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. A national organization, FAMILY VOICES provides families resources and support to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among families and professionals, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.
Learning Disability Association of Colorado
The Learning Disability Association visualizes a world in which: all individuals with learning disabilities are empowered to thrive and participate fully in society; the incidence of learning disabilities is reduced; and learning disabilities are universally understood and effectively addressed. LDA’s mission is to create opportunities for success for all individuals affected by learning disabilities and to reduce the incidence of learning disabilities in future generations
Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome
The Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome is the first global institute to encompass basic research, clinical research and clinical care specifically for people with Down syndrome. The mission of the institute is to eradicate the medical and cognitive ill effects associated with Down syndrome. Significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome is a major focus. The institute partners are the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, the University of Colorado Boulder and Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Mile High Down Syndrome Association
The mission of Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association is to assure inclusion and enhance independence of people with Down syndrome. We will achieve this by providing education, resources and support in partnership with individuals, families, professionals, and the community.
Muscular Dystrophy Association
The Muscular Dystrophy Association is leading the fight to free individuals — and the families who love them — from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. We use our collective strength to help kids and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases, caring for individuals from day one and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.
Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP)
PEP is Parents Encouraging Parents! The Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) at the Colorado Department of Education (CDE) plan conferences throughout the year that are family-centered and designed to offer support, information, and education to parents and professionals.
PEAK Parent Center
PEAK Parent Center is a nonprofit that works every day to ensure that all people with disabilities are fully included in their neighborhood schools, communities, employment, and all walks of life.
Pikes Peak Interagency Transition Team (PPITT)
The Pikes Peak Interagency Transition Team provides resources for individuals with disabilities ready to transition out of the educational system.
Rocky Mountain ADA Center
The mission of the Rocky Mountain ADA Center is simply to provide information on the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) to individuals and organizations throughout Colorado, Utah, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota
Rocky Mountain Branch of International Dyslexia Association
The IDA-Rocky Mountain Branch supports those living with dyslexia, language and literacy challenges by providing research-based education and resources to individuals, families and educators. The IDA-Rocky Mountain Branch is recognized as the premier authority in the Rocky Mountain Region for providing state-of-the-art expertise in the area of literacy so all individuals with dyslexia, language and literacy challenges are afforded the opportunity to achieve their highest potential.
Special Needs Trust Network
The Special Needs Trust Network provides financial oversight and guidance to people living with a diverse array of disabilities. Their long-range planning strategies, specialized trust management services, and tireless community advocacy provide our clients with increased quality of life, compassionate, individualized care management, and responsible use of beneficiary funds, regardless of amount.
THRIVE Center staff provide information and skills by educating parents through advising calls, trainings, workshops, collaborating with other agencies, a comprehensive offering of resources through our website and bi-monthly e-blasts. THRIVE Center offers outreach to under-served groups to identify families that have children with disabilities that need information, support, and services.
University of Colorado JFK Partners
JFK Partners is an interdepartmental program of the departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry of the University of Colorado School of Medicine located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado. JFK Partners is designated as Colorado's University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, JFK Partners has collaborative relationships with numerous organizations that are a part of Colorado's developmental disability and special health care needs communities. JFK provides Interdisciplinary training for families of children with disabilities, continuing education for professionals, clinical services, and community collaboration, in addition to ongoing research to benefit prevention and treatment of disabilities in children.