The Arc In Motion: eUpdate December 13, 2017
Mobilizing Families Begins in February - Register Today!
The Arc’s award-winning Mobilizing Families training will help you unlock the mystery of disability resources by giving you the tools and information to help your child thrive. Participants will receive 12 hours of training split into easily manageable two-hour sessions each week. These classes that will build your skills and confidence, empowering you to effectively advocate for your children in all aspects of life. Each series includes an in-depth look at special education, healthcare, insurance, community resources, and so much more!
Parenting is hard enough already. You shouldn’t have to struggle to find answers you can trust. That’s why – through the support of The Daniels Fund – we are offering this amazing resource at no cost.
That’s right, it’s really FREE:
  • FREE training materials
  • FREE childcare for all of your children
  • FREE dinner for your family
What are you waiting for? Our next series starts Thursday, February 15. For more information please call Genni Williams at (303) 232-1338 or email To register, visit
AKtion Club - Fun With a Purpose!
My name is David and I like to help people. I also like to get out and about in the community. Being a member of AKtion Club allows me to do both!
I would like to invite you to check out Rocky Mountain Partners AKtion Club, which meets in Lakewood every first and third Wednesday from 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Our club started seventeen years ago, in 2000, and I was the very first president. Over the years, we have helped all kinds of people who really needed it, and that makes me feel proud.
AKtion Club is sponsored by Kiwanis International, which is a club that helps children in our community and around the world. Kiwanis members come to our meetings and provide support. We would love for you to join us!
Top 3 reasons to join AKtion Club:
  • Feel good about helping people who need it
  • Become even more important to your community
  • Spend time with great people who like to have fun
Would you like to know more about AKtion Club? If so, you can call my friend Lee Katz at (720) 218-1723 and he can tell you all about it. Or, you can visit our Facebook page at:
2018 Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) Conferences
Colorado families who have a child with a disability and directors of special education, principals, special education teachers, general education teachers, related service providers, health care and other Colorado professionals interested in the family and school partnership who work with children or youth with disabilities are invited to attend the 2017-2018 Parents Encouraging Parents Conferences!
PEP Conferences are designed to promote family and school partnerships that are essential in supporting students with disabilities and their families in schools and the community. PEP brings families and professionals together by sharing ideas, discussing concerns, celebrating successes and obtaining information related to parenting, educating and partnering to support student learning. PEP is a non-specific disability conference that focuses on commonalities. PEP Conferences are offered at no cost to attendees.
PEP is held from 5 PM Thursday through 3 PM Saturday. The Colorado Department of Education (CDE) Exceptional Student Services Unit (ESSU) pays for lodging and participant meals – excluding Friday night’s dinner. In order to enable more families and professionals to participate, PEP Conferences are scheduled throughout Colorado.
  • Parenting a Child with a Disability and Rebuilding Dreams
  • The Law and the Education of Children with Disabilities
  • Living with a Disability
  • Individualized Education Program (IEP)
  • Early Childhood Supports and Services
  • Transition IEP and more!
Apply Now! For more information on locations and dates, and to apply online go to:  or call the PEP Hotline at (303) 866-6846.
Life After High School Online Training Series Helps Young Adults Prepare for Future with I/DD
Have questions about transition? Wondering what transition is? Is college a good choice for my student? Who can help my student find a job? How do we help students find what they want to do when they graduate?  Life After High School Trainings can help!
Visit to view our Life After High School trainings online.  JeffcoTAG is a redesigned website featuring a learning series that includes video vignettes, slide presentations, handouts, and web links to resources.
Free Caregiver Self-Care Classes
Are you caring for a loved one? Are you feeling stressed or burned out? You're invited to join Colorado Respite Coalition and Easter Seals for a free Caregiver Self-Care Class. Caregiving is a huge job that doesn’t come with training, and while there are many benefits from caregiving, there are challenges as well. This class will help caregivers learn techniques to help cope with the rewarding but often overwhelming job of caring for a loved one.  The class will use writing and other creative techniques to provide tools for effective self-care.
The Caregiver Self-Care classes have several upcoming dates at various locations  If you’d like to attend, please RSVP to Lori at
A Special Webinar With The Author of "Falling Off The Cliff"
Recently the Philadelphia Inquirer and its partners Daily News and printed a four-part series titled "Falling Off the Cliff" , addressing the crisis that children with disabilities who are aging into adulthood and their families are facing, and how the crisis will impact us all.
Ronnie Polaneczky, columnist with the Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer and the author of the four part series, will be hosting a webinar on January 4 at 12 PM about adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities and their families. Ms. Polaneczky will be joined by Nick Smith, a direct support professional who works at SPIN in Philadelphia and was prominently featured in the article. Nick will discuss the significance of his work in supporting dignified lives for people in their community and how direct support professionals can become more active in meaningful policy discussions for change.
Here are links to the four parts:
Act Quickly to Take Advantage of Charitable Rollover
As 2017 comes to a close supporters of The Arc have the opportunity to become members of our Changemaker Society by leaving a lasting legacy of social change for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Becoming a Changemaker can be as simple making a direct charitable distribution from your IRA, naming The Arc in your will, trust, or beneficiary designation.  
Did you know that charitable Rollovers include Individual Retirement Account (IRA) Rollovers too? This legislation, originally enacted in 2006, encourages IRA owners age 70-1/2 or older to donate to charities by allowing them to exclude up to $100,000 a year from income if the IRA funds are paid directly to charity.
Additional Benefits of gifts of retirement assets include:
  • Avoiding potential estate tax on retirement assets
  • Your heirs would avoid income tax on any retirement assets funded on a pre-tax basis
  • Receive potential estate tax savings from an estate tax deduction
If you would like to make a donation to The Arc this year, please contact your IRA manager as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact Vicki Walker at (303) 232-1338.
To learn more about planned giving please visit
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