The Arc In Motion: eUpdate December 20, 2017
Happy Holidays From The Arc!
In observance of the holidays, The Arc will be closing on Monday, December 25 as well as Monday, January 1, and we will have limited hours December 26-29, so please call if you plan on stopping by. We will be reopening on Tuesday, January 2. 
Please note there will be NO eupdate next Wednesday, December 27.
We wish you all a happy and safe holiday!
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
Questions About Guardianship? Trainings Start in February!
Guardianship and Options When a Person Turns 18:
Guardianship and Options When a Person Turns 18 is a two-part series co-sponsored by The Arc-Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties and the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC).  
Part 1 of the series will be held Tuesday, February 13 from 4 to 6 PM.  This session is a panel discussion to learn all about guardianship and answer your questions about available alternatives, responsibilities and what guardianship means for a person with disabilities. 
Part 2 of the series will be held Tuesday, February 27 from 4 to 6 PM.   This session will be a workshop where all guardianship paperwork required by law will be provided, with step-by-step instructions on completing these forms. A minimum of 4 registrants is required for this class to be held. Note: Participants must attend Part 1 of the training to attend Part 2. 
New! Plan for the Future for a Person with Disabilities: 
Perhaps you've heard how people lose their Medicaid funding and DDRC’s programs if you do not make good long-term plans for a person with disabilities. Learn how to do a Special Needs Trust to protect resources. Learn about ABLE Accounts and how to use both ABLE and/or Special Needs Trusts. Understand the importance of beneficiary designations. Learn how people with disabilities and their families buy homes on the open market—more than 2,000 have already done so. This class will be held Tuesday, February 20, from 4 to 6 PM.
All trainings will be held at DDRC, located at 11177 W. 8th Ave in Lakewood. 
Space is limited. RSVP required for all classes. To RSVP, please call Megan Martin at (303) 462-6590.  To learn more about upcoming guardianship trainings, click here.
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
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
Support The Arc While Shopping At Amazon!
Looking to do some last minute holiday shopping? Whether you’re looking for something for special or just stocking up on items you need, using AmazonSmile is a great way to support The Arc! For every purchase you make, The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of every purchase to the charity you choose. You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite charitable organization.
Using AmazonSmile is now easier than ever.  Simply click here to shop and you’ll automatically be supporting The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties!  Each eligible purchase you make will result in a donation to The Arc. Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation and are not tax deductible by you.
For more information please see the complete AmazonSmile program details.
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