The Arc In Motion: eUpdate January 3, 2018
Board of Directors is Seeking Nominees
Deadline is January 31, 2018
Are you committed to ensuring people with intellectual and developmental disabilities can live the lives they choose as valued and respected members of the community? 
Do you know someone who is passionate about The Arc?  
The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties is seeking nominations for positions on its Board of Directors, a rewarding experience that requires both passion for the organization’s mission and the ability to dedicate time and energy to moving the organization forward. You can read more about Board Member responsibilities in the Board of Directors Prospectus.
After reviewing The Arc’s Strategic Plan and current Board composition, we are particularly interested in adding the following to our Board
  • Young adult representation between the ages of 18-35, especially siblings of individuals with I/DD
  • Health Care knowledge and experience
  • Experience working in government/public sector
  • Relationships with local media organizations or public relations experience
  • Relationships with philanthropic organizations/individuals
While we have identified these priorities, all interested individuals who have a passion for The Arc’s mission are encouraged to submit a nomination form. Minorities are encouraged to apply.
The Arc is accepting nominations through January 31, 2018. Please download the Board Service Interest Form to nominate yourself or someone else.  These forms will be reviewed by the Governance Committee, which will put forward a slate of nominees to be voted on by the Membership at The Arc’s Annual Meeting on April 18, 2018. New Board members would begin service July 1, 2018.
If you’re interested in serving and would like to know more, please contact Board President Helen Pietranczyk at (720) 979-1447 or Executive Director Lori Ropa at (303) 232-1338 or  and visit our website.
Board service has been rewarding, inspiring and educational. I treasure the friendships that I have made through The Arc - Board, Staff and the individuals and families we serve. We are truly helping to create an inclusive community.
--Deb Karsell, Past President
Informational Meeting: Jeffco Public Schools’ Changing Supports for Students with Down syndrome
Jeffco Public Schools invites you to dinner and a systems look at how Jeffco is changing the way they support students with Down syndrome following a year of collaboration with The Sie Center and Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association (RMDSA).
The meeting will take place from 6 to 7:30 PM on Tuesday, January 16 at the Jeffco Public Schools Education Center, located at 1829 Denver West Drive, Building #27, Room 3A and B, in Golden.  Dinner will be provided by RMDSA beforehand at 5:30 PM. 
You will have the opportunity to hear about district updates and changes that may impact students with Down syndrome, disability categories and eligibility requirements, alternate assessment and extended evidence outcomes, continuum of supports, and reflection and input from parents. 
Please RSVP to RDMSA at (303) 797-1699 or by email at  Childcare will not be provided. 
This meeting is presented in collaboration with the Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital and The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties.
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.
Webinar Series - Debunking The Myth: Getting an SSI/SSDI Application Approved The First Time
Colorado Disability Benefits Support Program (DBS) has announced a series of webinars assist people with the Social Security Administration (SSA) disability application process in Colorado.  Through these webinars, DBS aims to help Colorado families better understand the SSA’s disability programs and navigate the disability application process.
Each of the five one-hour webinars will be held from 4:30 to 5:30 PM MST and will address the following topics: 
  • January 11, 2018 - The Basics of SSI and SSDI
  • January 18, 2018 -   The SSA Forms 3368, 827, & 1696
  • January 25, 2018 -  The Medical Eligibility Criteria
  • February 1, 2018 – The SSA Work History Report
  • February 8. 2018 – The SSA Adult Function Report
  • February 15, 2018 – Transition from Childhood to Adult Disability
These webinars are designed for Individuals applying for SSI/SSDI, families of individuals with disabilities, clinicians, case managers, advocates, and staff who provide direct service to individuals who are in need of accessing SSI/SSDI disability benefits. Cost is $20 per webinar or $100 for all six webinars.
To register, please contact Byron Kish at (303) 515-1653 or email Reasonable accommodations provided on request!
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
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