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Posted on: 2019/05/06

This was a busy session as is typical whenever there is a new administration and many new legislators.  Despite some unfortunate partisanship that caused delays,  the reading out loud of 2000 page bills, hearings that occurred during a blizzard, and overnight sessions some great work did get done that will benefit the people of Colorado …

Posted on: 2019/05/01

If you are an RTD Access-a-Ride user or plan to be, RTD may provide a reasonable accommodation for persons with hearing loss.  The accommodation would allow user to use an email to make or change Access-a-Ride reservations. For more information please visit RTD website at Click “Accessibility Services” Scroll down to “Request Reasonable Modification”

Posted on: 2019/04/02

TO: Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee FROM:  Julie Reiskin, Executive Director, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition RE:  HB19-1225 and  SB 19-191 I am writing on behalf of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) to ask for your support of HB19-1225 and SB 19-191.  CCDC is Colorado’s largest disability-led membership organization. Our mission is to advocate for social …

Posted on: 2019/02/24

The disability community lost one of it’s fiercest advocates on 2/24/19.  Carrie Ann Lucas, a disability rights attorney who pioneered representation for parents with disabilities, died after an arbitrary denial from an insurance company caused a plethora of health problems, exacerbating her disabilities and eventually leading to her premature death.  She was 47 years old. …

Posted on: 2019/02/14

HB19-1151 Special Education Opportunity Scholarship The bill creates a Colorado Special Education Opportunity Scholarship Program to provide scholarships to parents of eligible students with multiple disabilities to use in purchasing services from an education provider or other educational services as selected by the parent. Although this bill uses the word scholarship it is essentially a …

Posted on: 2018/12/31

While the Opioid crisis is a serious problem, some of the policies have gone too far and have caused people with serious pain to lose access to needed medications and even to their physicians. There are legitimate uses for pain medication. A group of pain patients and their supporters will be holding a rally to …

Posted on: 2018/11/27

As of November 26, 2018, until February 1, 2019, the CCDC Civil Rights Legal Program will not be taking any new cases or intakes. We do not receive funding to provide referrals. Therefore, if you have a legal problem that you think we can assist with, you will need to contact another attorney until January …

Posted on: 2018/11/07

CCDC wishes congratulations to our new Governor Jared Polis and looks forward to working with this new administration.   Our expectations of a new governor are clear and doable.   We look forward to advancing the rights of people with disabilities so that we can show our capabilities as full citizens.  This means a dramatic …

Posted on: 2018/10/31

The public charge rule will discriminate against immigrants with disabilities and their families trying to enter the U.S. (get a visa) or get a green card (become a permanent resident).  In collaboration with the disability community,  Protecting Immigrant Families will focus this week on Health, Aging, and Disability in the broader campaign to unite public opposition and …

Posted on: 2018/10/28

Telling it like it is about living with the disability. Stop thinking there is something wrong with us, and start thinking you are us. So do something about it! Great story in the Huffington Post.

Posted on: 2018/10/25

Proposed Fare Increase For RTD’s Access-A-Ride Worries Those Who Use It  Colorado Public Radio BY NATHANIEL MINOR | NATHANIEL.MINOR@CPR.ORG  JUL 19, 2018   For people like Louis Apodaca, RTD’s Access-A-Ride program has been a lifeline. Apodaca started to use it after her wheelchair got stuck at a bus stop, and the fire department had to rescue her. “The bus stops, a lot …

Posted on: 2018/10/11

Below is our letter, please submit your own comments by MONDAY 10/15/18 at  October 12, 2018   Office of the General Counsel, Rules Docket Clerk US Department of Housing & Urban Development 451 Seventh Street, SW Room 10276 Washington, DC  20410-0001   Submitted electronically via   RE:  Docket No. FR-6123-A-01   To Whom …

Posted on: 2018/09/21

On September 13th Mayor Michael Hancock presented his 2019 budget. As you may know our partners at Denver Streets Partnership and Walk Denver have been meeting city officials to elevate the need for safe and accessible side walks, street crossings and bike paths. These elements are essential for the independence of our people. Some of …

Posted on: 2018/09/03 This blog has interesting and depressing statistics about health care debt for our country.  The main site also has some good information on credit cards, which are good, which are not, and how to think about using them.  Of course most of us do not have the luxury of deciding which credit cards to …

Posted on: 2018/08/15

  You should have received a letter from Medicaid recently. You may see and hear new terms describing how the system of care is changing. However, your Medicaid benefits and services are not You can continue to receive the same physical, mental health and long-term services and supports services you are receiving today. The big …

Posted on: 2018/08/15

Posted on: 2018/08/07

City of Denver initiate new sidewalk rules.

Posted on: 2018/07/29

This testimony was sent to in support of a rule change that will be heard by the Board on August 3rd in Durango.  For information about the board meeting see   To Human Services Board: From:  Julie Reiskin, Executive Director, CCDC RE:  Support for Aid to Needy Disabled Rule Package Dear Members of the …

Posted on: 2018/07/29

  Dear CCDC Members:   It is time once again for you to submit nominations for our memorial awards. You may use this link .  You can only nominate one person per survey, but you can fill out the survey as many times as you want. We have many people for whom awards are named, we do …

Posted on: 2018/07/16

CCDC Advocates will be registering people to vote at the downtown Denver Public Library (10 W 14th Ave. Parkway)  on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 from 10:00 am-noon.   I Pledge to Vote We want all people with disabilities to realize their vote matters and voting is one way to make sure essential benefits which enable community living are available. …

Posted on: 2018/06/22

As a social justice organization, CCDC agrees with the statements made by our partner CCLP. CCDC is very concerned about all of the children and parents separated. When CCDC supported HB 18-1104 this year to help keep families with disabilities together, we did so out a belief that all families should be given support to …

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