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Basic Disability Advocacy Training Class


Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) and the University of Denver (DU) are excited to offer


Fall 2020 Session


This training provides an excellent education for individuals interested in learning the basics of advocacy, community activists, or anyone looking for additional skills necessary to work in the field of disability services, advocacy, community organizing, the legislative process, or civil rights law.



 September 15, 2020 – November 17, 2020
The 10-week session consists of eight four-hour classes, a week for an in-depth legislative exercise, and graduation.


There are two ways you can participate: In-person or Online

  • In-person: Attend class with fellow students on the DU Campus on Tuesdays from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Online: Be a self-directed student, learning at your own pace. You will participate in a weekly video conference on Tuesday nights from 6:00 – 8:00.

In-Person class is held in the Margery Reed Hall, Room 119
The online course is managed using the Blackboard Learning Management System.


All subjects taught by practicing subject matter experts.

  • Understanding Advocacy
  • Ethics and Principles of Being an Advocate
  • The Local, State, and Federal Benefit Systems
  • Social Security (SSI and SSDI) Disability Eligibility, Application, and Determination
  • Medicaid – Disability Eligibility & Determination
  • Benefits: Due Process and a How to Appeal a Decision
  • Legislative Advocacy
  • Community and Grassroots Advocacy
  • Understanding Reasonable Accommodations
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)


To register for the next session, go to Online Registration Spring 2020 Basic Advocacy Training Class and complete the registration formPlease see the below requirements for enrolling in the class.

  • Option 1: $500 full payment and no additional volunteering is required. Organizations enrolling more than one participant will receive a 50% discount for each additional registrant.
  • Option 2: $100 plus 25 hours of volunteering with our organization – must be completed before the first day of class.
  • Option 3: If you are on a limited income, please contact us for your payment plus 25 hours of volunteering.

We do not want the cost of this course to discourage anyone from enrolling. If you would like to discuss your individual needs, please contact our Deputy Director Shannon Secrest at

You can find out about your volunteer options or sign up specific volunteer times by following this link. If you would like to learn more, please contact Angela Nevin ( for more information.


The University of Denver and Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition have teamed up to provide all enrolled students with the opportunity to earn 3 CEU for successful completion of the Basic Advocacy Training Class.  This cooperation is a ground-breaking program and a national model for other partnership training programs.


CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. A CEU is a unit of credit equal to ten hours of participation in an accredited program designed for professionals with certificates or licenses to practice various professions.

Examples of people who need CEUs include engineers, lawyers, CPAs, educators, nurses, architects, mental health professionals, and social workers. CEU records are widely used to provide evidence of completion of continuing education requirements mandated by certification bodies, professional societies, or governmental licensing boards.

To be able to make this offer, CCDC’s advocacy training programs have shown they meet the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)/ IACET standards established for accreditation in our field.

This accreditation program is a unique and valuable opportunity for any individual interested in adding to their professional portfolio. Registration with DU, a one-time $75 fee paid to DU, and successful completion of the course by the last day of class, is required to qualify for this program.

Important Notice
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