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Posted on: 2019/05/13

CCDC is saddened but not surprised that the well-funded opposition to Initiative 300 prevailed in the municipal election yesterday.  Initiative 300 was never intended to be a solution to homelessness..it was simply a measure to preserve basic human rights of those living with homelessness, an increasing number caused by out of control development and growing …

Posted on: 2019/05/10

  You will not find restaurant reviews on the CCDC blog often, and almost never by me, but today is different.  CCDC took the members of our legislative team who were available to lunch today at Pizzability at 250 Steele Street to thank them for their many hours of tireless work this session.  They were …

Posted on: 2019/05/10

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize By Michael Neil   The results of this past Tuesday’s municipal election in Denver were, I think, a grave sadness to most of us believe in.  In many ways, fear and the status quo defeated human rights, money defeated compassion about poverty, and misinformation triumphed over all. But, even …

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: 2019/05/02

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr. “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”  ~ Margaret Mead The quotes above are apt for the power we showed two weeks ago …

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 http://www.rtd-denver.com/accessARide.shtml 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: 2019/03/18

  Advocating for disability rights, the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) – a grantee of your Community Foundation – advances social justice for people with all types of disabilities. “What do we mean by ‘cross-disability?’” says Executive Director Julie Reiskin. “We believe that people with different types of disability have more in common than we think. So rather than focusing …

Posted on: 2019/03/01

By Katharine Q. Seelye Feb. 27, 2019 Carrie Ann Lucas, who championed people, especially parents, with disabilities and won a major lawsuit to make Kmart more accessible, died on Sunday in Loveland, Colo. She was 47. Her sister, Courtney Lucas, said the cause was complications of septic shock. Ms. Lucas, who lived with a rare form …

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. …


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