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Posted on: 2020/01/17

CCDC is pleased to announce that in July 2020, there will be changes to two of the Single Entry Point Agencies (SEP). The Single Entry Point System is a collection of more than 20 state-wide SEPs that provide eligibility determinations and case management for particular Home and Community Based Services Waiver programs. 

Posted on: 2019/12/30

The New Year brings with it reflections on the past year, hopes for the year to come, resolutions to do better at something or perhaps a resolution to stop making empty promises to oneself.  Why do we celebrate the New Year?  Have we not had enough time off from work, enough to eat and drink, …

Posted on: 2019/12/26

Carrie Ann Lucas was in divinity school when she learned that her severely disabled niece — not quite 10 — had been placed in foster care because Lucas’s half brother could no longer care for her. Lucas knew that disabled children were rarely adopted from foster care, especially children like her niece, who had significant physical and cognitive challenges.

Posted on: 2019/12/26

View original article: Carrie Ann Lucas Obituary in the New York Times 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 …

Posted on: 2019/12/23

The aim is to reduce Medicaid fraud by requiring therapists, respite workers and nurses to log in and verify their location when they visit someone’s home to provide care. But backlash, especially from the parents of children with disabilities, has been fierce. “We’re disabled, not criminals!” shouts one petition.

Posted on: 2019/12/23

  The Regional Transportation District on Thursday proposed cutting six bus routes, reducing service on 19 bus routes, suspending special buses for sporting and community events, and curtailing service on three of its light rail lines. The agency hopes those reductions are enough to give their operators a needed break. Because of a driver shortage, …

Posted on: 2019/12/10

Blind, elderly, disabled find themselves stuck when locals don’t shovel David Gilbert dgilbert@coloradocommunitymedia.com The monster snowstorm that pummeled the Denver metro area just days before Thanksgiving strained Littleton’s snowplowing capacity, but advocates say poorly shoveled sidewalks can pose a threat to vulnerable people long after the roads are cleared. People with mobility issues can find …

Posted on: 2019/12/04

  It’s holiday travel time, so here’s a handy checklist before you head to the airport: Got your earphones? A scarf in case it gets cold on the plane? Slip-on shoes for the TSA line? Doctor’s note for your emotional support snake? Scratch that last one. In spite of what you may have heard about …

Posted on: 2019/12/02

DENVER — The worst of the storm may be over here in Colorado, but it’s leaving behind some icy obstacles for people who are disabled in the Denver metro. Jaime Lewis knew the storm would leave him stranded for a couple days. “You hope that you have your refrigerator full and have enough activities at …

Posted on: 2019/11/21

The East Colfax Community Collective, a newly formed grassroots organization advocating for anti-displacement policies, held a press conference Tuesday ahead of the East Area Plan workshop scheduled this Saturday to voice community concerns and call for more equitable and inclusive engagement with its most vulnerable residents. Collective leaders highlighted challenges facing renters, refugees and the …

Posted on: 2019/11/21

In 2017, when Medicaid was once again on the congressional chopping block, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC)  [and ADAPT] continued to fight on behalf of the 560,000 Coloradans with disabilities, 26 percent of whom rely on Medicaid. Currently, Medicaid is the largest payer for critical services for people with disabilities, ranging from medical treatment and primary …

Posted on: 2019/11/18

DENVER, CO, November 12, 2019 … The number of reported hate crimes in Colorado increased by 16 percent between 2017 and 2018 while the number of reported cases nationwide slightly decreased, according to the FBI’s annual hate crime report released today. In its annual Hate Crime Statistics Act (HCSA) report, the FBI found that total hate crimes decreased nationwide …

Posted on: 2019/11/06

When Dawn Howard was two years old, her parents were told that she would not likely have “any intelligible speech.” But Dawn, who was born with slight cerebral palsy, says “I had a pushy mother, who did find a speech therapist who would work with me.” She pauses. “And I am so thankful for that.” From preschool …

Posted on: 2019/07/18

1385 S. Colorado Blvd.  Bldg. A, Ste. 610 Denver, Colorado 80222 303.839.1775 www.ccdconline.org Julie Reiskin Executive Director jreiskin@ccdconline.org 720.961.4261 (Direct) 303.648.6262 (Fax)   CCDC was made aware that yesterday an ADAPT leader Bruce Darling made an inappropriate comment saying that Democrats cared more about immigrants than people with disabilities.  Mr. Darling has apologized in writing …

Posted on: 2019/06/26

Five years ago, our son Isaac was diagnosed with SMA Type 1. He was four months old, and I remember talking to my family about the implications of the diagnosis. We went from coming to terms with the knowledge that Isaac would likely spend his life in a wheelchair to realizing that his prognosis was …

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

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 overall. But, even with all of that said, many races are …

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. …

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: 2019/02/06

ADAPT and Disability Rights Community Praise Colorado for Becoming the Second State to Have Entire Delegation as Cosponsors of the Disability Integration Act (S117/HR555) Colorado has become the second state to have their entire Congressional delegation cosponsor the Disability Integration Act only 21 days since introduction of the bill on January 15, 2019. The Disability …

Posted on: 2019/01/22

The proposed changes are attached.  The proposals include a mix of service adjustments.  Notable proposals include: Route 15 – East Colfax: relieve passenger overloads by adding selected trips between 9:00am and 1:00pm. Route 33 – Platte Valley: discontinue service due to low ridership. Free Metro Ride – 18th-19th Street: due to lower ridership reduce frequency from …

Posted on: 2019/01/21

Intersectionality. Social Movements. The Media. Dr. King was recorded, filmed and/or broadcasted saying the following, “We have no moral choice but to continue the struggle, not just for Black Americans, but for all Americans.” “The time is always right to do right;” “We ain’t gonna let nobody turn us around;” “We are here to say, …

Posted on: 2019/01/09

“This is so exhausting.”  This quote is from Kelly Tobin, a CCDC member who uses a power chair and has multiple disabilities.  This was her sentiment on a day when we should have been excited about participating in our government.   She was feeling hurt as we all were at being excluded once again –this time …

Posted on: 2019/01/08

One year ago today, the Department of Justice reached an agreement with the City and County of Denver (“City”) under Project Civic Access (“PCA”), the Department’s initiative to ensure that cities, towns, and counties throughout the country comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”). That agreement covers accessibility to numerous programs, services, activities and …

Posted on: 2018/12/31

CCDC held a listening tour around the state in 2018. Please find the report here…if you want the exhibits and the presentation used during the tour please email me at jreiskin@ccdconline.org. We are not posting it because even though the information about “what is happening next” was accurate at the time, it has already changed. …

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: 2018/11/05

In past years, CCDC always had a policy that people with disabilities should show up at their polls and vote in person. That way, the general public could be made aware of our presence in the important electoral process. In those days we had all sorts of issues with accessibility of polling places. Just getting …

Posted on: 2018/11/01

(Please do not reproduce without explicit permission of Lisa Duran. Copyright © 2018 Lisa Duran All rights reserved.) Good afternoon everyone. Thank you, Julie, for your introduction, and for the amazing work that you and everyone at the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition does. I am honored by the invitation to speak with you today. The Colorado …

Posted on: 2018/10/31

CCDC asked both campaigns if they wanted to send a message directly to our members. We got the attached repsonse from Walker Stapleton. “With 57.3% of Coloradoans with Disabilities Out of Work, Polis Discusses Job Prospects” We thank both campaigns for considering disability issues and urge our members to research positions of both campaigns and vote …

Posted on: 2018/10/27

Despite a plethora of resources dedicated to case management, there is no true single case management system for those with high needs. There are fragments in some systems for some issues but they do not address holistic needs. There are case management systems that are really gatekeepers for government programs. Gatekeeping has its place but …

Posted on: 2018/10/22

Everyone that works in the realm of disabled parking knows that we have a problem…there are too many placards out there –7 for each legitimate user at latest estimate.  People often assume that the abuse is due to everyone wanting the “good spaces” that are close to the building. That may be a desirable feature, …

Posted on: 2018/10/16

Election season is here and at the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) we have one message.   VOTE AS IF YOU LIFE DEPENDS ON IT….BECAUSE IT DOES.   CCDC does not endorse or oppose any candidate.   We say NOTHING ABOUT US WITHOUT US…EVER!  In order to participate we must exercise our right and responsibility to vote.  Democracy …

Posted on: 2018/09/28

DENVER – The ACLU of Colorado is proud to announce that Chuck Plunkett, Dave Krieger, Alex Landau, Amy Robertson and Tim Fox will receive our 2018 Civil Rights Awards, which will be presented at the Bill of Rights Dinner on Thursday, September 27th at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Denver.   Amy Robertson and Tim Fox are co-executive …

Posted on: 2018/08/15

By Julie Reiskin October 23, 2017   To remind readers, Part I of this blog post from early October began with my statement that I was recently in a discussion with someone about health care policy.  When I shared that CCDC does not support Medicare for All, and that we did not support Amendment 69 …

Posted on: 2018/08/09

By Julie Reiskin October 11, 2017 Recently I was in a discussion with someone about health care policy, and there was shocked silence when I shared that CCDC does not support Medicare for All, and that we did not support Amendment 69 during the recent fall elections. “Aren’t you the people always protesting and carrying …

Posted on: 2018/08/07

City of Denver initiate new sidewalk rules.

Posted on: 2018/07/26

28 years ago today the ADA was signed into law....and we have seen changes that only dreamed at one point. 

Posted on: 2018/07/05

I could not agree more with every one of the sentiments and laments described in so many of the posts and on social media pertaining to the subject of Independence Day I have read from yesterday based on all of our collective current experiences  These same experiences have led to the following: I have literally cried. I …

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 …

Posted on: 2009/12/28

On December 23, 2009, the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (“CCDC”) filed a class action lawsuit against the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (“Department”) in the Denver District Court of Colorado requesting that the Court order the State to retract the cuts in the amounts Medicaid clients are entitled to receive to pay for …

Posted on: 2009/12/01

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 24, 2009 –Today the Equal Rights Center (ERC), a national civil rights non-profit, and the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC), a statewide disability rights advocacy organization, filed federal lawsuits in Colorado and Maryland against Abercrombie & Fitch Co.—including Hollister and Abercrombie & Fitch stores—alleging that the stores using these brands fail to provide adequate access to goods …

Posted on: 2009/12/01

CCDC is proud to announce the winners of the 2009 Memorial Awards honoring their dedicated work in advancing and preserving the rights of persons with disabilities and improving quality of life issues. Pamela S Carter for the Jeanette Klimach and George Roberts “Foot Soldier Award” Colorado Coalition for the Homeless for the Jerry Urban “David and Goliath” …


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