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Disability Advice from the Disability Pros


Welcome to the Disability Advice from the Disability Pros blog.  Here you will find helpful articles about all things disability-related, information to help you navigate systems, instructional articles, user guides, and more.  This blog is specifically geared towards information related articles.  For opinion, discussion, and debate, see the Sound Off! blog.

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Posted on: 2019/12/30

Listen to Colorado Public Radio (“CPR”) this afternoon, 12/30/19, at 4:50 PM to hear an interview by  CPR’s Andrew  Kenney with CCDC Civil Rights Legal Program Director (“LPD”), Kevin Williams, discuss service animals and the addition of miniature horses to the definition. You can find CPR on your FM dial at 90.1 (wait we do …

Posted on: 2019/08/20

  It is the policy of the State of Colorado that all public meetings and events hosted by or permitted through a State agency are physically and programmatically accessible for all. These guidelines provide organizers with a brief overview of how to plan and stage accessible, inclusive events. People with disabilities include those with physical, …

Posted on: 2019/02/26

There are now two programs in CO one for Xcel consumers which provides relief on summer pricing; and the Black Hills program which is year-round reduced rate.    The Chronic Care Collaborative is the administrator that processes the applications and confirms usage with Xcel or Black Hills to qualify a residential customer.  Sabrina is the staff person …

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: 2018/11/27

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: 2018/11/19

See article: 9 News Steve Staeger and 9 News Anchor Kyle Clark cover the terrible lapse in disability discrimination statutes: as Julie Reiskin describes during the interview along with others, there are bus stops that do not have sidewalks leading to the bus stop.  Cities claim they have no obligation to create a sidewalk where one does …

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: 2018/10/28

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: 2018/10/27

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: 2018/09/19

City & County of Denver Source of Income Protection In a win for housing consumers, Denver City Council voted on July 30, 2018 prohibit landlords from denying applicants based on their source of income. This decision most heavily impacts housing seekers with subsidized housing vouchers and/or disability income, though it certainly benefits all potential renters. …

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: 2018/08/06

The purpose of this Policy Memo is to inform stakeholders of the implementation for Consumer Directed Attendant Support Services (CDASS) to be an available delivery option in the Home and Community Based-Supported Living Services (HCBS-SLS) waiver.

Posted on: 2018/07/23

Join Disability Law Colorado at one of our upcoming training to learn about the law regarding service & assistance animals!

Posted on: 2018/05/24

Submitted by Julie Reiskin, Executive Director Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition,  January 16, 2018 Did you know that you can keep your Medicaid benefits and work a full-time job?  A lot of people don’t.  Colorado has a program that will let you do just that – The Colorado Medicaid Buy-In for Working Adults with Disabilities. Are you …

Posted on: 2018/05/15

by Douglas Howey Non-Attorney Advocate for Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition Denver’s RTD is mandated by the Federal Government under the Americans with Disabilities ACT of 1990 to offer equitable/comparable Paratransit Services for those not able to use normal public fixed route bus and rail systems. The mandate says that within 3/4 mile of any fixed route …

Posted on: 2018/03/06

If you want to use the CDASS service delivery option, you have to use it for all the CDASS services that are in your plan. 

Posted on: 2018/02/06

CDASS: A Three-Part Series – Part 2 Read Part 1 here Submitted by The Arc of Adams County, February 7, 2018 Part 2 of 3 in a mini-series about Consumer or Self Directed Care in Colorado’s Supported Living Services Waiver. It is meant to give you enough information to decide if you want to explore it further. …

Posted on: 2018/01/29

Coloradans using the Supported Living Services (SLS) Waiver will have the option to consumer or self-direct some of their services. Until now those options have not been available in services specifically designed for persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

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