U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), along with Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced legislation on September 18, 2018 to make it easier for small businesses comply with the ADA. The Disabled Access Credit Expansion Act bolsters the Disabled Access Credit (DAC), which helps businesses pay for renovations by doubling the maximum tax credit and allowing more small businesses to receive it. The legislation also invests in programs that mediate ADA-related disputes to avoid additional litigation and help individuals and businesses understand the ADA.
CCDC is excited to learn of Senator Duckworth’s proposed legislation that advocates for our members. Senator Duckworth, a veteran and double-amputee, has a proven track record of advocating for people with disabilities. CCDC strongly supports increasing the reach of the ADA, specifically in a way that will incentivize small businesses to become more accessible.
The “AND” program will see some major changes soon. Yes, this is a State program and as you can read have not made efforts to change the words like needy. However, we hope that these rule changes by the State Board of Human Services will help serve our community better. Two of the largest victories are, increase in monthly payment from 189 to 217 dollars and rules to provide applicant more time to qualify for benefits. Please see file “AND VICTORY” above for more information. CCDC wants to give a shout out to the Colorado Center on Law and Policy for their work in making these changes a reality.
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 the glaring deficiencies in the budget included no funding for Federal Blvd., 3.8 million for sidewalks (we had requested 10) and very little money for simple upgrades and fixes such as bollards or paint for roads.
City council now has several weeks to review budget and to make recommendations.
CCDC strongly supports more funding for sidewalks, cross-walks and bike paths.
If you want your voice heard please use the Walk Denver Web site listed below for additional information and ways to reach out to your city councilperson.
CCDC Transit Advisor
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. The Council’s stance on the issue was that if a prospective renter can afford the rent, their source of income shouldn’t inform the housing provider’s decision. Opponents of the measure feel that requiring landlords to accept non-conventional sources of income like federal vouchers will force landlords to absorb uncovered damage expenses and delayed rent payments. However, to high-rent property owners, the law is unlikely to affect their business as the renters in question would likely not qualify for their units. It’s also important to note that many other jurisdictions in the country have already enacted such protections. The new protection will take effect for the City and County of Denver on January 1, 2019.
To learn more about Denver’s Source of Income protection, click here.
If you have requested a reasonable accommodation and supplied your housing provider with the
appropriate documentation (typically a doctor’s note), and the accommodation was denied, there are a couple things you can do:
If your housing provider denied your accommodation based on discrimination, or you have reason to believe this is the case, here are some tips for what you should do next:
Under the Federal Fair Housing Act, there is no distinction between emotional support animals or service animals. Simply obtain a doctor’s note, or a note from another medical professional, that establishes a nexus between your disability and your need for the animal. Next, write a short letter stating that you wish to request a reasonable accommodation. Best practice is to mail the request via certified mail to your housing provider, along with a copy of the Joint Statement from HUD and the DOJ on Reasonable Accommodations Under the Fair Housing Act (link below). If your housing provider either ignores or denies your request, call DMFHC to discuss next steps.
call DMFHC at 720-279-4291.
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 use, and low-income people are often left with only the worse options (high interest, poor terms, etc.) However, now that we have the Medicaid Buy-In option and more of us are able to get and keep jobs, as we get out of poverty we can learn about things like credit card choices.
Anyway, the health care debt issue is something important.
CCDC invites you to attend and support our 2018 ADA Access Awards Luncheon, to be held on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, from 12:00 – 1:30 p.m. (doors open at 11:30 a.m.) at Mile High Station. At this event, we will recognize and honor community organizations and individuals who go above and beyond in their advocacy efforts for the disability community and who have done this work with equity in mind. All proceeds from this event benefit the programs of CCDC all year-round.
Lisa has worked for over 30 years in the nonprofit sector and grassroots social justice work. Before becoming a consultant to nonprofits, she served as Executive Director of Grassroots Grantmakers, a national membership organization of foundations and other funders working to lift up grassroots voices and leadership in philanthropy. Until 2014, she worked with Rights for All People, Colorado’s first immigrant-led immigrant rights organization based in Aurora, Colorado. After eight years as a volunteer, Lisa became its first executive director for 11 years. In 2015, RAP merged with the Colorado Progressive Coalition and became Colorado People’s Alliance, continuing the legacy of progressive change established by both organizations. While at RAP, Lisa also led the establishment of the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition and the Aurora Human Rights Center, an immigrant and refugee integration project in Colorado’s most diverse city. We are so appreciative of Lisa’s time and acceptance of our invitation to be our keynote speaker in 2018.
Along with the keynote address, CCDC will honor four Coloradans who have made major contributions to advancing social justice for people with all types of disabilities.
Event Date: 10/03/2018 – 11:30am – 1:30pm
Event Location: Mile High Station, 2027 Old West Colfax Ave., Denver, CO 80204
Learn where your potential RTD representatives stand on important transit issues. Hear what they ave to say at this FREE forum moderated by former 9News anchor, Mark Koebrich.
For more information, contact 303-861-3711, X104 or
RTD Board of Directors will be deciding on fare increases in the next couple of weeks.
August 21st- RTD Board will have its regularly scheduled board meeting on Tuesday the 21st of September from 5:30-7:30 at 1660 Blake. This meeting provides time for public input. People wanting to speak must sign in when they arrive and indicate that they want speak. Each speaker is given 3 minutes to present. All comments should be directed at chair person.
September 11- RTD finance committee may vote to present fare increase to full board (September 18th). No public input is allowed at this meeting
September 18th- RTD Board has the option to vote on fare increases or table the issue to gather more information or input. Public input is accepted at this meeting.
If the vote is tabled there could be another chance on October 23rd for Directors to do so.
CCDC Transit Advisor
RAE Contact Information and Area Map
|Region||Regional Accountable Entity||Contact Information|
|1||Rocky Mountain Health Plans||Email: firstname.lastname@example.org|
|2||Northeast Health Partners||9925 Federal Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
|3||Colorado Access||Amber Garcia
|4||Health Colorado, Inc.||9925 Federal Drive, Suite 100
Colorado Springs, CO 80921
|5||Colorado Access||Amber Garcia
Phone: (720) 744-5487
|6||CO Community Health Alliance||Phone: 303-256-1717 (Local) 855-627-4685 (Toll-Free)
|7||CO Community Health Alliance||Phone: 303-256-1717 (Local) 855-627-4685 (Toll-Free)