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  • Denver Police Apparently Don’t Think Accessible Parking Laws Apply to Them (3/5/2020) - On February 24, 2020, at the office building of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (“CCDC), Colorado’s only statewide organization run by and for people with disabilities, including its Civil Rights Legal Program, a Denver Police Department vehicle parked illegally in an access aisle. CCDC is located at Empire Park at 1385 Colorado Boulevard, Denver, Colorado. Kevin Williams who is an attorney and who uses a wheelchair and drives the blue van with a side-loading wheelchair ramp that is pictured above has practiced in the area of civil rights law for people with disabilities for 22 years. The Current Cases and Past Cases that have been brought by the Civil Rights Legal Program during this time can be found on CCDC’s website.…
  • Our Friend, Colleague and Teacher, Sheryle Hutter (10/13/2019) - CCDC is saddened to announce the passing of disability rights all-star Sheryle Hutter.   Sheryle was a CCDC staff member until last year, before that she was a Board Member, and dedicated volunteer advocate.  Among her many significant accomplishments was the development of our current advocacy training program.  Her efforts made it a professional level class, eligible for continuing education units from the University of Denver.  Sheryle developed the curriculum in partnership with the University College at DU and created enough evidence-based curricula with a robust evaluation to qualify it for a college-level class. Sheryle was born on September 26, 1944 and died October 13, 2019.   She was married to the love of her life Don Hutter on January 27, 1962. …
  • Investigative Report on Immigration Detention Released Today, Sept. 18, 2019 (9/18/2019) - CCDC wants to thank the ACLU of Colorado for your groundbreaking (and heart breaking) expose.   We are proud to partner with this great organization and with CREEC who is also doing this work and look forward to working with anyone interested to assure that immigrants and asylum seekers with disabilities are treated fairly and humanely.   ---------- Forwarded message --------- From: Rachel Pryor-Lease <rpryor-lease@aclu-co.org> Date: Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 10:52 AM Subject: Investigative report on immigration detention released today To: Julie Reiskin <jreiskin@ccdconline.org> Today marks the release of our investigative report about the GEO immigration detention facility in Aurora: Cashing in on Cruelty: Stories of Death, Abuse and Neglect at the GEO Immigration Detention Facility in Aurora. The report is based…
  • Press Release: President Trump’s Statement Blaming Gun Violence on People with Mental Health Conditions Is Outrageous, Says National Organization of Mental Health Advocates with “Lived Experience” (8/7/2019) - For Immediate Release President Trump’s Statement Blaming Gun Violence on People with Mental Health Conditions Is Outrageous, Says National Organization of Mental Health Advocates with “Lived Experience” WASHINGTON (August 7, 2019)—The National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery (NCMHR), which advocates to improve policies affecting individuals with mental health conditions nationwide, offers its sincere condolences to all those affected by the tragedies in El Paso and Dayton. At the same time, the NCMHR is disgusted by President Trump’s recent statement in which he conflated perpetrators of violence and people with psychiatric diagnoses. “As a national organization representing persons with mental health issues—many of whom are trauma survivors—the National Coalition for Mental Health Recovery condemns President Trump’s statement blaming people with mental…
  • No to Oppression Olympics (7/18/2019) - 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 for these comments and has acknowledged that this is inappropriate, divisive and that “oppression Olympics” serves no one.   We agree. CCDC is proud of our long affiliation with ADAPT. Many of us at CCDC are ADAPT members and participate in ADAPT actions.   CCDC understands the frustration when politicians that use us to get elected ignore us.  This frustration is something communities of color have dealt…
  • CCDC POSITION ON SB19-182 (4/1/2019) - 1385 S. Colorado Blvd.  Bldg. A, Ste. 610 Denver, Colorado 80222 03.839.1775 www.ccdconline.org Julie Reiskin Executive Director jreiskin@ccdconline.org 720.961.4261 (Direct) 303.648.6262 (Fax)     After a great deal of deliberation, cautious debate, legal advice, research, and consultation, CCDC has decided to actively support SB 182, which would repeal Colorado’s death penalty.  We deliberated carefully and at length as to whether or not the bill raised an issue crucial to disability rights and, if so if there was a legitimate reason to urge repeal while maintaining our ongoing opinion that people with disabilities should take full and equal responsibility.  With the help of our legal team, we decided that the answer was firmly “YES” to both questions. I wish now to…
  • Carrie Ann Lucas, Champion for Disabled Parents, Dies at 47 (3/1/2019) - Carrie Ann Lucas, second from left, in 2018 in Windsor, Colo., with her children, from left, Asiza, Heather, Adrianne and Anthony. Ms. Lucas fought for the rights of the disabled, especially those who are parents. 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 of muscular dystrophy for three decades, was an effective advocate for people with disabilities. A lawyer, she successfully forced several businesses to make their premises more accessible in accordance with…

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