The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition stands with the Black Lives Matters movement to bear witness to the pain of centuries of racial oppression, inequity and white supremacy intensified by recent brutal actions including but not limited to the murder of George Floyd, the flaunting of white privilege by Amy Cooper, and the recent executions of Ahmaud Arbery, and Breonna Taylor. (continue reading)
Dear CCDC Members: I have long admired the work of the National Federation of the Blind. I have been at a loss for words and thinking about what to say that is meaningful in light of all that is going on. I still have not found the right words, but the message from the president of NFB is important and I think this is relevant for all disability groups. (continue reading)
Starting this week, Denver is transitioning from the stay-at-home order to the safer-at-home phase. Although residents are no longer ordered to stay at home, we are strongly encouraged to do so whenever possible. However, those considered at high risk of severe illness from COVID-19 are asked to continue following stay-at-home recommendations, only leaving home for medical care and essential activities. (continue reading)
CCDC has signed on to this letter with other coalition partners. As COVID-19 outbreaks continue to climb in Colorado prisons, several organizations called on Governor Polis today to assert his executive authority and clemency powers to protect the most vulnerable people in prisons before it’s too late. (continue reading)
A letter to the membership from Julie Reiskin, ED. urging calm while we watch the budget process carefully as the process plays out. (continue reading)
CCDC has completed our first review of the budget documents. This is each agency’s projection of what cuts need to be made, and if these are not sufficient what deeper cuts would look like. When reviewing the documents it was clear care was taken to avoid undue consequences to “vulnerable populations”. While we do not like many of these, with a few small exceptions, we can accept them. (continue reading)
Letter from Julie Reiskin to the membership: This week we expect to hear about Medicaid and other state government service cuts. We want everyone to be aware that when news breaks about cuts and changes, often rumors and misinformation become rampant throughout the web and social media. That is why we wanted to let you know ahead of time what we think may be coming and where you can go to trust what you read. (continue reading)
CCDC’s letter to Governor Jarid Polis urging Critical Care Triage guidelines for the state of Colorado. (continue reading)
CCDC’s letter crafted by our Executive Director and several partner organizations to Governor Polis regarding the Survival of People with Disabilities during COVID-19 Pandemic. (continue reading) (Español)
From Julie Reiskin, Executive Director, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition: To ensure better outcomes for our community during this unprecedented time, Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition is being proactive, compassionate, and conscious in our response to COVID-19.
CCDC members have asked to hear from us about COVID 19 or the Coronavirus, and what it means for people with disabilities in Colorado. This memo will attempt to explain what we know to date. Please be assured that CCDC staff continue working (some from home and all of us safely), advocating, and ensuring the response efforts do not forget people with disabilities.