Below are some local resources that we believe you will find of benefit to you.
The Arc of Larimer County promotes and protects the civil rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through individual and systemic advocacy and education fostering an inclusive community that embraces people throughout their lifetime to be included in every aspect of community life. Arc of Larimer County’s vision is that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities: are supported by their community to be included in every aspect of community life as valued, contributing, successful, and equal members of society, to make their own life choices and their voices will be heard and respected, to have full access to employment, supported inclusive education, community wide social and recreational activities, religious or spiritual community involvement and community living. We believe that paid community employment is key to social, economic and psychological equity, for everyone, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and that Larimer County will have the highest rate of inclusive paid employment in Colorado not including sub minimum wage employment.
The Arc of Weld County promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities through advocacy and support services. All people with intellectual/developmental disabilities (I/DD) are included and participate fully within their community. The Arc of Weld County provides individual advocacy for both children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities. They do not charge for advocacy services. Please contact The Arc of Weld County if you are in need of information on advocacy services or need to make a referral for individual advocacy services.
The Anna and John J. Sie Center for Down Syndrome at Children’s Hospital Colorado was established thanks to a generous gift from the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation. The clinic officially opened its doors in November 2010 as part of the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The Sie Center for Down Syndrome provides the highest quality of comprehensive care to children with Down syndrome by coordinating medical care, along with therapies including speech, physical and occupational. We also serve as a local and national resource for families and primary care doctors by providing up-to-date information while also supporting parents who have received a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.
The mission of Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association is to assure inclusion and enhance independence of people with Down syndrome. We will achieve this by providing education, resources and support in partnership with individuals, families, professionals, and the community. Their mission is a society where all members are valued for their uniqueness, respected for their contribution and assured the opportunity and choice to create their own path to fulfillment and success.
The Global Down Syndrome Foundation is a public non-profit 501(c)(3) dedicated to significantly improving the lives of people with Down syndrome through Research, Medical Care, Education and Advocacy. Formally established in 2009, Global’s primary focus is to support the Linda Crnic Institute for Down Syndrome, the first academic home in the United States committed solely to research and medical care for people with Down syndrome. Since Down syndrome is the least-funded genetic condition in the United States, fundraising and government advocacy to correct the alarming disparity of national funding for people with Down syndrome is a major goal.
Since 1972, Foothills Gateway has improved the lives of thousands of people with cognitive disabilities and their families in Northern Colorado by helping to conquer challenges and achieve their maximum potential. Foothills Gateway strives to empower every ability and highlight the achievements of the human spirit of all ages.
Respite Care, Inc. is a nonprofit organization in Larimer County that provides short term, quality care for children with developmental disabilities, giving respite to their families, and enhancing the quality of life for the entire family. They believe that a child with a disability is a child first and that his or her challenges are secondary. With this mission and philosophy in mind, Respite Care strives to create an interactive, stimulating and safe environment that addresses the physical, emotional, social and mental needs of each individual child.