Free options to learn about resources for adults with ID
Free options to learn about resources for adults with ID
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Fall 2021 Resources

College students with intellectual disabilities (ID) can access many of the same resources as anyone else with ID. Whether you are thinking college or not, a variety of disability organizations are offering free classes this fall that cover resources available to adults with ID. These organizations are a wealth of knowledge on preparing for life after high school, and connecting adults to resources you might not yet know about. 
In this newsletter, you will find information about:
  • Upcoming IN! Events - Catch up on inclusive higher ed in Colorado
  • Speak Up Colorado - Classes on leading your own Person Driven Plan
  • DB101 - Disability Benefits planning tool
  • Step Up! Into Life After High School - Seminar series by the Arc of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties
  • Project Independence - Class for parents to learn about resources and high school students to practice self advocacy, hosted by Thrive Center
  • Adulting - Webinar overview of adult resources, by Arc of Pikes Peak
  • Caitlin Brady Scholarship - A scholarship for college students with disabilities pursuing a social justice career
  • THINK+change - A learning platform by the Arc of Aurora  

IN! Events

Join IN! for a general overview of inclusive higher education in Colorado on September 15th from 12-1pm, October 13th from 9-10am, or November 4th from 6-7pm.

Or, join us on September 21st from 1-2pm to hear the results of our statewide needs assessment about barriers to college faced by students with ID.
Can't make it to a live event? Check out our new self-paced learning series - a five part video series on college options for students with ID, preparing for college, and resources available.
Register for an IN! Event
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Person Driven Planning

Speak Up Colorado is offering an exciting class for people with disabilities receiving Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) to learn to lead their own Person Driven Plan. This free class is specifically designed to support the participation of people with disabilities and to put their interests, growth, and experiences at the center of each class. The curriculum is designed as a 10-week course that will meet for 2 hours each week. There is an in-person option and a virtual option. It is open to anyone age high school and up. Classes start between September 10th and 22nd.

Students will learn to:
  • Identify their strengths and abilities
  • Develop a sense of Disability Pride
  • Create their own Person Driven Plan
  • Write goals and gather resources to achieve their goals
  • Problem solve
  • Communicate goals in a way that will support creating a life they love
Register for Speak Up Class
Colorado Office of Employment First Upcoming Webinars

DB 101 Webinar

The Colorado Office of Employment First (COEF) is hosting an informational webinar on Colorado DB101 for families on September 21 from 6-7pm. DB101 is a new resource offering tools and information for career exploration and planning, health coverage options, and a benefits planning estimator for Coloradans with disabilities! 
Register for DB101 Webinar

STEP UP! Into Life After High School! 

This seminar series is conducted by the Arc of Arapahoe and Douglas Counties to assist parents and young adults with understanding resources and planning for life after high school. Young adults with IDD ages 15+, their parents, family members, educators, and care providers are invited to learn about these important topics. Two free sessions will be held via Zoom on Wednesday, Sept 22nd & 29th from 6- 8:15pm. 

Topics include:
  • Person-Centered Planning
  • Private Insurance, Medicaid, and Waivers
  • SSI/SSDI and ABLE Accounts
  • Housing
  • Daily Life - respite, fun, and employment
  • Supported Decision Making and Guardianship
Register for Step Up!
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Project Independence

Project Independence, hosted by Thrive Center, provides two free strands of six 2-1/2 hour trainings to parents/caregivers of children and young adults with disabilities. The trainings will occur Thursdays between October 7th - November 18th from 6-8pm. One strand is for youth ages 14-21 years old and the other strand is for parents. The purpose of this project is for parents to understand their child's educational, developmental and transitional needs; and for youth to have the ability to self-advocate and discover what they would like to do after leaving high school. 
Register for Project Independence


A training by The Arc of Pikes Peak Region on general transition services, Social Security, Medicaid waiver programs, decision-making options, and resources. There are two Zoom sessions to choose from: September 15 at 10:30am or September 15 at 6:00pm.

Caitlin Brady Scholarship

Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) is currently accepting applications for a scholarship for students with disabilities, particularly those working on college paths related to social justice and disability rights; students who do not have a disability may also apply if they have a sibling or immediate family member who has a disability. The scholarship is available to current college students and/or college-bound high school seniors. Non-degree seeking students are eligible to apply. The deadline to apply is September 15th, 2021.  
Download Caitlin Brady Scholarship Information


THINK+change is The Arc of Aurora’s virtual training and education program that strives to change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with IDD, their families, and the professionals in their lives.
Downloadable Tool: HCBS Waiver List for Adults 
Visit THINK+change website


Have a question about resources and college? Let's see if we can help find you an answer! Reach out to Shelby, IN!'s Education and Outreach Program Coordinator, at

7931 S Broadway #193 
Littleton, CO 80122 United States

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