What's New

What's New

Upcoming grant award opportunities, these will use the Request For Proposal solicitation method.  The RFP availability will be announced on this webpage.

1. Education for Foster Parents of the Youngest Students:

The grantee will develop and deliver training based on best practices that:

· Raise the participant's awareness of the increased risk of and harm associated with suspension and expulsion for Colorado's youngest students.

· Educate participants about implementing effective advocacy strategies if and when their foster children face suspension or expulsion.

· Prepare participants to engage with educators and school staff to advocate for the development and implementation of thorough Individual Education Plans (IEP).

One grant will be awarded up to $75,000.  (based upon the availability of Federal funds).

2. Supporting Colorado Families to Develop personal Networks for Transition Age Youth

The purpose of the project is to recruit, educate and support Colorado families in helping their transition-age students with intellectual and developmental disabilities to:

· Understand what a personal network is;

· Explore the potential such a network holds for supporting successful transitions to adulthood;

· Undertake the work of developing such a network.

· The targeted participants for this project are parents or guardians of transition-age students with intellectual or developmental disabilities between the ages of 14 and 22 years.

One grant will be awarded up to $80,000. (depending upon the availability of Federal funds).

3. HB-1194 Data Analysis and Webinars

With the passage last session of HB-1194, all state-funded preschools, school districts and BOCES are required, for the first time in 2020, to report data to the State Board of Education regarding instances when students enrolled in Colorado state-funded preschools, kindergarten, first or second grade are suspended or expelled during the reporting period.

According to Colorado Revised Statute, the State Board of Education cannot waive this requirement (that may mean the requirement stands despite COVID-19).

The purpose of this project is to commission a professional,, independent, academic analysis of the data, and a report highlighting key finding (produced in Spanish and English).  The report will be made available to parents of children in the designated age group who are disproportionally affected by the practices, and groups who advocate on their behalf to strengthen their capacity to access resources.  To make an authoritative case for additional reforms to reduce suspension and/or expulsion of Colorado's youngest students.

One grant will be awarded up to $45,000. (depending upon the availability of Federal funds).

4. Supportive Self-Advocacy Training for Transition-Age Youth with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities who are on a path toward the School to Prison Pipeline.

The grantee will recruit and support youn people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, in addition to behavioral health concerns, to create individual goals for each participant.  The goals established will empower each participant to be integrated into the community at large.  Participant goals will prepare them to be productive by their own defined goals.  The grantee will provide experiential learning opportunities to introduce participants to practical leadership and advocacy.  The grantee will also recruit, engage and support youth and adult mentors to collaborate with each participant to apply acquired skills to accomplish goals.

One grant will be awarded up to $50,000. (depending upon the availability of Federal funds).



COVID-19, Coronavirus Information for Colorado Citizens with Developmental Disabilities 

Primary information:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site is the primary resource on the rapidly changing COVID-19 pandemic for United States citizens.

Communicating with self-advocates:

Plain-Language Information on Coronavirus This 8-page informational brochure on COVID-19 uses pictures and icons to explain coronavirus prevention, symptoms and coping strategies in plain language.  Many thanks to SARTAC (The Self-Advocacy Resource and Technical Assistance Center) and Green Mountain Self-Advocates!

Plain-Language Information on Coronavirus (Spanish)​ This document is the same as the above in Spanish.

COVID-19 Picture Communication Board​ - This printable CU Center for Inclusive Design communication board includes two pages of COVID-19-related icons for people who use alternative communication modes.

Education Resources:  

COVID-19 Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel​ This U.S. Department of Education site provides information, resources and technical assistance on local school response to COVID-19.

OSEP COVID-19 - Serving Children with Disabilities 3.21.20​ This fact sheet from the U.S. Department of Education confirms that distance learning strategies must be provided to students with disabilities consistent with our right to a free and appropriate public education.

Disability and Colorado-Specific Information:

ACL COVID-19 Resources for People with Disabilities  This federal site by the Administration on Community Living provides what "older adults and people with disabilities need to know" about COVID-19.

CCDC COVID-19 Page This site, updated frequently by our friends at the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, includes Q&A, myth debunking, resources like emergency food , blog posts and ways to stay connected during this time of social distancing! 

Developmental Disability Day Service Modifications This page, produced by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing, describes how the delivery options for day services have changed to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

CO Services for People with Developmental Disabilities COVID-19 Response Presentation 3.20.20 This recent presentation by the Colorado Office of Community Living and in conjunction with the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition, provides information on how the state is modifying services for people with developmental disabilities in response to COVID-19.

Colorado Medicaid's COVID Response This site has important information for Colorado citizens accessing Medicaid and how services are being responsive to needs the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment This site provides the latest, up to date information on statewide efforts and data related to the COVID-19 virus in Colorado.

Developmental Disabilities Service Modifications in Response to COVID-19 3.24.20 This memo describes service definition modifications that allow for "virtual visits" instead of face to face services.  For instance, the service definition for Supported Community Connections now includes, "Supported Community Connections may be provided in the home or an alternative location, with minimal community integration. Providers may also utilize telephone or video conferencing methods, where appropriate, to provide services." 


Supported Decision Making Educational Resource

The CO DD Council is pleased to announce the release of a new educational resource on supported decision-making:  Supporting Individuals with Disabilities to Take Charge of Their Lives:  Self-Determination and Supported Decision-Making.

This resource was developed for self-advocates and family members and is available in English and Spanish, PDF and Word versions. A highlight of the resource is a section exploring supports for decision-making.

The Colorado DD Council would like to thank the Wisconsin and Missouri DD Councils for the generous use of their Supported Decision-making resources. We would also like to thank Jonathon Martinis for his support and Caroline Glenn and Jenny Hatch for sharing their stories.

The resource can be found here


El Consejo DD de CO se complace en anunciar la publicación del nuevo recurso educacional sobre el apoyo en la toma de decisiones: Apoyando a las personas con discapacidades para que puedan hacerse cargo de sus vidas: Autodeterminación y apoyo en la toma de decisiones.

Este recurso fue desarrollado para los autodefensores y familiares, y está disponible en inglés y en español, en versiones PDF y Word. Una parte destacada del recurso es la sección dónde se exploran los apoyos en la toma de decisiones.

El Consejo DD de CO desea agradecer a los Consejos de Wisconsin y Missouri por permitirnos la amplia utilización de sus recursos de Apoyo en la toma de decisiones. También deseamos agradecer a Jonathon Martinis por su apoyo, y a Caroline Glenn y Jenny Hatch por compartir sus experiencias.

Puede encontrar este recurso en el sitio web


 Employment First Advisory Partnership 2018 Annual Report 

This report, published in May, 2019, provides an update on 2018 activities of the Employment First Advisory Partnership.  The 2019 report is expected to be approved for publication by April 2020.  We encourage youth transitioning from school to work, family members, and adults interested in employment to get involved! 

Complete document found here.