Our son has a ‘hidden’ neurological disorder and when we were looking for help with his 504 plan through the school district I discovered The Arc of Larimer County through the internet. Our advocate helped us maneuver through the process and attended all our meetings. Their support and guidance are an invaluable resource for our community. We are fortunate to have The Arc of Larimer County, which provides advocacy to anyone that needs it. I cannot say enough good things about The Arc.

– Kort Duce, father, Fort Collins, CO


My husband and I attended two workshops, which The Arc of Larimer County organized, one on Guardianship and one on Wills, Trusts, and SSI.  I highly recommend these workshops since they gave us the information to begin creating a safety net for the continued care of our special needs son.  With the help of the professionals and their very specific knowledge, we now have a roadmap on how to best build this safety net.  Thank you for all the information and help!

-Susan Riphahn


Thank you all for your wonderful support in helping my son and me get through this legal crisis! I can’t imagine facing it without your support! Your presence and your pertinent statements testified well to the fine services you offer in trying to help people like my son achieve his maximum potential.

 – Fort Collins Parent


You were incredibly helpful with providing me information about policies and procedures as well as educating me on my daughter’s rights. Along with this, you took time to be there and were flexible with our schedules and meetings to make sure you could attend for support. It was a huge relief for me to finally feel like “the battle” was not just mine to fight to make sure my daughter was treated fairly and got the help she needed and deserved. I appreciate all that you did and will never forget it!

– Sandra


Dolan has so many pieces of systems.  He has his HUD program for his condo, he has residential services, and he has his vocation services through work. It all has to fit together for him to live independently. […] I can’t tell you how much better it was after we had people from The Arc of Larimer County at our meetings. I think it helped to have someone pushing us in a direction so that we could start picking up the pieces and going on and figuring out what we were going to do.

– Barb Doss (Dolan’s mom)


I’m been involved with The Arc since my son was born 30 years ago.  Why?  The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

The Arc of Larimer County makes a difference by staying on the front lines in making change happen for people diagnosed with Autism, Down syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, and a range of diagnoses across the spectrum of intellectual and developmental disabilities. The Arc is the nation’s leading advocate for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families and the premier provider of the supports and services people want and need.

– John J. Primsky


We moved to Fort Collins this summer and thanks to The Arc of Larimer County I met my wonderful advocate, who has helped us every step in getting the services I need.

They encouraged me to join People First, a self-advocacy group, and I have made so many friends! I went to a conference, I attend community activities, and now I serve as an officer for People First. I love the group and The Arc of Larimer County for their support and encouragement.

– Bonnie McKenzie


I have always felt that it is important to give back to the community that you live in.  I began volunteering when I was 15 and lived in Baumholder, Germany.  Ten years ago my oldest son, Tobi, was diagnosed with autism, and I knew then that I wanted to find a way to help other families.  I support The Arc of Larimer County because they offer much-needed advocacy at no cost to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  I am thankful for the work The Arc of Larimer County does, and I want to help get the word out to families in our community that The Arc is here to help them.

– Linda Miller, Fort Collins Parent


In 2004, I was made aware of The Arc and the important role it plays in families lives.  Our first son was born in January and 6 weeks later he was diagnosed with down syndrome.  At that point, I knew our life was about to change, little did I know that it would change for the better.

Our family moved to Larimer County from Minnesota in October of 2014, and The Arc of Larimer County was the first organization that I connected with.  The Arc of Larimer County works to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are included in all aspects of life in the community, including employment, education, religious, housing, and recreational activities.  Their work is the main reason why I support The Arc of Larimer County.

– Tena Green, Parent


As a family, we depend on The Arc of Larimer County for knowledge and leadership to improve community inclusion for those who have many abilities combined with an intellectual/developmental disability.  The Arc of Larimer County’s advocacy has improved access to inclusive education, transportation, and job opportunities.  Thank you to The Arc of Larimer County — our family has significantly benefitted from your advocacy!

– Jessica, Martha, and Walt Grady