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Careers & Degrees in Healthcare: A Guide for Students with Disabilities

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Center for Community Partnerships

320 Occupational Therapy Building
Fort Collins, Colorado 80523
Phone: (970) 491-5930
Fax: (970) 491-3307
Website: www.ccp.colostate.edu
Email: contactCCP@colostate.edu
Services: works with youth and adults with disabilities. Provides services such as occupational therapy, therapeutic recreation, education, human services and job development.

Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

2850 McClelland Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 223-9823
Website: www.dvrcolorado.com
Services: Assists persons with disabilities to succeed at work and to live independently. Provides ongoing support, including job training, guidance on the ADA regulations, and information on disability and employment guidelines.

Colorado Office of Employment First

Email: info@employmentfirstcolorado.org
Phone: (303) 318-8574
Website: employmentfirstcolorado.org
Services: Colorado Office of Employment First leads CO toward equitable employment for all people with disabilities through collaboration, training & innovation.

Disabled Resource Services (Fort Collins)

Fort Collins:
1017 Robertson Street, Unit B
Fort Collins, CO 80524-3915
Phone: (970) 482-2700

118 E. 29th St., Suite C
Loveland, CO 80538-2724
Phone: (970) 667-0816

Website: www.disabledresourceservices.org
Services: provides job counseling and work search assistance.

Foothills Gateway, Inc. (FGI)

301 Skyway Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 226-2345
Web: www.foothillsgateway.org
Services: Foothills Gateway’s Supported Employment Services Program is for individuals 18 and older and can provide assessments, job development, job placement, job coaching and follow up job support services. Offers learning and work experiences that assist individuals age 18 and older in developing general, non-job task specific strengths and skills that will contribute to employability in paid community employment. Transportation Services are provided for individuals age 18 and older between their home and program or work settings.

Larimer County Workforce Center

(Fort Collins)
200 W. Oak Street, Suite 5000
Fort Collins, CO 80521
Phone: (970) 498-6600

418 East 4th Street
Loveland, CO 80537
Phone: (970) 619-4650

(Estes Park)
1601 Brodie Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
Phone: (970) 577-2140

Website: www.larimerworkforce.org

Poudre School District

Project Search
802 West Drake Rd., Suite 145
Fort Collins, CO 80526
Phone: (970) 219-6667
Website: https://www.projectsearch.us/
Services: Provides opportunities for transitioning youth with intellectual disabilities from the Poudre School District to complete a series of three 15- week work internships. Students must be 18-21, have a developmental disability, be in their last year of receiving support from the Poudre School District and have applied and be eligible for both Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and Foothills Gateway Services.

Site Based Alternative Cooperative Education (ACE)
Website: www.psdschools.org/integrated-services/transitions/school-programs/alternative-cooperative-education-ace
Services: ACE is available at all PSD high schools and provides work experience, related classroom instruction and vocational transition planning for high school students with special needs. Students develop personal and career skills preparing them to live and work independently as vital, contributing members of their community.

School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP)
Fort Collins:
1630 S. Stover
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: (970) 223-1636


Thompson School District

427-B North Railroad Ave.
Loveland, CO 80537
Phone: (970) 669-8349
Contact: Cindy Bower – (970) 669-8349 or cindy.bower@thompsonschools.org

Estes Park School District

Estes Park:
1605 Brodie Avenue
Estes Park, CO 80517
Contact: Marcie Kiser – (970) 586-2361 ext. 3217 or Marcie_Kiser@psdr3.k12.co.us
Services: SWAP is a collaborative between the Colorado Department of Education, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and community-based organizations to provide counseling and guidance, job development, job placement, on-the-job training and job-site support to assist young people with disabilities to become employed and self-sufficient.

The Junior League Career Closet

The Junior League provides an hour-long shopping experience at no cost. Referred clients are outfitted with appropriate clothing for interviews and/or work. The focus is to provide the client with suitable clothing that inspires confidence and helps her to present herself well. All sizes welcome!
Phone: (970) 482-0594
Website: http://www.jlfortcollins.org/junior-league-career-closet
Email: careercloset@jlfortcollins.org


Please note The Arc of Larimer County does not endorse/guarantee any service listed in the resource guide. Being listed on the resource guide does not mean that the organization/person/service is affiliated with The Arc of Larimer County. This guide is meant for informational purposes only for individuals/families of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). We strongly suggest that individuals/family members independently verify all claims made by businesses/individuals/services on the resource guide. If you would like to make a correction to a resource or request a new listing, please contact info@arclc.org.