We strive to remove system-wide barriers that prevent people with intellectual and developmental disabilities from being fully included in every aspect of community life. Our systems advocacy efforts seek to educate policy/lawmakers, encourage employers to hire more people with disabilities, and help people with disabilities magnify their voice.
In the past, we’ve worked to remove treatment limits on ABA therapy for private insurance plans, implement Employment First Legislation in Colorado, increase funding to updating bus stops to meet ADA standards, and provide training to law enforcement so they can better support community members with I/DD.
Bringing Your Voice Forward
We help individuals with disabilities and their families magnify their voice and bring their story to lawmakers. In the past, we’ve helped coordinate testimony at city council, created story cards to share with lawmakers, and arranged for carpools to Legislative hearings.
We will send out action alerts to let our network know about critical bills and policy changes that impact people with I/DD. Information will include talking points and contact information for lawmakers.
Everybody Works is an initiative launched by The Arc of Larimer County in 2014 to promote the hiring and gainful employment of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (or I/DD). Currently 85% of people with I/DD are not working; not for lack of skill but lack of opportunity. The initiative serves as a conduit of information for employers interested in expanding their workforce and hiring talented and motivated employees in addition to educating employment service providers in utilizing best practice supports to increase employment outcomes for people with significant disabilities. The Arc of Larimer County envisions a landscape of equal opportunity, where everybody who wants to work can find a job that fits their skills and abilities.