DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!
Tips about Voting for Self-Advocates and Families:
"When families are supporting individuals with disabilities to vote, here are some important things to keep in mind. You have the right to:
Vote even if you have a disability that affects the way you learn, read, understand/process information, or communicate. FAQs about Electors with Disabilities are available from the Colorado Secretary of State.
Vote even if you have a guardian.
Make up your own mind about which candidate you want to vote for as a government leader and about how you want to vote on ballot questions.
Vote alone or with help.
Choose someone to help you in the voting booth and take extra time to vote.
Have someone show you how to use voting equipment on Election Day including what happens if you make a mistake and how you can fix it.
Vote if you are waiting in line when the poll closes.
Get information on what to do if someone tries to stop you from voting.
Vote even if you don't have a driver's license to prove your identity. While Colorado state law requires a form of identification for voting in person, a government issued photo ID is not required. Every Colorado voter must provide acceptable identification when voting at a polling place. If your form of identification shows your address, that address must be in the State of Colorado. A listing of all acceptable forms of identification, for which there are many, can be found on the Secretary of State's website.
Get legal help if someone tries to stop you from voting. For example, you can:
- File an election complaint with the Secretary of State's Office
- And/or contact The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People's VOTE! Program by calling 800-288-1376. You can download a brand new Voting Rights of Individuals with Disabilities Fact Sheet, published by The Legal Center, here!"
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October is National Bullying Prevention Month
Bullying and Youth with Disabilities and Special Health Needs"Children with disabilities—such as physical, developmental, intellectual, emotional, and sensory disabilities—are at an increased risk of being bullied. Any number of factors— physical vulnerability, social skill challenges, or intolerant environments—may increase the risk. Research suggests that some children with disabilities may bully others as well.
Kids with special health needs, such as epilepsy or food allergies, also may be at higher risk of being bullied. Bullying can include making fun of kids because of their allergies or exposing them to the things they are allergic to. In these cases, bullying is not just serious, it can mean life or death.
Creating a Safe Environment for Youth with DisabilitiesSpecial considerations are needed when addressing bullying in youth with disabilities. There are resources to help kids with disabilities who are bullied or who bully others. Youth with disabilities often have Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) or Section 504 plans that can be useful in crafting specialized approaches for preventing and responding to bullying. These plans can provide additional services that may be necessary. Additionally, civil rights laws protect students with disabilities against harassment."
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This conference is open to only to adults and young adults 15 years or older.Please make other arrangements for children under 15 as we do NOT have child care. We want you to focus on the conference.Sponsorships available on a first come first serve basis.
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Families in Action
June 20-22, 2014, The Arc of Weld County collaborated with
Three counties: The Arc of Larimer County, The Arc of Weld County , Association for Community Living In Boulder County along with our state chapter, The Arc of Colorado came together to offer this opportunity to 30 families who have children with intellectual and or developmental disabilities. The parents went to training, while children with disabilities and their siblings were able to particiapte in camp activities.
Families in Action Video
We are no longer accepting applications for Project Illumination: Creating Safe and Healthy Relationships: Abuse and Neglect Prevention Course.
We will start a new session beginning in late January or February of 2015. If you are interested in attending the 2015 class, please email Kimberly@arcweldcounty.org
"The Arc of Weld County is a grassroots, non-profit organization committed to creating opportunities for children and adults with developmental disabilities."
Our goals are to ensure the rights of individuals with developmental disabilities and their families, to include them as contributing members of the team that develop plans for their lives, and to enhance the overall quality of their lives.
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