Families in Action is an advocacy focused collaborative effort among the Arc of Weld County, the Arc of Larimer County, the Association for Community Living of Boulder and Broomfield counties, and the Arc of Colorado. This exciting opportunity is designed to provide a weekend adventure at the YMCA of the Rockies for families of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities(I/DD) including their non-disabled siblings. Thirty families spanning 10 counties participate annually in this event. The only qualifying factor is for a participating family to have a child with I/DD under the age of 12 years. Child care is provided for all children, including a single volunteer individually matched to each child with a disability. From Friday evening dinner until the afternoon on Sunday, the children are involved in camp-like activities while the parents learn about topics related to raising a child with a disability. Family time is also provided.
If you and your family are interested in participating in the third annual Families in Action retreat on August 5th through August 7th, 2016, contact Mike Heroy, Community Outreach Coordinator at the Arc of Weld County at email@example.com or call (970) 353-5219.
The Arc of Weld County serves the following counties:
ABOUT LAST YEAR'S RETREAT:
August 14-16, 2015,
From Friday, August 14th, to Sunday, August 16th, the Arc of Weld County, Arc of Larimer, ACL of Boulder, and the Arc of Colorado teamed up for the second annual Families in Action retreat; an opportunity to give children with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their siblings alike a fun-filled weekend while parents attended advocacy training at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, CO. Among all the activities to choose from (swimming, arts and crafts, tie-dying, dinosaur bone hunt, basketball, soccer, tennis, the list goes on!), children got the chance to learn about the Fort Lupton Police Department as well as the Estes Park Fire Protection District. The children crawled all over the police car, spoke through the walkie-talkies, and even made hand and foot prints to emulate how policemen might catch criminals. They got to climb in, out, under, over the fire truck, watch a fireman put his uniform on in no time flat, take pictures, and sit in the driver's seat! Not only did the Fort Lupton Police Department and the Estes Park Fire Protection District make for some fun activities (we had children bursting at the seams awaiting their arrival!), but they created an environment for children to feel more comfortable with police and firefighters so that in a case of emergency they won't hesitate to seek out the correct people. This year was an absolute blast and we cannot wait for Families in Action 2016!
Click here to see the video: Families in Action Video