These are resources that we as a family used, I as a professional have used, others have recommended, or are resources that may be helpful in one way or another. There are many local services related to Denver and Colorado as well as wider reaching resources. I hope you find something that is useful for you. If you need help locating a resource that is not listed please let me know and I will see what I can find for you.
The resources have been categorized but I would review each section as their is over lap.
You're-Not-Alone Online & Phone Support
This is a beautifully written poem describing the experience of raising a child with special needs.
This is a blog from a mother with a daughter who has autism. She is honest, sharing, involved in the community and is a great resource for emotional well-being as well as an access to other writers especially writers who have autism and are able to share their lives and answer questions.
I would recommend three specific writings from her. The first is an emotional letter welcoming you to the "club." Though she is writing with her mind focused on autism I believe it is a well though out letter that goes beyond the diagnosis. The second if vital for any provider to read and helpful for parents. It highlights how important are children our, how they are daughters and sons and that the parental bond is important; that what parents have to say needs to be listened too. She is also on Facebook.
Rape Crisis Hotline............................. 303-322-7273
Suicide Hotline.303-860-1200 | 800-273-TALK (8255)
Youth Support Line..............................303-894-9000
Denver Center for Crime Victims.........303-894-8000
Rape Crisis (RAAP)..............................303-322-7273
Depression and Suicide Hotline..........303-860-1200
You're-Not-Alone Local Support
Sibling Tree is an organization (currently in the process of filing for our 501(c)3 status) that supports the siblings of people with special needs by providing support groups, mentor programs, book clubs and soon to be much more. We will continue to build and gather resources for siblings.
- Resource list with free days for local recreational spots, treatment options, what to do when someone elopes to employment.
FUN & Respite
“A day for children and youth to explore and learn in a friendly social setting. Kids will meet new friends and enjoy recreational activities such as sports, games, singing, drama and much more. Discovery Club acts similar to child care allowing parents a break from caregiving and a chance for them to rest and recharge.” It is each Saturday when it is not summer from 10am till 4pm and costs around $30 per child.
Easters Seals also offers summer sleep away camps and day camps along with other services. This is one of our families personal favorites, they care for children ages 6 and up and all individuals with special needs can continue to go to the sleep away camp as adults. It is one of the few special places that continue to serve our children as adults. They also focus on the recreation of being a child, once a year, our daughter gets to go and just be a kid....
Contact the Autism Society for details. This is a program that applies for grants to provide families with funds for respite care.
Autism Society of Colorado
Respite and Call Center Coordinator
550 South Wadsworth Blvd., Suite 100
Lakewood, CO 80226
720-214-0794 Ext 21 Call Center
They provide assistance for recreational supplies like adapted tricycles.
PO Box 740849
Arvada, CO 80006-0849
Phone (720) 940-6078
Financial, Legal, & Advocacy Help
When the child is a minor the benefits are based off of the parents income, when the child is an adult the benefits are based off of theirs. Currently in Colorado if you qualify for SSI you qualify for Medicaid. Medicaid can help with the cost of many services and medical supplies.
They provide advocacy assistance for those with developmental disabilities as well as work opportunities, and affordable clothing and household items through second hand stores.
202-534-3700 / 800-433-525
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Begin your search in the Advocacy Libraries and Law Libraries. You will find thousands of articles, cases, and resources about dozens of topics:
Newsletter: Subscribe to the free, weekly Special Ed Advocate.
They help protect and resolve disputes or violations of the law protecting those with disabilities. If you want updates you can sign up for their list.
The U.S. Department of Justice provides information about the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through a toll-free ADA Information Line.
800 - 514 - 0301 (voice) 800 - 514 - 0383 (TTY)
Civil Rights Within Schools
Office for civil rights at us department of education.
The Childrens' Hospital in Colorado offers care for our children at their main campus in Aurora and many outreach clinics.
They provide care for children with orthopedic needs and burn needs – no out of pocket cost if you qualify.
Patient Referal/Eligibilty Information
Telephone: 800-237-5055 (in the U.S.)
Resource Lists & Others
Dial 211 and explain what you need help with. The organization will help connect you with organization or programs that may be able to help.
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