Colorado
This bill requires that youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are 18 years of age and older who are currently being served through child welfare services be transitioned to the adult home- and community-based services program, and requires that a plan be developed for the ongoing transition of such youth when they turn 18 years of age.
This bill requires the Department of Human Services to complete a comprehensive assessment and work with individuals with disabilities to develop employment goals based on the person's strengths, resources, priorities, concerns, abilities, capabilities, interests and informed choice.
This bill expands the state's business enterprise program to allow people who are blind to operate additional types of businesses on state property, beyond vending facilitates. In addition, it directs the Department of Labor and Employment to convene a working group to examine avenues to expand job and business opportunities, as well as corresponding trainings, for people who are blind.
This bill creates a standing committee to provide information and assist with operational and other issues relating to the provision of services to individuals with disabilities within the state's One-Stop Career Centers. This includes providing training for staff concerning the provision of support or accommodation to, and finding employment opportunities for, individuals with disabilities.
This bill establishes the Colorado Deafblind Citizens Council, which will advise various government entities on how to increase competitive integrated employment, enlarge economic opportunities, enhance independence and self-sufficiency and improve services for people who are deafblind.
This bill increases the reimbursement rate (to be used to compensate direct support professionals) for a variety of home- and community-based services for people with developmental disabilities, including prevocational services, mentorship and supported employment.
This bill creates peer-run recovery support services organizations, which will help expand peer support services for people with behavioral health needs throughout the state (including services related to employment) and expand the behavioral health workforce.
This bill directs American Rescue Plan Act funds toward the establishment of workforce development programs for underserved populations, including people with disabilities.
This bill establishes the Employment First Advisory Partnership, a multi-agency entity tasked with developing a strategic plan to expand competitive integrated employment outcomes for people with disabilities, including by identifying training and knowledge gaps among agency staff, agency vendors and individuals with disabilities and their families that may create obstacles to advancing competitive integrated employment. It further establishes that the Department of Labor and Employment is responsible for promoting youth transitions that focus on public-private collaboration and employer engagement that emphasizes free-market solutions.
This bill creates a pilot program for inclusive higher education for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities, which will be operated at two four-year institutions and one community college and include peer mentoring, coordinate with vocational rehabilitation supports and focus on preparing students for gainful competitive employment. Pilot programs can also include an institutional assessment to determine training needs, technical assistance and other capacity needed within the institution to provide these programs.
This bill creates a technical demonstration forum to study solutions to improve transportation access for people with disabilities, including so they can access work. Members of the forum include representatives from the State Rehabilitation Council.
This bill authorizes individuals to use an automated driving system to drive a motor vehicle or control a function of a motor vehicle if the system complies with every state and federal law, given that automated driving systems can help people with disabilities gain access to goods and services essential to daily life.
This bill requires all vendors of supported employment services to obtain a nationally recognized supported employment training certificate or certification. The bill further requires the Executive Director of the Department of Health Care Policy and Financing to facilitate Employment First policies by reporting various datapoints for individuals eligible for supported employment services.
This bill establishes a task force to make recommendations on improving the transition of individuals with disabilities from receiving services and supports in an educational setting to receiving services and supports through home- and community-based services.
This bill creates and appropriates funding for Parents Encouraging Parents conferences to help parents of children with disabilities advocate for their child's education and life plans.
This bill requires the Department of Transportation to convene and consult with a stakeholder group - which includes a representative of people with disabilities - to examine the economic, environmental and transportation impacts of new transportation technologies and business models.
This bill eliminates subminimum wage employment by providing supports to ensure successful transitions for individuals with disabilities currently working in subminimum wage jobs.
This bill continues the state's Employment First advisory partnership indefinitely.
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: University of Colorado Denver
Entity Type: College / University
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
The Calabrese Life Opportunities Fund provides funds for individuals with disabilities to obtain technological devices and training on the use of such devices.
Operating Entity: The Arc of Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Higher Education, CollegeInvest
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural workers with disabilities attain gainful employment in production agriculture or a related occupation, access appropriate assistive technology needed for work and daily living activities, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Colorado Workforce Centers serve job seekers, including individuals with disabilities, through career counseling, training, and computer and internet access. Colorado Workforce Centers cater to individuals with disabilities by maintaining a "No Wrong Door" policy and an integrated system so that if a client needs additional services and assistance, the workforce center can provide accurate and timely information.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
CO-YLF is a conference for Colorado high school juniors, seniors, and young adults under 26 with disabilities. CO-YLF provides dynamic, experiential learning opportunities designed to foster personal growth through self-discovery. It provides participants the opportunity to identify and embrace their strengths, plan for their future, and cultivate their leadership, citizenship, and social skills.
Operating Entity: Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
CTP provides communications resources and tools, such as amplified and captioned phones, smartphones and tablets, as well as ring signalers and neck loops or head sets and specialized equipment at no charge to qualified deaf, hard of hearing and deafblind. The program is designed to give people access to the community at large.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Human Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Thrive Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program assists individuals with disabilities to acquire income, health insurance, and other basic needs to stabilize their lives, health and living situations. It includes Comprehensive Work Incentives & Benefits Counseling and Disability Webinar Trainings.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program creates and prepares work settings that promote the most independent work for individuals with disabilities, based on individualized plans to guide clients to their fullest potential.
Operating Entity: Easterseals Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Employment Works provides job placement services to adults and youth with disabilities through referrals from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and Ticket to Work and in collaboration with community service providers. Services include assistance with job search and job placement, help developing job-seeking skills, and post-employment support.
Operating Entity: Ability Connection Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
IPS is a program that helps people with mental illness and/or substance use disorders find and keep jobs. It is offered in collaboration between the Department of Human Services Office of Behavioral Health and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, as well as at mental health centers throughout the state.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program utilizes a variety of services to help youth with barriers to employment (including youth with disabilities) in the Denver Metro Area succeed through career exploration, education, training and support services. Services focus on transition to post-secondary education, career exploration, job readiness, and training services.
Operating Entity: Ability Connection Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 11 western states plus two territories. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Partners in Leadership Advocacy is a program to help parents and individuals with developmental disabilities develop as leaders in making positive, long-lasting change for themselves and their communities. Individuals with disabilities learn about self-advocacy and families learn about advocating for their child's educational and future service needs.
Operating Entity: Sewall Child Development Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides trainings and an all-day college visit to families of young adults with disabilities, to help them understand their child's educational, developmental and transitional needs. It also includes a training series to help youth learn to self-advocate and discover what they would like to do after leaving high school.
Operating Entity: Thrive Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Law Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
RAMP is a career-focused mentoring program for youth with disabilities who are currently involved with or are at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. RAMP supports successful life transitions to employment, continued learning opportunities, and independent living through a variety of mentoring approaches.
Operating Entity: Ability Connection Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
SWAP is designed to provide employment-related assistance to students and young adults with disabilities. The program teaches job seeking and job retention skills, and operates in all of Colorado's local education agencies through collaborative agreements among the Colorado Department of Education, the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, and local school districts.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides an opportunity for individuals with disabilities and their families to meet with staff about concerns and participation in higher education, training, employment, or independent living.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education, Office of Special Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program offers a variety of services to assist individuals with disabilities who want to be self-employed in navigating the business development process. This includes connecting consumers with a professional vendor network, made up of seasoned business experts, who can provide expertise and real-world knowledge and training to entrepreneurs.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps youth with disabilities and their parents plan for transition to college or the workforce, gain skills in self-advocacy, and access services after leaving school. Services are provided through Transition Advisors, interactive workshops, and webinars.
Operating Entity: PEAK Parent Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
TLI provides webinars and learning sessions to build knowledge of effective secondary transition practices for students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education, Office of Special Education
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program works with youth in transitioning from high school to post-secondary life, which includes college or employment. The program provides the necessary resources and life skills to gain independence.
Operating Entity: Atlantis Community Inc.
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides culturally relevant vocational rehabilitation services to assist Alaska Native and American Indian individuals with disabilities residing on or near reservations in the state to prepare for and engage in gainful employment. Program services are provided under an individualized plan for employment.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Ability Connection Colorado
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program encourages and empowers individuals ages 5-30 living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) through education and employment in the skilled trades industry. Services are provided through a variety of introductory workshops and hands-on educational programs.
Operating Entity: Teaching the Autism Community Trades (TACT)
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of supports to youth with disabilities ages 14 to 24, including in-school workshops on Self-Advocacy, youth support groups, and a Youth Transitions Program.
Operating Entity: The Independence Center
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps young people with disabilities transition from living at home to living independently, including through instruction in life skills and vocational skills. Topics include budgeting money, goal setting, stress management, time management, and more.
Operating Entity: Center for Independence
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides individualized career pathway services to assist students and youth with disabilities, aged 15-25, in their transitions from high school to post-secondary education and employment. Services are provided in coordination with education, workforce center, and other adults service agency partners.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Labor and Employment, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
Colorado created a document that provides comprehensive information on distance learning for students with Autism and relevant resources and activities. These resources include resources produced by private non-profits for students with Autism, activities for students with autism who struggle with distance learning, and resources for teachers who teach students with autism.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education
Colorado created a document containing resources for teachers and students to increase accessibility for students with hearing difficulties. These resources are divided into resources for students, resources for teachers, and a section focused on providing assistive technology to students in need.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education
Colorado created a document that provides information describing how to continue IEP procedures and communication. Specifically, it lists best practices for facilitating online learning, such as questions to ask when adjusting an IEP for virtual instruction, guidelines for virtual IEP meetings, and general recommendations and resources for IEP teams during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education
Colorado created a document that provides information pertaining to distance learning for students with brain injuries. The document includes relevant resources and suggestions. Assistive technology resources are included.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education
Colorado created a document that provides information pertaining to resources and services that help students with disabilities transition to independent living and employment. It focuses on assisting families and students with disabilities in the employment transition process, listing virtual resources for career and employment placement, adjusted living arrangements, and family involvement.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education
Colorado created a document that provides resources for social emotional learning, behavior, mental health, general health, school providers, and families. These resources include articles and resources to improve parents' communication with students about mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic, links to school mental health providers, and online games and stories to help children improve their social and emotional health
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education
Colorado provides a general FAQ document including information pertaining to IEPs and distance learning for students with disabilities. Specifically, it provides guidelines under which students with IEPs may qualify for compensatory education services, guidelines for creating contingency learning plans for students with IEPs based on ongoing COVID-19-related developments, virtual means by which IEP teams may conduct IEP meetings, and policy for teachers attempting to monitor the progress of students with disabilities.
Operating Entity: California Department of Education
Colorado created a document that provides a list of activities, resources, and exercises for students with speech and language difficulties. These resources are divided into virtual articulation activities, games and activities to improve speech capabilities, virtual resources helping improve social interaction, virtual resources to improve speech and verbalizaiton capabilities, and resources from private non-profits assisting students with speech and language impairments.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education
Colorado created a document that includes a list of resources, assistive software and technology, and activities to ensure equitable access to students with vision disabilities during distance learning. These resources are divided into resources assisting with accessibility for students with visual impairments, remote teaching supports for teachers of students with visual impairments, and resources for students with various specific forms of visual impairment.
Operating Entity: Colorado Department of Education