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The Arc of Pueblo

A Leader in Disability Rights

The Arc of Pueblo is a local chapter of the Arc of Colorado and part of the Arc of the United States. The Arc is known as the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, down syndrome, fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.

At The Arc of Pueblo we work to promote and protect those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to actively support opportunities and philosophies that are inclusive and welcoming to all.

How important is The Arc of Pueblo's mission?

Consider this . . . 

  • Across the world, more than one billion people – or 15% of the world’s population – live with disabilities.
  • There are 120 to 150 million children with disabilities under the age of 18 worldwide.
  • Globally as many as 19 million children with disabilities, a third of the entire out-of-school population, are excluded from education

The Arc of Pueblo’s role in our community affects the lives of individuals throughout the Southern Colorado! Reaching out to support individuals who need assistance serving themselves, the professionally trained staff is an invaluable resource those with intellectual and developmental disabilities as well as a thriving asset to loved ones who care for them.

The Arc of Pueblo

Specializes In:

Guardianship

Guardianship is special program that allows us to care for those who can't make significant decisions on their own. Our powerful program protects and guides an individuals rights as they develop into adult life stages.

Educational Advocacy

The Arc of Pueblo provides advocates that empower individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) to achieve full and satisfying lives through awareness of their rights, responsibility, and opportunities in educational planning. Our advocates assist with the creation of both individual and 504 educational plans.

Public Policy

Public policy is important to the growth and development of every community and The Arc of Pueblo represents the rights of the disabled population working to achieve lasting government standards that protect and serve the individual as well as the community we serve.

Resource

The Arc of Pueblo specializes in the tools and resources needed to support caregivers and the disabled as they pursue a complete life full of joy, happiness, and unlimited possibilities. We work to connect families to valuable local support services.

How You Can Help

Join the Arc

Take your first step towards building a community with equal rights and inclusion for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 

Let’s work together to ensure that the access to services and supports and that the rights and services conquered since 1957 will be available to ALL.

Compassion At Work

The Arc of Pueblo acts to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, their parents, siblings, family members have access to services that enhance and support a well-rounded lifestyle.

Arc services include:

  • Advocacy for K-12 and Postsecondary Education
  • Seeking Employment
  • Housing and Independent Living
  • Connections with Comprehensive Healthcare
  • Right to Vote/Political Participation
  • Healthy Individual Decision-Making
  • Guardianship or Other Alternatives
  • Community Safety and Engagement
  • Social Connections and Recreation
  • Access to Assistive Technology
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Strong

National Presence

With nearly 700 state and local chapters nationwide, The Arc is on the front lines to ensure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities.

The Arc works with its federation of state and local chapters to create an impressive network of human service agencies ensuring they have the strongest civil rights advocates promoting and protecting their needs at all levels.

Our nationwide network of chapters provides a wide range of human services and other supports to people with I/DD and their family members, including individual and public policy advocacy and residential, educational, and vocational services that let people with I/DD participate and be included in their communities. In addition, many of our chapters provide person-centered and financial planning, recreational activities, and other supports that meet the unique needs of people with I/DD and their families.

Achieve with us.

For people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The Arc of Pueblo COVID-19 information and resources

Due to COVID-19, The Arc of Pueblo’s office will be closed to outside visitors until April 20th, 2020. At that time, we will reevaluate based on the guidance of the city of Pueblo and the state of Colorado. Our staff will be working in the office and/or remotely (as appropriate) and will be able to participate in meetings virtually. We recognize that there is still important work to do, and we’re striving to perform those vital services while helping stop the community spread of Coronavirus.

We have provided some additional information and resources for families below. Please note this is a rapidly changing situation. You can check back frequently to find updates.

COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities:

From SARTAC and Green Mountain Self Advocates:
English [PDF]
Spanish [PDF]

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

Colorado’s COVID-19 Page:

https://covid19.colorado.gov/

Colorado HCPF Updates:

Please visit this page to see guidance from The Department of Health Care, Policy, and Financing about COVID-19 – https://www.colorado.gov/hcpf/covid

Colorado Unemployment & Other Benefits:

Closures due to COVID-19 can create a financial burden due to loss or reduction of employment.  Visit the Colorado Department of Labor to explore options if your employer is closing or your hours are being reduced due to COVID-19: https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdle/information-and-resources-coronavirus

Housing and Shelter Resources:

https://www.211colorado.org/housing-and-shelter/

What to do while schools are closed:

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has provided guidance here for parents of school-aged children during school closures:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vR3k5M_b5qlWErKhPcpntllypqhul5y3HN02meT61gCzoasUt20K8oGEImQarmF27wlUbkMVGe_nQgU/pub

Guidance for School-Aged Children with Disabilities:

https://www2.ed.gov/policy/speced/guid/idea/memosdcltrs/qa-covid-19-03-12-2020.pdf

Guidance for Children in Early Intervention:

http://coloradoofficeofearlychildhood.force.com/eicolorado/EI_QuickLinks?p=Home&s=EI-CO-Response-to-COVID-19&lang=en

Food Banks, Food/Grocery Delivery, School District Food Distribution:

Instacart (available in the app store)
Amazon Prime Fresh: https://www.amazon.com/alm/storefront?almBrandId=QW1hem9uIEZyZXNo
Farm Crest Milk Delivery: https://www.royalcrestdairy.com/covid-19-official-statement/
GrubHub Food Delivery (available in the app store)
Postmates Food Delivery (available in the app store)

Food Banks: Reach out to your local Arc to find nearby food banks.
School district provided food: Reach out to your local Arc for information about school district provided food for children up to 18 years of age.

Stores Offering Special Shopping Hours for At-Risk Individuals:

We have been told the following stores are offering special shopping hours for at-risk individuals in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Please work with your doctor if you or someone you care for is in the at-risk population for COVID-19 to determine the safest way to procedure needed food and supplies.  Additionally, we encourage calling and verifying the available hours and procedures, as stores could still be crowded during these hours:

Albertsons: https://www.albertsonscompanies.com/newsroom/shopping-hours-for-vulnerable-customers.html
Dollar General: https://newscenter.dollargeneral.com/news/dollar-general-announces-first-hour-of-operations-to-be-dedicated-to-senior-customers.htm?fbclid=IwAR0rOFS_ikXDwxPzRR8GcKaXuOLqTDG_H5Fhlv89y-18hXEzrpnz8VloSPQ
Target: https://corporate.target.com/about/purpose-history/our-commitments/target-coronavirus-hub?lnk=Acoronavirusupd
Whole Foods: https://media.wholefoodsmarket.com/news/whole-foods-market-adjusts-store-hours-to-better-serve-our-communities

Rent Assistance/TRUA:

https://www.nedenverhousing.org/news-events/temporary-rental-utility-assistance-trua/

Energy Assistance – Colorado Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP):

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdhs/leap

Entertainment:

Short films featuring people with disabilities: http://sproutflix.org/virtual-sprout-film-festival/

Animal Live Streams: https://mashable.com/article/best-zoo-animal-livestreams/

Join  denveropenmedia.org and on facebook for some upcoming livestream events!

  • This Saturday, March 21st at 6:30 pm, comedians will perform live on the radio and Facebook as part of a fundraiser to support performers whose livelihood has been taken by the current epidemic.
  • Next Friday, March 27th at 6:30 pm, we’ll host an all-virtual Sacred Voices indigenous spoken word, poetry, and music performance.
  • Then, on the First Friday April 3rd at 8 pm, we’ll host our first ever virtual Open Music Sessions. Doors will be closed with no live audience, but you’ll still be able to watch and listen to comedy and music from Native Station.