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July 2024 News

60 Years Strong!  

We’re among the top ½ percent!

According to research cited by Dr. Art Hogling, PhD, former long-term Executive Director of DDRC, only about one-half of one percent of all nonprofits make it to 60 years, and DDRC did.

Art shared this fact to a large and excited crowd during our recent 60th Anniversary Celebration. “The reason DDRC has thrived is all around us in this room,” Art said, “the quality and dedication of the Board Members, staff and volunteers is unsurpassed! Those present, whom we have the privilege of serving, also make daily contributions of striving, hard work and community that have enriched all of our lives.”

The anniversary celebration included a DJ, dance floor, games, photo booth, face painting, henna tattoos, boxed lunches, custom coffees, fresh Bavarian pretzels, caricature portraits, DDRC history banners, past newsletters, annual reports, “artifacts" for perusal and more. There were plenty of smiles and laughs as attendees stepped up to get their picture taken and displayed as a tile on our commemorative photo mosaic, titled “Included.” 

Former Executive Director Beverly Winters also spoke, sharing that over her 40 years with DDRC as an employee and supporter, what she learned most is that we all want the same things, “a sense of belonging, a safe, comfortable place to live, an education, meaningful work, fulfilling activities, financial security…opportunities to explore our world, belief in something bigger than ourselves, and hope for a brighter future. DDRC has created all of these things for so many people over the last 60 years.”

All this gave the day a fun vibe, evoked memories, gave people an understanding of how far we’ve come as an organization and a society in being more inclusive, and pride to all the people who’ve helped shepherd that progress over the years.

Susan Hartley, DDRC Board President spoke of DDRC’s impact in her family’s life and so many others, and invited the audience to make a donation to honor all we have done, and will do, with the continued support of the community. Read the speeches of the anniversary celebration speakers here.

It was wonderful to be together with friends, partners and supporters as we celebrated 60 years and launched another 60! Rob DeHerrera’s speech reflected that in saying, “Over these six decades, DDRC has empowered countless lives, providing vital resources and opportunities. As we reflect on our achievements, we're excited about the future and committed to offering comprehensive support and serving the unmet needs of our community."

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We’re Here Helping You Meet Your Needs!

From its small, special school-based beginnings 60 years ago, DDRC has evolved to provide multi-dimensional services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) of all ages and their families.

Back then, there were less than a hundred children enrolled. Today, we provide many more services that help scores of people of all ages – and their families too! 

Over the years, DDRC, parents and allies worked to grow opportunities and choices for people with IDD. We are still helping people learn, grow, develop skills, speak for themselves, and discover possibilities that enhance their lives.

Our services have changed to meet new needs and expectations, but our focus remains steadfast on how best to serve individuals and families in a person-centered way, guided by the values of quality dignity and choice. Whether you have a baby with developmental delays, a young adult transitioning from high school, or have an adult or elder family member with disabilities - we can help them and you.

Contact us at 303-233-3363 to explore how DDRC’s services noted below can help meet your needs and goals!

A Pediatric Behavioral Health Clinic in Lakewood, our newest service, is for individuals 20 years of age and younger, using Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help them develop skills and behaviors to be successful and well-adapted in their daily living, while coaching parents to reinforce the skills. The service is for children enrolled in Health First Colorado’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. Isn’t being more adapted and successful where you or your child want to be?


Behavioral Health Services provide community-based Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to adults enrolled in a Health First Colorado (Medicaid) Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver, and psychiatry services for individuals 14 years of age and older with and intellectual or developmental disability enrolled in the Health First Colorado state plan benefit. 

Residential Services  provides support in apartments, group residences, host homes and the family home. DDRC staff, host home providers and family care givers guide health, safety, and daily living needs, support the individual’s interests, assist with medical appointments, and help individuals create an environment that they are happy to call home.


Family Care Giver provides individuals and families the opportunity to choose a family member or designee to provide paid personal care services, including residential services, and support with daily living for you or your loved one enrolled in a Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) waiver. DDRC makes this possible as the approved employer of the family caregiver. Services vary upon waiver but may include residential services, assistance with cooking, cleaning, shopping, meal planning, and accessing the community.

Support Services help adults and children with daily living and respite. Through DDRC, this assistance includes help with cooking, cleaning, household tasks, shopping, meal planning, budgeting, bill paying, accessing the community, and helping people develop self-advocacy. Wouldn’t you love some help or respite?

Therapeutic Learning/Recreation services support opportunities for learning and activities that help people lead lives that are physically, socially, and emotionally fulfilling. This is what makes life worth living! Activities include things such as restaurant outings, cooking /nutrition classes, museums/theatre, movies, Special Olympics, and unified sports.

Technology Supports offers training with computers, tablets, phones, software, and internet safety, which helps people in their personal and work lives. Our training and teaching happens in our tech lab, in the home, or in the community. Stay connected and up with the times!

Employment Services and Benefits Planning offers supports to individuals to find and grow in a career, including helping them understand how working interfaces with their government benefits. Other services include interest and skills assessments, job explorations, skill development, resume and interview preparation, and help in onboarding and navigating with their employer.

Day Programs provide small groups of participants the opportunity to work towards individual goals and explore their interests in the community or at one of our day program sites in Arvada and Lakewood. People can plan their activities, learn, and socialize in ways that meet their unique needs.

Transportation may be offered to program sites for people in designated areas.

Self Determination Initiative is special funding available for residents of Jefferson County.

This funding provides individuals with IDD with support in developing a new skill, taking initiative towards a new goal, or moving towards a dream of theirs that will promote increased independence and self-determination.

The possibilities are as big as your dreams!

Early Intervention (EI) supports families of children with developmental disabilities or delays from birth to age three with evaluations and therapies to help them during the crucial years of development. It can make such a difference, and we work alongside parents to train them to reinforce strategies to help their child.

This service is provided at no cost for families living in Jefferson, Clear Creek, Summit, and Gilpin Counties.

Transition is Here!

The Case Management Redesign transition is here - effective July 1. It impacts people who have been receiving case management services from DDRC for all Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Home and Community Based Services (HCBS) Waivers, State Supported Living Services (SLS) and Family Support Services. 

It has been 36+ months of intense work behind the scenes coordinating the transition among DDRC, the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing (HCPF), and the newly designated Case Management Agencies. DDRC reached out to individuals and families to explain the purpose and process of the transition through townhalls, notices on our web site, emails, newsletters, social media posts, and letters mailed to people receiving our case management/resource coordination services.

We ask that you save for reference the contact information of the new Case Management Agencies serving specific counties - and you, as of July 1, 2024.


Residing in Jefferson and Clear Creak Counties:

Jefferson County Human Services

900 Jefferson County Pkwy Golden, CO 80401



Residing in Gilpin County:

A&I Avenues Case Management Agency

1665 Coal Creek Drive Lafayette, CO 80026

303-665-7789  and


Residing in Summit County:

Garfield County

195 West 14th Street, Building B Rifle, CO 81650


General questions:

DDRC’s Got Your Back - for Back to School and Life!

Summer is in full swing, but back to school events are not far off. DDRC will be at an early, but fun event for K-12 students with disabilities and their families on Sunday morning, July 28—just 2 weeks before many schools begin the new school year.

Sunday, July 28 (9 a.m. - noon)

4301 S. Federal Boulevard

Registration RSVP Required

There will be a sensory gym, giveaways, backpacks, activities, food trucks, music and more. Look for DDRC’s table and discover all the ways DDRC can help your family meet your needs and reach your goals.

This worthwhile event is hosted by The Sensory Club with Community Aquatics n' Occupational Engagement (CANOE) and sponsors - including DDRC! 

Back To School Event 

Rise n' Shine for a Good Time & Good Cause

Sunrise Safari, our special benefit golf tournament at the beautiful Hiwan Golf Club in Evergreen is slated for the morning of August 12, along with an accompanying online auction. Anyone can bid in the online auction which opens for a peek at the items even before the tournament. For golfers, it's an opportunity to play at a terrific course, and the breakfast, lunch, games, and mingling with other players make it all the more enjoyable!


The Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC) and Developmental Disabilities Foundation (DDF) have been hosting this annual golf tournament for 32 years. The tournament has raised more than $80k in previous years for DDRC/DDF and the individuals/families we serve, and it wouldn't be successful without the golfers, sponsors, volunteers and auction bidders who make it so wonderful. So, enjoy golfing with us on Monday, August 12th at the Hiwan to get outdoors, practice your backswing, create memories, and support DDRC!

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