Resources

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Higher Education

This section includes information on making higher education attainable for students with disabilities after graduation:

It is possible to be successful in a college or a vocational school provided the student understands their disability and learning style and what kind of support the school will offer. This means the student must know their own strengths and weaknesses, accomplishments and failures, career goals and personal values. In general, post-secondary schools will provide reasonable accommodations but will not modify course content or expectations for students with disabilities. This includes expectations of student behavior.

Please take a moment and watch this video from Think College:

Local:

When it comes to higher education, local resources are at a state level or national level. Higher education institutions in Jefferson County are a part of the Colorado higher education system.

• There are two community colleges located within Jefferson County:

Red Rocks Community College

and

Front Range Community College – Westminster Campus

State:

• In the Colorado higher education system, there are over 470 institutions educating approximately 400,000 students. These include several types of institutions including publicly supported (made up of research universities, four-year state colleges, community colleges and local district colleges), private accredited (which includes for-profit, non-profit, and seminary), area technical, and private occupational institutions

College in Colorado
Provides information about the 28 public two and four year institutes including a side-by-side comparison

Colorado Community College System
Provides information about the 13 state community colleges with 34 campus locations across Colorado
303-620-4000

Colorado Department of Higher Education
Provides information about all colleges and universities in Colorado including private, bible/Seminary, technical and vocational (aka occupational)
303-866-2723

Colorado Options: A Handbook of Post-Secondary Education Services for Students with Disabilities is a Toolkit for students and parents to plan and prepare for higher education

National:

Think College
A comprehensive website whose focus is postsecondary education for students with intellectual disability, person centered planning, employment, transition, universal design, and inclusive education

• For a comprehensive presentation on many of the key issues families need information about, use the Think College Learn online learning module “For Families: Options and Planning for College”

National Secondary Transition Technology Assistant Center
The National Center on Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET) coordinates national resources, offers technical assistance, and disseminates information related to secondary education and transition for youth with disabilities in order to create opportunities for youth to achieve successful futures.

Resources for Section 504
Young people with disabilities now have opportunities to attend post-secondary education institutions. They are allowed to be students studying a wide range of subjects, without limitation or discrimination. Colleges and universities, like elementary and secondary schools, need to legally follow the mandates of Section 504.

Association on Higher Education and Disability

Employment Options

This section includes information on employment options including supported and customized employment, agencies that offer help in finding employment:

Local:

Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC)/Adult Vocation Services (AVS)
720-963-1500

Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR)
Golden Office: 303-866-4121

American Job Center- Serving Jefferson, Clear Creek and Gilpin Counties
303-271-4613

School to Work Alliance Program (SWAP)
303-982-7014 ext. 7

State:

DDRC link to approved providers
303-233-3363

Colorado Department of Labor, Youth Employment

JobCorps
1-800-733-jobs

Medicaid Buy-In for Working Adults with Disabilities

National:

Department of Labor: Customized Employment

O*Net

National Collaboration on Workforce and Disability

Knowledge Translation for Employment Research Center

Think Beyond the Label

Building Community Supports

This section includes information on accessing community recreation, theater/performance opportunities, housing options, parent trainings, trip/travel possibilities, and transportation ideas:

Local:

Developmental Disabilities Resource Center (DDRC) Recreation Department
303-233-3363/303-422-1305 rec office

The Arc-Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties/advocacy and resources
303-232-1338

Jefferson County Housing Authority
303-422-8600

Metro West Housing Solutions
303-987-7580

Arvada Housing Authority
720-898-7000

Apex Recreation
303-424-2739

Evergreen Recreation
720-880-1080

Wheat Ridge Recreation
303-231-1300

Rise Above City of Lakewood Recreation
303-987-4866

South Suburban Special Recreation
303-798-5131

Westminster Recreation
303-658-2400

Littleton Recreation
303-409-2100

Lakewood Rides
303-987-4826

State:

Special Olympics
720-359-3102

HERO Alliance (Homeownership Education and Resource Opportunities)
720-941-8901

PHAMALy (Physically Handicapped Amateur Musical Actors)
303-365-0005

Magic Moments Performing Organization
303-607-7555

Adaptive Adventures
303-679-2770

Colorado Special Hockey
303-994-5207

Top Soccer
720-329-2715

Denver Regional Mobility Access Council (DRMAC)

Access-A-Ride
303-299-2960

RTD (Regional Transportation District)
303-299-6000

National:

National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD)
303-316-1518

Search Beyond Adventure Tours and Travel
800-800-9979

Healthy Independent Leisure and Lifestyles

autismnow.org

AXS Map: Find accessible places in your area (restaurants, hotel, medical, fitness, entertainment)

Self-Determination

This section includes information on Self-Determination, Self- Advocacy, and Person-Centered Planning:

Local:

DDRC Self-Determination Initiative

State:

Peak Parent Center-Person Centered Planning

Speaking for Ourselves

National:

National Gateway to Self-Determination

Pacer Center Self-Determination

Pacer Center Person-Centered Planning

Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered

Youth Hood

Jeffco Transition Alliance Group (or TAG) is a collaboration among The Arc – Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties, the Developmental Disabilities Resource Center and Jeffco Public Schools. In partnership and with grant funding from DDRC, a series of family-focused trainings have been delivered throughout past school years to equip students and their families in navigating a successful transition in their Life After High School. Due to family and community feedback we have moved all of the training online to be accessible at any time and to anyone who is interested.