In the beginning we set out to connect with adults in the Denver metro
area who have intellectual and developmental disabilities, and are
at-risk, or on one or more of the Medicaid Waiver waiting lists.
We helped many Aurora and Denver residents obtain Supported Living Services, and our website continues to help connect others to the
appropriate contact for resources and necessary supports.
Critical needs for those on the Medicaid Waiver Waiting List:
We have observed many needs, conflicts and obstacles that make day to day living difficult for many who have Down syndrome, autism and other child-on-set physical and cognitive disabilities. This is what we found to be the most critical for those we connected to who had never been connected to services or were on waiting lists for services.
- Aging, illness or death of parent, relative, or other daily living caregiver.
- Qualified older adults who were never signed up for disability benefits after receiving diagnosis or completing Special Education program.
- At-Risk adults who are without a guardian, are transient or homeless, exploitable, or with a criminal record, and not able to make informed medical or legal decisions.
- A lack of community education and awareness for what disability "accommodations" are necessary in order to create a truly inclusive and effective natural support.
- Close to impossible to find Mental Health treatment or counseling that "accommodates" or even takes into account the needs of patients and clients who have intellectual and developmental disabilities.
- It is difficult for those on the waiting list and their families to self advocate without some kind of case "manager" to assist with the complicated and cumbersome navigation of disability benefits and system resources.