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PRIORITIES

HOUSING PRIORITY

One of the most basic human rights that we all take for granted is the ability to live in decent housing or communities in our society. But that right doesn’t necessarily apply to everyone, and sadly, too many people in our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities are not able to enjoy that very elemental freedom. They are currently primarily living with family or in host homes in Colorado without many of the options that the rest of us enjoy.

I am a proud parent of a young man with Down syndrome. I worry about where my son Kennedy will live when I am gone. What I want...and what I am sure other parents of children with I/DD want…are more options. Whether those are independent housing or apartments, planned communities, intentional communities, or co-housing, the options should be broad, just as they should be across all parts of society. People with I/DD, just like everyone else in Colorado, should be able to choose where they want to live.

The solution is as simple as it is complex. We must immediately make creating accessible and affordable housing and communities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities a priority and that begins by encouraging our state’s leadership to get on board. And the time is now.

EDUCATION PRIORITY

All of us -- no matter our circumstances, abilities, or challenges -- should be afforded the very human right to learn and to grow.

For over 50 years, arc Thrift Stores has been an unrelenting advocate for providing educational opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. In everything we do, our efforts are always focused on enhancing the lives of people in our community that need it the most. Arc Ambassador University serves as an example of our mission in action and embodies our belief that it is through education…through learning, fellowship, and new experiences…that people -- regardless of ability -- grow and are able to access their own individual and perfect contribution to our world.

Best Regards,
Lloyd Lewis
President/CEO

EMPLOYMENT PRIORITY

Employing People With Disabilities is Smart Business

VACCINE PRIORITY

Thank You for Making People in Colorado With Disabilities a Priority.

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