What We Do
This program provides infants, children and youth with developmental disabilities access to the supports they need to live in their family homes, succeed in school and partake of all the experiences of childhood. The program promotes the family’s role as primary advocate for their child through a partnership based on supporting, modeling, mentoring and training. We promote inclusion in general education classrooms and prepare teenage students and their families for the transition to adulthood with better access to employment, post-secondary education, and full community participation.
- Information and referral to public and human service organizations for access to basic needs and/or community resources
- Individual advocacy includes:
- Review assessments, progress reports, IEPS
- Crisis interventions
- Mentor parents to advocate for their child’s needs using a person-centered approach
- Facilitate difficult conversations
- Assist in resolving differences
- Assist in the development of IEPs (may include attendance at IEP meetings)
- Families in Action advocacy training
Here is our Initial Information Form
This program provides advocacy, support and education to people with developmental disabilities, their families and the community. Our goal is to promote self-determination, full community participation, self-reliance, good health and safety.
- Mentoring adults to discuss options and make decisions
- Working with adults to access services and basic needs supports
- Connecting adults with crisis assistance
- Assisting adults with paperwork and applications
- Advocating with adults to protect their rights and resolve issues
- Providing information and referrals
ACL advocates to meet the immediate health and safety needs of the people we serve. We continue to provide individual advocacy to people as they move out of crisis. We connect them with sources of emergency assistance and financial aid and mentor to identify the causes of crisis and help make a plan to avoid future crisis situations.
As part of our mission to promote attitudes, practices, programs and policies that enable people with IDD to be included as a natural and integral part of community life, we support family-led and community based projects and programs that amplify our work.
The ACL values opportunities to find more ways for people with IDD to participate in typical activities throughout their communities. We facilitate discussions, trainings and events that broaden perceptions within the community and deepen the capacity of organizations and people to include people with IDD.
The ACL also works to influence cultural and systems change through public policy advocacy, outreach and education.
Current ACL Groups
Current Communities in Action projects and programs
Longmont Meet Up Group for Young Adults
NeuroDiversity Book Club
Safety First for Teens and Adults (with Boulder Police Department)
Self-Advocates Becoming Empowered (S.A.B.E.)
The ACL also offers presentations and trainings such as:
- The Crayon Box- elementary school talk on diversity
- How to Advocate with Your Child/Teen
- Society, Sexuality, and Disability
- Disability Awareness and Support (AKA: Disability 101)
- Compassion Fatigue and Stress
- 83% - The Intersection of Disability and Sexual Violence
- Our Words, Our Attitudes: Person-First and Identity-First Language