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Emily Harvey (green cap) and other athletes at the 2014 Colfax Marathon
The Arc-Jefferson, Clear Creek & Gilpin Counties has awarded Emily Harvey with the 2014 Community Champion SPARC Award! According to their website "The SPARC Awards honor the people who selflessly serve and aid our communities everyday, The power of the SPARC Awards and its recipients is in their ability to demonstrate to the community that individuals and organizations can and do make a difference. SPARC Awardees demonstrate extraordinary leadership, changing the community and the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Their examples serve as inspiration showing what is possible." They will be presenting the awards at their annual meeting on November 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Wheatridge Recreation Center.
Emily Harvey was nominated for this award because of her work with the Colfax Marathon Partnership this past year. Late in 2013 she was contacted by the race director because he was interested in making the Colfax races in 2014 more accessible for people with disabilities. Of course she couldn't say no to an opportunity that would allow her to help open up doors for people with disabilities, so she jumped on board as the Coordinator for their Athletes with Disabilities Initiative. Emily personally reached out to everyone who self-identified as a person with a disability upon registration and acted as their point of contact all the way through race day. She also coordinated parking, a separate gear check, a pre- and post-race meeting area, and anything else that might have been needed for the althletes with disabilities throughout the 2014 race weekend.
Emily Harvey is definitely a champion!
Residents' Rights Month is an annual event designated by the Consumer Voice, a national advocacy organization for residents in long-term care. This is celebrated in October to honor residents living in all long-term care facilities, including nursing homes, sub acute units, assisted living, board and care and retirement communities across America. It is a time for celebration and recognition offering an opportunity for every facility to focus on and celebrate awarenes of dignity, respect and the value of each individual resident. The theme for Residents' Rights Month 2014 is, "Better Staffing: The Key to Better Care" with the goal of encouraging residents and others to be educated about the value of staffing and long-term care. However, this spotlight shines on all residents, including the right to privacy and the right to community, the right to self determination and the right to dignity. Across Colorado, there are events planned during the month of October, including a Candidates Forum, and a Community Bar-B-Que. for more informaio on how you can join these efforts, contact the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program in your area.
The Colorado Department of Human Services recently launched the state’s first ever statewide mental health crisis hotline, 1-844-493-TALK (8255). The line is staffed with trained professionals and peer counselors 24/7, providing counseling and referral sources to Coloradans experiencing a mental health crisis.
Denver is in need of Election Judges for the November 2014 General Election. If you are interested in this opportunity click here.
Colorado's laws establishing Mandatory Reporting of Abuse and Exploitation of At-Risk Elders became effective on July 1, 2014. The two acts (SB13-111 and SB14-098) require certain professionals (and their staff and volunteers) to report elder abuse, neglect or exploitation. Any mandatory reporter who OBSERVES the abuse, neclect or exploitation of a person who is 70 years of age or older (an "at-risk" elder) OR has reasonable cause to believe that an at-risk elder has been abused, neglected or financially exploited MUST report the abuse to police or local law enforcement within 24-hours after making the observation or discovery of abuse. The mandatory reporter who makes a report in good faith will be immune from civil or criminal liability. However, willful failure to report OR filing a FALSE report can be prosecuted under the new law.
Mandatory reporters include: health care professionals, pharmacists, psychologists and mental health care providers, social workers, long-term care providers, care facility staff, home health providers, clergy members, law enforcement officials and personnel, court-appointed guardians and conservators and personnel of banks and other financial institutions.
For more information go to http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/CDHS-VetDis/CBON/1251649998057
The staff of The Legal Center would like to thank the Grand Junction community for a successful 2014 Open House! We appreciate your support!
Visit our Colorado Legal Assistance Developer for the Elderly and State Long-Term Care Ombudsman program pages for 2014 Medicaid & Medicare updates and mandatory reporting laws of abuse and exploitation of at-risk elders.
The following is an excerpt from an article written by Tessa Cheek with The Colorado Independent:
One hundred and thirty-nine Coloradans under the age of 65 who live with developmental disabilities are being warehoused in privately owned nursing homes throughout the state in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act. Read full article...
Click here to view the video interview with Jennifer Blankenship, a 52-year-old woman who fought for two years to get out of a nursing home to live in the community.
The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, Second Edition
The second edition of The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law, by Randy Chapman, was published in 2008. It is an essential tool for parents to help them get the best education possible for their child with disabilities. This book is also a great resource for teachers and school administrators.
Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook
New Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook is now available! Click here to order.
Or, click here to order the e-book format.
Preventing Litigation in Special Education Workbook is a supplement to the award winning book, The Everyday Guide to Special Education Law. This Workbook combines practical information on special education law with actual case examples that are presented in a concise story format.