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Christopher’s Story

by Laura A., Christopher’s mother (edited for content and clarity) At two years old, our son Christopher was diagnosed with Fragile X Syndrome. When we began our path of learning and therapy, it was hard and very different from how it is now. In the beginning, I remember Developmental Pathways being the only ones who…

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2021 Session Recap

On Tuesday, June 8th, the Colorado State Legislature adjourned. Though session has ended there is still much work to do. In this recap we’ll talk about some of the bills passed this session, the impact of COVID relief funding, and the long-term work that Health Care Policy & Financing (HCPF) will be pursuing over the…

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Alternatives to Guardianship

While Guardianship is the most well-known decision-making option, there are alternatives available. You can explore these alternatives before pursuing guardianship. Since guardianship is a legal process, it can often take more time than some of these alternatives. Guardianship is also permanent, whereas these options provide more flexibility. POWER OF ATTORNEY (POA) A POA empowers someone…

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Supported Decision-Making

Supported decision-making is often presented as an alternative to guardianship. Though this framework can be used as an alternative to guardianship, it can still be valuable while someone has a guardian. Put simply, supported decision-making is defined as a process through “which people with disabilities use friends, family members, and professionals to help them understand…

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Fact or Fiction: Myths About Guardianship

There are many myths about guardianship that can impact an individual and/or family’s decision to pursue it. In this blog, we’ll examine several statements and use data to determine if they are fact (true) or fiction (false). If I have a child with an I/DD diagnosis, Guardianship is needed. Why it’s fiction: Each individual is…

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What is Guardianship?

Please note that this information will vary by state, so this blog is specific to CO. Many parents with a child with special needs explore guardianship. However, guardianship is not the only option. In fact, guardianship is the most restrictive choice. In this blog, we’ll talk about the guardianship process, roles, and responsibilities of a…

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Staff Story: Todd

Meet Todd Todd was first introduced to Developmental Pathways when his son began receiving Early Intervention services. It was not his plan to work for the program or company at the time, but as he dug deeper into what DP was about, he decided to be part of the work. Throughout his family’s journey in…

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Planning for the Future

Path with fork in the road, splitting into two directions

Planning for the future is important for every family, but especially if you have a child with special needs. It can also be a scary process.  For parents and caregivers, it means imagining a world where you may not be there to take care of your loved one. We understand there are so many aspects…

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