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October 19, 2020

KNOW YOUR OPTIONS TO CAST YOUR VOTE  Written by Kim Tenure, Associate Director of I/DD Policy  In Colorado, there are different ways that you can vote, so it is important to make a plan. Elections are conducted by your county, so there may be some small differences depending on which county you vote in. Watch this short video that provides a step-by-step guide on casting your vote: As discussed in the…

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Exercise Your Rights!

October 15, 2020

Helpful Resources to Navigate Voting   Written by Kim Tenure, Associate Director of I/DD Policy  There are many Federal and State laws that protect your rights to vote.  The United States divides power between different levels of government; this system is called federalism.    One impact of federalism is that states can make laws addressing the specific needs and concerns of their residents.  Consequently, elections…

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Ballot Guide: what to know before you vote

October 12, 2020

Learn what’s on the Ballot  Written by Kim Tenure, Associate Director of I/DD Policy  Do you feel like you don’t know enough about the issues in our state to vote? You’re one of many, if so. There may be other obstacles to voting depending on who you are; we’ll talk more about those in a future blog post. For now, we at Developmental Pathways want to empower…

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Voting Season 2020

September 30, 2020

Written by Kim Tenure, Associate Director of I/DD Policy In case you haven’t noticed, the election season is in full swing. This year, Developmental Pathways wants to encourage our entire community to register and vote! Over the next few weeks leading up to the election, we’ll be sharing resources to help you get registered to…

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DP Teams Adapt to COVID: Community Outreach

August 18, 2020

At Developmental Pathways, each team has adapted a bit differently to continue serving people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the global COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we’re spotlighting our Community Outreach department’s response to the new COVID working conditions. Community Outreach’s “new normal” entails several online check-in chats throughout the week, both in small groups and with the whole department.…

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DP Teams Adapt to COVID: Early Intervention

August 4, 2020

Here at Developmental Pathways, each team has adapted a bit differently to continue serving people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities during the global COVID-19 pandemic. This week, we’re spotlighting our Early Intervention department’s response to the new COVID working conditions. Before remote working, connecting through online video conferencing was sometimes scary and a little intimidating. However, in the…

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DP Teams Adapt to COVID: Case Management / Program Quality

July 28, 2020

One truth that’s come of working in COVID times: we all get a little more creative. From professional sports to human services, ways of doing business have changed to accommodate the new reality we find ourselves in. Here at Developmental Pathways, each team has adapted a bit differently to continue serving people living with intellectual…

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Real Life Colorado Breaks the Mold with its Learning Zone Program

July 27, 2020

Summer school instead of sports or music camp?! As improbable as it sounds, a handful of students made this choice. Since the first week of June, following local public health guidelines including masks, temperature checks, social distancing, and lots of handwashing, four young boys from different Denver Metro schools are loving spending their summer days learning…

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Matt VanAuken Named Alliance Board President

July 16, 2020

Developmental Pathways is proud to announce, that as of July 1, 2020, the election of our CEO, Matt VanAuken, to Board President of Alliance Colorado. Alliance Colorado is a nonprofit, statewide association of Community Centered Boards (CCBs) and Program Approved Service Agencies (PASAs) that is dedicated to strengthening services and supports for individuals with intellectual…

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Why Is the U.S. Census Important to the I/DD Community?

April 29, 2020

Written by Kim Tenure, Associate Director of I/DD Policy The United States Constitution requires the government to conduct the U.S. Census every ten years. While some people may see the Census as a minor inconvenience, it is vital for states and communities across the country to count everyone, and we want all Coloradans to be counted!…

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Thank You for Helping Us Celebrate Developmental Disability (DD) Awareness Month

April 22, 2020

Every March, we celebrate Developmental Disability (DD) Awareness Month. DD Awareness Month is an opportunity to promote respect for people with developmental disabilities, build inclusion within the community, and to educate others on the many abilities of people with DD. Did you know that orange is the official color of DD Awareness month? This year,…

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Powder Hounds: Creating a Colorado Ski Club for People of All Abilities

April 9, 2020

Powder Hounds, a local ski club with the National Sports Center for the Disabled’s (NSCD) Adaptive Ski School, came into existence over six years ago. Powder Hounds is a group of 10 individuals with various intellectual disabilities who drive together to Winter Park and enjoy the day on the slopes as a social activity. Tim Batz, the…

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The Time Has Come to End the Wait

March 2, 2020

A campaign to ensure access to quality services and enhance I/DD system capacity Developmental Pathways is working with a coalition of parents, service providers, case management agencies, community centered boards, and self-advocates to END THE WAIT in 2020.   This important campaign is spearheaded by our colleagues at Alliance Colorado and seeks to: Systematically clear…

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February 2020 Community Events & Resources

February 11, 2020

February 13: Understanding Sensory to Understand My Child Webinar This webinar will explore how the body and brain process sensory information from our environment, how that processing can be disrupted, the impact that has on daily life, and how you can use sensory strategies to help facilitate success in your child. Click here to register.…

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January 2020 Community Events & Resources

January 16, 2020

January 27 – Be Bold, Be Heard – Participate in a Focus Group Sign up to participate in a focus group to provide the county with information to inform their short & long-term planning around respite, inclusive programming, safety net services, etc. and provide recommendations to improve opportunities for populations who are aging with a…

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December 2019 Community Events & Resources

December 17, 2019

December 21 – Shandy Clinic: Sensory Friendly Santa On Saturday, December 21 from 9:30-11:30 AM there will be a FREE event for families to have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa in a sensory-friendly environment at the Shandy Clinic in Aurora (3131 S. Vaughn Way, Suite 110, Aurora, CO 80014). Click here to register.…

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Gratitude & Giving

December 5, 2019

Thanksgiving Food Baskets This November, the Community Outreach team once again collaborated with local community partners to collect donated pantry items and gift cards to fill nearly 130 Thanksgiving food baskets for Developmental Pathways’ families in need. The baskets are filled with traditional Thanksgiving feast items such as a turkey or a gift card for…

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November 2019 Community Events & Resources

November 12, 2019

New Company: Joshin Joshin is a new company that created an app to find respite care for people with special needs. It’s live in the Twin Cities and they’ve already set it up that waivers can pay for the app. Denver is on the list of upcoming cities. To learn more visit the website. Ride…

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We love Halloween!

October 31, 2019

Happy Halloween to All! Last Thursday, October 24, was our annual Halloween event, which is a much-beloved event for staff and people in service with us. This year we had over 400 guests in attendance. The event is a wonderful way to celebrate as a group, have a lot of laughs, and blow off some…

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Community Outreach Hosts Trunk or Treat Event

October 30, 2019

Trick-or-treating for All! On October 20, at the Jewell office, the Community Outreach Team hosted a Trunk or Treat event for all individuals and families of Developmental Pathways. Children dressed up in costumes, trunks were decorated for trick-or-treating, and there was even a mini goat to pet! Inside were crafts, fake tattoos, face painting, snacks,…

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Matt VanAuken is named as Chief Executive Officer for Developmental Pathways

October 24, 2019

We are pleased to announce that Matt VanAuken has been selected as CEO & Executive Director for Developmental Pathways, Continuum of Colorado, and Nonprofit Management Services of Colorado. Matt formerly held the title as Chief Operations Officer, and when CEO Melanie Worley announced her retirement in July of 2019, Matt stepped in as Interim CEO.…

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Outstanding Service Coordinator Award 2019

September 23, 2019

Anne Buchanan recognized by the Early Intervention (EI) Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council (CICC) Please join in congratulating Developmental Pathway’s Anne Buchanan for being selected to receive the 2019 Outstanding Service Coordinator Award. This year the Early Intervention (EI) Colorado Interagency Coordinating Council (CICC) is recognizing an exemplary service coordinator who goes above and beyond the requirements of his…

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September 2019 Community Events & Resources

September 16, 2019

September 27 – Finding Your Calm in the Storm Finding your calm in the storm: recognizing, preventing, and healing secondary trauma in professionals working with young children and families. Click here to learn more about this day of education and self-care. HRCA Therapeutic Rec Activities Making plans for the fall? Check out Special Olympics Bowling…

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Now Open: An Inclusive Playground for All!

September 12, 2019

Located at Red-tailed Hawk Park in Aurora On Saturday, August 24, 2019, the community gathered for the ceremonial grand opening of a public inclusive playground designed for all ages and abilities at Red-tailed Hawk Park in Aurora. The celebratory event featured music, food, activities, and the unveiling of the playground. The playground area features a sensory garden,…

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Introducing Our Program Navigator: A Handy Video Guide of Our Programs by Age Group

September 10, 2019

My child has a developmental disability, and we need support. Where do I start? Developmental Pathways is a Community Centered Board that serves people of all ages with developmental disabilities and delays who live in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties and the city of Aurora. At DP we have three programs to help people find funding…

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Pulling For A Purpose!

September 4, 2019

Special Olympics Colorado Plane Pull – August 17, 2019 It’s no secret that Special Olympics Colorado provides many wonderful opportunities for community participation for people of all abilities. Every year on a Saturday in August, they host one of our favorite events to participate in: The Plane Pull at Denver International Airport. This year Special…

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Developmental Pathways Annual Fashion Show – August 2019

August 29, 2019

Thank you to all who helped make this event a success! The annual Developmental Pathways Fashion Show, in partnership with Park Meadows Mall and Macy’s, provided an opportunity for 25 models to walk the runway! First Responders from City of Lone Tree Police Department, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, and South Metro Fire Rescue escorted the…

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Education & Entertainment | Podcast Recommendations – August 2019

August 15, 2019

3 great podcasts worth listening to Disability, Rights, and Discrimination by THINK+change THINK+change is The Arc of Aurora’s social enterprise training and education program that strives to change knowledge, attitude, and behavior to ultimately improve the quality of life for people with I/DD, their families, and the professionals in their lives. This five-part series focuses…

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Developmental Pathways Announces the Retirement of CEO Melanie Worley

August 1, 2019

Melanie Worley, CEO, retiring on August 2, 2019 With our most heartfelt gratitude, we are honored to announce that Melanie Worley, Chief Executive Officer, will be retiring on Friday, August 2, 2019. After much contemplation, communication, and planning, Melanie feels that now is the right time for her to move on to the next stage…

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July 2019 Community Events & Resources

July 24, 2019

August 14 – It’s a Fashion Show! Join Developmental Pathways, Park Meadows, and Macy’s for the 5th Annual charity Fashion Show. Check out the flyer for more details. August 16 – Community Living Alternatives 5th Annual Talent Show Talent show participants from their CLASS day program work hard preparing months in advance to bring a…

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7th Annual Feria de Recursos (Spanish Resource Fair) – June 2019

July 22, 2019

Thank you to those involved for all you did to make this event a success! The 7th annual Feria de Recursos event on June 22 featured over 30 vendors providing community and disability-specific resources for our Spanish speaking families. The family-friendly event included balloon animals, a Zumba class, and many giveaways including gift cards, bicycles, toys, and…

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Liam’s Story

July 11, 2019

Upon receiving a diagnosis, Liam’s parents realized that life is going to be different for their son. They are grateful to have found community supports through their work with Developmental Pathways. For example, Liam’s love of music started at an early age and he now participates in music therapy. Additionally, DP was able to provide movement-based exercises he can…

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Sailing into Summer with DP

July 8, 2019

Developmental Pathways partnered with a local business to host an event for families Six families joined DP to participate in Community Sailing of Colorado’s (CSC) Adaptive Sailing Program at the Marina at Cherry Creek. All attendees had a great time socializing and connecting, eating, crafting, and sailing while learning more about resources available in the…

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2019 Waitlist Advocate Award

June 27, 2019

Alliance Honors Representative Kim Ransom “At a ceremony located at Developmental Pathways, the Community Centered Board for Douglas and Arapahoe counties, Alliance presented Representative Kim Ransom with the 2019 Waitlist Advocate Award. This honor is awarded exclusively to those who have demonstrated an unwavering commitment to ending the decades-long waiting list for services for Coloradans…

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June 2019 Community Events & Resources

June 19, 2019

July 13 – Hotenanny & Horse Games Join Promise Ranch Therapeutic Riding for their upcoming fundraising. This is an adult-only event due to alcohol being served as part of the entry fee. Click here for more information. September 26 – Understanding the Family Caregiver Program, IHSS & CDASS Delivery Options Attend this training from The…

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May 2019 Community Events & Resources

May 21, 2019

June 14, 2019 – HRCA Happy Hour Half K Looking for something to do with the whole family on Father’s Day Weekend? Have you always wanted to run a Half Marathon or maybe even just a 5K but seems like too much work? Well…. you’re in luck! Join HRCA for the inaugural Happy Hour Half…

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2019 Special Olympics World Games: What Was It Like to Be There?

May 4, 2019

Jenny Chase, a program manager here at Developmental Pathways, traveled to Abu Dhabi with her friend Jeremy for the 2019 Special Olympics World Games. She graciously offered to share their amazing experience with us.  A Trip to Abu Dhabi for the Special Olympics In March, I had the wonderful honor of traveling to Abu Dhabi…

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Spring 2019 Community Events and Resources – March List

March 11, 2019

Check out these community events for adults and children with developmental disabilities and delays and their families. Who to Contact: Social Security or Medicare? Sometimes it’s confusing to know who to contact and for what. Social Security and Medicare offer related services, so people aren’t always certain who does what. This “cheat sheet” can help.…

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Winter 2019 Community Events and Resources – February List

February 7, 2019

Check out these events for adults and children with developmental disabilities and delays and their families. Updated ABLE Account Information The new Colorado ABLE plan helps individuals save, while preserving their SSI and Medicaid. Enjoy tax-advantaged saving without impacting your current benefits. View the updated information here Spring Break will be here before you know…

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Winter 2019 Community Events and Resources

January 17, 2019

Check out these events for adults and children with developmental disabilities and delays and their families. Highlands Ranch Therapeutic Recreation Resources Stay in shape in 2019 and start your New Year’s resolutions with TR. In January, the Therapeutic Recreation Department has plenty of programs to keep you busy. Take a look and see what they…

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An Early Intervention Story: The Hanley Family

November 29, 2018

Our Early Intervention Program helps overwhelmed families care for their small children (ages 0-3) with developmental disabilities Our partner organization, SUN Foundation, recently held a breakfast highlighting the need for respite funding. We had the pleasure of listening to two parents speak about their journey caring for a loved one with a developmental disability and…

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A Respite Story: The Vincent Family

November 27, 2018

Respite Helps Busy Families Today, we’d like to introduce you to our second incredible guest speaker, Linda Vincent, who is mom to a young woman with Down Syndrome. If their story doesn’t make you want to hug your family a little tighter, we don’t know what will. Linda Vincent, a busy mother When I was…

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Give Back This Holiday Season: Pathways Holiday Outreach & Red Kettle Campaign

November 20, 2018

Pathways Holiday Outreach Support Individuals with Developmental Disabilities and Their Families As you may know, our Community Outreach Department hosts an annual gift drive called Pathways Holiday Outreach. This drive serves children and adults with developmental disabilities and delays and their families who may not have a holiday without your support.  DP Case Managers and…

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Meet Abi Hammer! She Loves Her Job at Best Buddies Bakery and Cafe

October 31, 2018

After the Hammer family shared their inspiring story with us, I wanted to meet their daughter Abi and find out more about her experience with the Wellspring Community and her job at the Best Buddies Bakery and Cafe, a delicious bakery at The Emporium in Castle Rock. I have to say–Best Buddies has customer service…

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Connecting People: Meet the Hammer Family

August 30, 2018

We are so grateful when the people and/or families we support want to share their story with us and with the community. We love to hear how we’ve helped support someone with developmental disabilities or delays, their family, or even other organizations, but that’s not our motivation in asking folks to share. Even though we…

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Summer Camp Spotlight: TimberNook Program

August 20, 2018

About a year ago, our Community Outreach Program began giving grants to organizations doing cool stuff in the I/DD realm. One of these organizations is the Hope Farms Project. Their mission is to offer an opportunity for people and animals to learn, grow, & heal together in nature. They also provide a career development program…

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Respite + Hospitality = Respitality

August 2, 2018

A combination of two components: “Respite: a break, for Parents and/or Caregivers, from providing care to their loved one(s) with special needs” + “Hospitality: a relationship between a guest and a host, wherein the host receives the guest with good will, reception, and entertainment.” Last Mother’s Day Weekend, The Community Outreach Department hosted its 2nd…

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Getting to Know Pathways: Meet Jourdan

June 28, 2018

At our core, Developmental Pathways is a community of people working for a cause we believe in. While our staff may number in the 200s, we consider approachability among our greatest assets. That said, we thought we’d introduce you to just a few of our incredible staff members in our “Getting to Know Pathways” video…

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Meet the Barney Family

May 31, 2018

We love to share stories about the families we support. This particular family melted our hearts with their playful son Declan and his two sisters Mackenzie and Peyton. Read on to hear more about their experience with Developmental Pathways and the Early Intervention Department from mom, Jen.  Hello, we are the Barney family: Adam, Jen, Mackenzie (8), Peyton (3),…

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From Pom Poms to Punching Bags: Hailie’s Story

November 28, 2017

For the past 3 weeks, we’ve brought you firsthand accounts of how respite can change families’ lives. You can catch up on each story here. This week, we’re shifting gears to tell you about another way that community philanthropy plays an important role at Developmental Pathways. While respite funding enables a primary caregiver to take a…

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A Respite Story: The Marquez Family

November 22, 2017

Week 3 of our Respite Series features the Marquez family- a name that the Developmental Pathways and SUN Foundation community probably know well. You can catch our previous 2 posts about the Pinkertons and the Olsens on our blog as well. If you’re new to the topic of respite, it is simply a break for…

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A Respite Story: The Olsens

November 15, 2017

Thanks for joining us for another respite story courtesy of the Olsen Family. If you haven’t read last week’s post about the Pinkertons, it’s worth a few minutes of your time. For those unfamiliar with the topic of respite, it is simply a break for a primary caregiver. This break could be an hour to…

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A Respite Story: The Pinkertons

November 8, 2017

Respite is something of a hot topic here at Developmental Pathways. It’s not uncommon for our Community Outreach team to encounter disbelief when they tell families they can help fund & connect families to hours, days, or weeks of time off from caregiving. For those unfamiliar with the topic, respite is a break for a…

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Catch Up with Melanie: Parents Selected as Board of Directors Officers

July 19, 2017

Thank you for joining me on the blog today in what will become a recurring Catch Up with Melanie series! My hope is to provide an update from where I sit every couple of months. I hold monthly office hours open to all of our staff to bring questions, concerns, or just to sit down…

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Creating a Culture of Belonging at DP

June 1, 2017

Nonprofits are often bound by the double standard of creating big impact with little funding. On the one hand, they’re expected to provide quality service for the good of the community, but on the other hand, they’re also expected to operate with less resources than their for-profit counterparts.  Although we at DP are fortunate to have…

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Community Outreach hosts Preschool Conference

May 18, 2017

To all of our early education teachers and family members of young children with disabilities and difficult behaviors. Have you recently sifted through many resources that don’t quite fit your needs? Probably so. In fact, we’ve heard from our community that you need more resources, more tools to help you parent unique children. Over the past…

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Dylan Batz honored by John Lynch Foundation

May 17, 2017

Last week, one of our own local legends at Pathways, Dylan Batz, was recognized by several other Denver legends at the John Lynch Foundation Salute the Stars luncheon. John Lynch joined Broncos General Manager John Elway and new head coach Vance Joseph to honor a handful of student-athletes in the Denver area. Each year the foundation presents…

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Pathways Pantry Gets a Revamp

May 10, 2017

At DP, we think each of our departments has a knack for seeing needs in our community and finding creative ways to fill them. Our Community Outreach Department, in particular, is tasked with serving the folks who need extra help caring for a loved one with a developmental disability/delay. Some of these folks are waiting for…

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Disability Policy Seminar brings Colorado organizations together at Capitol

April 17, 2017

On March 20-22, organizations from across the nation met in Washington D.C. for the 2017 Disability Policy Seminar. The seminar offered an opportunity to unite with passionate advocates, self-advocates, experts, and professionals in the field to learn and discuss key issues related to the developmental disability community on Capitol Hill.   5 Organizations Represent Colorado All in…

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A Fresh Take on Respite: A Day as an Artist

March 14, 2017

Respite, simply put, is a break for the primary caregiver. Respite can be anything from a few hours to a whole week of supervised care for children or adults with developmental disabilities/delays. During this time, caregivers can decompress and recharge in whatever way they choose. Developmental Pathways’ Community Outreach department has developed various partnerships to provide…

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Learning to ski and other life lessons

February 28, 2017

It’s the time of year when many of us Coloradans spend more time on I-70 headed to the mountains than driving around Denver. The powder is fresh and so is our spirit for snow sports. A few young people in our Community Outreach Program share a love for winter sports. Recently, Pathways provided funding for…

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DP Happenings: Community Outreach

January 31, 2017

The Community Outreach Department has been quite busy this holiday season!  Starting in October, we hosted a Trunk or Treat event at the Aurora office where about 40 families attended with approximately 150 people overall.  We had 15 trunks and several volunteers from the Denver Junior League and College Track. Children enjoyed trunk or treating,…

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Developmental Pathways Accepting Grant Applications

January 19, 2017

    We are accepting grant applications from organizations who serve individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and delays, residing within our service area of Douglas County, Arapahoe County, and the City of Aurora. A total of $300,000 will be awarded in three different areas of need identified and prioritized by individuals and families polled. The…

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The Spirit of the Holidays

January 12, 2017

Sometimes Santa comes in disguise as he did for about 700 people with developmental disabilities or delays this year. For more than a decade, the local community centered board Developmental Pathways has held their much-anticipated Holiday Outreach program. Supported individuals and/or families in need are nominated to participate in this extraordinary program. The program nominees…

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Holiday Outreach Program and Denver 7 News

December 22, 2016

Yesterday, Channel 7 News ran a story about Developmental Pathways Holiday Outreach Program. They discussed an unfortunate mistake that we immediately worked diligently to rectify. We would like to take a moment to share the whole story with our staff, our supporters, and most importantly, the individuals and families we support. Each year, our Holiday Outreach…

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Developmental Pathways Board Member Honored as Commissioner of the Year by Colorado Counties

December 19, 2016

Congratulations to Commissioner Nancy Sharpe, a board member of Developmental Pathways! Sharpe was recently honored by Colorado counties for her “outstanding contributions,” and named Commissioner of the Year. Every year, the organization Colorado Counties recognizes the outstanding contribution by a commissioner to the statewide organization. The award was presented Nov. 29 to Arapahoe County Commissioner Nancy…

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‘Tis the season to be thankful

December 13, 2016

After Thanksgiving comes and goes, it seems like the last few weeks of the year are a blur of holiday parties, shiny decorations, and whole days devoted to shopping—who’s in for Saving Sunday 2017? But, amidst the busyness of bringing about holiday cheer, we tend not to notice the moments and milestones that have made…

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