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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

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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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Acronyms Guide: Early Intervention

Early Intervention It can feel like Early Intervention has its own language. You might have wondered, what is an “IFSP,” “SC,” and “SLP”? Well, you are not alone. This handy acronym guide will fill you in on all the lingo we use for babies and toddlers in the Early Intervention Program.  The Early Intervention program…

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10 Things to Look for in Early Childhood Programs

by Donna Nylander, shortened for readership. Read the full article here. Recent research has taught us that everyone benefits when children with special needs learn alongside their typically developing peers. Inclusive settings should be the first option to be considered for young children with disabilities. But what should parents look for as they seek quality…

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Acronyms Guide: Case Management

Case Management If you’re new to the I/DD realm, you have probably noticed we use various acronyms. To help you navigate all of them, we’ve created a guide of frequently used acronyms and terms used by specific departments or programs. Today we’re sharing the Case Management portion of the guide. The Case Management Department is…

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Acronyms Guide: Community Outreach & Family Support

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Community Outreach and Family Support We have updated our list of acronyms to ensure the terms you need to know are accessible to you! This portion of the guide will introduce you to frequently used terms related to our Community Outreach and Family Support programs. The Community Outreach Program supports individuals of all ages with…

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DP Annual Report

During our Board meeting on May 25th at 5:00 p.m., we will solicit public comment around our DP Annual Report FY 19-20. Please click here to find details on the meeting. If you are unable to attend the virtual meeting, please send any comments or questions about the report to g.kennedy@dpcolo.org.

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