Many incarcerated people report having at least one disability. A disability can be physical such as being handicapped or blind or deaf. A disability can also be intellectual or developmental. (If you were ever in a special education class or had an individual education program, called an IEP, when you were in school, you may qualify as having an intellectual or developmental disability.) A disability can also include having a spinal cord injury, or brain injury, or major mental illness. If you have a disability and want to know whether you qualify for benefits such as a Medicaid waiver, start by talking to the Community Centered Board in your area. There are 20 Community Centered Boards throughout Colorado. Click on the button below to see a map and list of the boards. Call and ask for an appointment.
If you’re not sure where to start, try The Arc of Colorado. This is an advocacy organization that helps people with an intellectual or developmental disability. Call 303-864-9334 and ask who to talk to in your city or area of the state. Click below to see their website.
The Brain Injury Alliance of Colorado website has lots of information for people with a brain injury and their families. Click on the button below to go to their website. Look for the Adults with Brain Injury tab at the top and then click on Search for Resources and Providers. On that page you’ll find a long list of topics to follow for help.
The Colorado Cross Disability Coalition is a nonprofit organization that works on policies for people with disabilities in Colorado. You can call their advocacy line at 303-357-6430 if you have any questions about finding help. Click below to go to their website.
The Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) can help you find an independent living center. These centers help people with disabilities with housing options and independent living. Click on the button below for the statewide list of independent living centers. You can also call Colorado SILC at 303-902-5897 with questions about where to get started.
Disability Law Colorado is another resource you should know about. They provide legal representation when there is discrimination around housing or employment. The number for their Denver office is 303-722-0300. The number for their Grand Junction office is 970-241-6371. Click below to see their website.
Atlantis Community is an independent living center that serves people in the Denver metro area. They help people with disabilities with resources, filling out paperwork for benefits, housing options and independent living. Click below to see the website. You can also call the Independent Living Manager at 303-733-9324 to see if you qualify for the program.