AdvocacyDenver is a non-profit, civil rights advocacy organization serving children and teens with disabilities and adults with developmental or intellectual disabilities and their families.
AdvocacyDenver maintains a dual focus on better outcomes and opportunities for children and adults with disabilities at both the individual and systemic level. Our priority is to ensure individuals with disabilities have access to valuable services and to promote policy that results in better opportunities for children and adults.
Advocacy programs are designed to support individuals encountering barriers and to promote their full inclusion in the community through all stages of their life. AdvocacyDenver programs include:
- Adult Advocacy
- Child Advocacy
- Mental Health (systemic)
- Policy (city, state and federal law)
- Center for Special Education Law (legal representation)
AdvocacyDenver (formerly known as The Arc of Denver) is a local affiliate of the Arc of the United States. Our organizationwas founded in 1954 by parents to address the lack of access for children with disabilities to public education and in-home supports.
It was one of the first Arc Chapters in the country. The Arc of Denver formally changed its name to AdvocacyDenver in 2009. Since its inception, AdvocacyDenver has been fully committed to ensuring that Denver residents with disabilities and their families have access to supports and systems that ensure they are able to lead healthy, active, lives in the community.
What is “Advocacy”?
Advocacy is defined by princeton.edu as the active support of an idea or cause, etc.; especially the act of pleading or arguing for something. At AdvocacyDenver, we support our constituents by understanding their individual needs and by assisting them in navigating complex systems of support and available benefits.