The following organizational bylaw was unanimously approved by our Board of Directors. Should any members oppose this addition, please contact Aileen or Elizabeth at 303-831-7733 or email@example.com
WHISTLEBLOWER PROTECTION POLICY
AdvocacyDenver requires directors, officers and employees to observe high standards of business and personal ethics in the conduct of their duties and responsibilities. As employees and representatives of the AdvocacyDenver, we must practice honesty and integrity in fulfilling our responsibilities and comply with all applicable laws and regulations.
- REPORTING RESPONSIBILITY
- This Whistleblower Policy is intended to encourage and enable employees and others to raise serious concerns internally so that AdvocacyDenver can address and correct inappropriate conduct and actions. It is the responsibility of all board members, officers, employees and volunteers to report concerns about violations of AdvocacyDenver’s policies or suspected violations of law or regulations that govern AdvocacyDenver’s operations.
- NO RETALIATION
- It is contrary to the values of AdvocacyDenver for anyone to retaliate against any board member, officer, employee or volunteer who in good faith reports an ethics violation, or a suspected violation of law, such as a complaint of discrimination, or suspected fraud, or suspected violation of any regulation governing the operations of AdvocacyDenver. An employee who retaliates against someone who has reported a violation in good faith is subject to discipline up to and including termination of employment.
- REPORTING PROCEDURE
- AdvocacyDenver has an open door policy and suggests that employees share their questions, concerns, suggestions or complaints with their supervisor. If you are not comfortable speaking with your supervisor or you are not satisfied with your supervisor’s response, you are encouraged to speak with the Executive Director or a Board member. Supervisors and managers are required to report complaints or concerns about suspected ethical and legal violations in writing to AdvocacyDenver’s Executive Director, who has the responsibility to investigate all reported complaints. Employees with concerns or complaints may also submit their concerns in writing directly to their supervisor or the Executive Director.
- COMPLIANCE OFFICER
- AdvocacyDenver’s Executive Director is responsible for ensuring that all complaints about unethical or illegal conduct are investigated and resolved. The Executive Director will advise the Board of Directors of all complaints and their resolution and will report at least annually to the Finance Committee on compliance activity relating to accounting or alleged financial improprieties.
- ACCOUNTING AND AUDITING MATTERS
- The Executive Director shall immediately notify the Audit Committee/Finance Committee of any concerns or complaint regarding corporate accounting practices, internal controls or auditing and work with the committee until the matter is resolved.
- ACTING IN GOOD FAITH
- Anyone filing a written complaint concerning a violation or suspected violation must be acting in good faith and have reasonable grounds for believing the information disclosed indicates a violation. Any allegations that prove not to be substantiated and which prove to have been made maliciously or knowingly to be false will be viewed as a serious disciplinary offense.
- Violations or suspected violations may be submitted on a confidential basis by the complainant. Reports of violations or suspected violations will be kept confidential to the extent possible, consistent with the need to conduct an adequate investigation.
- HANDLING OF REPORTED VIOLATIONS
- The Executive Director will notify the person who submitted a complaint and acknowledge receipt of the reported violation or suspected violation. All reports will be promptly investigated and appropriate corrective action will be taken if warranted by the investigation.
On October 16, 2014, AdvocacyDenver staff, board, self-advocates, and members gathered for a memorable evening at our annual membership meeting held at the ever-wonderful Randolph’s Restaurant. The dining room was full of people and conversations celebrating the work accomplished by our advocates in the last year. Thus far in 2014, advocates have served over 278 individuals with more than 414 unique advocacy issues, an increase in both clients and issues from 2013. This demand drives every staff member to work as hard as they can, and we are looking forward to increasing our capacity as we move into the new year!
Our Board of Directors has always maintained a strong foundation and clear vision that ensures best practice by the entire organization. The 2015 Board slate was presented and unanimously approved. Members Shauna Casement, Kent Olsen, and Beverly Hirsekorn were re-elected to the board, and the following individuals were chosen as Executive Committee:
- Shauna Casement, President
- Mitch McKinney, Secretary
- Don Morales, Treasurer
AdvocacyDenver was honored to present four outstanding individuals with awards honoring their service and commitment to people with disabilities.
The John Bear Award for Outstanding Self Advocacy was presented to board members Donald and Raiko Johnson, who have demonstrated unmatched passion and drive advocating for their son and others. The Johnsons deserve the Good Housekeeping stamp of approval for family development and community support. We’re lucky to have their counsel and support.
The Shenkein Distinguished Service award was given to Jonathon Poster, a trusted friend and advisor on all things investment for over 10 years. We’re a better organization for having a relationship with him.
A new award was presented in honor of past board member Clarence Miller, who passed away earlier this year. Clarence was a fireball at the Colorado State Capitol, a fierce self-advocate, and connoisseur of all things public policy. The first Clarence Miller Award for Public Policy Accomplishments was presented to Christy Blakely, former Executive Director of Family Voices Colorado. Christy and Clarence were peas in a pod. They both loved to laugh and could separate the real from the superlative.
Member Meg Day remarked, “I don’t know which Clarence (Miller) would be more happy about, the fact that you (Christy Blakely) won the first award or that he has an award named after him!”
Executive Director Aileen McGinley also took a moment to honor longtime board member and friend Famer Reini, who passed away earlier this month.
The 2015 Budget Summary can be reviewed here. We have a 6% income increase from 2014 and expect to maintain around $700,000 in operating reserves.
Entertainment was provided by the incredibly talented pianist and friend, Purnell Steen, and bassist Fred Fuller. Purnell and Fred have become a sort of establishment at AdvocacyDenver’s annual meeting, and their sound sets the tone for a good night. Check out Purnell’s website, and book him and his band Le Jazz Machine for yourself!
Aileen’s complete report to the membership can be viewed here. AdvocacyDenver thanks everyone who was able to attend this year, and our membership as a whole for its invaluable support and shared passion to enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities!
AdvocacyDenver is now accepting resumes for our Advocate for Transition Services, Juvenile Justice, and Policy Development position
- Work with the courts, education system, and providers to develop positive plans for individuals with disabilities residing in Denver who are involved with those systems.
- Provide individual advocacy for children and young adults with disabilities in Denver between the ages of 15 and 22.
- Take the lead on initiating and participating to improve services for these individuals and maximize their civil rights.
- Analyze and advise the Board of Directors and Staff on Legislative initiatives or rule changes in regard to these issues.
- Other duties as assigned by the Executive Director.
- Must have the ability to work flexibly with various individual circumstances and have the judgment necessary to establish appropriate limits, as necessary.
- Knowledge of the juvenile justice, education, Developmental Disability, and Mental Health systems.
- Demonstrated conflict resolution skills.
- Relevant degree, certification, or 5 years of experience; parent and client training experience is a plus.
- Being bilingual is not required, but will be taken into consideration
Salary range to start at $32-34k annually. Benefits include health, dental, vision, paid time off, paid holidays, 401k, and more available.
Please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org before 12/31/13. Interviews will be held in January.
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The staff of AdvocacyDenver sends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of the late Mrs. Frances Verhulst, who, along with her husband Joe, was a long-time member, past board member, and ally of the organization. Both Frances and Joe previously received the Shenkein award, an honor presented annually to a person or organization who has made a significant contribution to AdvocacyDenver.
In the words of executive director Aileen McGinley, “She will be sorely missed.”
Follow this link for information regarding services for Mrs. Verhulst.
AdvocacyDenver mourns the loss of friend and ally Kyle Frohne. Our deepest condolences go to his family and all those grieving the loss of an inspirational life.
“Kyle Alan Frohne, 41, died peacefully in his home on Sunday, November 4th 2012. Kyle will be lovingly remembered by his mother, Gerrie Frohne; his father and stepmother, Jim and Sharon Frohne; his sister Erica (Frohne) Conner, her husband John Conner and their son Grant; and his brother Alex Frohne, his wife Jackie Frohne and their children Molly and Wesley.
Kyle was born in Evanston, Illinois on May 15th, 1971. In 1978 Kyle and his family moved to Lakewood Colorado. Kyle’s childhood was rich growing up with his sister Erica and his brother Alex. He graduated from Golden High School in 1992 and attended Red Rocks Community College. Kyle went on to enjoy working at the Golden Public Library, sponsored by The Golden Optimist Club. He was also employed at Sun Bright and other dry cleaners in Lakewood and Golden throughout his adult life. Kyle loved engaging with people creating countless genuine friendships in his work and personal life. He was an avid sports fan, to say the least, always rooting for his Denver teams and attending several games and events a year with his brother. Kyle treasured his weekly activities including swimming at the Easter Seals warm water therapy pool and Feldenkrais® therapy led by Ginger Mitchell. Kyle enjoyed many family vacations including trips to Alaska, Illinois, and Washington state. Kyle accepted Christ with the loving support of his life-long friend Becky Blondin and was baptized in 2004. He valued his time as part of the Praise Team and young adult bible study within his home church. To know Kyle is to know how unmistakably captivating his personality was, permanently overcoming any pre-conceived notions about his disability.
Donations may be made in his honor to Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (www.ccdconline.org/get-involved/donate 655 Broadway, Suite 775, Denver, CO 80203).”
Follow the link below to access the 2012 Voter Guide which outlines issues ranging from Medicaid, to juvenile justice, to pending federal legislation that all affect the community of individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Use the guide to contact candidates for both Colorado legislature and U.S. Congress to raise awareness about these issues.
Don’t forget to vote on Election Day on November 6th, 2012! Our voices count!
The Arc of Colorado is a support and advocacy organization for individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their families. The Arc believes in self-determination by empowering people to make informed choices. We believe that children with I/DD should have the supports and services they need to live in their family homes, to succeed in school and to partake in all of the experiences of childhood. Adults with I/DD should have the opportunity to lead lives of their own choosing, to be free from poverty, to be employed, to reside in the community, and to live independently with ready access to whatever services and supports they need. The Arc is known as a responsive nonprofit organization, constantly evolving to meet the changing needs and circumstances of people with I/DD and their families. Based on the values of The Arc and the need to be responsive to the needs of our community The Arc of Colorado has created The Calabrese Life Opportunities Fund. The fund is named in honor of Elizabeth Calabrese – a longtime Colorado advocate and supporter of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.
The Calabrese Life Opportunities fund is designed to help people with developmental disabilities of all ages in a variety of areas – including, but not limited to:
∙ Self-determination – The Arc strives to empower people to get involved in their community, become more independent, and experience authority over their own lives. This fund will assist self-advocates to purchase items to live more independent lives, such as assistive technology devices, accessibility equipment, as well as, attendance at conferences and other educational programs intended to enhance independent living.
· Family Preservation – families are being stretched beyond their capabilities caring for family members. The fund will provide resources to keep families together and well cared for. Examples include extra behavioral supports, counseling for parents and siblings, conferences, educational opportunities, and respite.
· Emergency – funding for unexpected situations not covered by publicly funded programs such as anesthesiology for dental care – or the cost of emergency housing when a self-advocate becomes homeless.
Any individual with an intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in The State of Colorado is eligible to apply for assistance through a grant application to the Calabrese Life Opportunities Fund. For more details and to access the grant application please visit http://www.thearcofco.org
Please contact Cassidy Dellemonache at The Arc of Colorado with any questions.
Applications are due by Friday, September 17th Please email completed applications to email@example.com or via mail The Arc of Colorado Attn: Cassidy Dellemonache 1580 Logan Street Suite 730 Denver, CO 80203
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities have been waiting for generations for the insurance reforms put in place by the Affordable Care Act. Today’s ruling removes any doubts that the law Congress enacted should stand and will benefit millions of people with and without disabilities. It ends discriminatory insurance practices and makes health coverage more affordable and accessible – important protections which too many people with disabilities have been deprived of for too long. Go to our blog for the top reasons why The Arc supports the law.
But the ruling is not perfect for people with I/DD. The Arc is concerned that disallowing the federal government the ability to withhold Medicaid dollars from states that don’t expand their program to cover more of the uninsured might mean that people with I/DD who would have benefitted from the expansion could be left behind. Medicaid is an incredibly important lifeline for people with I/DD, providing health care and long term services and supports.
We will carefully watch how states react to this development and encourage our advocates across the country to put pressure on their state leaders to do the right thing and expand their Medicaid program.
-Marty Ford, Director of Public Policy for The Arc