Empowering Those With Disabilities to Live Healthier Since 2006
Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DDs) are especially vulnerable to chronic health conditions and sexual abuse. Lack of educational support and cognitively accessible health products and services exacerbate their disproportionate suffering. Lack of ability to communicate effectively with health care professionals presents yet another obstacle.
In 2006, AdvocacyDenver made health care advocacy a pillar of our mission. Our efforts are twofold: To raise awareness and build a network of education and care resources in partnership with diverse community resources, and to roll up our sleeves and give people with disabilities more ability to care for themselves.
Our Health Matters classes directly engage this at-risk population with a focus on nutrition, healthy cooking, dental hygiene, fitness and accessible yoga. The classes use a nationally recognized, evidence-based curriculum with the specific aim of attacking the awareness, communication and empowerment barriers that between adults with I/DD and good health.
We are joined in our efforts by a wide range of generous partners and stakeholders who seek to increase awareness of the health disparities experienced by people with I/DD. These include: service providers, health clinicians, health educators, medical students, dental care providers, behavioral health providers, state and local governmental employees and civil rights organizations.
Community Wellness Partners
The Health Care Advocacy Program salutes the dedicated partners who offer their resources and expertise in a truly collaborative spirit. Their partnership and breadth of service has a huge impact on the wellness of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
With gratitude, we recognize and thank the following partners:
- Green Door Fitness
- Arc USA
- The Colorado Health Foundation
- The Dahlia Center for Health and Well-Being
- Dental Lifeline
- The Denver Broncos
- Give Back Yoga Foundation
- 9News Health Fair
- Mudra Yoga Studio
- Natural Grocers
- The WalMart Foundation