Community Support Groups & Resources

Please find our growing list of local and national groups who provide
a variety of support services to families with children with disabilities.
Please note our list is "in progress" and we welcome input and
additions from parents and caregivers. Please send us a
link to your favorite support group/organization to info@dcseac.org.

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Mental Health Support

Empower Colorado
You’ll find the most current information about support group times and locations when you Like
them on facebook.  Also, feel free to call 1-866-213-4631.

Family Partners - support groups and education

NAMI Colorado www.namicolorado.org

The Balanced Mind Parent Network
The Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN), a program of the Depression and Bipolar Support
Alliance (DBSA), guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and
stability they seek.

Zuma Rescue Ranch
Since 2008 Zuma's Rescue Ranch, Colorado's rescue and advocacy center for abandoned
equine and at risk youth.Pairing horses and children in a mutually therapeutic programming,
serving the community needs.

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General Special Needs Support Group

The Arc Arapahoe and Douglas County
303-220-9228
The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties uses advocacy and education to include all children and adults with disabilities, and their families, in their communities. The Arc provides advocacy, public awareness, training, community organizing, educating legislators and referral to resources to support people with developmental disabilities and their families.

Adam’s Camp
Adam’s Camp serves special needs toddlers, children, youth, and young adults with mild
to significant developmental disabilities and their families.



Castle Rock Supermoms
Via Facebook- support for moms of children with an array of special needs.


Douglas County Parenting Coalition
A grant funded group who organized free or low cost parenting education events in Castle Rock, Parker, and Highlands Ranch. Courses are listed on their classes/events tab on their website.


Easter Seals offers help, hope and answers to more than a million children and adults living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other disabilities or special needs and their families. Services and support are provided through a network of more than 550 sites in the U.S. and through Ability First Australia. Each center provides exceptional services that are individualized, innovative, family-focused and tailored to meet specific needs of the particular community served. 

Exceptional Student Services at Colorado Department of Education (ESSU at CDE)
This site/office is a resource to teachers, administrators, and parents of students with exceptional
educational needs due to disability, or learners who are culturally and/or linguistically diverse or
have some other special need. The Office of Special Education is one of three offices under the
Exceptional Student Services Unit (along with the Office of Facility Schools and the Office of
Gifted Education).



Family Voiceswww.familyvoicesco.org
800-881-8272
Family Voices aims to achieve family-centered care for all children and youth with special health care needs and/or disabilities. They provide families with resources and support to make informed decisions, advocate for improved public and private policies, build partnerships among families and professionals, and serve as a trusted resource on health care.

Highlands Ranch Therapeutic Recreation

Parent to Parent
http://www.p2p-co.org/

Parents Encouraging Parents (PEP) Conference
Held 3 times per year; sponsored by Colorado Department of Education (CDE); application
for 2015-2016 conferences will be on the website mid-August.
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Sibling Support Groups:

Sibling Guardians
“Sibling Guardians serves and often overlooked group of
very important kids, the siblings of those with special needs.  Our mission is to
support these siblings through social outings and events.  These events are geared
toward forming friendships with other special siblings, providing a safe place to
open up about their unique emotions and challenges and facilitating a secure
understanding of their value and importance in their individual families.”  

Sibling Tree/SibShops
http://www.siblingtree.org/
Sibling Tree's vision is to give siblings of individuals with special needs a community of support where they can talk about being a sibling, as well as create ways for their voices to be heard, such as advocating for themselves and their family.

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Support by disability

-Epilepsy

Chelsea Hutchison Foundation
The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation (CHF) is a Colorado non-profit corporation formed by Julie and Doug Hutchison to provide help and support to individuals with epilepsy. The main focus is to raise funds to provide grants for seizure-response dogs.


Epilepsy Foundation of Colorado (EFCO)
from 7-8:30pm at the EFCO office at 5889 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Suite 404;
Greenwood Village, CO 80111. Contact person: Nicole Villas 720-205-9850; nvillas2000@yahoo.com
www.autismspectrumalliance.com

epilepsycolorado.org
Adult-only parent support group held the 1st Monday of the month

Epilepsy Service Animals
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1589112101366706/

Learning Disabilities

Dyslexia support: 
-Learning Ally

  https://www.learningally.org/


-Autism

Autism Society of Colorado
ASC’s locally based, professional staff serves  individuals with ASDs, families, providers and  policy makers throughout the state of Colorado  by providing the most current and accurate  information and referrals; implementing  programs that promote quality of life; advancing  legislation to increase funding for treatment and  support; and heighten community awareness of  the need for assistance and services. 
www.autismcolorado.org


Autism Speaks Colorado

Continuum Autism Spectrum Alliance

The living Spectrum (formerly Moms on the Spectrum - for moms of children with autism)http://thelivingspectrum.org/




-Rare Chromosome Disorders Support Groups

Unique

Chromosome 20 and Beyond

Cure SMA  (Spinal Muscular Atrophy) Rocky Mountain Chapter
http://curesma.org/
Cure SMA chapters provide a base of community and support for families affected by SMA,

7914 Whitney Court
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 877.591.4023
Email: rockymt@curesma.org



-Deaf/HOH Groups
Colorado Hands and Voices


Speech/Language Support
Stuttering Support Group


-Service Dog Groups

Chelsea Hutchison Foundation
The Chelsea Hutchison Foundation (CHF) is a Colorado non-profit corporation formed by Julie and Doug Hutchison to provide help and support to individuals with epilepsy. The main focus is to raise funds to provide grants for seizure-response dogs.

Epilepsy Service Animals

International Hearing Dogs, Inc.
 www.ihdi.org
East 89th Avenue
Henderson, CO 80640
Voice/TTY: 303-287-3277
Fax: 303-287-3425
Email: ihdi@aol.com
Area Served: National and Colorado


Noelle's Dogs Four Hope
www.noellesdogsfourhope.com