Community Connections, Inc.

Community Connections, Inc. Community Connections creates opportunities for children and adults with intellectual, developmental and other disabilities to lead healthy, fulfilling and inclusive lives in our community.
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Community Connections, Inc. (CCI) was founded in 1985 as the statutorily designated Community Centered Board (CCB) serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southwest Colorado (Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan Counties). In the 1980s, when CCI was starting out, it was still common for people with developmental disabilities to be removed from their

Community Connections, Inc. (CCI) was founded in 1985 as the statutorily designated Community Centered Board (CCB) serving individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities in southwest Colorado (Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, and San Juan Counties). In the 1980s, when CCI was starting out, it was still common for people with developmental disabilities to be removed from their

Operating as usual

Inclusion is to be welcomed, not just tolerated.....#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #DisabilityInclusion #Inclu...
05/28/2021

Inclusion is to be welcomed, not just tolerated.
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #ChooseToInclude #CommunityConnections #Inclusion

Inclusion is to be welcomed, not just tolerated.
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #ChooseToInclude #CommunityConnections #Inclusion

Photos from MCIE's post
05/28/2021

Photos from MCIE's post

05/27/2021
05/27/2021

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Our purpose is to create opportunities and advocate for accessibility for all.....#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusi...
05/25/2021

Our purpose is to create opportunities and advocate for accessibility for all.
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #ChooseToInclude #CommunityConnections #Inclusion

Our purpose is to create opportunities and advocate for accessibility for all.
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #ChooseToInclude #CommunityConnections #Inclusion

05/25/2021

Getting vaccinated and increasing our collective immunity is the best way to protect yourself and also support local businesses on the road to economic recovery. Announcing the “Our Shot Rewards” COVID Vaccine Promotion, in partnership with Durango Business Improvement District and made possible by the generous support of local businesses.

Residents who receive their first dose of COVID vaccination at select SJBPH clinics will also receive an Our Shot Rewards coupon sheet, including $80 of free and discounted items. This offer is valid while supplies last at the following SJBPH vaccine clinics this week:

Wednesday, 5/26 Clinics at the Fort Lewis College Student Life Center:
◦ Johnson & Johnson vaccine clinic, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm: https://bit.ly/3ujSgev
◦ Pfizer vaccine clinic, 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm: https://bit.ly/3udoaJn

Saturday, 5/29 Clinics at the Fort Lewis College Student Life Center:
◦ Johnson & Johnson vaccine from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm: https://bit.ly/3feNhY2
◦ Pfizer vaccine from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm: https://bit.ly/2SlQImQ

#SWColorado #ThisisOurShot

👏 Inclusion is a RIGHT 👏....#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #AbilityNotDisability #DisabilityInclusion #Inclusi...
05/19/2021

👏 Inclusion is a RIGHT 👏
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #AbilityNotDisability #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #ChooseToInclude #CommunityConnections #Inclusion #DGONonProfit #DisabilityServices #SouthwestColorado

👏 Inclusion is a RIGHT 👏
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #AbilityNotDisability #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #ChooseToInclude #CommunityConnections #Inclusion #DGONonProfit #DisabilityServices #SouthwestColorado

05/19/2021

We will be updating this graphic regularly as we receive results. It will remain at the top of our page for quick reference.

For more detailed information on testing results, please visit:
https://tinyurl.com/y2r54yv2

It's Mental Health Awareness Month but people with disabilities have more challenges to accessing the mental health reso...
05/17/2021

It's Mental Health Awareness Month but people with disabilities have more challenges to accessing the mental health resources they need.
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Check out this resource from NAMI https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions/People-with-Disabilities
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#DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #CommunityConnections

It's Mental Health Awareness Month but people with disabilities have more challenges to accessing the mental health resources they need.
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Check out this resource from NAMI https://www.nami.org/Your-Journey/Identity-and-Cultural-Dimensions/People-with-Disabilities
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#DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #CommunityConnections

05/17/2021

We will be updating this graphic regularly as we receive results. It will remain at the top of our page for quick reference.

For more detailed information on testing results, please visit:
https://tinyurl.com/y2r54yv2

05/13/2021

We will be updating this graphic regularly as we receive results. It will remain at the top of our page for quick reference.

For more detailed information on testing results, please visit:
https://tinyurl.com/y2r54yv2

Read more about the vaccine call to action that our CEO, Tara Kiene, collaborated on for The Durango Herald .https://www...
05/13/2021

Read more about the vaccine call to action that our CEO, Tara Kiene, collaborated on for The Durango Herald
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https://www.durangoherald.com/articles/a-vaccine-call-to-action-how-to-talk-to-hesitant-friends-and-family/
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #DisabilityInclusion #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #CommunityConnections

Read more about the vaccine call to action that our CEO, Tara Kiene, collaborated on for The Durango Herald
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https://www.durangoherald.com/articles/a-vaccine-call-to-action-how-to-talk-to-hesitant-friends-and-family/
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #DisabilityInclusion #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #CommunityConnections

Don't make it awkward! If you feel awkward interacting with people with disabilities, this is a great video for you..htt...
05/12/2021

Don't make it awkward! If you feel awkward interacting with people with disabilities, this is a great video for you.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1aDEFlXq8
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate

Don't make it awkward! If you feel awkward interacting with people with disabilities, this is a great video for you.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv1aDEFlXq8
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate

05/11/2021

Johnson & Johnson vaccination clinic tomorrow! This is a walk-up clinic with no appointment needed, while supplies last. Come get your single-dose vaccination at the Annex (107 N Chestnut)!

05/11/2021

CORRECTION TO NUMBERS PREVIOUSLY POSTED TODAY!
We will be updating this graphic regularly as we receive results. It will remain at the top of our page for quick reference.

For more detailed information on testing results, please visit:
https://tinyurl.com/y2r54yv2

See you tomorrow at 4:30!
05/05/2021

See you tomorrow at 4:30!

Community Connections is proud to announce our first in a series of Disabled Community Facebook Live Chats beginning at 4:30 PM on May 6th!

These discussions will platform disabled advocates, activists and leaders in our community to discuss issues important to them and their community.

Our first discussion on May 6th will center on "Myths and Misperceptions of Disability" and will last about one hour.

Joining the conversation will be Alyssa Beck, Richard Siegele, Jeff Newman, and Katie Gailey with our own Tara Kiene facilitating.

Want to listen in? Navigate to CCI's page at 4:30 on the 6th and join the FB Live stream. That's it!

We look forward to seeing you there!

(Edit: made a lineup change, we look forward to Max joining us for future conversations!)

The old normal was only working for some. As restrictions ease and we go back to in person, the virtual options that hav...
05/05/2021

The old normal was only working for some. As restrictions ease and we go back to in person, the virtual options that have made the world more accessible should stay in place.
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Read more: https://www.today.com/health/people-disabilities-worry-about-losing-virtual-options-t214877?fbclid=IwAR12YwOd1chzVseTeXgfLNaTpn1P989d9VQCUQGsxor1DsJ5yHn0JnJY_pQ
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#InclusionMatters #DisabilityInclusion #DisabilityRights

The old normal was only working for some. As restrictions ease and we go back to in person, the virtual options that have made the world more accessible should stay in place.
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Read more: https://www.today.com/health/people-disabilities-worry-about-losing-virtual-options-t214877?fbclid=IwAR12YwOd1chzVseTeXgfLNaTpn1P989d9VQCUQGsxor1DsJ5yHn0JnJY_pQ
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Photos from Montezuma County Public Health Department's post
05/05/2021

Photos from Montezuma County Public Health Department's post

05/05/2021

We will be updating this graphic regularly as we receive results. It will remain at the top of our page for quick reference.

For more detailed information on testing results, please visit:
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Stella Young was a comedian and journalist who happened to go about her day in a wheelchair. Young breaks down society's...
05/04/2021

Stella Young was a comedian and journalist who happened to go about her day in a wheelchair. Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration p**n."
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https://www.ted.com/talks/stella_young_i_m_not_your_inspiration_thank_you_very_much?language=en
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Stella Young was a comedian and journalist who happened to go about her day in a wheelchair. Young breaks down society's habit of turning disabled people into "inspiration p**n."
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https://www.ted.com/talks/stella_young_i_m_not_your_inspiration_thank_you_very_much?language=en
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#DisabilityInclusion #DisabilityAdvocate #CommunityConnections

05/03/2021

We will be updating this graphic regularly as we receive results. It will remain at the top of our page for quick reference.

For more detailed information on testing results, please visit:
https://tinyurl.com/y2r54yv2

05/01/2021

When my daughter was three years old, we were referred to a local clinic that specialized in autism. I’ve written before about the moments leading up to that referral. About knowing so little about autism, about being so steeped in toxic ableism, about having unknowingly swallowed whole the ideology of disability as unadulterated tragedy, that when I first heard the word autism attached to her I’d literally retched over a toilet bowl - angry, sobbing, searching ... lost.

I wrote about that awful visit with the terrible neuropsych and her wildly biased observations and absurdly wrong conclusions and desperately inappropriate prognostications about my daughter … like when Luau asked what this would mean for then-three year-old Brooke as an adult and this woman peered into the crystal ball she seemed to believe she’d earned with her Harvard degree and said, “She’ll likely live a solitary life.” Yes, she really said that, and yes, I take great solace in knowing that she doesn’t see patients anymore.

I also wrote about the autistic teenager who I’d watched in the waiting room with her mom. About how hauntingly familiar she was in so many ways. About how the very same high pitched, stimmy squeal that I thought was so utterly adorable on my three year old was so terrifying coming out of this near-adult. Please know how much it hurts to write that sentence - to write all of this - but ignorance creates a vacuum that fear is quick to fill.

I had so many fears for my daughter’s future. And honestly, a lot of my fears came to fruition. But it turns out that I was afraid of all the wrong things.

I’d been afraid that she would still be squealing and stimming at 18. That she’d be an adult still making the noises she made at 3. Spoiler alert: She is. And you know what? It’s freakin glorious. She’s so damned full of joy that it explodes out of her being like hot pink glitter lava and fills every space she enters with energy and light and love.

I’d been afraid that she’d never be independent. That she’d need help for the rest of her life. It turned out that my definition of dependence was as ass-backward as that neuropsych’s crystal ball. It would be years before I’d learn from Amy Sequenzia that true independence is far more about self-direction than the ability to fly solo and that if any of us is being honest with ourselves, our collective survival relies on our interdependence.

I’d been afraid that people would assume she was intellectually disabled. I did everything I could to make clear the distinction between autism and ID. Until a fellow parent pointed out to me the travesty of lifting one group of people on the back of another with no regard for the harm done to the latter in the process. Years later, when we came to learn that both labels fit, I was grateful there wasn’t even more damage to unwind.

I’d been afraid that she’d never have friendships like the ones that I so cherished in my own life. She didn’t. She doesn’t. Because she connects with people in entirely different ways than I do. Ways that I still don’t always understand. And I dare say that she’d say the same about me.

The reality is that I’d been so afraid that she’d end up like that girl in the waiting room, but it turns out that was only because I had no idea just how amazing that girl was.

{image is a photo of Brooke, looking out over the harbor on our recent visit with my dad, shared with her permission, as always.}

Identifying everyday ableism is the first step toward building a totally inclusive society for everyone.
04/29/2021
What is ableism?

Identifying everyday ableism is the first step toward building a totally inclusive society for everyone.

Ableism is premised on the belief that people with disabilities fundamentally need “fixing,” when actually their lives are as full and rich as those of nondisabled people.

04/29/2021

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For more detailed information on testing results, please visit:
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Inclusion requires intentionality.....#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #AbilityNotDisability #DisabilityInclusio...
04/28/2021

Inclusion requires intentionality.
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #AbilityNotDisability #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #ChooseToInclude #CommunityConnections #Inclusion #DisabilityServices #SouthwestColorado

Inclusion requires intentionality.
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #AbilityNotDisability #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #ChooseToInclude #CommunityConnections #Inclusion #DisabilityServices #SouthwestColorado

04/26/2021

We will be updating this graphic regularly as we receive results. It will remain at the top of our page for quick reference.

For more detailed information on testing results, please visit:
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Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions...
04/26/2021

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Community Connections" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
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How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Community Connections" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #AbilityNotDisability #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #ChooseToInclude #CommunityConnections #Inclusion #DGONonProfit #DisabilityServices #SouthwestColorado

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Community Connections" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.
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How it works:
1. Open the Amazon app on your phone
2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features
3. Select "Community Connections" as your charity
4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app
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#InclusionMatters #DiversityAndInclusion #AbilityNotDisability #DisabilityInclusion #InclusionRevolution #DisabilityRights #DisabilityAdvocate #ChooseToInclude #CommunityConnections #Inclusion #DGONonProfit #DisabilityServices #SouthwestColorado

"Research from the National Council on Disability shows that child-removal rates are as high as 80% for parents with psy...
04/23/2021
Why Parents With Disabilities Are So Often Set Up to Fail in Society

"Research from the National Council on Disability shows that child-removal rates are as high as 80% for parents with psychiatric or intellectual disabilities. And 13% of physically disabled parents have reported discrimination in custody cases."

But despite the challenges, kids raised by one or more disabled parents often benefit immensely from the experience.

04/23/2021

We will be updating this graphic regularly as we receive results. It will remain at the top of our page for quick reference.

For more detailed information on testing results, please visit:
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281 Sawyer Dr, Ste 200
Durango, CO
81303

Opening Hours

Monday 08:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

Telephone

(970) 259-2464

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FREE Sign Language Interpreting Services in SW Colorado! Rural Interpreting Services Project (RISP) Informational Meeting TOMORROW 10/25 2:30-4:30 p.m. Community Meeting 5:30-7:30 p.m. Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind Meeting Center of Southwest Studies at FLC (1000 Rim Drive, Room 120 -Lyceum) Introducing a new project to provide free sign language interpreting services for rural Coloradans. Snacks & Refreshments Provided! www.colorisp.com Phone: 720-457-3679 Email: [email protected]
Ballots were mailed this week. Join us in voting for Hanlon for Colorado! Over 10,000 families in CD-3 have a child with autism - advocating for them is a personal passion of mine. That's why I'm so proud to have received an endorsement from noted disability rights advocate, Peter Bell. Read his full endorsement below: As the parent of a 25 year old son with autism, I have witnessed first-hand what it means to have someone in Washington who can be a champion for our most vulnerable citizens with autism spectrum disorder. Examples abound on both sides of the aisle. As autism rates continue to soar (new CDC prevalence study reports 1 in 59), our government struggles to develop a plan about what to do or how to make meaningful improvements. Autism has become a major public health issue and I know that Karl Hanlon will do something about it. Scott Tipton has done nothing nor does he seem to care. His policy decisions, or lack thereof, prove this. With more than 10,000 families in CD-3 having a child with autism (over 100,000 citizens in our district have a developmental disability), it is critical to have a representative in Congress who cares, understands and advocates for a better life. Karl knows that treating autism can make a difference, funding research will open new pathways and opportunities for better outcomes and that living with autism requires access to services. Karl is compassionate, passionate and wants to make a difference for all constituents in our district. This is the kind of leader we need in Washington. Peter Bell Disability Rights Advocate President & CEO, Ascendigo Autism Services* *affiliation included for identification purposes only, does not imply organizational endorsement Welcome to #TeamHanlon Peter
Special visitor to the Durango office this weekend. Apparently people-proof trash cans and bear-proof trash cans are two different things.
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