We Are Colorado's Protection and Advocacy System
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State Protection & Advocacy System
In 1977, the governor designated Disability Law Colorado to be Colorado’s Protection and Advocacy (P&A) System for people with developmental disabilities. Over time, Congress expanded the P&A network which now includes eight federally mandated programs that allow us to reach out to more people with disabilities.
Today, Disability Law Colorado is recognized as a leader in the National Disability Rights Network made up of Protection and Advocacy programs from all the states and territories.
We Are Home to 3 Older Americans Act Programs
In 1988, Disability Law Colorado added two programs to support Colorado's older adults: The Colorado Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program and the Legal Assistance Developer for Elders Program. In 2016 the Colorado PACE (Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Ombudsman program was added. Disability Law Colorado is the host agency for these three Older American Act programs under a contract with the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services. They operate in conjunction with the 16 Area Agencies on Aging (AAA) to coordinate services statewide, promoting and protecting the rights of Colorado's older adults and improving their quality of life.
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Discover More About Our Work - DLC's Organizational Overview
Who is Disability Law Colorado?
Disability Law Colorado (formerly known as The Legal Center for People with Disabilities and Older People) is an independent, public interest nonprofit organization, specializing in civil rights and discrimination issues.
We work to promote systemic change to sustain or improve the quality of life for children and adults with disabilities and elders.
We address a wide variety of disability issues ranging from special education, housing and employment, to long-term care and voting rights.
We do this through four core service areas:
Disability Law Colorado was created in 1976 out of the dream of a small group of parents who came together to secure equal rights for their children with developmental disabilities who were living in state institutions. These parents wanted a better life for their children and believed that all people with disabilities deserved the right to live full and rewarding lives.
Some of Disability Law Colorado’s early successes included:
- Requiring school districts to pay for children’s education in public schools. This groundbreaking lawsuit resulted in children with severe disabilities attending public schools for the first time.
- Preventing sterilization of people with developmental disabilities.
- Preventing discrimination against people with disabilities in the workplace.
Disability Law Colorado
455 Sherman St, Ste 130
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 800.288.1376 or 303.722.0300 All lines voice/TTY