Colorado Disability Resources and Advocacy Organizations
Scroll down for links to government agencies and disability rights organizations in Colorado. They may be able assist you with:
- disability advocacy
- home health services
- home care
- nursing aide services
- accessing other community resources to help people with disabilities.
Many of these organizations work to address the unique needs associated with different disabilities, including but not limited to physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities, and mental illness. Others focus on issues such as access to housing and legal assistance based on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
If you live in Colorado and are a person with a disability, learning about state-specific resources to support people with disabilities can help you advocate for yourself. If you are a friend, family member, or caregiver of a person with disabilities in Colorado these resources can help you in supporting your loved one.
Note: this website attempts to use people first language and thus uses the term "person with a disability" rather than disabled or handicapped.
We hope you will check out the rest of OlmsteadRights.org to learn about critical rights of people with disabilities.
Protection & Advocacy Organization
The Colorado state disability protection and advocacy (P&A) agency is Disability Law Colorado. Disability Law Colorado is part of the nation's federally-funded P&A system. It provides help to people with disabilities in Colorado to expand and defend their rights, including supporting self-advocacy groups and legal assistance. Disability Law Colorado is part of the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN).
Aging and Disability Resource Centers (ADRC)
ADRCs are the main points of access for long-term supports and services for older adults and people with disabilities, including home health care and assistive technology.
Legal Services Organizations
These organizations provide free legal assistance for low-income individuals, including help with accessing Social Security and Medicaid benefits.
State Medicaid Agency
Learn about and apply for Medicaid services in Colorado.
Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC)
The Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC) helps remove barriers to independent living for people with disabilities and works to increase necessary supports and services. It is part of the National Council on Independent Living (NCIL).
Other State and Non-Profit Agencies
These agencies provide help for people with disabilities and their families and caregivers. Disability services are often free or low-cost.
Money Follows the Person (MFP)
Free assistance with transitioning from a nursing facility or institutional care to the community.
Crisis intervention and counseling for people who are in need of immediate help or need someone to talk to. If you or a loved one is experiencing emotional distress, these agencies are ready to offer free and confidential help. Common concerns include but are not limited to mental illness, suicide, intellectual or developmental disability, physical disability, substance abuse, grief, sexual assault, and family violence.
- Colorado Crisis Services
- Rocky Mountain Crisis Partners
- Community Crisis Connection
- Colorado Coalition Against Sexual Assault
Regional Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Center
Provides information, training, and guidance on disability access and Colorado disability services. One of 10 regional centers in the ADA National Network.
Services for Senior Citizens
Free or low-cost resources and disability services for senior citizens and their loved ones to promote successful community living.
- Area Agency on Aging
- Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC)
- Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program
- Aging Well
Developmental Disabilities Services
These agencies address the specific needs of people with developmental disabilities. They advocate for community inclusion and access to Colorado disability services.
- Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
- Medicaid Waivers for Children and Adults
- Alliance Colorado
- Developmental Disabilities Resource Center
- Parent to Parent of Colorado
Mental Health Services
These agencies address the specific needs of people with mental illness and promote mental health. Some agencies offer free or low-cost group counseling and education programs.
Physical Disabilities Services
Free or low-cost Alabama disability services for people of all ages, including physical therapy, access to employment and education, support for independent living, and assistive technology.
- Medicaid Waivers for Individuals with Physical Disabilities
- Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities
Traumatic Brain Injury Services
Information and resources for individuals with traumatic brain injuries and their loved ones.
Addiction and Substance Abuse Services
Information and resources for people with substance abuse and their loved ones.
Low-Income Housing Services
Information and tools for locating affordable housing and access to public housing.
- Colorado Housing Assistance Corporation
- Colorado Division of Housing
- Denver Housing Authority - Section 8 Rental Listing
- Housing and Urban Development (HUD)