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The Arc of Arapahoe & Douglas exists to support children and adults with disabilities and their families.

Given the realities of the new COVID-19 virus, we have decided to close our building and eliminate all face to face meetings, events and educational workshops.  We want to be responsible members of the community and want to do everything we can to minimize the risk of transmitting this virus.

However, we are still making ourselves available to support you! We will do this by email, telephone, FaceTime, Skype, or Zoom. Feel free to call us and leave a message at 303.220.9228. Or you can email us. Just go to our website and click on “Who we are” then click on Staff. We look forward to hearing from you! Connect with us on Facebook: and join the conversation.

We know how important our social and education events are to you all. Fun Fridays are really fun! Our Annual Meeting is one of our favorite events of the year, and the Picnic is always a great way to make new friends and catch up with people you haven’t seen in a while.

We are postponing all of our events for the time-being.

The Board of Directors and staff at The Arc care about you and we know this is a scary time. Please continue to watch your emails. We have created some enjoyable things for you to do and think about, and are continuing to do so. You might get a call from us or an email, just checking in. We encourage you to reach out to your friends and family. Let’s all take care of each other!

Our community knows how to deal with adversity, and we know how to make the best of difficult situations. We know you will all be resilient and kind to each other.

Please note this is a rapidly changing situation.  You can check back frequently to find updates.

Last updated 9/22/2020

The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties does not endorse these links. This is a living document that will be constantly updated in order to best serve the community.

If you know of any other resources that need to be added, please email Luke Wheeland at [email protected]​.

  • The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties posts

Here are posts from The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties about many different topics:

  1. Budget/Public Policy discussion on Tuesday May 26, 2020 our chapter sponsored a parent support group to discuss what we know about the budget in Colorado right now (May 2020).
  • Arapahoe County Specific Information – Including School Districts

The Arapahoe County, Arapahoe County Alert Center & the Arapahoe County resource center is posting updates and guidance for families, business, etc. here:

Returning to school?

The Arc chapters do not have an opinion as to whether or not your child should return to in school program or continue to participate in remote learning. The following is a checklist (Spanish checklist) that serves as a tool of different information you may wish to consider as you make decisions in relation to your child.

This is important information for families to have to protect their child’s right to a Free, Appropriate, Public Education. “Document Document Document” 

Updates from the Cherry Creek School District, including options to obtain food, are available here: 

View Superintendent Siegfried’s presentation to the community on July 29 here.  Video presentation link: 

Cherry Creek School District: Planning Forward Updated 6.19.2020

Planning for 2020-21

Updates from the Englewood School District, including options to obtain food, are available here:

Updates from the Littleton Public Schools, including options to obtain food, are available here:

Updates from the Bennett Schools, including options to obtain food, are available here:

Updates from the Byers Schools, including options to obtain food, are available here:

Updates from the Deer Trail Schools, including options to obtain food, are available here:

Updates from the Sheridan Public Schools, including options to obtain food, are available here:

Updates from the Strasburg School District, including options to obtain food, are available here:

  • Avoiding Price Gouging and Scams

Price Gouging – People should be able to get the critical supplies they need without getting  ripped off. ​This guide​ warns consumers about severe price gouging on online  marketplaces like Amazon, and instructs on how to identify reasonably  priced, effective supplies during the outbreak.

Identifying Coronavirus Phishing Scams:​ As this pandemic intensifies,  scammers and spies have seized on people’s fear and confusion to steal their  private or financial data. This guide lays out the known phishing scams  related to the coronavirus and some tips for how consumers can identify  new scams and protect themselves.

Refunding Your Travel During COVID-19​: This guide breaks down how top  airlines and hotels have adjusted their policies and provides instructions for  how consumers can refund their bookings with each respective company.

  • CDC and People at Higher Risk for COVID-19

New resources from CDC on COVID-19 related to individuals with disabilities: 

Symptom Tracking Sheet

CDCs web page on Coronavirus (COVID-19)   In Spanish 

  • CDC Informational Videos in ASL:

  • Colorado’s COVID-19 Page

The States Guidance for wearing masks

The State of Colorado has created a page specifically for COVID-19 in order to quickly communicate accurate and up-to-date information:

Multicultural Council (MCC) released COVID-19 Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Resources

This page includes resources for basic needs of all Coloradans.

Denver Posts: Coloradans struggling in tough times can get help

Currently not a standing state order. Stay at Home Colorado Guide; Resources and Activities.

Valuable, up to date information is available to help you. Information about current Colorado COVID-19 cases, symptoms and what to do to protect yourself and your family is on the CDPHE website.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Resources and Updates from Children’s Hospital Colorado: 

The Kempe Center COVID-19 Resource Center

The Coleman Institute for Cognitive Disabilities in collaboration with our partners at the Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council and AbleLink Smart Living Technologies would like to introduce you to our new Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Response Desktop 

  • COVID-19 Information By and For People with Disabilities

Individuals with autism may have varied levels of understanding about the COVID-19 virus, how it spreads, and how to reduce risk of exposure. Here are several strategies to use to provide additional meaning to this complex scenario.

BrainPOP website for helpful videos and ideas.

Pepper Germs Experiment – This activity will help people understand why it’s so important to wash our hands and how soap cleans our hands!

From SARTAC and Green Mountain Self Advocates

We are Essential! Letter to the Federal Government.

The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) recommendations

COVID-19 Communication Rights Toolkit, with Printable Patient Accommodations Request Form

The Douglas County & Douglas County Department of Health and Environment is posting updates and guidance for families, business, etc. here:

Updates from the Douglas School District, including options to obtain food, are available here:

Road to Return: DCSD 2020-2021

Douglas County School District feeding sites.

Returning to school?

The Arc chapters do not have an opinion as to whether or not your child should return to in school program or continue to participate in remote learning. The following is a checklist (Spanish checklist) that serves as a tool of different information you may wish to consider as you make decisions in relation to your child.

This is important information for families to have to protect their child’s right to a Free, Appropriate, Public Education. “Document Document Document” 

  • Domestic Violence

National Domestic Violence Hotline​: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) The national  hotline directs you to local services and professionals based on the number  you’re calling.

For help, text: ​LOVEIS​ to ​22522

  • Early Intervention – Guidance for Young Children

Emergency Care Plans for Children with Special Needs

Visual guide to Coronavirus for children with autism

Anxiety & Coping with the Coronavirus – Managing worry – Your Kids’ and Your Own

Essential Baby Supplies Delivered to Colorado from FEMA – The distribution of the supplies will be at 41 locations statewide at Colorado’s food banks and family resource centers.

  • Employment

Have you lost your job? Here’s OnwardCO, a one-stop resource for the people of Colorado impacted
by job loss during the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Education

The Arc’s have joined with several disability and education organizations to create the Educating All Learners Alliance.

Should I consider Compensatory Education for my child when in-person learning returns?

Provider and Educator Use of Technology:

A webinar conducted by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). OSEP is under the umbrella of the US Department of Education. Titled “Resources for Teachers and Parents to enhance the Continuity of Learning for Children with Disabilities”. There are several sites,  all of which are under US DOE, and have good resources. Please explore.

What Parents Can Learn From Child Care Centers That Stayed Open During Lockdowns

  • Financial Counseling Resources:

Green Path offers Financial Education – All GreenPath counselors have completed comprehensive training.

Operation HOPE​- ​Operation HOPE is a for-purpose organization working to  disrupt poverty and empower inclusion for low and moderate-income youth  and adults. ​

Resources for Coloradans facing poverty while preparing for the corona virus

Lists of banks offering relief to customers affected by covid-19

Other Funding Support Resources

  • Fun Resources at Home!

The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Pinterest page. Stocked full of great ideas and free websites to stay entertained.



  • Food Resources

Free meals and Summer Fun:

Follow this link to view the Denver area meal distribution sites of updated Food Resources:

Locate local Food Pantries, Formula/Baby Food, Brown Bag Food Programs, Packed Lunches/Dinners, Food Vouchers at searchable site:

School Food Authorities (SFAs) and other child nutrition program sponsors can serve free meals to children in the event of an unanticipated school closures. 

Food Bank of the Rockies 

Free Meals For Youth 1-18 (No ID or Registration Required)

Hunger Free Colorado​ has set up a Food Resource Hotline for anyone who needs  help locating food. Call 855-855-4626, M – F (8 am – 4:30 pm) to find school meals,  food pantries, and SNAP and WIC enrollment.

Community Table​- Community Table is a Colorado nonprofit 501 c (3) corporation  formed in 1982 by five church congregations to serve the needy and vulnerable in  our community. They serve the residents of Arvada and neighboring communities in  Northern Jefferson County would have a place to go for emergency food. They are  distributing food boxes.

Spanish-language list of food banks – ​BANCOS DE COMIDA ABIERTA DURANTE DEL  CORONAVIRUS (Actualizado el 30 de Marzo)

USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service administers 15 nutrition assistance programs that leverage American’s agricultural abundance to ensure children and low-income individuals and families have nutritious food to eat.

  • Grocery Delivery Options

We are hearing that many stores are experiencing trouble filling online orders for pick-up.  Below are some grocery-delivery options.  Please note the list below is for informational purposes only as The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties does not endorse any of the following companies or services:

Shipt, including no-contact delivery.  Learn more here:

Instacart, including no-contact delivery.  Learn more here:

King Soopers Delivery. Learn more here:

Walmart Grocery Delivery.  Learn more here:

  • HCPF – Updates from The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing

Gov. Jared Polis has extended an executive order requiring property owners in Colorado to give tenants a 30-day notice before pursuing evictions as individuals struggle to make payments during the pandemic. Previously, property owners would only give a 10-days notice.

The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing and a dedicated page for COVID-19 related information here:

Frequently Asked Questions Page

Please visit this page to see guidance from The Department of Health Care Policy and Financing about COVID-19, including guidance for Host Home Providers, Day Programs, etc. –

  • Housing and Shelter Resources

Community Resources for home and rental support across Colorado

A place for housing support:

Rent/Mortgage – A Tenant’s Guide to rent during time of COVID-19

Temporary Rental and Utility Assistance Program​ and the ​Spanish version of  this guide

EMERGENCY HOUSING ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (EHAP): Mortgage and Rental Assistance available to eligible Colorado homeowners and renters in need due to loss of income related to COVID-19.

  • Immigration

National Immigration Law Center   

CUNY Citizenship Now!​: Provides free, high quality, and confidential immigration  law services to help individuals and families on their path to U.S. citizenship

Hispanic Federation​ offers a host of direct immigration services.

COVID-19 Immigrant Resource Guide ​- This resource guide for the COVID-19  pandemic has been compiled with attention toward undocumented and mixed  status households. Spanish: ​COVID-19- Recursos Comunitarios para los Inmigrantes 

Community Resources​ – In light of COVID-19, questions have arisen about how  people can get assistance and support. The following list outlines a number of  resources available for those in need. Spanish: ​Recursos Comunitarios  

  • Medical Help

Testing: STRIDE COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTER Drive-Thru Testing is OPEN. Testing is open to the General Public. Individuals MUST have symptoms, in order to be tested. Testing is offered on a first come, first served basis.

Recommended Guidance for Extended Use and Limited Reuse of N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirators in Healthcare Settings

Hospital Visitor Policies Nationwide Must Accommodate Patients with Disabilities During COVID-19 Pandemic

General Health Care

7 Things to Know About Hand Sanitizer

  • Mental Health

Families and caregivers should consider using positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) in their homes on a daily basis. Supporting Families with PBIS at Home

Mental Health Awareness:

We’re all dealing with stress, worry and other powerful thoughts and feelings during this time. Talking to people we know about how we’re feeling keeps our minds healthy, just as physical distancing keeps our bodies healthy. Calling, texting, video conferencing or messaging the people in our lives can help us all feel better.

Start the conversation with people you know.
Go to to learn more.

Rapid Response Round table

Community Resource Center hosted Rapid Response Roundtable webinars to discuss the most pressing community needs we have heard emerge from statewide partners in the field as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Video – Self-care for Direct Service Providers in a Crisis

Mental Health Colorado Resource Page​ and ​here on COVID-19​ specifically  

NPR: Pandemic Panic? These 5 Tips Can Help You Regain Your Calm​

The  Conversation: 7 science-based strategies to cope with coronavirus anxiety​

STRIDE Center ​is offering telehealth visits for behavioral health services and  medication assisted treatment.

NAMI have some great resources​ (For support, text NAMI to 741741 or call the  NAMI Helpline at 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).

Colorado Crisis Services (mental health support)​ phone number:  1-844-493-8255 text “TALK” to 38255

Taking Care of Your Mental Health in the Face of Uncertainty

How to Care for yourself while practicing social  distancing.  

National Suicide Hotline: 1-800-273-8255

Center for Loss and Life Transition – Coronavirus and the Six Needs of  Mourning 

Mental Health Colorado has updated its ​resource page​ with useful  information for those who are struggling with mental health or substance use  challenges.

Colorado Crisis Services. If you are more seriously concerned about your  own mental health or that of someone close to you, you can call the Colorado Crisis Services at 1-844-493-8255 or text.

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

  • Mortgage Relief

Some borrowers may be eligible for Mortgage Relief if your income has been impacted by COVID-19.  Please contact your borrower directly as each lender may be handling the situation differently.

Broad Program Details:

Fannie Mae:

Freddie Mac:

  • Other Resource Guides

Colorado Cross-Disability (CCDC) –

JFK Partners COVID-19 Resources, Specific for Individuals with I/DD and ASD and their Families: Be sure to check out the COVID-19 Picture Communication Board –

Video: Supporting Grayson’s Family, includes key themes that are relevant to home visiting during the COVID-19 pandemic

Spanish Video: Una visita en el hogar con la familia de Liam (A Home Visit with Liam’s Family), Ohio occupational therapist Marta Gonzalez delivers an early intervention home visit during the COVID-19 pandemic, illustrating how home visits using video conferencing can continue to support children and their families (in Spanish with English sub-titles)

United Way of Douglas County –

Alliance (information for PASAs) –

Free ASD Family Consultations –

Celebrate EDU offering their community courses for FREE to the disability community –

National Council on Severe Autism (NCSA) site:

  • Pets

Assistance with pet food: (303) 818.0618 ur-pet 

  • Physical Health

Health First Colorado​ tips to keep you and your community healthy
Resource List of Physical Health idea and websites.

Free Online Dance classes

Hit the Gym with Free Golds Gym classes.

  • Remote Working

BBC – Coronavirus: How to work from home, the right way​  

Forbes – Leading Remote Workers: The Coronavirus’ Impact On Effective  Management​ 

HBR – A Guide to Managing Your (Newly) Remote Workers​

Fast  Company – 8 strategies to set up remote work during the coronavirus outbreak​ 

Moving In-Person Meetings to Virtua​l – Part of the way to get information  out effectively even while we are in social isolation.

  • Schools are Closed – Guidance for Parents

U.S. Department of Education Releases Webinar, Fact Sheet for Protecting Students’ Civil Rights During COVID-19 Response

Simple Fact Sheet from the US Department of Education – file:///C:/Users/Owner/Documents/COVID-19/Supple%20Fact%20Sheet%203.21.20%20FINAL%20(004).pdf 

Helping Children Cope With Changes Resulting From COVID-19

  • Senior Assistance

Elderly resource list

Senior Hub​: Delivery of meals to home-bound seniors

Telephone reassurance other resources for the elderly: ​Find Meals

Resources to help people self-isolate who may not want to or know how?
The Alzheimer’s Association has two online resources that might be helpful:
COVID-19 Tips for Dementia Caregivers in Long-Term or Community-Based Settings (Alzheimer’s Association)
COVID-19 Tips for Dementia Caregivers (Alzheimer’s Association)

  • Social Security During COVID-19 2020

Fact sheet that provides the answers we (The Arc) currently have on Coronavirus Stimulus Payments – Recovery Rebates

People on Social Security are eligible for the one-time stimulus payment.

Non-IRS Tax Filers: Enter Payment Info Here

  • Stay Updated: Resources from CDC, WHO and Colorado Department of Public Health

5/18/2020: The web map of COVID-19 Community Testing Sites is now public and can be found at the following link:

Visual Aids from the CDC: ​English​ | ​Spanish​ | ​Simplified Chinese

Colorado Department of Public Health

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

World Health Organization (WHO)

The National COVID-Ready Caregiver Certificate Training Program for Front line Staff – Provides practical guidance to staff about how to keep themselves and those they care for safe. Topics include: infection control practices, personal protective equipment, changes to health and safety practices, and tips for managing stress and anxiety. Draws on current CDC and WHO recommendations and guidance. Features key experts in healthcare and long-term care

  • Stores Offering Special Shopping Hours for At-Risk Individuals

We have been told the following stores are offering special shopping hours for at-risk individuals in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19.  Please work with your doctor if you or someone you care for is in the at-risk population for COVID-19 to determine the safest way to purchase needed food and supplies.  Additionally, we encourage calling and verifying the available hours and procedures, as stores could still be crowded during these hours:

Albertsons (& Safeway):

Dollar General:



Whole Foods:

Stores that offer “Senior-Only Shopping” hours, who include people with disabilities:

Safeway:  Individuals with disabilities are included (all stores):  7-9A Tuesday & Thursday

King Soopers:  Individuals with disabilities are included (all stores):  7-8A Monday, Wednesday & Friday

Target:  Individual with disabilities are included (all stores):  1st Hour every Wednesday

Whole Foods:  Individuals with disabilities are included (all stores):  1 Hour before opening every day

Walmart:  Individuals with disabilities are NOT included at this time – Seniors 60+ Only.

Dollar General:  Individuals with disabilities are NOT included at this time – Seniors Only.

  • Transportation

RTD public transit, as critical infrastructure, continues to operate for essential travel.

RTD – Fare collection will resume on July 1st. RTD is encouraging riders to use contactless payment options such as their mobile ticketing app to lessen contact with the farebox on vehicles. The free MallRide service will resume on Sunday, June 21st. More information.

  • Tri-County Health Department (Serving Adams County; Arapahoe County; Douglas County)

Tri-County Health Department Board of Health moves to Strongly Advises Wearing Face Coverings

  • Unemployment & Other Benefits

Closures due to COVID-19 can create a financial burden due to loss or reduction of employment.  Visit the Colorado Department of Labor to explore options if your employer is closing or your hours are being reduced due to COVID-19:

Arapahoe/Douglas County Workforce Center information:

  1. Phone: 303-636-1160
  2. Arapahoe/Douglas County Workforce Center Website
  3. Online Workshop PowerPoints –

Link to Register on Connecting Colorado – Connecting Talent with Opportunity

  • Utilities

As the moratorium on utility disconnections expire customers falling behind on utility bills arevvencouraged to make payment arrangements or apply for assistance.

Utility Customers Needing Assistance Have Options to Help Pay Their Energy Bills: To avoid disconnection, customers who have fallen behind in their payments are encouraged to contact their electric or gas utility. Information about how to contact the utility can be found on the customer’s bill, the utility’s website or the PUC’s website

If customers need further help with their bills, Colorado has additional resources available. The Colorado Department of Human Services provides payment assistance to low-income customers through the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP). Individuals can call toll free 1-866-HEAT-HELP (1-866-432-8435) to get assistance.

Many Utility companies are not disconnecting service during the COVID-19 outbreak.  We have a summary of the information available as of March 18th, 2020 below.  Please contact your utility directly if you are having a hard time paying your bills as this is a rapidly evolving situation.

CenturyLink:We’ve committed to waive late fees and to not terminate a residential or small business customer’s service due to financial circumstances associated with COVID-19. We are also suspending data usage limits for consumer customers during this time period due to COVID-19.”  Visit to learn more.

Comcast: “Company Opens Xfinity WiFi Network Nationally for Free, Offers Unlimited Data for Free, Confirms Its Commitment to Connecting Low-Income Families”  For more info, please visit

Restaurant Worker Support: ONE FAIR WAGE — Emergency Coronavirus Tipped and Service Worker Support Fund

Sprint: (see full details or learn more here:

    • Beginning March 13th: “For the next 60 days, we will support our residential and small business customers by, not terminating service if they are unable to pay their Sprint bill because of the coronavirus, and waiving late fees incurred because of economic circumstances related to the pandemic.”
    • By March 18:
        • Customers with metered data plans will receive unlimited data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
        • We will provide customers with an additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
    • Beginning March 18 – April 1: Customers with mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will now get 20GB as well per month for 60 days (a minimum of two bill cycles) at no extra cost.
    • Starting on March 17, per-minute calling rates for international long distance calls to countries identified by the Center for Disease Control as Level 3 are waived through 5/31/20. Customers are still responsible for any monthly charges for add-on international long-distance calling plans.

Verizon:Verizon will waive late fees for 60 days from March 16, 2020 to May 16, 2020, and will not terminate service to a customer who’s been impacted by the events involving the Coronavirus. If our customers are experiencing a hardship, they should call our customer service team to discuss their situation and available options.” Learn more at

Verizon’s response to COVID, and increasing access to cellular data:

Xcel Energy: “We will not disconnect service to any residential customers until further notice. If you are having difficulty paying your bills, contact us and we will arrange a payment plan that works for you.”  For more information, visit

Xfinity WiFi hotspots across the country will be available to anyone who  needs them for free – including non-Xfinity Internet subscribers. Find the closest hot spot to you ​here​.

  • Veterans Emergency Assistance Funds

Douglas County was recently the recipient of a state grant providing emergency assistance to veterans struggling with housing (mortgage and rent payments), transportation, employment, healthcare or other emergency needs.

The Arapahoe County Veterans Service Office assists Arapahoe County veterans in obtaining the federal and state benefits they may be eligible to receive. We also can assist eligible dependents of veterans.

  • Video Conference How to guides

With remote working, working from home and teleconferencing being the new normal, we wanted to offer some easy to understand “How-To” videos and guides. Here are the 7 most widely used platforms:


Go-To Meeting:

Google Hangout:



Spanish –


RingCentral Meetings:

Microsoft team:

The Arc Arapahoe & Douglas Counties does not endorse these links. This is a living document that will be constantly updated in order to best serve the community. If you know of any other resources that need to be added, please email Luke Wheeland at [email protected]​.

Last updated 9/22/2020