A future campus to promote and protect the human
rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
In nearly all areas of life, individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) face staggering challenges with limited access to the life resources needed to thrive.
In all 50 states, the poverty rate is higher among families with members with a disability than among families without. And with a mere 40% of students with I/DD graduating with a high school diploma, the workforce and community suffers a lack of integration for individuals with I/DD. In fact, 40% of high school transition program participants end up in jail or placed in day programs that do not meet their needs.
We can do better. And we invite you to be a part of critical change by joining in the momentum of our Building for Change Campaign.
This ambitious campaign will raise funds to construct a new center for the Colorado Springs community, which currently lacks an inclusive environment where people of all abilities can come together to learn, socialize and interact.
Building for Change – An Inclusive Campus, is a capital campaign to reconstruct The Arc Pikes Peak Region’s (The Arc PPR) current facilities at 10 and 12 North Meade. Currently serving more than 2,000 individuals, the campus renovations will include classrooms, a library, a computer room, a working kitchen with home appliances and updated, expanded office space for The Arc. The inclusive campus will be an open, accessible community hub, available for use by partner organizations and businesses.
Individuals with I/DD need more opportunities to learn necessary skills for living independently and thriving in their communities. The Arc PPR’s Inclusive Campus will have the space for community organizations to provide classes to help individuals improve their lives. We envision a class schedule to include demonstrations and hands-on training for safe, healthy cooking and nutrition, personal budgeting, resume writing, job coaching, proactive personal health and other life skill workshops.
The Inclusive Campus will benefit the Colorado Springs Community by:
• Increasing community supports after high school
• Providing one-on-one guardianship consults
• Reducing caregiver stress
• Enhancing opportunities for future planning
• Increasing employment opportunities
• Offering fully-accessible services
• Increasing access to educational material concerning disability
• Increasing training opportunities for self-advocates, parents, caregivers, professionals and interested community members
The Building for Change project was recently featured on KKTV’s Mom’s Everyday segment. Hannah Widmer, advocacy specialist with The Arc PPR, describes some exciting features of the building, as well as how this project will benefit the community.
To learn more about our legacy in the Colorado Springs Community and our vision for The Arc Pikes Peak Region, read our Case for Support below. Click on the “click to read” button on the document below to open the document in full-screen view.