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Disability definition expands for Colo.’s autistic residents

Colorado finally has some good news for people diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. On Aug. 1, the state of Colorado adopted a new rule for defining developmental disability. Historically,...

DATE: Aug. 17, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Adults, like kids, should be getting vaccinations

Getting a shot at any age is not a pleasurable experience. For some, it’s akin to getting a filling. However, you do feel that you’ve achieved something – protecting yourself against a disease. You...

DATE: Aug. 3, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Strong social support: Possibly as beneficial as healthy food

“An apple a day keeps the doctor away” speaks to the importance of healthy foods in our diets. The United Way Community Investment Committee recently decided to provide funding for group meals at...

DATE: July 27, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Working through problems? Art can help heal body, soul

All forms of art have the capacity to heal our mind and body and have been used consciously and unconsciously throughout the history of mankind. People have used art to connect with their souls and...

DATE: July 20, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Represent the intellectually disabled, increase civil rights

Last month, two major Supreme Court decisions opened a new chapter of civil rights for some Americans. Civil rights do not regulate people’s opinions. They protect people from oppression and...

DATE: July 13, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

United Way’s purpose is much more than just fundraising

At a laundromat, people wash laundry, at a grocery store, people buy groceries and at United Way of Southwest Colorado, we unite. What do we mean by that? The word sounds great, but let me share...

DATE: July 6, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Even when your think teens aren’t, ‘They Are Listening’

Let’s take a minute to think about when we were teenagers. Did your parents talk to you about alcohol and drugs when you were young? Were they role models? Did they ‘walk the talk’? Did they trust...

DATE: July 6, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Having nonprofit does not make you tax exempt entity

A Colorado nonprofit can be set up online with the Colorado Secretary of State. However, setting up a nonprofit with the Colorado Secretary of State does not make you a tax-exempt entity, nor does...

DATE: June 22, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

NAMI is back in S.W. Colo., but what does that mean?

Let’s begin with a description: National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grass-roots mental-health organization dedicated to improving the lives of people and families affected...

DATE: June 15, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

States’ governors aim to help employ those with disabilities

Meet someone at a party or social gathering, and it’s almost guaranteed that at some point, the conversation will come around to, “what do you do for a living?” For good or ill, in western society,...

DATE: June 8, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

‘Keeping it Sacred’ movie is example of beautiful full circle

A boy rides his bike down a dirt road. He’s looking to meet with friends and for answers for how to help his dad quit smoking. Friends join his quest seeking knowledge from elders about how tobacco...

DATE: June 1, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

Teachers, organizations aim to have positive effect on kids

At Seeds of Learning in Pagosa Springs, the toddlers giggle, play, nap, snack and learn. The well-trained teachers and academic programs foster positive child development. The staff members care...

DATE: May 25, 2013 | COLUMN: Creating Community

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