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Groups plan how to help those with special needs during emergencies

During the Lightner Creek Fire in 2017, some residents with disabilities left their homes without medications and supplies. Evacuees were able to obtain medications they needed by receiving early...

DATE: Dec. 5, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado offering free sign-language interpretation services

People in need of sign-language interpretation services can request them for free under a pilot program being offered by the state of Colorado. Rural residents who are deaf, hard of hearing or deaf...

DATE: Oct. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Durango Gymnastics hosts open gym for kids with special needs

Kristin Aas got a phone call, not unusual for a receptionist, in June of this year. The woman on the other end of the phone, Laurie Plante, asked if she could rent the Durango Gymnastics gym for...

DATE: Oct. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Adaptive Sports volunteer to be honored Saturday at Purgatory Resort

Ross Ehrhardt turned a once-tragic situation into a legacy of helping disabled men and women grow stronger through learning to ski. He founded the Learn to Ski Scholarship at Purgatory Resort and...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pet or service animal? The distinction matters

Sue Garlick needs to connect with her students, but it’s not always easy. As a special education teacher in Cortez, building a rapport with her students can be the difference between effective...

DATE: Oct. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado agrees to $1M settlement over strip searches

PUEBLO, Colo. – Colorado officials have agreed to pay $1 million to the families of 20 developmentally disabled patients who were strip searched without permission from their families or guardians...

DATE: Aug. 11, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Durango business, nonprofit honored for improving accessibility

After Kevin Brennan, the owner of five Exxon gas stations in Durango, was sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act last year, he took the opportunity to do some remodeling. “It wasn’t...

DATE: July 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Puebloan with autism overcomes hurdles en route to college

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) – Even before he was diagnosed with autism while in kindergarten, Luke Gebbink’s life’s journey wasn’t without its hurdles. Before entering preschool, Gebbink lost the ability to...

DATE: June 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Dove Creek skier inducted into Hall of Fame

Paralympic skier Mary Riddell has that calm, cavalier attitude needed to fly down a ski slope at over 60 mph and bring home the gold. The steely, compact athlete who grew up in Dove Creek said she...

DATE: March 9, 2018 | CATEGORY: Outdoors

Will Durango, La Plata County prioritize accessibility?

As the city of Durango begins planning on how to avert a budget shortfall in 2020, members of the disability community questioned political leaders on what’s being done to meet their needs for...

DATE: Jan. 23, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Pickleball helps Durango woman beat back depression

Six months ago, Cathy Sykes was sinking deeper into depression, an illness she has suffered with most of her life. “She felt her life was really kind of over,” Sykes’ mom, Barbara Elliott, said....

DATE: Dec. 4, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

Advocate wins state award for work to help people with disabilities

To celebrate the 26th anniversary of the passing of the Americans with Disability Act last year, Jason Ragsdell led a small crusade through downtown Durango, targeting businesses with poor...

DATE: Nov. 27, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local News

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