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Colorado disability benefit programs.

Colorado government programs and non-profits can help residents with a disability. Numerous resources that are listed below are available and they are wide ranging. Assistance is for the individual, their caregiver, and immediate family members as well.

A number of programs and organizations in Colorado offer benefits to the disabled. Assistance includes cash from SSDI, free medical care, home delivered meals, and much more. All of the resources are aimed at ensuring residents with a disability get the support they need. Some of the main programs available are noted below, however call an agency for the latest information.

While a focus is on seniors, the Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Aging and Adult Services also has some resources for the homebound disabled as well. The assistance is focused on adults age 18 or older and is run in partnership with the County Departments of Social (Human) Services.

Many services are available. Some of them include Transportation, Nutrition, including home delivered meals, and information on medical care. Case managers can also direct qualified low income families with a disabled member to low cost In-home Services Program, job training, Medicaid applications, and of course provide information and referrals on financial aid such as LIHEAP or SSDI cash assistance.

Aging and Adult Services is a great place to go to for links and referrals to the many non-profit community and government agencies that can provide in-home services to the needy. Additional examples of the Support, Advocacy and Protection Programs include the following. Most can help the disabled remain in their homes, such as Caregiver Support Program as well as Nutrition Programs. The programs are run from 1575 Sherman Street, Denver, CO 80203, 1-888-866-4243 as well as your local county social service office.

When applying for cash assistance in Colorado, the Disability Determination Services is the main agency that makes the decisions on behalf of the federal government Social Security Division. The federal govenrment Social Security department pays Colorado to make the decision and also run the office. The state run DDS office has nothing to do with the application process or the determination or calculation of the amount benefits. However interested parties can learn more by dialing 303-368-4100.




Government and public aid is offered as part of the Colorado Department of Human Services. This is the place for people to apply to for many of the federal government supported programs. Low income guidelines are in place too.

Colorado Works is the state’s version of TANF, or Temporary Cash assistance. The funds can be used for basic needs such as shelter or housing. Energy Bill Assistance is part of LIHEAP, and the disabled in Colorado get priority when applying for financial help. Free food and groceries are available from resources such as SNAP food stamps. Other Human Service programs include the following. Dial 303-866-5700.

Aid to the Blind & Aid to the Needy Disabled - This can provide a small cash benefit / stipend to low income qualified residents with at least a 6 month disability. Similar to that is AB, or Aid To The Blind. The goal of these Colorado programs is to provide temporary financial assistance while the person is waiting for SSI approval.

Home Care Allowance and also Adult Foster Care is a form of financial aid to purchase specific support services, chore, or personal care items. Cash assistance and other benefits are made available to elderly and disabled individuals for unskilled care services paid directly to a home care provider. In some cases the funds can be used to pay expenses at a facility.

Burial Assistance can be used to help pay some of the costs for people who received Aid to the Needy Disabled, Colorado Supplement, SSDI, or Aid to the Blind. All funding is limited.

Division for Developmental Disabilities runs services for adults with developmental disabilities (age 18 and older) as well as children with developmental disabilities (birth through age 17). The agency offers information on employment, Comprehensive Social Services for Adults include 24-hour residential care, and transportation. The agency’s Supported Living Services for Adults provide a variety of services, such as homemaking needs, personal care (like eating, bathing and dressing), employment, assistive technology or other day services, accessing one’s community, home modification, help with decision-making, professional  transportation, and sometimes even twenty-four emergency assistance.  (303) 866-7450





Employment Assistance and Vocational Rehabilitation is available as part of DVR. The men and women across the state with a disability have a range of abilities and skills they can bring to a position. Many have helped a business grow over the long term. Even after someone has been placed into a job, both employees and employers get ongoing support from Colorado DVR's professional case management staff, including job training, information on disability and employment guidelines, and guidance on the ADA regulations.

The Colorado Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation helps residents with all types of mental and physical disabilities. Specifics of some of the assistance programs include evaluation and diagnostic services to determine eligibility. The stat will arrange for vocational rehabilitation counseling and guidance by a counselor during the plan of services.

The main objective of DVR is on offering training services in order to help people become employed, including job coaching, vocational and academic training, help with finding employment in Colorado, and specialized services for people who are deaf, blind and/or deaf-blind.

The agency provides other benefits and supportive services. This includes, but is not limited to, transportation, maintenance, personal assistance and social services to their family members, which may also be provided if needed for the person to use the services identified above. Colorado DVR also offers a variety of specialty programs designed for individuals with specific needs, such as Independent Living Program, benefits for the Blind and Visually Impaired, youth transition services, and a Pilot Project for the Developmentally Disabled. Call (303) 866-5700

Additional agencies in Colorado for the disabled

The Arc of Denver (ADVOCACYDENVER)
1905 Sherman Street, Suite 300
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 831-7733

Brain Injury Association of Colorado
4200 West Conejos Place #524
Denver, CO 80204
Toll-free (800) 955-2443

Colorado Association of the Deaf – Veditz Office
P.O. Box 370294
Denver, CO 80237

Colorado Center for the Blind
2233 West Shepperd Avenue
Littleton, CO 80120
Toll Free: 800-401-4632

Colorado Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Department of Human Services
1575 Sherman Street, 2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80203
(303) 866-4824





Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC)
655 Broadway, Suite 775
Denver, Colorado 80203

Colorado Department of Education
Address - 201 East Colfax Avenue
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: (303) 866-6600

Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division for Developmental Disabilities
4055 South Lowell Boulevard.
Denver, CO 80236
Phone: (303) 866-7450

Colorado Department of Human Services’ Division of Vocational Rehabilitation
1575 Sherman Street
Denver, CO 80203
Call (303) 866-5700 for details.

Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
3401 Quebec Street, Suite 6009
Denver, CO 80207
(720) 941-0176

Colorado Learning Disability Association, c/o University of Denver/LEP
Location - 2050 East Evans Avenue, Suite 30
Denver, Colorado 80208
Phone - (303) 894-0992

Colorado Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Society
900 South Broadway, 2nd Floor
Denver, CO 80209
(303) 698-7400

Agency Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind
33 N. Institute Street
Colorado Springs CO 80903
(719) 578-2100

Colorado Statewide Independent Living Council (SILC), Spalding Rehabilitation Hospital
Address: 1719 East 19th
Denver, CO 80218
(303) 363-5299

Pikes Peak Colorado Chapter of the Autism Society
Colorado Springs, CO 80933
(719) 216-7175

Mountain States Chapter of Paralyzed Veterans of America
1734 Dahlia Street
Denver, CO 80220
(303) 377-8041





Spina Bifida Association of Colorado
Main address: P.O. Box 22994
Denver, CO 80222
Dial (303) 797-7870 for information

United Cerebral Palsy of Colorado
801 Yosemite Street
Denver, CO 80230
Telephone number is (303) 691-9339


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