- CDP will become the state’s leading C4 civil rights organization for people with disabilities.
- People with disabilities still lack equal opportunities that people without disabilities have.
- Colorado Civil Rights Division should have a required disability training.
- Increased quality and access to Sign Language Interpreters is needed.
- Any time there is a board or committee that makes policy affecting people with disabilities, the community must be directly represented.
- Fewer than 30% of individuals with disabilities have full time, full year jobs and many more are discouraged and not even counted in the labor market.
- Discrimination in hiring happens too often.
- There is a need for diversity and inclusion in the workplace.
- Equal funding for transit in all transportation funding is needed.
- Support Employment First, but make it available to people with all types of disabilities.
- There is a need for adequate housing and housing programs for people with disabilities.
- Integrated and diverse housing communities serving people with disabilities is needed.
- New housing needs to at least be visitable by people with disabilities.
- An increase in state-based vouchers is needed.
- Addressing affordability, especially for those on fixed incomes, is important.
- Advocacy for integrated and inclusive high-quality educational opportunities for people with disabilities is needed.
- Ex. sheltered classrooms for children with intellectual disabilities in Colorado.
- Advocacy for higher education opportunities for people with disabilities and appropriate funding and supports is a priority.
- Increased participant-directed options is needed.
- Equalized rates between consumer direction and agency-directed care is needed.
- Direct care staff should be paid at least $15 an hour.
- Delivery and rate reform of complex rehab in Medicaid is needed.
- Individuals with disabilities need improved access to more providers, including peer services.
- Medicaid clients need increased access to mental health care.
- Mental health providers need increased support, understanding, and training to prepare them to work with people with disabilities.