Friday, October 13, 2017

Good News Friday!


October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month.

Since 1984, Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source (CLS) department has assisted individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities across Boulder and Broomfield counties in finding gainful employment through supported employment services. Supported employment offers people who have a disability the opportunity to develop vital job skills and become active participants in their communities, while working toward their goals through group and independent employment opportunities.

The benefits extend far beyond helping the individuals we serve, however. Businesses using our services are able to reduce recruitment and training expenses as they benefit from a diversified employee pool. Partnering with CLS is a "win-win" situation that is beneficial all around.

CLS currently partners with businesses across Boulder and Broomfield counties to provide supported employment solutions for hundreds of individuals. Check out the video below, created last year, celebrating just some of those business partners. We are grateful for their support and commitment to community inclusion.
 

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Out & About 20 Stories Update - 10/11/17


Imagine!’s Out & About department is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year! 

To honor this milestone, we are collecting and sharing stories and memories from our employees, from the families and individuals we serve, and from the many businesses that support our work. In fact, we’re collecting and sharing 20 stories from each of those three categories!


Here’s one example of a great story: Lee shares how Out & About activities are often the way she is able to have exciting experiences for the very first time.

I’ll be sharing other stories and memories on this blog throughout the year.  

You can also click here to see all the stories we have so far.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Technology Tuesday


Congratulations to Imagine!’s own Brodie Schulze, who has been selected to be a presenter at the 2017 Coleman Institute Conference on Cognitive Disability & Technology.

Brodie’s presentation is titled: “Collaborative Care: How a Partnership Between the University of Colorado and Imagine! has Created New Opportunities for Independence for People with Disabilities.”

Imagine! and CU have collaborated to design adaptive technologies to aid increased independence for individuals served by Imagine!. Students work with Imagine! to design assistive technologies that open doors to client’s increased self-reliance. The potential exists for projects to scale and be made available to more individuals in living more independent lives.

For the presentation, Brodie will team up with CU Professor Melinda Piket-May, and the two will share their experiences, what they’ve learned during the collaboration, highlight some specific projects, and discuss what the future might hold.

As a fun preview of the presentation, check out the video below, highlight some of the projects that have resulted from this collaboration.

  
Can’t see the video? Click here.

Good luck, Brodie! We know you’ll make Imagine! proud.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Good News Friday!

Imagine!’s Emergency Fund provides limited financial assistance to help individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) meet urgent or extraordinary needs not covered by Medicaid or other funding sources.

Today I’d like to thank two communities for their help in ensuring that those funds are available to their citizens when needed.


The City of Lafayette, Colorado provided a $2,000 grant to Imagine!’s Emergency Fund to support Lafayette citizens in need through the city's One Lafayette Community Fundraiser. The City finances this community fundraiser to help local nonprofit organizations provide essential services.


And the Broomfield Community Foundation provided a generous $1,500 grant to Imagine! to go toward Imagine!’s Case Management Emergency Fund for individuals living in Broomfield.

Imagine! is stronger when our community takes an active role in facilitating our work, and we are extremely grateful to both the City of Lafayette and the Broomfield Community Foundation for their support.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Out & About 20 Stories Update - 10/03/17


Imagine!’s Out & About department is celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year! 

To honor this milestone, we are collecting and sharing stories and memories from our employees, from the families and individuals we serve, and from the many businesses that support our work. In fact, we’re collecting and sharing 20 stories from each of those three categories!

 

Here’s a story from longtime (and recently retired) Out & About employee Jerry Gooding where he talks about what it really means to connect with somebody.

I’ll be sharing other stories and memories on this blog throughout the year.  

You can also click here to see all the stories we have so far.