RSA-227 for FY-2016: Submission #878

Colorado
9/30/2016
General Information
Designated Agency Identification
Center for Legal Advocacy
455 Sherman Streeet
Suite 130
Denver
CO
80203
(800) 288-1376
(800) 288-1376
Operating Agency (if different from Designated Agency)
Center for Legal Advocacy
455 Sherman Streeet
Suite 130
Denver
80203
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(800) 288-1376
(800) 288-1376
Additional Information
Geoffrey Peterson
Geoffrey Peterson
(970) 241-6371
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Part I. Non-case Services
A. Information and Referral Services (I&R)
17
3
0
0
2
1
23
B. Training Activities
13
1525
October 14, 2015- Presentation for the Combined Federal Campaign on DLC Services and Priorities. 300 individuals were present. <p><p>October 15, 2015- Presentation for the Combined Federal Campaign on DLC Services and Programs. 500 individuals were present. <p><p>October 16, 2015- Presentation for Parents Encouraging Parents in Vail, CO on Special Education Law. There were 100 parents and educators present. <p><p>October 28, 2015- Presentation for the Combined Federal Campaign on DLC Services and Programs. There were 100 individuals present. <p><p>November 14, 2015- Presentation for the Combined Federal Campaign on DLC Services and Programs. There were 50 individuals present. <p><p>January 22, 2016- Presentation at the Courage to Risk Conference on Hot Topics in Special Education Law. There were 50 individuals present. <p><p>January 29, 2016- Presentation for Parents Encouraging Parents in Ft. Collins on Special Education Law. There were 170 parents and educators in attendance. <p><p>February 18, 2016- Presentation to College Living Services students in Denver on an Overview of Services Provided by DLC. There were 30 students in attendance. <p><p>February 27, 2016- Presentation to the Mile High Freedom Band on DLC Priorities and Services. There were 100 individuals present. <p><p>March 14, 2016- Presentation to the staff at Disabled Resource Center (Independent Living Center) in Ft. Collins on CAP/PABSS and Consumer Grievances. There were 15 staff and clients in attendance. <p><p>April 7, 2016- Presentation for Parents Encouraging Parents in Colorado Springs on Special Education Law. There were 75 parents and educators in attendance. <p><p>April 7, 2016- Presentation for Parents Encouraging Parents in Colorado Springs on Advanced Special Education Law. There were 20 parents and educators present. <p><p>May 12, 2016- Presentation for the Colorado Cross Disability Coalition on Employment Law and the ADA. There were 15 staff and volunteers in attendance. <p><p>
C. Agency Outreach
Our primary means for reaching minority or other underserved populations has been through our training sessions across the state. This is especially true with our participation with Parents Encouraging Parents and the training sessions they conduct throughout Colorado. These sessions attract hundreds of parents from all parts of Colorado. <p><p>
D. Information Disseminated To The Public By Your Agency
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3
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Website hits - 132,256; Randy Chapmans Ability Blog - 17,000 hits; Facebook followers - 1,239; Twitter followers - 1,487 <p><p>
E. Information Disseminated About Your Agency By External Media Coverage
N/A <p><p>
Part II. Individual Case Services
A. Individuals served
6
16
22
0
9
B. Problem areas
0
4
12
1
0
2
2
1
C. Intervention Strategies for closed cases
1
2
7
0
3
0
13
D. Reasons for closing individuals' case files
6
1
0
2
0
3
1
0
0
0
0
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E. Results achieved for individuals
6
0
0
0
2
4
1
0
0
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Part III. Program Data
A. Age
0
1
3
15
3
22
B. Gender
12
10
22
C. Race/ethnicity of Individuals Served
2
0
0
1
0
19
0
0
D. Primary disabling condition of individuals served
1
0
0
0
0
1
1
0
1
0
0
1
1
0
0
1
0
0
1
0
10
0
0
1
0
3
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
0
22
E. Types of Individuals Served
0
0
20
1
0
1
Part IV. Systemic Activities and Litigation
A. Non-Litigation Systemic Activities
0
Our systemic activities this fiscal year centered around DVRs implementation of WIOA. We reviewed draft policy changes that DVR proposed to comply with the new statute. We did not find any issues with what was proposed. Any comments we had were mostly made through the SRC.<p>The transition of DVR from the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) to the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (CDLE) was completed in July 2016. The transition went smoothly. Also in July a number of DLC staff met with the Director of CDLE and the Director of DVR. The purpose was to introduce the new Director of Legal Services and the new CAP staff. We also discussed some general issues. One concern weve had from the beginning is the differing cultures that DVR and CDLE exist in and how that impacts their operation. Since the rules around the services and the length of time people needed to be placed in a job differ we wanted to be sure that these cultural differences are recognized. To date, we have not had any complaints that would indicate that this is a problem.<p><p>
B. Litigation
0
0
0
N/A <p><p>
Part V. Agency Information
A. Designated Agency
External-Protection and Advocacy agency
Center for Legal Advocacy dba Disability Law Colorado
No
N/A
B. Staff Employed
Total FTE = 1.89 Program Coordinator67.9% Advocate51.2% Staff Attorney10.2% Legal Director3.7% Staff Attorney1.2% Senior Attorney1.1% Staff Attorney0.7% Advocate0.1% Admin Assistant8.0% Financial Manager7.6% Office Manager7.3% Executive Director7.0% Accounting Assistant6.8% Admin Assistant4.4% Admin Assistant2.8% Admin Assistant2.7% Training/Development 2.0% Admin Assistant1.8% <p><p>
Part VI. Case Examples
Case Examples
Case 1 This case took several years to resolve due to medical issues and a change in employment outcomes. The client finally settled on becoming an intermediate motorcycle mechanic as this job was more compatible with his disabilities. It took 3 on-the-job training (OJT) programs but he finally succeeded in completing the last OJT successfully. A big stumbling block was the extent and cost of the tools he needed in order to start at an intermediate level. He had years of working on motorcycles but they were all older models and he needed to upgrade his skills in order to compete for a job. DVR refused to send him to a motorcycle training program to become a certified mechanic and supported the OJTs instead. DVR reluctantly agreed to provide most of the tools he needed that his trainer said hed need on the job. In the end, the client was employed by the shop where he did his last OJT. <p><p>Case 2 Client with autism was scheduled to attend Colorado State University as a freshman. DVR is paying for college but will not pay for dorm residency. CSU requires incoming freshman to reside in dorms for the first two semesters. DVR, however, agreed to pay for client to commute 160 miles each way, twice a day, five days a week. This was clearly an unrealistic expectation. Advocate appealed to the Regional Supervisor. Advocate persuaded the Regional Supervisor to fund maintenance based on a comparable rental value. The clients family agreed these were his normal living expenses. DVR agreed to fund the cost of on-campus housing above the normal living expenses. <p><p><p><p>Case 3 DLC is assisting a young woman on SSI with profound hearing loss, who is working with the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation (DVR) and desires to be a cosmetologist. The client applied to the cosmetology program at a private college. The college denied her admission into a two-week trial program because there was no guarantee that she could pass the state test, and no assurance that she would get accommodations to take the state test. It took one advocate, one attorney, a DVR counselor, and a determined student eight months of advocacy to gain her entrance into the two-week trial program, where the college continued to refuse to provide a needed accommodation-an ASL interpreter. That advocacy included in person meetings with the college and DVR, three letters from an attorney to the college after legal research and a pre-litigation memo, an inquiry to the state testing service, consultation with an assistive technology specialist who later sent two letters, and a review of technology and accommodations provided.<p>She successfully completed the two-week trial, and desired admission into the program and requested accommodations through her attorney. The college refused to enter into a dialogue about the request for an ASL interpreter as an accommodation and as a result on September 9, 2015, DLC filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civ
Certification
Approved
Mary Anne Harvey
Executive Director
2016-12-22
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