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Ability Connection Colorado: Advocating for Individuals with Disabilities

      More than 70 years ago, eight mothers formed a mother’s club with the aim of creating a better future for their children. Today, this club is known as Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO), formerly called Cerebral Palsy of Colorado. These mothers wanted more for their children and looked for ways to open doors for them to be included within the community. The ACCO currently provides inclusive education, employment opportunities, and statewide family support programs to help individuals with disabilities and families across the state of Colorado.       Ability Connection Colorado offers a variety of education, employment, and support programs. The organization has an education program called Creative Options for Early Childhood Education which currently has five...

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Parent CNA: Are You Eligible for This Program?

        A select few states allow parents to provide care to their child as a CNA. This program is referred to as Parent CNA. The person providing care is not required to be the parent of the child but can also simply be a family member. Colorado is among these states in which any relative, including spouses, parents of minor children, and other legally responsible relatives can be paid to care for a child.       To qualify for the program, you must be eligible for Health First Colorado, Colorado’s Medicaid Program. Your child must also qualify for CNA services and be assessed by a home health care agency. You can search home health care agencies...

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The Fight For Easier Access to Out-of-State Hospitals for Children with Disabilities

      Last year, the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) reported that almost 90% of children’s hospitals serve out-of-state Medicaid patients. However, despite this fact, care from out-of-state hospitals continues to be inaccessible to many children with complex medical conditions. The MACPAC states that in most cases, Medicaid enrollees receive medical services within their state of residence, but some receive care out-of-state under certain circumstances. As current Medicaid regulations stand, states must provide out-of-state coverage when: (1) there is a medical emergency; (2) the beneficiary’s health would be endangered if required to travel to the state of residence; (3) services or resources are more readily available in another state; or (4) it is in general practice...

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Family Caregiving: You’re Not Alone

      The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines caregivers as those who provide care to people who need some degree of ongoing assistance with everyday tasks on a regular or daily basis. Caregivers can be anyone: daughters, sons, wives, husbands, partners, grandchildren, or friends. As caregiving takes many forms, there is a chance that even you have been or currently are a caregiver. If you have ever bought groceries, cooked, cleaned a house, or completed chores for someone who needed assistance with these tasks, or even helped someone get dressed, or in and out of bed, you may have been caregiving without knowing. Caregiving can be hard at times, and whether you have been caregiving for...

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I’m a CNA. Now What?

      As a CNA, there a variety of job settings in which you can work and apply your skills, knowledge, and education, the most common places being skilled nursing facilities, home health care agencies, hospitals, and assisted living facilities. In the end, it all boils down to the hours you want to work, the number of patients you want to work with, pay, and benefits which will vary across the board.         Provided health care workers are in demand at skilled nursing facilities, many CNAs start their careers in these places and transition to another setting once they gain experience. On the other hand, some may enjoy this type of environment so much that they...

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