Posted inEquity, News

Denver will pay $48,000 to settle claim that people with disabilities were overcharged to see Red Rocks shows

Denver will pay $47,950.90 to settle a discrimination claim that alleged wheelchair-accessible seats at Red Rocks Amphitheatre were more expensive than non-accessible seats in the iconic city-owned venue. Amy Fink, a concertgoer who after six years of cancer treatment uses a wheelchair, first brought the complaint to the U.S. Department of Justice after the cost […]

Posted inSunLit, SunLit Interviews

SunLit Interview: KM Merritt sought humor with heart for her heroes with disabilities

Kendra Merritt has relied on books as an escape for as long as she can remember. She used to hide fantasy novels behind her government textbook in high school, and she wrote most of her first novel during a semester of college algebra. Older and wiser now (but just as nerdy) she writes comedic fantasy […]

Posted inColoradans, News

Last year, a teen chose surgery that left him only half of his brain. Today he’s a national chess master.

GOLDEN – Griffin McConnell hunches over the laptop in his bedroom, surrounded by posters and artifacts of a teen’s favored cultural distractions, and peers at his singular obsession. A chess board fills the touchscreen, along with a Zoom image of a young student on the other end of the internet connection, soaking in strategic lessons […]

Posted inHealth, News, Politics and Government

Colorado plans to expand experimental adult guardianship program despite complaints, scrutiny

The 73 adults assigned a guardian through a new state agency have dementia, intellectual disabilities, brain injuries and mental illnesses severe enough that a court has deemed them unable to make their own decisions.  None have family or friends to care for them, so they have become wards of the Colorado Office of Public Guardianship, […]

Posted inHealth, News

Medicaid payment issues plague host of Colorado caregivers and therapists who see low-income and disabled patients

Payment issues in Colorado’s Medicaid system extend beyond mental health therapists who’ve been raising alarm for months that they aren’t receiving timely reimbursement for seeing patients who are low-income or have disabilities.  As the state Department of Health Care Policy and Financing tries to tamp down a string of payment debacles with mental health professionals, […]

Posted inArts, Coloradans, News, Opinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: The Oscars took the collective breath away from people with disabilities. And not in a good way.

Perhaps you caught the Academy Awards on a Sunday last month, when glass ceilings crumbled amidst necessary and deserved representation of diverse artists. Nine of 20 acting nominees were BIPOC performers. The first female of color won an Oscar for directing. The first Black stylists won for best makeup and hairstyling. It’s no endpoint, but […]

Posted inElection 2020, News, Politics and Government

State lawmaker in wheelchair puts Colorado Capitol access in spotlight

By Bente Birkeland, Colorado Public Radio Soon Colorado will get its first state lawmaker known to use a wheelchair. Democrat David Ortiz was elected by voters in south Metro Denver and will be sworn into office in January. But the Capitol building, where he’ll work and where he’s supposed to interact with his colleagues and […]

Posted inSun Investigation

Colorado child protection caseworker under investigation for falsifying reports about checking on kids, at-risk adults

At first, the child protection worker’s supervisor noticed missing notes in a handful of cases of alleged abuse and neglect.  Then more cases looked suspicious, as if the caseworker’s details about checking on children and their families weren’t actually true. After an outside team — a crew of 15 caseworkers from nine counties — was […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Senate “relief” package doesn’t meet the health needs of Coloradans

Christy Charles of Grand Junction, a proud mother to a young adult with Down syndrome, was going about her life supporting her daughter and others with developmental disabilities when she was diagnosed with cancer. Without adequate insurance and needing income, she continued as her daughter’s paid caregiver and continued to offer unpaid support to others, […]