Posted inColoradans, Health, News, Politics and Government

Colorado will finally get hundreds off the waitlist for disabilities services. But not everyone.

Joni Krickbaum found out recently that her son, who is 34 and has severe disabilities, will soon get a spot in a state program for people who need round-the-clock help with personal care and supervision. It only took 20 years.  Krickbaum immediately cried when she got word two weeks ago that her son would soon […]

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

Jared Polis is taking big money from private donors to fund key positions in Colorado governor’s office

To deliver on his campaign promises and policy priorities, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is relying on wealthy donors and major advocacy organizations to pay the bill. The Democratic governor is accepting more than $1 million from donors, nonprofits and foundations to pay salaries and costs associated with six top policy positions, according to a review […]

Posted inBusiness, Culture, News, Outdoors

Dragon boat racing, with its unlikely rise and massive Denver festival, is adapting to include everyone

Despite recent back surgery and a left leg lost in a military accident, Jataya Taylor can’t stop smiling.  She’s one of the regulars on a recent evening at Sloan’s Lake as her team trains for the upcoming dragon-boat race. Taylor sits in a newly retrofitted blue stadium seat with a special leg strap to keep […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: We pay taxes to help people with disabilities. Why not help them better access that money?

No person should have to live on the streets, go hungry, or end up in jail because they have a disability that prevents then from earning an income that supports their basic needs. Conditioning access to basic needs on earning an income is one way our society deprives people with disabilities of the opportunity to […]

Posted inColoradans, Growth, News, Politics and Government

As development plans flood Denver’s poorest neighborhood, fear of gentrification lingers

Carolyn Chavez has called Denver’s Sun Valley neighborhood home for 66 years. It’s where she raised six children, and eventually, five of her 10 grandchildren. For decades, she watched friends and family move elsewhere; neighborhood children go off to college or fall into the grips of addiction. She was there when the new Mile High […]

Posted inColoradans, News

How a Colorado family launched a Christmas toy hack-a-thon for children with disabilities that has gone global

Five years ago, a silly toy inspired an enduring tradition of Christmas magic. Fart Blaster, a whimsical gadget spun off the popular “Despicable Me” movie franchise, emits the sound you’d expect, along with flashing lights, when a child pulls the trigger. For Steve and Deana Watson’s then-9-year-old son, Max, who has severe disabilities, it held […]