Resources for People with Disabilities
- The Independence Center is the local home of civil rights for people with disabilities. Working with individuals, their families, and the community, the Independence Center creates independence so that all may thrive. Unlike an assisted living center, this organization provides information, resources, and support to help people with disabilities live, learn, work, play, and participate in civic life as equals.
- Some of the services the Independence Center offers include:
- In-home health care services to people of all ages and disabilities, including pediatrics. We work one-on-one with our clients, their families, and their physicians to develop a personalized physician-directed (skilled) or client-directed (unskilled) care plan.
- Information and referral services for anyone in the community who has a disability-related question or need.
- Skills classes and workshops - examples of classes offered include money management, riding the bus, basic Spanish, independent cooking, employment skills, self-advocacy, and more
- Community transition services to help individuals with disabilities live successfully in the community with the appropriate supports and services.
- Peer support and self-advocacy in the form of peer support groups (e.g, cross-disabilities, family/caregiver encouragement, traumatic brain injury, living well with a disability, men's group, women's group), facilitated workshops (e.g., adaptive yoga, adaptive bike riding, understanding insurance), advocacy coaching, and individual mentoring.
- Housing information for affordable, accessible housing
- Help finding a job
- Tools for accessibility (i.e., equipment, assistive technology, and home modification)
- Disability picture ID bus card to receive a reduced rate with Mountain Metro Transit
- Veteran Directed Care (VDC) Program to support veterans of any age with a disability to live more independently
Location: 729 S. Tejon St., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 471-8181
Operating Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00AM–4:30PM
- PEAK Parent Center is your one-stop-resource for disability information and referral in Colorado. As a Parent Center, PEAK provides assistance to families of children with disabilities, educators, and others who work with them. PEAK’s primary intent is to help families help their children and equip them with the tools they need to become lifelong advocates for their children and themselves.
- Some of the services Peak Parent Center provides are:
- Parent and youth advising in both English and Spanish
- Free webinars and community workshops
- Colorado Calendar of disability-related events featuring events, webinars and workshops hosted by Peak and other organizations
- Parent and self-advocate leadership courses
Location: 917 East Moreno Avenue, Suite 140, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 531-9400
- The Resource Exchange (TRE) partners with people who seek support in accessing community resources. TRE serves as a primary entry point for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to access services in El Paso County.
- TRE has a variety of programs and services including:
Location: 6385 Corporate Drive, Suite 301, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Phone: (719) 380-1100
Lobby Hours: Monday-Thursday 7:30AM-5:00PM and Friday 7:30AM-11:30AM
If you or a loved one is looking for a service dog, click the link above for 3 service dog training organizations in the Denver area. Each of the organizations linked match service/assistance dogs to children and adults with a variety of disabilities; however, each organization has their own eligibility criteria. If you have one of the following disabilities, you could be eligible to be matched with a service/assistance dog through one or more of the linked organizations:
- physical disability
- veterans with PTSD
- cognitive disability
- developmental disability
- hearing impairment
This list is of known providers of a particular service. The providers on this list are from a variety of sources. This list is being provided as a courtesy, for informational purposes only, and the user should understand that no assurance or guarantees regarding the providers on this list are being made by providing this list. Colorado Springs School District 11 neither endorses, approves, nor recommends any specific provider listed above. This list is not inclusive of all community agencies, services or organizations that provide the particular service, and the omission of an agency, service or organization from this list does not imply disapproval. It is the responsibility of the user of this list to determine whether any of the content is of value to them and whether or not the agency, service or organization meets their specific needs.