CCDC was founded in 1990 by a dedicated group of disability activists. CCDC is unique and a powerful voice advocating for basic civil and human rights for people with disabilities. Our work benefits all 500,000 disabled Colorado residents. Our members choose the issues.
Founded to insure implementation of the ADA, health care issues soon became paramount. Both health care and ADA implementation initiatives have grown over the years. We began with basic education about the ADA, now house our successful and unique legal program. We began with statewide health care hearings in the early 1990’s, and are now a central voice in health care policy for our community.
We played a strong role with our Medicaid agency to insure that necessary budget cuts spared those most vulnerable. We made numerous sustainable improvements regarding access in Colorado. Examples include the State Capitol, Red Rocks Amphitheater; Landmark Theaters and the Regional Transportation District. We have improved and expanded the state Medicaid program. Examples include forcing continuation of de-institutionalization programs; consumer directed care, and continuation of a highly respected disability advisory committee within the Department.
We take pride that our initiatives have saved the taxpayers millions of dollars, while benefiting our members. Since 1990, we have been the sole organization uniting people with all types of disabilities across Colorado that is run exclusively by people with disabilities.