Become an Advocate


Advocacy Certification Training 



(60-sec. video clip)

Introduction to Disability Benefits and Healthcare:

Individual and Systems Advocacy Training and Certification


 Have you thought about becoming a disability rights advocate?

  • Could you benefit at work if you understood disability benefits and healthcare issues better? 
  • Do you have a friend or family member with a disability and you want to increase your understanding of the challenges they face?


The Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) along with the University of Denver offers training and certification for individuals wanting to become involved in Individual and Systems Advocacy.


This introductory class provides an opportunity to learn the skills needed to work in the field of disability services, advocacy, community organization, the legislative process or civil rights law; and because it is backed by the University of Denver, it is a perfect way to get those needed continuing education credits.


The class includes nine (4-hour) sessions held once a week on Tuesdays from 10:15 am to 2:15 on the beautiful University of Denver Campus.  This class is offered only three times a year with the next session beginning on June 13, 2017, and is also available through an online training program for individuals in rural communities or approved participants in the Denver Metro area.


All topics are taught by practicing subject matter experts - individuals who are making a difference in the world of Disability Advocacy.  This is your opportunity to learn from the best.



You will explore topics like: 

  • What does it mean to be an advocate and the ethics and principles involved?
  • How to navigate the challenges of local, state, and federal benefit systems?
  • Learn about the Social Security system with regards to Disability Eligibility, Application, and Determination of SSI and SSDI.
  • Discover what you don't know about Medicaid.
  • Examine the meaning of Due Process when applied to disability rights
  • Increase your knowledge with regards to disability rights and healthcare and the legislative process, non-profit and regulatory boards, elections, and political impact
  • Learn more about The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding education, employment, and housing and find out how to request reasonable accommodations in each area.


By the time you graduate you will have developed a strong foundation for becoming an advocate in your area of interest - whether is it advocating for individuals, becoming involved in systemic change, or using your knowledge to be better informed in the critical elements that affect the lives of people with disabilities. 


And… Because this program is offered in cooperation with DU, you also have the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units for only $25 per credit (3 credits total) - a bonus for any professional portfolio.



This is just a brief overview.  For specifics regarding the upcoming session or to register for the class, click this link.  If you have additional question, please contact Angela Nevin at or by phone at 303-744-6503.

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