FAQs

FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Developmental Disability?
How are Laradon’s services funded?
What are Laradon’s administrative costs?
What is a Community Centered Board (CCB)?
How do I get my son/daughter/family member enrolled in Laradon?
What age groups do Laradon programs serve?
Where is Laradon located?
Where does Laradon’s name come from?
What are the eligibility requirements to receive services from Laradon?
How large is Laradon?
What is Laradon’s service area?
What are Laradon’s sources of funding?
Who should I call if I have a question or a concern about services being provided?
Who should I contact to donate funds?
Who are Laradon’s volunteers?
What do Laradon’s volunteers do?
What is a Developmental Disability?

Under federal law a Developmental Disability is a severe, often lifelong disability that affects people before they reach the age of 22 and substantially limits functioning ability in three or more life activities such as self-care, receptive and expressive language, learning, mobility, self-direction, independent living and/or employability..

How are Laradon’s services funded?

The majority of funding for Laradon’s services is appropriated by the Colorado legislature. Services for adults are funded by the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing Division for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. The Colorado Department of Education is directly responsible for funding services that Laradon provides to children.

Prior to admission to one of Laradon’s programs, verification of funding is required. Those interested in privately paying for services will enter into a contractual relationship, and rates for services will be determined at the time of admission and are included as part of the contract.

What are Laradon’s administrative costs?

Laradon’s administrative costs are approximately $650,000 annually. Laradon’s funds are tightly focused on programs that positively impact its participants.

What is a Community Centered Board?

A Community Centered Board (CCB) is a private, non-profit organization that is designated as the single point of entry into Colorado’s system for persons with developmental disabilities. Currently, there are 20 CCBs. Each serves a specific region of the state. CCBs are responsible for intake, eligibility determination, service plan development, arrangement and delivery of services. CCBs play a vital role in managing limited resources at the local level to meet the individual needs of citizens and address the overall needs of the local service area. Click here for a list of CCBs and county map.

How do I get my son, daughter or family member enrolled in Laradon?

The enrollment process depends on the age of the individual and what program they wish to enroll in. The best way to enroll an individual is to call their school district’s special education coordinator or the CCB for your region. Our admission criteria for each program are available on this website or you may call Laradon’s Placement Coordinator, at (720) 974-6820 to request more information.

What age groups do Laradon programs serve?

Laradon serves the following age groups:
Birth to 3 years old – Family, Infant & Toddler program
5 to 21 years old – Alternative School
18 years old and up – Adult Programs

Where is Laradon located?

Laradon’s main campus is in northwest Denver, at 5100 Lincoln Street, Denver, CO 80216 Many of Laradon’s program operations take place in the community, including private homes and private businesses throughout the Denver metropolitan area. Map to Laradon

Where does Laradon’s name come from?

Laradon’s name is a combination of the names of the founders’ sons, Larry and Don.

What are the eligibility requirements to receive services from Laradon?

Referral to Laradon must be within the following age requirements:
0 to 3 years old – Family, Infant & Toddler program
5 to 21 years old – Alternative School
18 years old and up – Adult Programs

The individual must be diagnosed with developmental disability and/or other disabilities, such as: psychiatric complications, traumatic brain injury or medical conditions. Children birth through three years of age may be diagnosed as “at-risk” for developmental delays or with a medical condition. No individual shall be admitted with a communicable disease without an evaluation by a multidisciplinary team, the Admission and Discharge Committee and approval from the Deputy Director. An individual should not be injurious to themselves or others. Problem behaviors must be controllable by structured environment or behavior programming. The individual must have adequate funding, either public or private.

How large is Laradon?

Laradon serves over 600 enrolled persons each year throughout the state of Colorado. Its annual operating budget is over $12 million. Laradon employs approximately 185 people in full-time, part-time and on-call positions. The main campus in north Denver covers approximately 6 acres.

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What is Laradon’s service area?

Laradon receives referrals from school districts, community centered boards, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation, social service agencies and other human service agencies from across the state of Colorado. Individuals receiving Social Security Benefits can make a referral for themselves to Laradon’s Ticket to Work program.

What are Laradon’s sources of funding?

The majority of Laradon’s annual operating revenue comes from local, state and federal government. Laradon receives grants from various private foundations, as well as contributions from individuals, businesses and organizations.

Who should I call if I have a question or concern about services being provided?

Laradon can be reached at (303) 296-2400.

Who should I contact to donate funds?

To donate funds, please call:
Tilman Adair
Executive Director of Laradon’s Foundation at
(303) 296-2400

Can I be employed and have a Host Home?

Yes, you may be employed outside of Laradon and be a Host Home Provider. The expectation is that Host Home Providers are able to identify the needs of the person placed in your home to ensure your employment does not interfere with the needs of the participant.

How long will it take to become a Host Home Provider?

Unfortunately, this question is not easily answered. Each participant has unique needs and wants; therefore, each time a person is placed in a host home it takes a great deal of time to identify and match the very best potential provider with each individual.
Host home placement also depends on the participant’s availability, as well as if they are in need of a host home placement.

Who tends to volunteer at Laradon?

Our volunteers are individuals who want to give back to their communities, be good stewards for our society and set positive examples for their children, friends and neighbors.

What do Laradon’s volunteers do?

Generally, no special skills are required to be a volunteer. On-the-job training is provided as needed. Individual talents and skills are matched with volunteer interests and work opportunities. Whether you’re an individual or a member of a school, church, work, civic or other group who is able to volunteer for just a few hours on a single day or several hours a week, or maybe year-round, there are volunteer opportunities for everyone at Laradon.

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