News and Advocacy

News and Advocacy

Laradon Explains Cuts to Medicaid

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The Arc: https://www.thearc.org/
Alliance Colorado: http://www.alliancecolorado.org/
Ancor: http://www.ancor.org/

Please call Senator Cory Gardner and tell him to vote NO on any cuts and cap to Medicaid!
Washington Office: 202-224-5941
Denver Office: 303-391-5777
Or you can e-mail him at the link below:
https://www.gardner.senate.gov/contact-cory/email-cory

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December 13, 2017 Laradon Brings Vital Services for Exceptional Workers Home to Aurora

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November 30, 2017 FOX31, KDVR: Volunteers in Denver Wrap Gifts for Children and Adults with Developmental Disabilities

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September 29, 2017 Salem Media: Colorado Issues – Laradon – Helping the Developmentally Disabled

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July 11, 2017 BusinessDen: Nonprofit Raising $6 Million to Overhaul Globeville Campus

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July 6, 2017 Denverite: People with Disabilities are Keeping the Medicaid Pressure on Sen. Cory Gardner. Here’s How and Why

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June 30, 2017 Chalkbeat Colorado: Denver’s Shuttered Gilpin Montessori School Will Temporarily House Programs Serving Students with Special Needs

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June 21, 2017 YourHub: Globeville Nonprofit Hosts Carnival That Celebrates Individuals With Disabilities And Community Partnerships

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May 18, 2017 YourHub: Volunteers Rally to Support Globeville Nonprofit After Massive Hail Storm

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May 15, 2017 CBS4: Laradon Opens After Hail Storm Thanks to Volunteers

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May 13, 2017 FOX31, KDVR: Laradon School in Denver to Reopen Monday Following Destructive Hail Storm

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May 11, 2017 CBS4: Police Officers Help Non-Profit School Cleanup Hail Damage

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May 10, 2017 9NEWS, KUSA: Denver School, Special Needs Facility Remain Closed Due to Hail Damage

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Press Releases:

May 22, 2017 Press Release –The Laradon School Students Look Forward to Prom

“Students and their families from The Laradon School were very excited to get back to Laradon last week, after missing four full days of classes.”
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For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Alison Roth, 720.974.6806, alison.roth@laradon.org

Laradon

May 22, 2017

The Laradon School Students Look Forward to Prom

Denver, Colorado –Students and their families from The Laradon School were very excited to get back to Laradon last week, after missing four full days of classes. Coming back to school has the students excited for another reason as well, The Laradon School is hosting its annual Prom on Thursday, May 25, 2017 between 1 and 3 p.m. in Laradon’s Community Room. This year’s Prom will be “Disney” themed, so students can come dressed up in their favorite “Disney” attire.

The Laradon School Prom is the bright light of the school year for students. It provides an opportunity for them to participate in a long-standing tradition that is celebrated in public and private schools across the country. Our students enjoy the excitement of dressing up in party clothes and dancing to their favorite songs with their classmates. A school Prom is a rite of passage not all students with disabilities have the chance to experience. “The Laradon School Prom is truly a magical opportunity for our students,” said Annette Lambeth, Director of The Laradon School.

Prom this year means even more to our students, staff, and families after the school shut down for almost a whole week due to a hail storm. On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Globeville area was hit with a massive storm that led to high-powered winds and large sized hail. The hail from the storm caused significant damage to many of the buildings on Laradon’s campus. With 90 skylights broken in the majority of the buildings, this led to extensive water damage. The contractors working with Laradon estimate 2 to 3 million dollars in damages, and up to 5 months to fix everything.

Staff members and volunteers worked tirelessly over the past weeks to fix as much as they could in order to re-open on Monday, May 15, 2017 to get our adult individuals and students the services they need. Even though insurance will assist in covering the cost of many of the damages, the closure of Laradon cost us significantly. One of Laradon’s main revenue streams is reimbursement from Medicaid for the services we provide, which we can’t receive if we’re not open and operating, costing us about $80,000 per day we were closed. Re-opening Laradon this week was essential to both the needs of our individuals and the financial well-being of our organization.

Thanks to an abundance of community support, Laradon successfully re-opened its doors, and resumed providing exemplary programs and services. Without the help of volunteers and dedicated staff members, hosting the school Prom this soon would not be possible. Laradon is proud to offer these types of opportunities to our students and their families.

Laradon is a family-founded organization that has been serving children and adults with developmental disabilities in the Metro Denver area for 68 years. Founded by the parents of two developmentally disabled sons, it was the very first charitable organization in the Rocky Mountain region to offer support, education and training to children with developmental disabilities. Laradon currently offers 14 programs to nearly 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities every year and is the largest and most diverse service provider of its kind in the Metro Denver area. Learn more about Laradon at www.laradon.org.

To support Laradon in dealing with damages: www.laradon.org/repair

May 10, 2017 Press Release –Volunteers Rally to Support Laradon After Massive Hail Storm

“On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Globeville area was hit with a massive storm that led to high-powered winds and large sized hail.”
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For Immediate Release

Media Contact: Alison Roth, 720.974.6806, alison.roth@laradon.org

Laradon

May 10, 2017

Volunteers Rally to Support Laradon After Massive Hail Storm

Denver, Colorado – On Monday, May 8, 2017, the Globeville area was hit with a massive storm that led to high-powered winds and large sized hail. The hail from the storm caused significant damage to many of the buildings on Laradon’s campus. With 90 skylights broken in the majority of the buildings, this led to extensive water damage. The contractors working with Laradon estimated 2 to 3 million dollars in damages, and up to 5 months to fix everything.

As we brace for another round of storms through the rest of this week, Laradon staff members and the maintenance team are working tirelessly to cover holes in the roofing to limit any future leaking. With the help of contractors and volunteers, the immediate repairs will continue as the week goes on. Unfortunately, Laradon’s Adult Programs and The Laradon School had to be closed due to the damages until next Monday, May 15, 2017.

The Laradon School’s Director, Annette Lambeth on the closure, “Our goal is to get everything cleaned up and, most especially, safe for the school students, the adult participants, and our staff. Because safety is our number one priority, the soonest we can reopen is Monday morning.” Even though insurance will assist in covering the cost of many of the damages, the closure of Laradon will cost us significantly. One of Laradon’s main revenue streams is reimbursement from Medicaid for the services we provide, which we can’t receive if we’re not open and operating.

Another substantial consequence is for the individuals and students who are being disrupted from receiving services. “The greatest impact is the loss of learning for our students. That continuity of learning and consistency is vital to the kids’ success. Missing even a day doesn’t help our students,” said Annette.

In the meantime, the community has rallied around Laradon by providing financial and volunteer support. One of the groups that volunteered to help is the Denver Police Department, with whom Laradon has a growing partnership. Groups of officers come to Laradon every week as part of their “Back to Basics” training program that aims to connect the officers with the community. These interactions with police give our individuals the opportunity to ask questions and engage in activities with the officers, as well as give the officers a chance to spend more time familiarizing themselves with Denver’s IDD population.

Even though Laradon’s programs are closed this week due to the damages, the police officers insisted on coming during their scheduled time anyway to help with reparations. Laradon’s strong partnerships with groups like the Denver Police Department and the Colorado Elks Association aligns with our organizational vision for an inclusive community.

Laradon is a family-founded organization that has been serving children and adults with developmental disabilities in the Metro Denver area for 68 years. Founded by the parents of two developmentally disabled sons, it was the very first charitable organization in the Rocky Mountain region to offer support, education and training to children with developmental disabilities. Laradon currently offers 14 programs to nearly 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities every year and is the largest and most diverse service provider of its kind in the Metro Denver area. Learn more about Laradon at www.laradon.org.