Developmental Disability Network
The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Network was established to provide leadership for implementation of the federal Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act. Three organizations are mandated in the act:
- Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
- The Legal Center (Protection & Advocacy)
- JFK Partners, Colorado’s University Center of Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD)
These three organizations have a common goal and purpose: “…to assure that individuals with developmental disabilities and their families participate in the design of and have access to needed community services, individualized supports, and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination, independence, productivity, and integration and inclusion in all facets of community life, through culturally competent programs.”
Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council
The Colorado Developmental Disabilities Council is made up of citizens who care about the lives of individuals with developmental disabilities. This body, appointed by the Governor, is made up of 24 people. The Developmental Disabilities Assistance and Bill of Rights Act, a federal law, requires that 60% of Council members be people with developmental disabilities or family members of people with developmental disabilities.
The Legal Center
The Legal Center is Colorado’s Protection and Advocacy organization. The Legal Center strives to protect the human, civil and legal rights of people with mental and physical disabilities, people with HIV, and older people throughout Colorado. The Legal Center's primary goal is to open up the legal system to those who would otherwise be unable to voice their needs because of the complexity of the service bureaucracy, their disability or because they are unable to act on their own behalf.
Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD)
JFK Partners joins more than 100 universities and medical schools belonging to the Association of University Centers on Disabilities (AUCD). This national network includes:
AUCD members represent every state and most territories in the United States. Because members are part of a national network, innovations can be quickly deployed and implemented in individual communities across the country. AUCD serves its members by supporting and promoting network accomplishments.
JFK Partners is a member as the designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and Leadership Education in Neurdevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) program for Colorado. The Colorado's Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) is also located at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.
The Child Development Unit at Children's Hospital Colorado
The Child Development Unit evaluates children with a variety of developmental and neurobehavioral issues. The CDU provide single-specialty evaluations as well as an interdisciplinary team approach, where multiple specialties assess a child during a single appointment. Specially trained clinicians, including developmental pediatricians, psychologists, speech-language pathologists, occupational therapists, physical therapist, and social worker, provide patients and families with the resources necessary to understand a diagnosis, cope with the challenges they might face, and find appropriate therapies or interventions. JFK Partners and the CDU work closely together although are separate entities.