On March 12, 2018, the local chapter of the Colorado Cross-Disability Coalition (CCDC) will host the first of two Lamar (Prowers County) Disability Community organizational meetings. The purpose of these meetings is to locate local people with disabilities (PWD) who are interested in coming together and meeting regularly with like-minded adults to discuss and solve common local disability issues.
According to Kenny Maestas, CCDC’s local Outreach Coordinator, this opportunity was made available to the Lamar area Disability Community through a ‘True Accessibility Development’ grant that was secured by CCDC from the Anschutz Family Foundation in late 2017.
“CCDC will use this funding in Lamar to educate, interview, hire and mobilize a few highly motivated members of our disabled community” Maestas said, “these members will initially meet and plan how to best conduct a city-wide assessment of current handicapped access to health care resources, in addition to resources that facilitate economic self-sufficiency.”
“This funding will also establish a long-needed advocacy group that will continue working to ensure that PWD in Lamar have safe and adequate access to the vital health care and economic resources in the community above” Said Laura Gabbay, CCDC Director of Evaluation and Development, who was instrumental in obtaining this grant, “We also want to educate new advocate leaders in Lamar and Prowers county to strengthen CCDC’s advocacy outreach organization and legislative abilities.
The initial organizational meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. in the Cultural Events Center at the Lamar Public Library. A catered dinner by Lucky’s BBQ will be served and discussion is scheduled to start promptly at 6:30 p.m. Friends and family members are also urged to join both our discussion and our beginning disability organization.