Ability Connection Colorado Fall 2018 Newsletter


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Don’t Miss the Latest Ability Connection Colorado Fall Newsletter Get caught up on all of the latest news and information from Ability Connection Colorado including:    • Program updates for Education, Employment and Support    • Wine in the Pines Special Event news    • The latest happenings at ACCO    • Colorado Gives Day […]



Colfax Marathon


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Help raise money for Ability Connection Colorado by joining us at this fun marathon for runners of all skill levels. The Colfax Marathon offers a Marathon, Half Marathon, Urban 10 Miler, or run/walk 5k. To register:    https://www.simpleracereg2.com/events/2018_colfax_marathon Early registration ends January 24, 2018. When you register, you’ll be asked: Do you (or your team) plan […]



Tribute to Dr. Min Mehta, MD, FRCS


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Remembering Dr. Min Mehta, MD, FRCS Her global work as a pioneer in championing straight spines helped save the lives of countless babies with Progressive Infantile Scoliosis For thousands of families across the world and for ACCO, 2005 was one of those remarkable times when we experienced a significant sea change in the treatment of […]



Check out the Fall issue of Connect, the ACCO Newsletter!


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As the season of gratitude approaches, Ability Connection Colorado would like to say THANK YOU. TOGETHER, WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SO MUCH! Donor Spotlight Colleen Forst, President and CEO of TCBY DIA Member of Ability Connection Colorado’s Board of Directors Colleen Forst is a successful entrepreneur and opened one of the first businesses at Denver International […]



Recognizing Ability Connection Colorado’s Community of Support


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At Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO), we are so fortunate to have an incredible community of support – both internally and externally – including amazingly dedicated employees, volunteers, corporations, and foundations who care deeply and commit themselves to the mission of ACCO. On March 18, 2016, we held our bi-annual Citywide Meeting, where employees and community […]



Nonprofit school to begin new chapter in Aurora


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Appears this month Business Den With its waiting list of about 800 would-be students, Ability Connection Colorado needs more space. The nonprofit is breaking ground on a fifth early childhood education center in Aurora next month. The waiting list for classroom seats is hovering at around 800 potential students, and Tiffani Lennon, VP of strategic […]



This Organization is Protecting the Rights and Dignity of Colorado’s Most Vulnerable

Gardianship Alliance
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Originally published in The Dime Colorado. Rebecca is a 66-year-old woman with severe cerebral palsy. Her elderly parents both passed, leaving her dependent on institutions for her medical and personal care. A judge presiding over Rebecca’s case happened to be familiar with Guardianship Alliance of Colorado (a program of Ability Connection Colorado) and referred her […]



Circle K and its Customers Making a Difference


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A little change can make a lot of sense. Updated September 4, 2015 If you walk into any Circle K or Shell gas station in Colorado you will notice a donation canister on the counter benefiting the programs and services of Ability Connection Colorado (ACCO). Thanks to Circle K and Shell customers like you, invaluable […]



ACCO Annual Meeting a Celebration of Impact and Achievement!


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ACCO’s well attended Annual Meeting was held on March 13, 2015. Employees and guests gathered together to review the impacts and outcomes of fiscal year 2013-2014 and to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of coworkers, community agencies and partners through a special annual awards presentation. Additionally, Rick Allsbrook, Market Manager for Circle K Stores,



We are building Creative Options #5!


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Creative Options Center for Early Education was selected through a winning essay to receive playground equipment and curricula valued at $16,000 from Big Toys – aPlayCore Company. We submitted a brief essay on behalf of Creative Options on the importance of outdoor play for our children which was selected from over 200 entrants. The essays […]



Keystone’s Wine in the Pines fundraiser celebrates 32 years


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Originally published in the Summit Daily Every year, Ned Archibald is given a blank check for one Summit County event. It’s no wonder the Keystone Resort executive pastry chef’s desserts usually steal the show at the annual Wine in the Pines fundraiser, which will celebrate its 32nd year this Saturday, Oct. 24. Hundreds of guests […]



Tummy Time, Back to Sleep and Infantile Scoliosis….What Do they All Have In Common?


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In the early 1940s, Dr. Harold Abramson, a New York pediatrician, pored over heartrending reports of babies who accidentally suffocated while they slept. As he reviewed case after case, he noticed that a vast majority of the deaths occurred when babies slept on their stomachs. After decades of additional research the federal government, the American […]



What is Halo Gravity Traction?


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What is Halo Gravity Traction? Halo gravity traction is a procedure used to reduce the degree of curvature in the spines of children with severe idiopathic or congenital scoliosis. Spinal traction is the gentle pulling of the soft tissue (joints and muscles) to help straighten the spine. A scoliotic curve allowed to reach high degrees […]



The Early Treatment Method


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“The casting method uses the explosive growth experienced by infants and toddlers to gently and permanently guide the spine back into its correct position,” Dr. Min Mehta said.  “The earlier the treatment begins, the more likely a cure will occur.” The innovation of the Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program’s Early Treatment (ET) Process is that it […]



Where ISOP got its start


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Mother’s Determination Turns The Tide in Toddler’s Scoliosis Fight Follow the long journey of ISOP founding Mom, Heather, and daughter, Olivia, as they sought to find answers where there were few, and a scoliosis treatment that would spur hope and encouragement. As published in the Rocky Mountain News on December 19, 2000 PDF Document: Greatest_Gift_Article



HIGHLIGHTS: ISOP Physician Advisory Board Meeting (May, 2014)


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At the May meeting of ISOP’s Physician Advisory Board, the Board resolved several key elements to successful Mehta Growth Guidance Casting: Agreed: Underarm Casts are only effective for curves T8 and lower. Overarm Casts address all curve types. Agreed: Modifications and/or decorations to casts, as well as cast removal at home should all be discussed […]



Karleigh’s Cause – A Parent-Initiated Event Benefiting ISOP


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When their beautiful 15 month old daughter, Karleigh, was diagnosed with progressive infantile scoliosis (PIS), Kim Westmiller and her husband had no idea what they were up against. Fortunately, they were able to connect with Heather Hyatt Montoya and the Infantile Scoliosis Outreach Program (ISOP). Through Heather and ISOP, they found answers to their questions […]



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