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At ACCO’s Annual Meeting, Jose Raul Soto-Chacon who is a youth who has been in our Ready to Achieve Mentor Program (RAMP) and is currently in our Breaking Barriers Youth Program, was awarded our 2023 Youth of the Year Award.  

Jose Raul is kind, loyal, reliable, generous, and helpful. Jordon Orona and Sandra Contreras nominated Jose Raul for this award and stated that Jose Raul is an inspiration and that his smile is contagious. Jose Raul has participated in several of the work experiences through RAMP and is currently taking guitar lessons. 

Please join us in congratulating Jose Raul as the recipient of the 2023 Youth of the Year Award.  

#ReadyToAchieveMentorProgram
#RAMP
#AbilityConnectionColorado
#ACCO
#inclusion

At ACCO’s Annual Meeting, Jose Raul Soto-Chacon who is a youth who has been in our Ready to Achieve Mentor Program (RAMP) and is currently in our Breaking Barriers Youth Program, was awarded our 2023 Youth of the Year Award.

Jose Raul is kind, loyal, reliable, generous, and helpful. Jordon Orona and Sandra Contreras nominated Jose Raul for this award and stated that Jose Raul is an inspiration and that his smile is contagious. Jose Raul has participated in several of the work experiences through RAMP and is currently taking guitar lessons.

Please join us in congratulating Jose Raul as the recipient of the 2023 Youth of the Year Award.

#ReadyToAchieveMentorProgram
#RAMP
#AbilityConnectionColorado
#ACCO
#inclusion
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3 days ago

DON'T DISTRACT THE ANIMAL

That's the first and foremost rule of acceptable behavior around service animals: They're working. Please leave them alone.

Jordon Orona says it best in the video and we appreciate her for it. As does the entire community because what she and Ivy do together benefits everyone.

She works at RAMP (Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program) and inspires youth with disabilities who are currently involved with—or are at risk of becoming involved with—the juvenile justice system. Her contribution to those children and our community is invaluable.

You can help in many ways. Of course the first is to please talk to the human instead of distracting their animal assistant.

But you can also volunteer, work here, or donate by going to www.AbilityConnectionColorado.org.

#servicedogsofinstagram
#serviceanimal
#etiquette
#AbilityConnectionColorado
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4 days ago
At ACCO’s Annual Meeting, Diana Geisler who is the Creative Options Director of Learning & Teaching and assists in writing grants for our Creative Options program was awarded our 2023 Special Forces Award. 

If you have the privilege to know Diana, you know she is a strong and positive influence and an exceptional leader and individual. Diana is passionate about her work, the children and families she serves and ACCO’s mission of inclusion. 

Please join us in congratulating Diana as the recipient of the 2023 Special Forces Award. 

#earlychildhoodeducation
#ECE
#inclusion
#ACCO
#AbilityConnectionColorado
#ALLMEANSALL

At ACCO’s Annual Meeting, Diana Geisler who is the Creative Options Director of Learning & Teaching and assists in writing grants for our Creative Options program was awarded our 2023 Special Forces Award.

If you have the privilege to know Diana, you know she is a strong and positive influence and an exceptional leader and individual. Diana is passionate about her work, the children and families she serves and ACCO’s mission of inclusion.

Please join us in congratulating Diana as the recipient of the 2023 Special Forces Award.

#earlychildhoodeducation
#ECE
#inclusion
#ACCO
#AbilityConnectionColorado
#ALLMEANSALL
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5 days ago

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She is amazing 👏 🤩 😍

Congrats Diana!!!! You absolutely deserve all the recognition for your hard work and dedication! ❤️❤️

Congratulations, you are amazing. ❤️

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Perseverance and determination are two qualities that come to mind for our next award winner, Lisa Samuel. At our Annual Meeting, Lisa was awarded Outstanding Perseverance and Determination. 

Lisa started at ACCO in 2017, and since then has continuously demonstrated her perseverance and determination to ensure that our children have the best nutrition. Sometimes Lisa has to go to several stores to get everything she needs to ensure a healthy, nutritious and well-balanced meal for our children, and plans serval meal plans to adhere to different dietary restrictions. Our favorite story of Lisas perseverance and determination is when Lisa stood outside in the snow handing out meals to our children and families. Another outstanding quality of Lisas is her empathy, her team stated, she has empathy and always wants to know how she can support us,”. 

Please join Lisas team and ACCO in congratulating Lisa for her award of Outstanding Perseverance and Determination.

#earlychildhoodeducation
#ece
#inclusion
#ACCO
#AbilityConnectionColorado
#AllMeansAll

Perseverance and determination are two qualities that come to mind for our next award winner, Lisa Samuel. At our Annual Meeting, Lisa was awarded Outstanding Perseverance and Determination.

Lisa started at ACCO in 2017, and since then has continuously demonstrated her perseverance and determination to ensure that our children have the best nutrition. Sometimes Lisa has to go to several stores to get everything she needs to ensure a healthy, nutritious and well-balanced meal for our children, and plans serval meal plans to adhere to different dietary restrictions. Our favorite story of Lisa's perseverance and determination is when Lisa stood outside in the snow handing out meals to our children and families. Another outstanding quality of Lisa's is her empathy, her team stated, "she has empathy and always wants to know how she can support us,”.

Please join Lisa's team and ACCO in congratulating Lisa for her award of Outstanding Perseverance and Determination.

#earlychildhoodeducation
#ece
#inclusion
#ACCO
#AbilityConnectionColorado
#AllMeansAll
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1 week ago

There's a calendar online that says April 12 is #NationalColoradoDay, but that's not the original Colorado Day. Traditionally, Coloradoans celebrate Colorado Day the day we became a state on August 1, 1876. Although the most revered version of Colorado Day could be March 3 because 303 is Colorado's original area code.

To us, however, every day is Colorado Day. As a nonprofit founded in the Centennial State in 1946, we owe everything to the Coloradoans who help us provide critical early childhood education, pathways to employment, and parent-driven family support services for people with special needs and other life challenges.

Our programs were built by people who—despite all they had going on in their lives—saw a need within the community and worked to make it right.

Here's to you, Colorado! No matter the day, you're working to make this state a community that includes, accepts, and celebrates the abilities and contributions of all its individuals. We're thrilled to be a part of it.

#inclusionmatters
#equity
#accessibility
#AbilityConnectionColorado
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1 week ago

It's in the video but we think it is important today—on #nationalpetday during #NationalVolunteerMonth—to blurt out the vital rule of service dog engagement: do NOT distract the animal. It's working.

That said, get to know our incredible colleague and friend, Jordon Orona, and her dog, Ivy. Jordon works for RAMP and Ivy works for Jordon. It's a pecking order we welcome here because it means important work gets done. At RAMP (Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program), Jordon works with and inspires youth with disabilities who are currently involved with or are at risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system. Her contribution to those children and our community are invaluable.

Now meet the team that gets it done.

#inclusion
#ramp
#mentoring
#serviceanimals
#AbilityConnectionColorado
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2 weeks ago

2 CommentComment on Facebook

Love seeing you both at the office 😊❤

Tomorrow is #NationalPetDay and April is #NationalVolunteerMonth.

Were working on a video that will combine the two by highlighting service dogs, the work they do, and the best way to engage them (spoiler: dont).

Also, Ahsoka the Husky is the goodest girl. Or second goodest as Ivy (youll meet her tomorrow) is the Queen.

Tomorrow is #nationalpetday and April is #NationalVolunteerMonth.

We're working on a video that will combine the two by highlighting service dogs, the work they do, and the best way to engage them (spoiler: don't).

Also, Ahsoka the Husky is the goodest girl. Or second goodest as Ivy (you'll meet her tomorrow) is the Queen.
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2 weeks ago

We're pretty big on Tom.

He's the marketing director at Farland Classic Restoration and he shares their work at our annual Colorado Concours d'Elegance & Exotic Sports Car Show.

What they do is awe-inspiring not only because it includes over 300 of the Rocky Mountain Region’s most prestigious and prized collector automobiles ever built, but also because it helps support at-risk Colorado families and over 400 infants, toddlers and preschool children each year.

This event is the longest-standing and largest Concours in the Rocky Mountain Region and features live music, fantastic food, a variety of vendors and family fun.

So be like Tom. Join us at the 41st Annual Colorado Concours d'Elegance & Exotic Sports Car Show on Sunday June 9th at Arapahoe Community College in Littleton.

Get your discount tickets at www.ColoradoConcours.org

#earlychildhoodeducation
#coloradoconcours
#familyfun
#AbilityConnectionColorado
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2 weeks ago

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Thank you Tom Van Ness and Farland Classic Restoration for supporting at-risk infants, toddlers and pre-school children through Ability Connection Colorado's Colorado Concours d'Elegance & Exotic Sports Car Show

Today is #NationalEmployeeBenefitsDay and there's no better advocate for our employees and clients than Dana Neal.

Dana is the Vice President of Human Resources at Ability Connection Colorado and also a pioneer in what wellness means for good times, as well as how it helps people through more difficult situations.

#humanresources
#wellness
#mentalhealth
#AbilityConnectionColorado
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