Thursday, February 16, 2017

SPARK - Igniting Autism Research to Improve Lives

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If you or your child has a professional diagnosis of autism, JFK Partners and Children’s Hospital Colorado invite you to learn more about SPARK, a new online research study sponsored by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.

The mission of SPARK is clear: speed up research and advance understanding of autism by creating the nation’s largest autism study.

Joining SPARK is simple – register online and provide a DNA sample via a saliva collection kit in the comfort of your own home.

Register online by visiting, or by contacting us at 303-724-7366 or emailing

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Nicole Jackson: 2017 Alliance Direct Support Professional Nominee from Imagine!

Today, we’d like to take moment to congratulate Nicole Jackson, who works for Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source (CLS) department.

Nicole was recently nominated for the Alliance (a nonprofit, Colorado-wide association of Community Centered Boards (CCBs) and Program Approved Service Agencies (PASAs) that is dedicated to strengthening services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities) Direct Support Professional (DSP) of the Year Award.

Nicole’s supervisor shared the following information for her nomination:

My main reason for nominating Nicole is because of a recent project she undertook that has been wildly successful. She is currently rejuvenating our Photography and Scrapbooking class and turning it into more of an internal newsletter class. The class focuses on teaching individuals to conduct interviews and to practice interviews. 

People accepting services from Imagine!’s CORE/Labor Source (CLS) program have applied these skills to real life interviews; one person specifically thanked Nicole for helping teach her how to interview, as it helped her achieve an independent job! 

The newsletter focuses on one specific person in Supported Employment each month. The community-based class will go to a CLS job site and the participants will interview the managers of the facility, as well as one person who CORE/Labor Source supports and is employed at the business. Participants in the course then work together to create an article that highlights the individual accepting services and their job, which they share with the people at CLS. 

After receiving a copy of the newsletter that focused on their family member, one guardian sent us an email in response saying: "It is incredible to see her progress the past 2+ years... Thank you for everything you do with her and her housemates. Imagine! has made her world a much better place. If you speak with her employer, please thank them from the bottom of my heart for giving her the opportunity to come out of her shell and shine." 

The winners of the Alliance DSP of the Year Awards will be announced later today at their annual I/DD Awareness Day at the State Capitol. We don’t know yet if she’ll be selected, but we know that Imagine! has already won by having her on our team!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Imagine! Celebration 2017 Highlights

The Imagine! Celebration, held Friday, January 27, 2017, was a huge success. Although the numbers aren’t official yet, the preliminary total of what we brought in was more than $350,000! We are so thankful for the support from the generous community that we serve!

The highlight of the evening was the debut of a video telling the story of Miah, a remarkable young woman who accepts services from Imagine!. Check it out below.

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Here are some other highlights.

Some of the audience members were first timers, and not very familiar with Imagine!, so we shared the short video below, which provides an overview of our services.

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Continuing our efforts to explore how we can use social media to share our story and the stories of the people we serve, we took our first dip into the Facebook Live pool. Below is video from that Facebook Live feed of Imagine! Foundation Board of Directors Charles Holmes starting the evening out right.

And here’s a Facebook Live video of Miah speaking after the audience was introduced to her touching story via the video above.

We’d like to thank: our Platinum, Gold, Silver, and Table event sponsors; the 480+ attendees who bid on silent and live auction items so generously; the volunteers on the Imagine! Celebration committee who worked so hard to create a magical evening; and the many Imagine! employees who volunteered to help out in so many ways.

The Imagine! Celebration is a reminder of how fortunate we are to live in a community that is so supportive of our work. This event also serves as a reminder that all of us at Imagine! must remain ever vigilant in ensuring that we continue to meet their high expectations as we work to create a world of opportunity for all abilities.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Lucky's Bags for Change

Today, we’d like to offer a big shout out to the South Boulder Lucky’s Market. As we mentioned before, thanks to many of you voting online, Imagine! was selected as one of this quarter’s Lucky’s Bags For Change partners!

For our readers who live in the area, we’d sure appreciate it if you were to make a shopping trip or two to Lucky’s (located at 695 S Broadway St. in Boulder) over the next couple of months so you can participate in this fun and environmentally way to support our mission of creating a world of opportunity for all abilities.

Here’s how it works: when shoppers bring in their reusable bags, they can choose to receive $.10 back per bag credit or donate that amount to one of the three Bags For Change partners, including Imagine!. Even better: when a shopper donates, Lucky’s Market will match the donation and double the giving to the nonprofits! Make sure you bring in your reusable bag so you can start dropping dimes to support the three partners.

Thanks Lucky’s for your demonstrated commitment to your community, and thanks in advance to all of you who help out by shopping at Lucky’s South Boulder!,+Boulder,+CO+80305/@39.9828972,-105.2505488,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x876bed0a2ea150b1:0x658c2fd62f2cea3e!8m2!3d39.9828972!4d-105.2483601

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Earlier Is Easier: Making the Most of the First Three Years

Earlier Is Easier, a collaborative of 27 Denver-area organizations working collectively to promote the value of interacting with children from birth to age three, recently updated and redesigned their website.

Website features include:
  • Tips on Reading, Talking, Singing, Playing, Writing and Laughing - organized by age
  • Activities You Can Do Today - simple, fun and free ideas for learning and connecting
  • Building Healthy Brains - facts about brain development and early learning
  • In Your Community - information about local programs, health, behavior, nutrition and more
Check it out here: