Category: News

Disability Integration Act Important in 2016

On December 18, 2015, Senator Schumer (D-NY) introduced the Disability Integration Act! This legislation (S.2427) is intended to assure that people with disabilities can live in the community rather than be forced into nursing facilities and other institutions.

This ground-breaking legislation establishes statutory civil rights language – comparable to the ADA – which requires public entities and Long Term Service and Supports insurance providers to change their policies, provide community-based services first, and offer HCBS to people currently in institutions.

Wondering what you can do to support the bill?  Urge your Senators to sign on to the bill as a cosponsor.


For more information, visit the ADAPT website, and read the Fact Sheet on DIA on their website.


New Therapeutic Yoga Instructor

We’re excited to introduce our new instructor for the Adaptive Yoga class at the Recreation Center:

Tandra Kirkpatrick is a certified yoga teacher with more than 500 hours of training with and assisting Master Instructor Tias Little. She has worked in the health and fitness field for 15 years and is experienced in helping people with a variety of health challenges. Tandra uses props and hands-on adjustments to help each individual adapt yoga poses to suit his or her body.

Tandra worked for several years with the Special Olympics in Farmington, with Thompson Recreation Park, and with the Northern Colorado Medical Center in Greeley. She has taught in yoga studios and assisted in several Prajna Yoga workshops. She is currently studying for her associates degree in physical therapy. Says Tandra, “My belief is that yoga is for everyone. With the proper support and help anyone can do it and can experience great healing benefits.”

New Groups

Come socialize, learn, and develop more skills in these new groups and activities at Connections. These groups are open to all Connections’ consumers. Call Katie Harper for more information: 970.352.8682, ext. 105

Job Squad
Groups are held based on interest.  Call Katie Harper for information and registration.

Game Hour
Come and connect with others through game playing. Help build a strong immune system through healthy laughter, and grow some new dendrites through fun challenges. Game Hour is hosted in the Connections’ Conference Room the first and third Fridays of every month from 10:00am – noon. All ages are welcome, and we invite you to bring game suggestions.

*We don’t provide baby-sitting services

MS and More Groups

Support groups for people with multiple sclerosis and other muscular degenerative disorders.  Help on the first Monday of each month 1:00 to 2:30, and the Second Thursday of each month from 5:00 to 6:30 pm.

Balancing Health
Do you have a window seat on the Titanic? Do you feel out of balance? In this group we are moving from the medical model to a wellness model. Learn to make healthier life choices and develop new skills to enhance your quality of life. We’ll discuss nutrition, socialization, stress management, spirituality, enhancing your environment, and creating plans of action. This group meets Tuesdays, 2:15 to 3:30.