Welcome to Valley Life for All


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voiceability and the Inclusion Campaign


Provider's Collaborative


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Valley View Hospital

We are dedicated to focusing on the health of our neighbors. That means we believe in respect, accountability, trust, and teamwork, and that those ideals together create excellence in a healthy, healing environment. 

Listen to this Voice

Listen to Melissa on KDNK!

Click to view  KDNK


How she found the focus and tenacity for her personal journey will inspire you as you consider resolutions for your new year. Melissa has cerebral palsy and has spent 26 years in a wheelchair. 

She has decided to be a Climber and not a Camper.

John Stroud Introduces Inclusion

"Recognizing the differently abled"

Clink the link to read John Stroud's article in the Post Independent on Page A16.

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Provider's Collaborative


The Provider's Collaborative.  Imagine and individual who:

  • -is over 21 years old;
  • -has stopped receiving support from the public school system;
  • -would like to pursue an independent life;
  • -has accessed what he/she believes is all the resources available.  

The Provider's Collaborative could be a next step!

Provider's Collaborative
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Roaring Fork Center for Community Development

Roaring Fork Leadership helps individuals and organizations build effective leaders through training, practice, and application. Our leadership training and programs immerse individuals in experiential learning to shift conversations from ‘right/wrong’ to ‘what works/doesn’t work’. This builds a safe and trusted environment so that collaborative decision making and civic dialogue are possible. Upon completion of the programs, we connect our leaders to opportunities to serve for the betterment of our local communities.


VLFA works to provide scholarships each year to include persons with different abilities to participate in the full leadership program and contribute as leaders in our communities.  If you would like to contribute to the VLFA Community Leadership Scholarship Fund, please follow the donate option at the top of the page. You may send us a note to let us know this is how you want your donation directed.  


Click the Contact Us link if you would like more information or to participate in some way.

Roaring Fork Center For Community Development
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La Esperanza de Emily

INSPIRAR              EDUCAR           CAMBIAR   

Grupo de apoyo de padres en nuestra comunidad   

La mission de La Esperanza de Emily es: "Que los ninos con necesidades especiales sean tratados con dignidad y respeto. Y que sean integrados en la comunidad por que son parte de nuestra sociedad. “Cuando juzgamos a alguien basandonos en un diagnostico, nos perdemos de sus habilidades, belleza y singularidad. 

-autor desconocido

970-429 4157   


VLFA is happy to support La Esperanza de Emily which is a parent-peer support group for Latino families experiencing the challenges of raising a child with different abilities. There is no charge. 


If you would like to help support La Esperanza de Emily, please follow the donate option at the top of this page. You may send us a note to let us know this is how you want your donation directed.  


Click the Contact Us link at the top of the page if you would like more information or to participate in some way.


La Esperanza de Emily

LIFE

Housing

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  VALLEY HOUSING FOR ALL, an organization created in 2014, has as its mission “Valley Housing for All creates better and more opportunities for people with disabilities to successfully live in the housing of their choice. We collect knowledge and information to formulate a thorough understanding of affordable housing opportunities in the Roaring Fork Valley and connect this knowledge throughout our community.”   

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Transportation

This page is still under construction.

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Education Resources

Inclusion Looks Like This

Individuals with disabilities can receive services from birth to old age.  On this page, you will find contacts for all stages of life.  

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Learn About Different Disabilities

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This page is still under construction.  

Recreation Resources

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Accessibility Resources

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This page is still under construction.


FOR ALL

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What Is Inclusion?

in•clu•sion \in-ˈklü-zhən\ noun. 1) the belief that all kids can belong and participate 2) the act of making sure that no child sits on the sidelines.

voiceability and the Inclusion Campaign

Valley Life for All has begun an "Inclusion Campaign".  It is called 'voiceability' because we believe we all have more abilities in common and we need to hear about those abilities.  

Is Accessibility the Same as Inclusion?

There is a BIG difference! 


The National Center on Health, Physical Disability, and Health has a blog that can be found here.  They define the difference between "accessible" and "inclusive".  


From their website:  http://blog.ncpad.org/2011/05/02/accessible-vs-inclusive-%E2%80%93-what-is-the-difference/


An inclusive environment, allows people with all type of disabilities to mobilize around the center as well as utilize the equipment and amenities inside of the center.  An inclusive fitness facility would offer both classes and equipment that can be utilized by people with and without disabilities.  A gym that has accessible or adaptable equipment but that isolates those machines in a corner of the gym is not an inclusive facility.  A facility that teaches a separate class for people who use wheelchairs is not promoting an inclusive environment.

What is "RIGHT" about Inclusion?

PBS has published an online article that explains why inclusion is important not only for the person with a different ability, but, in fact, for all in a community.  


That article can be found here.  Below is a few lines that are particularly powerful. 


"Inclusive education is based on the simple idea that every child and family is valued equally and deserves the same opportunities and experiences. Inclusive education is about children with disabilities – whether the disability is mild or severe, hidden or obvious – participating in everyday activities, just like they would if their disability were not present."  Citation here.  

Make a Training Request

If you would like to know more about inclusion, how to create an inclusive facility, or how to better include individuals of ALL abilities, VLFA will come to you and facilitate training for any number of people.    You can contact us by clicking on the button below.  

Contact Us

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if my child is being included appropriately?


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Are there models of 'inclusive' businesses?  


Panel Discussion for Inclusion


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Who do I talk to about improving the level of inclusion where I work, play, live?


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Who We Are

Board of Directors

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The Board of Directors leads our non-profit.  Click the button below for more information on each member.  


Board of Directors

Staff

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Our staff work diligently on each of our yearly projects.  



Staff

Our Partners

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Valley Life for All would not exist if we did not have a number of community partners.  This includes grantors, business partners, and a number of agencies.  

Partners

Proudly Sponsored By:

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With Donations From:

Our Partners

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Contact Us

We are located at: 520 S. Third Street Carbondale, CO 81623 970-319-1279