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Imagine! Timeline

  1. 1. The mission of Imagine! is to create and offer innovative supports to people of all ages with cognitive, developmental, physical, and health related needs so they may live fulfilling lives of independence and quality in their homes and communities.
  2. 2. Colorado House Bill #121, providing for a pilot program relating to community centers for mentally retarded and seriously handicapped person, is passed. Boulder is chosen to administer the program, and the Boulder County Interagency and Citizens Council on Mental Retardation is formed. Ruth Wood is named Executive Director. 100 individuals are served. Imagine! Timeline 1963
  3. 3. The Civil Rights Act is passed. While this act helps end discrimination against African Americans and women in the workplace, it does not make any provision for people with disabilities. Individuals with disabilities still lack opportunities to participate in and be contributing members of society, are denied access to employment, and are discriminated against based on disability. Imagine! Timeline 1964
  4. 4. A pilot program moves 90 residents of institutions with developmental disabilities into the community of Ft. Logan, within three years all 90 are living successfully in the community. The Boulder County Interagency and Citizens Council on Mental Retardation is renamed The Boulder County Board for Mental Retardation. Imagine! Timeline 1965
  5. 5. Imagine! Timeline 1966 The Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center of Boulder County, Inc., is formed by 20 interested citizens as an non-profit corporation to receive federal matching funds, foundation grants and local public and private support for the purpose of constructing a combined mental health and mental retardation center. Boulder County is the first community to consider a combined mental health and mental retardation center in the United States.
  6. 6. Imagine! Timeline 1967 “A First Report To The President On The Nation's Progress And Remaining Great Needs In The Campaign To Combat Mental Retardation” is released.
  7. 7. Imagine! Timeline 1968 Survey shows that 74% of individuals with developmental disabilities living in institutions in Colorado have no contact with anyone outside of the institutions.
  8. 8. Imagine! Timeline 1969 Carmel House in Boulder opens its doors to 14 people who moved out of state institutions.
  9. 9. Imagine! Timeline 1970 The Boulder County Board for Mental Retardation serves 140 individuals.
  10. 10. Imagine! Timeline 1971 The Fair Labor Standard Act of 1938 is amended to bring people with disabilities (other than blindness) into the sheltered workshop system.
  11. 11. Imagine! Timeline 1972 Social Security Amendments of 1972 create Supplemental Security Income (SSI). The law relieves families of the financial responsibility of caring for their adult disabled children.
  12. 12. Imagine! Timeline 1973 U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in programs conducted by Federal agencies. Boulder County Board for Mental Retardation moves from the old county hospital building to the newly built Mental Health and Mental Retardation and Sundquist Rehabilitation Center on Iris and Broadway in Boulder, and serves 180 individuals.
  13. 13. Imagine! Timeline 1974 The Boulder County Board for Mental Retardation is renamed The Boulder County Board for Developmental Disabilities.
  14. 14. Imagine! Timeline 1975 Education for All Handicapped Children Act requires all public schools accepting federal funds to provide equal access to education for children with physical and developmental disabilities. This act is later revised and renamed as Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in 1990.
  15. 15. Imagine! Timeline 1975 The Boulder County Board for Developmental Disabilities begins providing Early Intervention services and serves 250 people overall.
  16. 16. Imagine! Timeline 1976 Don Coloroso becomes Executive Director of The Boulder County Board for Developmental Disabilities.
  17. 17. Imagine! Timeline 1977 The White House Conference on Handicapped Individuals 3,000 brings disabled people together to discuss federal policy toward people with disabilities. It results in numerous recommendations and acts as a catalyst for grassroots disability rights organizing.
  18. 18. Imagine! Timeline 1978 The National Council on Disability is established as an advisory board within the Department of Education. Its purpose is to promote policies, programs, practices, and procedures that guarantee equal opportunity for all people with disabilities, regardless of the nature or severity of the disability, and to empower them to achieve economic self-sufficiency, independent living, and inclusion and integration into all aspects of society.
  19. 19. Imagine! Timeline 1979 Part B funds create ten new centers for independent living across the U.S.
  20. 20. Imagine! Timeline 1980 The Boulder County Board for Developmental Disabilities serves 420 individuals.
  21. 21. Imagine! Timeline 1981 The International Year of Disabled Persons begins. During the year, governments were encouraged to sponsor programs bringing people with disabilities into the mainstream of their societies.
  22. 22. Imagine! Timeline 1982 A group of parents of children with autism, along with the Colorado Chapter of the Autism Society of America, establish Chestor House, Inc. in Boulder as a single group home housing eight people with disabilities.
  23. 23. Imagine! Timeline 1983 John Taylor becomes Executive Director of Boulder County Board for Developmental Disabilities.
  24. 24. Imagine! Timeline 1984 The Boulder County Board for Developmental Disabilities is renamed The Developmental Disabilities Center. An Adult Day Services program is established, forming the foundation of what is to become CORE/Labor Source.
  25. 25. Imagine! Timeline 1985 The Developmental Disabilities Center serves 600 individuals.
  26. 26. Imagine! Timeline 1986 The Air Carrier Access Act is implemented, which prohibits discrimination by domestic and foreign air carriers against qualified individuals with physical or mental disabilities. It applies only to air carriers that provide regularly scheduled services for hire to the public. Requirements include boarding assistance and certain accessibility features in newly built aircraft and new or altered airport facilities.
  27. 27. Imagine! Timeline 1987 The Alliance for Technology Access is founded in California by the Disabled Children’s Computer Group and the Apple Computer Office of Special Education.
  28. 28. Imagine! Timeline 1988 Technology-Related Assistance for Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 is passed. This piece of legislation increases access to, availability of, and funding for assistive technology through state and national initiatives.
  29. 29. Imagine! Timeline 1989 The Developmental Disabilities Center opens the Red Balloon Daycare Center, the first local day care that integrates children with and without developmental disabilities.
  30. 30. Imagine! Timeline 1990 The Americans with Disabilities Act is signed into law, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability. The Developmental Disabilities Center serves 750 individuals.
  31. 31. Imagine! Timeline 1991 The Developmental Disabilities Center serves 780 individuals.
  32. 32. Imagine! Timeline 1992 The Developmental Disabilities Center’s Early Intervention service program is renamed Dayspring.
  33. 33. Imagine! Timeline 1993 The Developmental Disabilities Center serves 840 individuals.
  34. 34. Imagine! Timeline 1994 The Developmental Disabilities Center serves 870 individuals.
  35. 35. Imagine! Timeline 1995 The Developmental Disabilities Center serves 900 individuals.
  36. 36. Imagine! Timeline 1996 The Telecommunications Act passes and requires that computers, telephones, closed captioning, and many other telecommunication devices and equipment be made accessible to individuals with disabilities.
  37. 37. Imagine! Timeline 1997 The Developmental Disabilities Center’s Out & About program is formed, providing community- based services within a therapeutic framework in response to the requests of community members with disabilities and family members who care for those with disabilities.
  38. 38. Imagine! Timeline 1998 The Developmental Disabilities Center draws up blueprints for a new building in Lafayette.
  39. 39. Imagine! Timeline 1999 In Olmstead v. L.C., the U.S. Supreme Court rules that unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities constitutes discrimination and violates the ADA, that individuals have a right to receive benefits in the "most integrated setting appropriate to their needs," and that failure to find community- based placements for qualifying people with disabilities is illegal discrimination. The Developmental Disabilities Center moves from Boulder to Lafayette.
  40. 40. Imagine! Timeline 2000 The Developmental Disabilities Center establishes an endowment with the Boulder County Community Foundation and initiates efforts to establish its very own Developmental Disabilities Center Foundation (later named The Imagine! Foundation). The Developmental Disabilities Center serves 1,100 individuals.
  41. 41. Imagine! Timeline 2001 The Developmental Disabilities Center’s residential program is renamed Innovations. The new Developmental Disabilities Foundation (later renamed The Imagine! Foundation) has a very successful first year, raising over $175,000.00 in 2001-02.
  42. 42. Imagine! Timeline 2002 The Developmental Disabilities Center runs a very successful mill levy campaign in Boulder County, which increases the stability of services for people who live in Boulder County. The Developmental Disabilities Center is renamed Imagine!.
  43. 43. Imagine! Timeline 2003 Imagine! Behavioral Health Services (IBHS) is created.
  44. 44. Imagine! Timeline 2004 A coalition of disability rights advocates and organizations holds the first Disability Pride Parade. Organizers expect 500-600 people to attend the event, which is designed to "change the way people think about and define disability, to break down and end the internalized shame among people with disabilities, and to promote the belief in society that disability is a natural and beautiful part of life." Almost 2,000 attend.
  45. 45. Imagine! Timeline 2005 Imagine! engages in negotiations with the Mental Health Center to be the Medicaid contract entity for people with developmental disabilities who are dually diagnosed. Imagine! serves more than 1,800 individuals.
  46. 46. Imagine! Timeline 2006 The Road-to-Freedom tour kicks off. This 50- state bus tour and photographic exhibit chronicles the history of the grassroots "people's movement" that led to passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
  47. 47. Imagine! Timeline 2007 Imagine! creates a new “Department of Program Integrity” to include Quality Assurance functions, ethics, and corporate compliance.
  48. 48. Imagine! Timeline 2008 Mark Emery becomes Executive Director of Imagine!. Imagine! breaks ground on its first SmartHome, the Bob and Judy Charles SmartHome in Boulder.
  49. 49. Imagine! Timeline 2009 Imagine! breaks ground on its second SmartHome, the Charles Family SmartHome in Longmont. Imagine! pilots “The Companion Home Model,” services to individuals (adults) living in their own homes or the homes of their family members.
  50. 50. Imagine! Timeline 2010 Imagine! serves 2,600 individuals.
  51. 51. Imagine! Timeline 2011 Imagine! serves 2,800 individuals.
  52. 52. provided comprehensive mental health services to 236 individuals with dual (mental illness / developmental disability) diagnoses, provided a broad range of behavioral health services to 105 individuals, and educated their parents and caregivers about ways to build cooperative behavior In 2012, Imagine! . . .
  53. 53. In 2012, Imagine! . . . provided job training, placement, coaching, and supervision for 104 adults with developmental disabilities
  54. 54. In 2012, Imagine! . . . helped 901 babies and toddlers with developmental disabilities or delays make progress toward their individual developmental goals
  55. 55. In 2012, Imagine! . . . helped caregivers of 211 individuals with developmental disabilities living at home to pay for the services and supports that were most important to their families, such as respite care, medical or dental care, therapies, or devices to help the individual with special needs function better at school or work
  56. 56. In 2012, Imagine! . . . managed foster placements for 43 children whose special needs could not be met by their birth parents, managed host home placements for 90 adults with developmental disabilities, provided support and supervision to 10 adults with developmental disabilities living in their own apartments, and provided 24-hour comprehensive care to 22 adults with developmental disabilities, including seniors and medically fragile individuals
  57. 57. In 2012, Imagine! . . . helped 65 school-aged children with developmental disabilities to learn vital socialization skills to help them to participate more fully in society, while affording their parents the peace of mind that comes with safe and appropriate childcare during work hours
  58. 58. In 2012, Imagine! . . . was able to assist tangentially in the health care treatment of more than 5,000 individuals served by 22 providers and nine pharmacies in seven states through a web-based medication administration and tracking system it helped to design, now administered by CaraSolva and called MedSupport®
  59. 59. Imagine! Timeline 2013 Imagine! celebrates 50 years of building quality lives.
  60. 60. 1400 Dixon Avenue Lafayette, CO 80026-2790 Phone: (303) 665-7789 Fax: (303) 665-2648