Connect with Friends

Connect with Friends

Expand your Horizons through Connect with Friends

Connections for Independent Living’s Connect with Friends program provides weekly in-person and online video conferencing workshops specifically for persons in northeastern Colorado who live with a disability.

This is an opportunity to meet and collaborate with other Coloradans and share experiences.

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Workshops include interests ranging from armchair travel to photography to creative writing and journaling.

There’s no charge to participate for persons who live with a disability and their caregivers. You must be a resident of Weld, Morgan, Logan, Washington, Sedgwick, Yuma, or Phillips County.

Workshops are underway. Join us today!

For more information regarding this program, please call your Independent Living Specialist at (970) 352-8682, or send us an email message. If you’re ready to participate, your Independent Living Specialist can register you, or you can use the form below to register for the sessions of your choice.

Possible Sessions

This session will begin June 1 and continue every Wednesday until July 13th.
What is armchair travel?

  • Armchair Travel takes people to faraway places without leaving home. It provides a sensory experience and the opportunity to learn about exotic lands and important past events in a meaningful manner.
During this session, we’ll research vacation and travel destinations as a group, using the internet, from your own chair. 


Using various activities and games to activate the synopses in your brain. This will improve your memory and keep your brain young. 

Learn how to use your phone or tablet to take meaningful photos using a program called PhotoVoice

Storytelling is the social and cultural activity of sharing stories. Every culture has its own stories or narratives, which are shared as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation or instilling moral values. Crucial elements of stories and storytelling include plot, characters and narrative point of view. Learn the skills needed to tell your story. 

Participants tell their story through video. A limited number of devices are available for free loan from the Connections Loan Closet.

More information coming soon!

Learn how to write using various fun methods to journal, write humorous stories or write your own life story. Practice these skills in a non-threatening environment. 

Discover how to search for documentation on your ancestors and why it is important to tell your story for other generations.

Join Us

Complete our form below for interest in joining Connect with Friends

  • Sessions will be hosted weekly on Tuesdays at 6:00pm and Wednesdays at 2:30 pm.
  • Some participants may choose to attend our sessions in person. Please indicate your preference.
  • Indicate whether you will need technology from the Connections Loan Closet for your participation. Devices will be available at no cost, and are provided for the length of the session term.
  • Carefully double-check your information prior to submitting. You will receive an acknowledgement of your submission by email.
 
Program funding for Connections’ Connect with Friends is provided in party by the Colorado Disability Fund Committee. Their mission statement is to maximize support for new and innovative programs benefiting Colorado’s disability community by raising and distributing funds as authorized by the Laura Hershey Disability Support Act. 

The Disability Funding Committee was created in¬ß24-30-2201, C.R.S. (effective August 11, 2016) pursuant to HB 16-1362. This bill consolidated the work of two previous committees: the Disability-Benefit Support Committee and the License Plate Auction Group. The committee consists of thirteen members appointed by the governor. Of the thirteen members, at least seven members must be either a person with a disability, a care giver of a person with a disability, or a person who lives in a household with a person with a disability and is meaningfully involved in the care of a person with a disability. In making the appointments, the governor shall ensure that the committee has members with experience in or knowledge of business and business management‚ nonprofit entities and managing nonprofit entities, advocacy for persons with disabilities, the practice of medicine, and the practice of law with experience working with persons with disabilities. In addition to the thirteen members, the governor\’s council for persons with disabilities may, in consultation with the committee, appoint a representative to serve on the committee in an ex officio capacity.The Disability Funding Committee was created in¬ß24-30-2201, C.R.S. (effective August 11, 2016) pursuant to HB 16-1362. This bill consolidated the work of two previous committees: the Disability-Benefit Support Committee and the License Plate Auction Group.