Frequently Asked Questions

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   What does the term developmentally disabled mean?

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A developmental disability occurs before a person reaches 22 years of age and causes a substantial impairment of intellectual functioning. (An impairment of intellectual functioning generally means that the person has an IQ of 70 or below.) Sometimes a person can have an IQ above 70 and be considered developmentally disabled if they have impaired adaptive behaviors in at least two skill areas. The skill areas include: communication, self-care, home living, social skills, community use, self direction, health and safety, functional academics, leisure, and work. Developmental disabilities are most often attributable to mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or other neurological conditions.

 

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   What causes a developmental disability?

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The cause of a developmental disability is not always known. Some disorders have a genetic link and environmental factors can sometimes be indicated. Generally, no one can tell you specifically why your child has a developmental disability and your neighbor’s child does not.

 

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   Can developmental disabilities be cured?

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At this point in time we do not know what specifically causes developmental disabilities so we cannot “fix” or cure what is wrong with your child’s brain. He or she will not “grow out of the problem”. However, people with developmental disabilities can and do get better. They can lead happy and productive lives when appropriate treatment is begun and supports are initiated. Roundup has had over 30 years of success in helping individuals who have a developmental disability learn new skills and behaviors. We focus on individual strengths and positive reinforcements to make lasting change.

 

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   How are your programs funded?

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Roundup receives funding from a variety of sources. Adult day and vocational programs, In-Home Training services, adult residential and Supported Living Services are paid for through community center boards as well as with State, County, and Medicaid funds. Educational services are generally paid for by local school districts and Colorado Department of Education monies. Children’s residential services are usually funded by county Departments of Human Services. In addition, Roundup is able to accept money from private insurance companies as well as from individuals or families who choose to privately pay for services.

 

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   What is the role of the family once a person is placed for residential care?

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Family support and involvement is important. Our residential teams want to involve families and friends as much as possible in our clients’ lives. We respect the wishes of family and recognize that making a decision to place a loved one in residential care is emotionally difficult. Our staff members are caring, committed, and compassionate, however; we can not replace the love of a family. We have found that when our clients have supportive families, they lead happier lives and are better able to adjust to life in a residential facility. We encourage you to visit our programs, talk to our staff, clients and family members before making this hard decision.

 

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   What is the length of placement for residential services?

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Roundup specializes in long term care for the children and adults who live in our facilities. We recognize that it takes our clients a long time to make significant changes and that we can best help influence this change by providing stability and consistency in our programs. Most of our clients live with us for several years; however, there are times when short term placement is more appropriate. For more information about our adult residential services contact Stacy Gulmantovicz, executive director at (303)353-8319 or stacyg@rup.org. For more information about our children’s residential programs contact Cassandra Aldridge, Admissions Director at 303-378-8476 or caldridge@rup.org.

 

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   What is your religious affiliation?

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Founded in the name of Christ in 1973, Roundup Fellowship is a Christian-based not-for-profit organization that has had the mission of helping children for over thirty years. Board members come from various professions or business backgrounds, including some who are parents of children with various disabilities; all profess the Christian faith.

It is our desire to encourage the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual development of those we serve. We do not discriminate on the basis of religion; thus, both those we serve and those who we employ come from a wide range of backgrounds and religious faiths. We encourage those who we serve to participate in religious activities that are part of that person’s heritage or belief system and will assist people in doing so.

This type of participation has included things such as individual church attendance, home Bible studies, youth and adult support through Young Life’s Partners program and Friendship, as well as involvement in Special Religious Education.

 

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   What is a community centered board?

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Community Centered Boards (CCB’s) are the Single Entry Point to provide intake and Resource Coordination (Case Management) services for people who have a developmental disability. Since 1963, CCB’s have managed and delivered services, in partnership with private service providers, to individuals with developmental disabilities and their families throughout the state of Colorado. Currently there are 20 Community Centered Boards who serve approximately 11,000 people (almost 96% of the state’s developmentally disabled population) and their families in every county across the state. Services may also be available to qualifying individuals at local Departments of Human Services.

 

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   Who do I contact if I want to volunteer or donate funds?

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Contact Mary Anaya at 303-757-8008 x 310.

 

 

 

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