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Project Independence: A Great Opportunity for Denver Families.

Parents of teens with disabilities tend to be anxious about what will happen once high school ends. Project Independence is the answer.

Project Independence provides free workshops to help Denver parents who have children with disabilities learn about options for their children once they leave high school.  The project also trains youth from ages 14-21 about their options after high school.

A disability should not hamper a person to live their life to the fullest.  We share with participants how to obtainemployment in the community, assist in applying for college and vocational school, as well as support with life skills.  Statistics shows that people with disabilities earn about two-thirds of the median earnings of people without disabilities.  They are less likely to attend higher learning, and more likely to live below the poverty line.  Project Independence wants to change that.

There will be 2 strands of workshops: One for parents and one for youth.  It will be for 5 Tuesdays starting March 20th ending April 17th, and a college tour on Saturday, April 7th. The time of the workshops will be 6:00 – 6:30 for dinner, and 6:30 – 8:30 for training.

Attached is the registration form that you can complete and email back to at or fax back at 303-923-3973.  You can also click this link to register online.


Is there a cost?

No, there are no cost to families.

Do I and my child attend the workshops together?

Yes and No.  You both will come to the same location but after eating dinner, the parents will be in one room for their workshop and the youth will be in another room.

What if I don’t want to bring my child and I just want to come for the information, can I do that?

Yes, but we encourage that you bring your child.   However, we understand that in some circumstances that may not be possible.

Can I drop my child off and not attend the parent session?

No, your attendance is important so you can learn how to support what your child is learning at his/her sessions.

What will my child do at his/her sessions?

It will be interactive. They will not have to sit still and have someone talk at them. There will be activities to keep them engaged such as role play, games, engaging discussions, field trip to college, etc.

What will happen at the parent sessions?

Parents will be introduced to the many options that are available for their transitional youth, and will learn how to access those options.  College, employment, independence is possible.

What if my child is 18 years old or older?

They are welcome to come without their parents but you would have to register your child or your child register on his/her own.  They can call the office if they need assistance.

Do I have to come to all the sessions?

We do expect parents to commit to all the session.  However, we understand that circumstances can happen that you cannot control.  We don’t want you to miss out because you may have to miss one or two sessions. We understand that the timing of the workshop may interfere with spring break.

How do I sign up?

You can register at the THRIVE website at Click the tab Workshops/Events. Stroll down and click on line registration.  You can also call the office to register at 303-632-6840 or contact Katie to email you a registration form.

Please contact THRIVE if you have any questions or concerns at 303-632-6840 or email Katie at


HighPointe Offers Free Educational Presentations

HighPointe Services is offering two free financial education presentations for families and guardians who have a family member with disabilities.

Presentation Topic:

Three disciplines impact your family’s quest to protect your assets and children:
Disability Benefits, Financial Planning and Legal considerations

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

HighPointe Services 7323 S. Alton Way Unit A Centennial, CO 80112

Doors open at 5:30pm, Presentation at 6:00pm
~Refreshments provided~

*RSVP by Tuesday, January 16th to 303.898.7656*
Childcare provided only by reservation: contact Michelle, 303.221.3222

Three disciplines impact your family’s quest to protect your assets and children:
Disability Benefits, Financial Planning and Legal considerations

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

       HighPointe Services 1544 Oakridge Drive Fort Collins, CO 80525

Doors open at 5:30pm, Presentation at 6:00pm
~Refreshments provided~

*RSVP by Monday, January 29th to 303.898.7656*
Childcare provided only by reservation: contact Christina, 970.377.9949


Melissa J. Edelman, CLU, ChSNC Melissa has served over twenty-five years in the financial services industry. She works extensively with special needs families to plan the entire family’s financial future with an eye to the lifetime of the special needs child. She is a parent of two adopted children, one with high functioning special needs.

Betty Lehman, Disability Advisor Betty has nearly thirty years as an advocate for special needs individuals and their families. While raising her own son with disabilities, she spearheaded fourteen state statutes, creating millions of dollars in funding for benefits for those with disabilities and their families.

Melissa Edelman is a registered representative of and offers securities, investment advisory and financial planning services through MML Investors Services, LLC. member SIPC. 4600 S. Ulster St. Suite 1200, Denver, CO 80237. 303-300-4341. CRN201407-1620001