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The mission of the Denver Commission for People with Disabilities (DCPD) is to promote and enhance equality for people with disabilities through empowerment, advocacy, and education by working with community members, as well as City and County of Denver officials and employees who have the ability to affect change. 


Develop an Employment Resource Guide

The commission received numerous requests for a resource guide after its 2017 Employment Symposium to continue to emphasize the importance of the employment of people with disabilities to potential employers and employees. Given our unique leadership role, the commission felt that there is an inherit responsibility of our commission to the citizens of Denver and the surrounding area to provide a guide for employment resources and more.


Create an awareness campaign that addresses the challenges faced by people with disabilities 

To build public awareness of disability issues by focusing on what inclusion means, and to highlight the City and County of Denver efforts to support people with disabilities. 



The Denver Commission for People with Disabilities meets the 1st Tuesday of each month from 5:30pm-7:00pm at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Suite 106, 2001 Colorado Blvd, Denver, CO 80205. All meetings are open to the public.

If you need sign language interpretation or CART, contact at least three business days prior to the meeting date.

Note: All commission meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas and minutes as well as other commission documents can be found here.


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Lauren (Thome) Burgess is the founder and Executive Director of Garden, Inc. and Dirt., two social enterprises with a mission to empower individuals with autism and related neurodiversities located in downtown Littleton. Garden provides community outreach to youth and adults with autism and Dirt is a coffee shop that trains and employs adults with autism.

Lauren joined the commission in 2016 in effort to advocate on behalf of the community she serves. Currently, Lauren serves on the Executive and Recruitment Committee.

Outside of work, Lauren enjoys traveling and spending time with her dogs, chickens, and husband.


Shannon Callahan joined the commission to help guide the community of Denver to be more inclusive with of everyone. The deaf community has been and will continue to be an integral part of Denver.

Callahan hopes to bring new voices to the table through his work with the commission. He offers a unique experience and knowledge and although it may sound cheesy he believes things might take a surprising turn when new views are being for the betterment of society.

Shannon enjoys the outdoors, playing with his dog, trying new things, reading too many books, and enjoying food.


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Gemma Lockhart is a journalist and owner of Open Road Pictures, a small production company that has mainly served American Indian people and communities.

Lockhart joined the commission to assist with writing and photography.  She listens to the community through commission meetings, outreach and through the work of the commission’s strategic planning committee.

Outside of Open Road and the commission, Gemma travels, plays guitar and is currently learning more about Climate Science and Change through a global course offered by Cornell University.


Kate is an Enforcement Program Coordinator at the Denver Metro Fair Housing Center (DMFHC) where she works to end housing discrimination in the Metro Denver are through the enforcement of fair housing laws.

McElhaney joined the commission because most of the clients she works with at DMFHC have been discriminated against because of their disabilities. She knows the housing challenges and overall discrimination people with disabilities face and wants to get more involved to help make Denver more inclusive of people of all abilities.

Outside of work she loves to cook, travel, explore the mountains, and take her cat and dog for walks!

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Denver Disability Resource Guide Cover Page with Collage of People with disabilities

This resource guide provides the community with a list of agencies, a summary of the services provided by the agency, and their contact information. The resources are sorted by categories for ease of use.







For questions, comments, or more information please contact:
Dr. Aisha Rousseau, DCPD Liaison

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