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.
To build public awareness of disability issues by highlighting the positive benefits of recreation and the intrinsic benefits of inclusive sports for people of all abilities
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Build public awareness of disability issues by focusing on what inclusion means and highlighting the efforts of the City and County of Denver to support people with disabilities.
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 all commission meetings will be held via teleconference until further notice. All commission meetings are open to the public.
The Commission for People with Disabilities meets the first Tuesday of every month from 5:30pm to 7pm.
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Meeting ID: 988 7726 6503
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Julie is an accomplished patent and intellectual property attorney who focuses on providing creative and balanced legal advice to entrepreneurs and start-ups. Prior to her current private practice, Julie was the Chief Patent Counsel with Roche Pharmaceuticals, Chief IP Counsel with BaroFold, Inc., and Special Counsel with the law firm of Faegre & Benson in Denver. Before her legal career, Julie spent time at Norden Laboratories and National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine.
At the age of 25, Julie had a catastrophic equine accident that opened her eyes to, among other things, mortality, community service, and public perception. Julie is passionate about causes related to disabilities, women, and animal welfare. To that end, she currently sits on several advisory boards, volunteers, and mentors.
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.
Pierce Grandchamp is the Player Representative on the board of directors for Colorado Sled Hockey (CSH) where he is responsible for fielding questions and concerns from players while supporting efforts to grow the game in Colorado. Grandchamp also serves on the board for The Wall Hockey Foundation which supports referees and goalies by mitigating costs.
Grandchamp joined the commission because through his work with CSH he has realized the importance of demonstrating independence skills and demonstrating different possible paths for those with congenital birth defects. He hopes to bring his knowledge, passion, and connections within the adaptive sports community to combat obesity and improve mental health within the disability community.
Outside of coaching and mentoring for CSH you can find him on walks or at the park with his dogs. He also enjoys exploring different craft breweries, watching sports, coaching, and playing hockey.
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!
Nancy Palomares has a B.A. in Psychology from CU Denver. Her work experience includes over 15 years in counseling, therapy, advocacy, case management, and family support services. She has worked in domestic violence, mental health, and human service fields.
Palomares joined the commission to provide support and resources to monolingual Spanish speaking persons with disabilities and/or their family members in hopes to improve their quality of life. She hopes to offer her experience as a bicultural and bilingual Spanish speaking person with work experience in advocacy, counseling and case management to the commission and the community.
To satisfy her creative side, Nancy does a variety of arts and crafts including drawing. She also enjoys spending time with family, attending museum exhibitions, shopping, and watching science fiction and horror movies.
Michael Pearl, a person living with disabilities, is a full-time volunteer working independent of agencies to assist individuals who require assistance with medical care navigation. In addition, Michael is a board member of the Colorado HIV Alliance for Prevention, Treatment and Care as well as a board member of the Colorado HIV and AIDS Prevention Grant Program.
Michael has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Loyola Marymount University. In addition, he has a Master of Business Administration and a Masters of Telecommunication from the University of Denver
Carol was officially appointed to the Commission in January 2018. Carol is a native of Denver and she currently works as the ADA Compliance Specialist for the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora, CO.
Carol has a master’s degree in Health Services Administration. Her background consists of working in various sectors of health/health care. Her professional and volunteer work has been driven by her interest to improve health and educational equity in underserved communities.
When Carol is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, international travel, going to the movies, playing board games, and listening to audio books.
Shantelle Rockman is a community partner work incentive coordinator (CPWIC) with Atlantis Community, Inc where she provides individual counseling to beneficiaries seeking employment and intensive follow-up services to ensure that they are using the work incentives appropriately.
Rockman joined the commission to make an impact on the disability community, to touch the lives of those who are at the impasse of disability and poverty with employment being the barrier, to create a trajectory to get people employed, and to use her voice to provide education, awareness and advocacy to the community to create change and a partnership within the disability community in Denver.
Outside of work and the commission, Shantelle is a board member of The Cycle of Hope, a non-profit agency aimed at empowering adult females who are full-time wheelchair users. She enjoys spending time with friends at cultural fairs, listening to live music, and refinishing antique furniture. You can also find her swimming, sailing, or trying new adaptive sports.
A proud Denver native, Damian was excited to join the Denver Commission for People with Disabilities in January 2016.
Having long been part of the disability movement both locally and nationally, Damian brings a myriad of experiences and resources to the Commission.
As the Director of Outreach for Personal Assistance Services of Colorado (PASCO), he is well versed on initiatives, resources, and barriers within the community. A board member of a few local non-profits, he is very familiar with programs, advocates and systems working with people with physical disabilities as well as those experiencing intellectual/developmental disabilities.
A former teacher in the Bushwick section of Brooklyn, Damian earned his master’s degree in Education from Brooklyn College.
When not working, Damian enjoys spending time with his family, riding his bike, reading and football.
Brandon M. Selinsky is an attorney and director with Whitcomb, Selinsky, McAuliffe, PC. His areas of focus include Social Security disability, veterans law, and trademark/copyright law.
Selinsky joined the commission in January of 2018 in the hopes of helping the commission to improve the city for people with disabilities in new and impactful ways and, more than anything else, to leave the city much better than we found it.
Outside of work and the commission, Brandon enjoys playing with his funny, happy kids and if they aren’t around, brewing beer.
Amanda Therrien is a special education coordinator at TACT, an organization that provides trade and technical skills to children, young adults and families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Therrien joined DCPD to make an impact. Disability has touched the lives of those closest to her since childhood. Her mother - the single most influential person in her life - was diagnosed with Trigeminal Neuralgia, a chronic and violently painful nerve disorder. As a “TN Warrior” her mother modeled the importance of compassion, advocacy, and awareness. Now, with TACT, Amanda shares these strengths with the community as well as empowers her students through education and meaningful workforce skills. With the DCPD she hopes to continue to create awareness and facilitate lasting change in the disability community in Denver.
Outside of work Amanda spends most of her time with friends and she is a huge supporter of the arts! You’ll likely bump into her in small local galleries, strolling art walks, gawking at new street art, laughing at a comedy show or singing along to a musical performance all around the city! She is fortunate to have many friends in the disability community and can frequently be found volunteering and supporting their adventures as well!
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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