Supporting, advocating for, and transforming the lives of people with disabilities in Southwest Colorado since 1985.
Axis Health System -axishealthsystem.org
Serving 5 counties in SW Colorado.
When extra support is needed during major life changes related to family, relationships, jobs, losses, etc. Please know that it is okay to reach out for help.
970-264-2104 Pagosa Springs
24 hour-a-day crisis line: 970-247-5245
Cadence - Center for Therapeutic Riding 970-749-RIDE (Please leave message)
Discovery Kids - Durango Children’s Museum - 970-259-9234
Durango Parks and Recreation -
La Plata family Centers Coalition -
Special Olympics -
Adaptive Sports Association -
970-247-9000 x 3217
The medical resources listed are those used most often by families with young children, but for a more complete listing including alternative health, vision, dental, therapists etc., please see the yellow pages, or call your service coordinator.
Mercy Medical Center 970-382-1555
Free physician referral and information and service. Select from 134 physicians in 36 fields of specialized health care. For financial assistance call 247-3128
Pediatric Partners of the Southwest - 970-375-0100
Board certified specialists in pediatric care. Located in the Rivergate complex.
Pediatric Associates of Durango - 970-259-7337
Dr Pahki Chaudhuri MD FAAP, Board Certified Pediatrician.
Durango Primary Care - 970-247-2611
Comprehensive primary medical care, including pediatrics and obstetrics.
Southwest Children’s Health Clinic - 970-247-4567
Board certified specialists in pediatric care.
La Plata Family Medicine Associates - 970-259-3110
Board certified family physicians for all ages.
San Juan Basin Health Department
970-264-2409 Pagosa Springs
Southern Ute Health Services - 970-563-4581
San Juan Hearing Center - 970-247-0808
Denver Children’s Hospital- 1-800-624-6553
Providing specialty care and surgery. The Denver Children's Hospital will be able to put you in contact with area lodging including the rates and availability of motels, the Ronald McDonald House and St. Christopher's House.
Shriner’s Hospital (Salt Lake City)
Offering specialized medical care to children needing orthopedic or burn care. Including diagnostic services, surgery, medical care, casts, braces, prosthetics. X-rays, and rehabilitation services.
There is never a charge to the patient or the parent for any treatment received.
For an application, call 1-800-237-5055 or go to: www.shrinersshq.org
San Juan Shrine Club (Durango) - Contact Ace Hall at 970-259-4533
The local Shrine club will provide travel and lodging funds while visiting the hospital. You will need to have an appointment scheduled and provide your appointment letter
Remember that a person who has a disability has rights and entitlements. Sometimes legal counseling or action is needed. For this reason we have included the following legal service. Also, your service coordinator, or San Juan Kids can tell you more about the rights and entitlements of a child with special needs.
The Legal Center for People With Disabilities
The legal Center is Colorado’s Protection and Advocacy Agency for persons with disabilities and older people. The Legal Center uses the legal system to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities and older people through direct legal representation, advocacy, education and legislative analysis. Staff members have expertise in advocacy for all ages and with a variety of entities, including school districts and state agencies. Staff at The Legal Center can advise parents about the processing for filing IDEA, section 504 and ADA complaints.
Colorado Rural Legal Services
Community Emergency Assistance Coalition (CEAC) 970-247-5786
La Plata Electric Association (La Plata Electric Grant Money can be accessed)
Community Connections Inc. Family Support Services Program (FSSP) - 970-259-2464
FSSP can offer financial support to families of children birth to 18 who have a delay in their development (0-5 only) or a developmental disability. Food Share is also available.
La Plata County Department of Human Services - 970-382-6150
The department offers many services to assist children and families who are transitioning in life. Some very beneficial programs include Food Stamps, which supplement monthly food budgets; Medicaid; LEAP—Low-Income Energy Assistance Program; Day-Care Assistance –helping with the cost of child care.
Southwest Community Resources - 970-259-1086
Food Commodities and housing assistance, etc…
The La Plata Family Centers Coalition (LPFCC)
A private, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering healthy self-sufficient families in La Plata County. LPFCC offers such programs as: playgroups for parents and children 0-6, family activities, parenting classes, support groups, Parents as Teachers services, Read Durango Read tutoring services, an Advocacy Program that supports healthy family growth and assists in efforts to become financially self-sufficient; and reduced-cost childcare for any parent participating in activities within the Centers. The Coalition has different centers throughout the county, each of which has a different character according to the needs of the community.
The Family Center of Durango - 970-385-4747
The Family Center of Bayfield - 970-884-9750
The Family Center Fort Lewis Mesa - 970-588-3366
The Family Center of Ignacio - 970-563-4566
Southwest Center for Independence - 970-259-1672
ARC of Southwest Colorado - 970-564-8050
Peak Parent Center - 800-284-0251
Caring.com - a leading senior care resource for family caregivers seeking information and support as they care for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones.
Please see the Durango Herald for an up-to-date listing of Support groups.
For recommendations and the most current information about child care, call the Family Center:
Colorado Child Care Assistance Program:
Available with Social Services which helps to pay the child care costs of eligible families.
San Juan Board of Cooperative Services/ Child Find
San Juan BOCES serves school aged children with special needs, ages 3-21. Please call for more information regarding children that fall in this age category. Child Find is a service through San Juan BOCES that is provided to children age birth through 21. Services include screening and evaluation and may include and assessment of the child’s developmental skills, hearing, vision, and health. Community screenings are held throughout the year. Please call if you have concerns about a child’s development.
For a complete listing of preschools in La Plata, San Juan and Archuleta counties, please see the local yellow pages.
Head Start Tri-County
Southern Ute Head Start & Early Head Start in Ignacio
Even Start Coordinator - Cell #
Southern Ute Indian Academy
Local Resources for Families
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