Center for People with Disabilities - AFB Directory Profile

General Information

Center for People with Disabilities
10317 Washington Street
Thornton, CO 80229
(303) 790-1390 (Local)

Brief Description

CPWD is a Center for Independent Living that provides the four core services of Advocacy, Information and Referral, Independent Living Skills Training, and Peer Counseling. CPWD also offers employment services, adjustment counseling services, and home health services.

Hours of operation: Monday-Thursday 8:00am to 5:00pm and Friday 8:00am to 12:00pm.
Clients served on average per year: 650
Number of staff: 45
Staff description: Over 50% of the staff and board of directors are individuals with disabilities.
Geographic area served: Counties served: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Gilpin, Jefferson and Weld.


615 North Main Street
Longmont, CO 80501

1675 Range Street
Boulder, CO 80301

10317 Washington Street
Thornton, CO 80229


Lisa Nelson, Director of Core Services, (303) 790-1390 205,
Melanie Shotwell, Beyond Vision Skills Trainer, (303) 790-1390 202,
Maria Stepanyan, Executive Director, (303) 442-8662,

Services Offered

Services for Adults

  • Business/Personal Services
    • People with disabilities are provided assistance with activities of daily living such as transferring, bathing, dressing, eating, and toileting. Services offered, include: Skilled nursing, Certified Nursing Assistants, homemaking and personal care provider.
  • Counseling
    • Individuals are offered a minimum of 6 sessions where they can process feelings, beliefs, behaviors, and any other aspects of adjusting to a disability. Sessions are one-on-one and held in a positive, safe and confidential environment. Counseling is provided by a Licensed Professional Counselor. This service is available to individuals with a disability or their family and friends.
  • Daily Living Skills/Independent Living Skills Training
    • Individual services are provided in-home to those with vision loss who wish to learn or re-learn independent living skills. These skills are also covered in a group format at our low vision peer support groups. Home visits allow for the hands on teaching of specific skills. CPWD also offers classes at our Boulder location for people who wish to learn independent living skills, including people who are transitioning from custodial care into the community.
  • Support Groups
    • Low vision peer support groups are offered across five counties and meet monthly. Groups are held in senior centers, retirement communities, and senior housing locations. CPWD also offers cross-disability peer groups held at the Boulder office.
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