Frequently Asked Questions

How long has Imagine! been serving people with developmental disabilities?

Imagine! was established in 1963 as a private, not-for-profit organization and as the first community-centered board (CCB) in Colorado.


What is a community-centered board (CCB)?

A CCB is a local area’s single point of entry into local, state and federally funded programs for people with developmental disabilities in a community. Imagine! is currently one of 20 CCBs in Colorado, serving Boulder and Broomfield counties.


Are Imagine!’s services limited to CCB functions?

No. In addition to serving as a state CCB, Imagine! also provides services designed to incorporate people with developmental, cognitive and physical challenges into the fabric of their communities. Services include case management services, educational and therapeutic services, job training and placement, therapeutic recreation, opportunities for community living, behavioral health services, technology solutions and support for families.


How many people does Imagine! serve?

Last year, Imagine! provided support services to more than 3,425 people of all ages and their families.


What services does Imagine! provide?

Imagine! provides case management services, educational and therapeutic services, job training and placement, therapeutic recreation, opportunities for community living, behavioral health services, technology solutions and support for families.


What is a developmental disability?

A developmental disability is a disability that occurs before a person reaches 22 years of age and creates a substantial and lasting handicap for the person. Developmental disabilities can result from conditions such as cerebral palsy, epilepsy, autism or other neurological impairments when those impairments hamper general intellectual functioning.


What is a developmental delay?

A developmental delay is the slowed or impaired development of a child under five who is at risk of having a developmental disability because of the presence of one or more of the following:

  • Congenital syndromes and conditions associated with delay in development
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Prenatal and perinatal infections and significant medical problems
  • Low birth weight infants weighing less than 1,200 grams (2.64 pounds).
  • Postnatal acquired problems known to result in significant developmental delays.
  • A child under five who is delayed in development in one or more of the following areas: communication, self-help, social-emotional, motor skills, sensory development or cognition.
  • A child under three who lives with one or both parents who have a developmental disability.

What age groups does Imagine! serve?

Imagine!’s services begin at birth and last throughout the lives of Imagine! consumers.


How many service providers does Imagine! work with?

In addition to providing services, Imagine! does business with more than 200 service providers to ensure that consumers and their families have access to a wide and varied range of options when choosing services.


How is Imagine! funded?

More than 60% of funding for Imagine!’s services comes from Federal Medicaid dollars. Another 19% comes from city and county funding. Other revenue sources include the State of Colorado, donations and grants, non-Medicaid federal dollars and private fees for service.


What economic impact does Imagine! have on the communities it serves?

Imagine! serves more than 3,425 people and invests $32 million annually within the communities we serve and with over 500 of its businesses.


What social impact does Imagine! have on the communities it serves?

Imagine! positively impacts the individuals we serve through a variety of customized services and programs, provides families and consumers the knowledge and tools to help them make informed choices as they work toward their goals and empowers consumers to become active, contributing participants in their communities.


What are Imagine!’s administrative costs?

Imagine!’s fundraising and administrative costs are 10%, demonstrating the fact that we focus our money and efforts on programs that impact the community.