Apply for a position on the Council

The Council is actively recruiting new members and would like to urge individuals with background in the following areas to apply for membership:

  • K-12 Education
  • Accessible Transportation

If interested in becoming a member of the Council, please submit your application via the CDHS Boards and Commissions Application.

If interested in obtaining a position to the Council via appointment by Governor Jared Polis, please submit your application via the application on the Governor’s Boards and Commissions web page.

    • Individuals who have disabilities or those related to an individual with disabilities are encouraged to apply for Council membership.

Current Council Members

Julia (Miller) Beems, MA, Chair, Voting Member

Kathryn Ciano-McGee, Voting Member

Robert Hernandez, Voting Member

Steve Ruge, Governor Appointed, Voting Member

Sarah Smith, Non-Voting Member


Council Vacancies

Council Vacancy:  person with a disability,  voting member, partial term to expire 10/07/2020

Council Vacancy: provider of services to the disability community, non-voting member, partial term to expire 10/07/2021

Council Vacancy: Governor appointed position for an individual with sufficient knowledge of issues faced by members of the disability community, partial term to expire 10/07/2021

Council Vacancy: provider of services to the disability community, non-voting member, full term available

Membership – Appointment Statute

Per C.R.S 26-24-103, the Colorado Advisory Council for Persons with Disabilities follows the requirements for appointment to the Council as outlined below:

1) The Colorado advisory council for persons with disabilities is created in the state department.
2) The council consists of seven voting members and three nonvoting members and must reflect statewide participation and a commitment to the inclusion of persons with disabilities as follows:

a) Voting members include:
b) Two members selected by the governor; and
c) Five members selected by the executive director following a public application process for candidates. Of the five members selected pursuant to this subsection (2)(a)(II), at least three must be either a person with a disability or a family member of a person with a disability; and

3) Three nonvoting members, as appointed by the executive director, who must represent three separate types of organizations that provide services to the disability community.

a) Council members appointed pursuant to subsection (2)(a)(I) of this section shall serve three-year terms, and council members appointed pursuant to subsections (2)(a)(II) and (2)(b) of this section shall serve two-year terms. Subsequently appointed members shall serve two-year terms.
b) The original appointing entity shall appoint a qualified person to fill a vacancy on the council for the remainder of any unexpired term. If the original appointing entity does not appoint a person to fill the vacancy within sixty days after the date the vacancy arises, the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate, within ninety days after the date the vacancy arises, shall jointly appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy. If the speaker of the house of representatives and the president of the senate do not appoint a person to fill the vacancy within the ninety-day period, the council, by a majority vote, shall appoint a qualified person to fill the vacancy.
c) The council shall convene its first meeting on or before August 1, 2018, and meet at least quarterly thereafter. The meetings of the council shall also be held on call of the chair or at the request of at least three members of the council. The members of the council shall select the council chair at the first meeting. The council shall provide sufficient advance notice of each quarterly meeting to the individual employed by each state department who is responsible for coordinating departmental actions related to the federal “Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990”, 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq., as amended, so that such individuals can attend the quarterly meetings and provide updates to the council on individual departments’ programs and accessibility issues.
d) Except as provided for in section 2-2-326, council members shall not receive compensation for their time but may be reimbursed for actual and necessary expenses, including an allowance for mileage as provided in section 24-9-104 (2) and any reasonable and necessary expenses associated with providing accommodations for a council member’s disability.
e) The state department shall provide staff support to the council as necessary.