National Disability Employment Awareness Month 


October has been designated as National Disability Employment Awareness Month. 

People who experience disability must adapt on some level every day of their lives. During this past year and a half, we have been forced to adapt to the changes put upon us due to the health and safety risks caused by the spread of COVID-19. It has not been easy, but we must remember that we are resilient beings, and we are stronger when we work together.

This is a list of just some of the local resources and programs here in our tribal community and in La Plata County that may be able to assist you. Everyone needs assistance from time to time, there is no shame in reaching out for help. 

Disability Support Services:

  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation Program: 970-563-4730
  • Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation: 970-247-3161
  • La Plata County Veterans’ Services: 970-759-0117
  • Southwest Center for Independence: 970-259-1672 
  • Community Connections: 970-259-2464 
  • Adaptive Sports Association: 970-259-0374

Mental Health Support:

  • Southern Ute Behavioral Health Department: 970-563-5700
  • Axis Health Systems: 970-259-2162, CRISIS LINE: 844-493-8255


  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe TERO: 970-563-0117
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe TEAMS Program: 970-563-4750 
  • Southwest Colorado Workforce Center: 970-247-3161


  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe Education Department: 970-563-2784
  • Durango Adult Education Center: 970-385-4354
  • Southern Colorado Community Action Agency: 970-563-4517
  • Pueblo Community College: 970 385-2020
  • Fort Lewis College: 970-247-7184
  • San Juan College: 505-326-3311


  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe CHR: 970-563-4784
  • Southern Ute Elders Department: 970-563-0156
  • Southwest Rides: 970-259-1672
  • Durango Transit Opportunity Bus: 970-247-3577
  • Ignacio Road Runner Bus: 970-563-4545, Dial-a-ride: 970-799-6201

Food Assistance:

  • Southern Ute Food Distribution Program: 970-563-2531
  • La Plata County Food Stamps/PEAK: 970-382-6150
  • Durango Community Food Distribution: 970-375-2672
  • Pine River Shares: 970-884-6040
  • Manna Soup Kitchen: 970-385-5095
  • Durango Food Bank: 970-375-2672  

“A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles.” – Christopher Reeve

Tüvüchi Toghoyaqh to all you everyday heroes out there from the Southern Ute Indian Tribe Vocational Rehabilitation staff.

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