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September 15, 2020


PUEBLO, CO– Today, on Tuesday, September 15 at 1:30 PM, Representative Daneya Esgar will be awarded Alliance’s Legislator of the Year Award during a ceremony held at Pueblo Diversified Industries. She will be recognized for her “consistent and thoughtful leadership to improve the lives of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families.”

Alliance members voted unanimously to present her with this award, citing her work on attempting to end the IDD waitlist, her sponsorship of the 2020 IDD Awareness Day Tribute, and her efforts to ensure that crucial programs, like the Children’s Extensive Supports and Supported Living Services waivers, were fully funded through a difficult budget year. In advance of receiving the award, Representative Esgar released the following statement.

“I am immensely proud and truly humbled to be receiving this award today,” said Rep. Daneya Esgar, D-Pueblo. “Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families have been at the forefront of my mind since I became a policymaker. This was a difficult year for all of our budget priorities, and while I’m proud of the work we did to maintain crucial funding for many programs that benefit the IDD community, I know that we have a great deal of work left to do. Receiving this award has only invigorated me to continue my partnership with Alliance and our work to improve the lives of countless Coloradans living with disabilities.”

Alliance is a nonprofit, statewide association of Community Centered Boards (CCBs) and Program Approved Services Agencies (PASAs) that is dedicated to strengthening services and supports for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Alliance members provide services to over 20,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Colorado and employ thousands of people to support them in every Colorado community. Visit their website:

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