about ABC

Visits and tours are by appointment only.  You are welcome to request an Application for Services via this website.

A Brighter Community is a Program Approved Service Agency in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, where adults with developmental and intellectual dis-ABILITIES receive Gold Standard services from a highly devoted and caring staff.  We are regulated by the State of Colorado Department of Healthcare, Policy & Finance and the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment.  We also work closely with Community Centered Boards and other social services agencies.  ABC is a privately-owned company that has earned a reputation as an elite program.  We receive many applications for services, however, since we have limited space, enrollment at ABC can be competitive in nature.  


A Brighter Community is a labor of love by two women who invested everything they had to realize their dream of providing a meaningful life to exceptional people.  ABC was created by Robin Sattel, MS, a disability advocate, author, and mother of two with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Leah Martin, PhD, an author and passionate believer in the inherent worth of all people - especially our amazing participants, who are our friends. 


 ABC is a very active, flexible, on-the-go program that focuses on skill development, goal attainment, healthy living, choice making, advocacy, and friendship.  ABC is not the right program for everyone, however.  Our program is not set up to serve individuals who need interventions for behavior and/or mental health challenges, nor for individuals who have a strong need for routine and schedules.  There are great programs in our community for people who need supports in these areas. We would ask that you only submit an application if you know that our culture will be appropriate for your loved one.

Our “Whole Person” service delivery model is rooted in the concept of person-centered care.  While our Day Program may be our hallmark program, ABC offers a variety of other Medicaid-funded services, as well.  We offer these other services exclusively to our day program participants.  We have experienced that when multiple providers serve the same person, care can become siloed and communication can become muddled.  Our whole person philosophy enables us to focus on the wishes and desires of the individual from a holistic perspective.  As such, ABC prefers that our participants select ABC as their sole provider, however there may be times when we may make an exception at our discretion.  Our "Whole Person" philosophy promotes clear communication, consistency, continuity of care, and a high level of trust.  It also helps us to extend our culture of love, dignity and respect to our families and community partners.