Advocacy is vital in improving and sustaining quality of life for persons with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. To be effective, advocacy must take place at both the individual and system levels. Advocacy can be aimed at public officials, support systems and the general public.
The Arc Connecticut advocacy programs support, promote and protect the civil and human rights of people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in Connecticut and we work with The Arc of the United States to approach federal public policy with a values based voice to affect system change. The Arc Advocacy programs support individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities to become effective self-advocates.
Without strong advocacy at all levels, people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities may not have access to needed supports as well as opportunities to exercise inherent civil and human rights. Additionally, strong advocacy may be required to prevent and/or address abuse, neglect and exploitation that people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities may experience.
The Arc Connecticut offers a family education workshop series called "Navigate to Advocate." All workshops in this series are geared towards giving families the information they need to advocate they their loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are facing the transition from school services to adult services. Workshops included "After the Cap & Gown: How to Plan for the Future for adult Child with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities", "DDS 101", and "Legal and Financial Planning for You Adult Child with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities."
Our "After the Cap & Gown Workshop will be offered at locations around the state during Fall 2016 and Spring 2017. Follow The Arc Connecticut on Facebook for news and updates about workshops and other important events. Contact Director of Advocacy and Public Policy Shannon Jacovino at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up for our Arc Connecticut emails and budget action alerts.
You can visit The Arc Connecticut Handouts and Presentations Page for resources and handouts from previous workshops.
Birth to Three
Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress
Connecticut State Department of Education
Department of Developmental Services
DDS: Eligibility Requirements
DDS: Supports and Services
DDS: Family Respite Services
DDS: Self Advocacy
DDS: Help Line for Families
Family Empowerment Taskforce