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2019 is just around the corner and at this time of hope and new possibilities, we want to thank you for your past support of the Arc of Connecticut. With your support, in 2018 The Arc Connecticut:
• Sponsored legislation that led to the creation of the DDS Housing Innovation Pilot, which broadens the array of residential options and develops a body of learning that potentially results in expanding choice in residential support options for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who desperately need them;
• Advocated for the importance of increasing employment opportunities for individuals with I/DD resulting in funding to broaden the community-based provider system’s participation in a nationally acclaimed skill-building program;
• Organized the efforts of families and providers to successfully pass Special Act 18-2 An Act Concerning Minimum Employee Wages for Providers of State-Administered Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. This law sets a $14.75 minimum wage and represents the first pay increases in 12 years for many employees at community nonprofits.
• Served on the Human Services Committee of Governor-Elect Lamont’s Transition Team to put forth policy recommendations for the new administration to improve the lives of people with I/DD.
We are making a difference!
This year, Connecticut’s budget woes will continue to put the services and supports people with I/DD need to live and work in their communities at risk. In the past, deficits have led to proposals to cut and/or entirely eliminate funding for critical supports like Employment Services for new graduates, and Community First Choice.
With a very small staff and limited resources, The Arc Connecticut has always been at the forefront of successfully reversing the most devastating cuts and in challenging our state to do better. We stand ready to continue to lead the fight to not only protect, but also to expand and improve services. But to do that, we need your help.
Your donation today will help The Arc Connecticut ensure that the voices of people with I/DD and their families continue to be heard, and that the hope and possibility of the season become the reality of a great life in the community for people with I/DD.
We wish you and your family a wonderful Holiday Season and a productive 2019.
Win and Shannon