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Our mission is to protect the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and to promote their inclusion in all aspects of their communities. 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.
The 2019 legislative session began under the cloud of a $4.0 billion two-year budget deficit, leading to genuine concern that the new budget would contain devastating cuts to vital programs. Instead, Governor Lamont’s first proposed budget maintains services and supports for people with I/DD and looks to new revenue sources to defend the state’s safety net. Our advocacy- and your support- are making a difference!
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 a great life in the community for people with I/DD becomes a reality.
Win Evarts, Executive Director
Shannon Jacovino, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy
Tom Fiorentino, Board President