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200 Research Parkway
Meriden, CT, 06450

(203)514-3028

The Arc Connecticut is an advocacy organization committed to protecting the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to promoting opportunities for their full inclusion in the life of their communities.

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Upcoming Events

Intelligent Lives Documentary & Panel Discussion 2nd Showing!
Jan
17
6:30 PM18:30

Intelligent Lives Documentary & Panel Discussion 2nd Showing!

  • New England Assitive Technology Center (NEAT) (map)
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From award-winning filmmaker Dan Habib comes INTELLIGENT LIVES, a catalyst to transform the label of intellectual disability from a life sentence of isolation into a life of possibility for the most systematically segregated people in America.

INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S.

INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment, and intimate relationships.

Film length: 70 minutes, with a 40 minute panel discussion after.

***SNOW DATE 1/18/19, same time and location***

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SPACE WILL BE LIMITED, SO PLEASE RSVP TO RESERVE YOUR SEAT(S) TODAY!
SEATS ARE FIRST COME FIRST SERVE.

This event is brought to you by The Arc Connecticut, Favarh, Marc of Manchester, Futures, Inc., Oak Hill, Harc, The CT Council on Developmental Disabilities, Disability Rights Connecticut and Connecticut Cross Disability Lifespan Alliance,
Connecticut State Independent Council.

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Understanding Government Benefits for Special Needs Families
Jan
17
7:00 PM19:00

Understanding Government Benefits for Special Needs Families

Free workshop for parents and caregivers of teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are currently receiving or will be seeking services through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS). 

Benefits Covered will include:  

  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)

  • Medicaid

  • Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Plan (SNAP)

  • Housing Choice Voucher Program

  • Social Security Disability Income (SSDI)

  • Medicare

  • ABLE Accounts

Presenter Michael Beloff

Inspired by his son with Autism, Michael has become a Chartered Special Needs Consultant (ChSNC®) with extensive training and continuing education on the complex topics and particular challenges of caring for a dependent with special needs, including the constant changes in federal and state laws. Michael’s expertise and ability to educate and empower has made him a noted speaker on the topic of special needs planning at both national and local venues including the National Autism Association, the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress, the Autism Society of America, the US Autism and Asperger Association and COPAA. He has also appeared on CNN and in various publications including Financial Advisor magazine.

ALL ARE WELCOME BUT YOU MUST RSVP

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Changing Expectations: Understand How Funding Impacts Choice & Options for People with I/DD
Nov
19
6:30 PM18:30

Changing Expectations: Understand How Funding Impacts Choice & Options for People with I/DD

Free workshop for parents and caregivers of teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are currently receiving or will be seeking services through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

Topics covered will include: 
>>Basic facts about how Medicaid, the primary funding source for adult services, impacts funding, choices and options
>>Challenges that make funding for adult services uncertain
>>Guidance on how to use this information to advocate for your loved ones and to create more choice & opportunity for all adults with I/DD

All are welcome, but you must RSVP at arcctRSVP@gmail.com

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After the Cap& Gown: Preparing for the future for students with I/DD
Nov
8
6:30 PM18:30

After the Cap& Gown: Preparing for the future for students with I/DD

  • Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce (map)
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Preparing for the future for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are facing the transition from school to adult services. 

For parents and caregivers of teens and young adults, age 13-21, who meet the eligibility criteria and will be seeking services from for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) upon high school graduation. 

Topics covered will include: what services will be available to young adults when they transition from school to adult services and how to advocate for school and adult services for your child or loved one with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

RSVP to Shannon Jacovino, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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66th Annual Arc Connecticut Board Meeting and Dinner
Nov
5
5:00 PM17:00

66th Annual Arc Connecticut Board Meeting and Dinner

We hope that you will join us at our Annual Dinner on Monday, November 5, 2018 to celebrate our successful advocacy efforts of the past year and the tremendous progress our organization makes every year in making Connecticut a better place for people with I/DD to live, work, play and pursue their dreams.  

 

This year, we will be meeting and dining at Baci Grill, 134 Berlin Road, Cromwell, CT from 5:00pm to 9:00pm.  We have reserved the Rose Garden, which is a large room in the rear of the restaurant.  Stair and wheelchair access is in the front of the building and additional stair access is off the parking lot in the rear. 

 

The evening will include an efficient Arc Board meeting including an election of officers and board members, a report on the work that The Arc engaged in over the last year, and awards to recognize the outstanding efforts of individuals that helped us in our campaign to protect the rights of individuals with I/DD and promote opportunities for their inclusion in the full lives of their communities.  

 

This year’s dinner will be a buffet format including a salad, a choice of entrée, and a dessert.  The entrée choices will feature vegan and gluten-free options.  The cost of the dinner is $40.00 and there will be a cash bar.  You can make a reservation and pay at:

 

Shannon and I look forward to seeing you!

 

Thank you for your support,

 Win Evarts

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After the Cap& Gown: Preparing for the future for students with I/DD
Oct
25
6:30 PM18:30

After the Cap& Gown: Preparing for the future for students with I/DD

Preparing for the future for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are facing the transition from school to adult services. 

For parents and caregivers of teens and young adults, age 13-21, who meet the eligibility criteria and will be seeking services from for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) upon high school graduation. 

Topics covered will include: what services will be available to young adults when they transition from school to adult services and how to advocate for school and adult services for your child or loved one with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

RSVP to Shannon Jacovino, Director of Advocacy & Public Policy of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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Intelligent Lives - Fairfield County Showing
Oct
24
7:30 PM19:30

Intelligent Lives - Fairfield County Showing

See the Connecticut premiere of the award winning film, INTELLIGENT LIVES at the Bow Tie Cinema in Wilton. One night limited screening. Buy your tickets today!

INTELLIGENT LIVES stars three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Micah, Naieer, and Naomie – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce. Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the shameful and ongoing track record of intelligence testing in the U.S. 

INTELLIGENT LIVES challenges what it means to be intelligent, and points to a future in which people of all abilities can fully participate in higher education, meaningful employment and intimate relationships.

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New Workshop! Understanding Funding for People with I/DD
Oct
16
7:00 PM19:00

New Workshop! Understanding Funding for People with I/DD

Free workshop for parents and caregivers of teens and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) who are currently receiving or will be seeking services through the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).

Topics covered will include: 
>>Basic facts about how Medicaid, the primary funding source for adult services, impacts funding, choices and options
>>Challenges that make funding for adult services uncertain
>>Guidance on how to use this information to advocate for your loved ones and to create more choice & opportunity for all adults with I/DD

All are welcome, but you must RSVP at arcctRSVP@gmail.com. 

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Bruce Gillespie Art Day at The University of Hartford
Sep
6
12:30 PM12:30

Bruce Gillespie Art Day at The University of Hartford

Artist Bruce Gillespie has Down syndrome. He and Samuel Goldenberg’s paths intersected at the Danbury Regional Center in the 1970’s when Goldenberg noticed Gillespie’s artistic ability, and used his art for promotional posters of music events that raised money for special education. Gillespie’s work often touched upon biblical subjects, and in 1976, Gillespie and Goldenberg began a collaboration to illustrate a children’s Bible. Gillespie’s work, “The Creation,” was first shown in exhibition at the Knights of Columbus Museum in New Haven, Conn. Now in his 60s, Gillespie continues to draw and paint at a day program in Danbury and participates in the Special Olympics.

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Arc Summer Family Gathering
Jun
24
4:00 PM16:00

Arc Summer Family Gathering

Please join us for an informal evening. See old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy good food and drink while supporting the advocacy work of The Arc Connecticut and its grassroots Families for Families advocacy group.

Beer, wine and soft drinks will be served. Food provided by Marianne Wilson’s Complete Catering

Tickets are $50.00 per person and $100.00 for a family of up to 3 people. Self-advocate tickets are $10.00 or pay what you can at the door. 

Please purchase your tickets or RSVP no later than Monday, June 18, 2018.

Hosts
Caroleigh and Win Evarts
Marina and Bryan Derman
Kathleen Fong
Candace and Mickey Herbst
Vicky and Tom Reynolds
Susan and Finn Swarting

All proceeds will benefit the advocacy efforts of The Arc Connecticut, the state's oldest and largest advocacy organization for people with intellectual disabilities and their families. 

 

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Join Us In Saying Thank You to Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.!
May
23
4:30 PM16:30

Join Us In Saying Thank You to Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr.!

  • The Home of Senator Beth Bye and Tracey Wilson (map)
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Join The Arc Connecticut and Senator Beth Bye for an evening of cocktails and hors d'oeuvres to thank Senator Ted Kennedy, Jr. for his advocacy efforts on behalf of the disability community. 

Tickets are $50.00 per person and $100.00 for a family of up to 4 people. 

Please purchase your tickets or RSVP no later than Friday, May 18, 2018. 

All proceeds will benefit the advocacy efforts of The Arc Connecticut, the state's oldest and largest advocacy organization for people with intellectual disablities and their families. 

Food will be provided by The Kitchen at Future's Inc.

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SAVE THE DATE! Building a Great Life Conference
Apr
19
8:30 AM08:30

SAVE THE DATE! Building a Great Life Conference

For Self-Advocates, Parents, Caregivers, Siblings and Providers!

REGISTRATION: $10.00 per person

KEYNOTE:

Ann and Rud Turnbull:
IDEA’s Role in Building a Great Life

WORKSHOPS ON MANY TOPICS! VENDOR DISPLAYS

Video screenings and discussions!
Come for all or part of the day!

Stay tuned for the full brochure and registration information in February!

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5th Annual Arc Connecticut Family Hearing Day at The Capitol
Feb
21
10:30 AM10:30

5th Annual Arc Connecticut Family Hearing Day at The Capitol

  • Legislative Office Building, Room 1C (map)
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Last year more than 1,000 people with I/DD and their families came to the Capitol to tell legislators their stories and legislators listened. 

The struggle to keep the services people with I/DD have, while trying to secure funding for systems change for thousands in need of services gets harder every year. Making progress is in these difficult times will require that all who have services and all who need services do your part. This is not someone else's fight. It is up to you! 

The sign up to testify will take place in Room 1C of the Legislative Office Building between 9:15am-10:00am. Testimony will be first come, first serve. Please bring 2 copies of your testimony whether you plan to testify in person or not.  

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Harc, Inc. Life After Birth to Three: Advocating for Your Child - FREE!
Aug
31
5:00 PM17:00

Harc, Inc. Life After Birth to Three: Advocating for Your Child - FREE!

Is your child leaving a birth to three program? What's next? What do all those letters mean (PPT, IEP)? What are my rights? Do I need a lawyer or another advocate to be heard?

Come and learn how to advocate for your child in your school system's special education programs.

Two attorneys from Mickelson, Jacobs & Bozek, LLC and experienced Birth to Three providers will give you tips and all the do's and don'ts to get the best educational outcomes for your child.

A light snack and child care will be provided. Space is limited, so sign up soon!

Click here to RSVP.

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SOS! Save Our Services Lobby Day
Jul
18
10:30 AM10:30

SOS! Save Our Services Lobby Day

  • Legislative Office Building, Room 1D (map)
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DON'T MISS OUT ON THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SAVE YOUR SERVICES!

Legislators will meet to discuss and possibly vote on a budget next Tuesday, July 18th.

This gives us a chance to make sure legislators to vote on a budget NOW that:

  • Funds Day & Employment Services for New Graduates
  • Does not eliminate Community First Choice
  • Contains Waiting List funding through The IDD Partnership
  • Fully Funds Community Nonprofits 

In order to do this, we will need to pack the house! Come even if you can't spend the whole day!

We will assemble in Room 1D at Legislative Office Building for a very brief training on how to lobby legislators, then we will head over to the Capitol as a group. 


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Advanced Screening: CPTV "Building A Great Life" Documentary
May
10
5:30 PM17:30

Advanced Screening: CPTV "Building A Great Life" Documentary

Building A Great Life  is a documentary produced by CPTV in partnership with the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities, The University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities and the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities. Building A Great Life examines the moral and fiscal debates concerning the closing of Connecticut's institutions that provide residential care for people with intellectual disabilities.

Come see an Advanced Screening of Building a Great Life on May 10, 2017 from 5:30pm-7:30pm at the NEAT Center at Oak Hill, 33 Coventry St., Hartford. Seating is limited, so click here to reserve your ticket today. 

 

The production premieres on CPTV on May 11, 2017 at 8 PM. It will air again on CPTV on May 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM and on June 19, 2017 at 10:00 PM

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Display -  The Pennhurst Story - From Tragedy to Disability Rights
May
10
10:30 AM10:30

Display - The Pennhurst Story - From Tragedy to Disability Rights

  • Legislative Office Building Concourse (map)
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The Pennhurst State School and Hospital was at the heart of the civil and human rights movement that changed the way the world saw people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Horrible neglect at Pennhurst resulted in Supreme Court litigation that turned the tide on people’s views on institutionalization around the world. Through preservation and adaptive re-use of the historic Pennhurst campus, the Pennhurst Memorial and Preservation Alliance seeks to ensure that those achievements won at Pennhurst are neither lost nor forgotten.  

This display depicts the timeline from the institution's opening, through the battles to create better lives for the people with disabilities who lived there, to its closing in 1987. It will be available for viewing between 9:00 am -1:00 pm on the Concourse between the Legislative Office Building and the Capitol. The opening ceremony at 10:30 AM will include presentations by Dr. James Conroy and invited legislative leaders. All are invited. 

 

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GREATER NEW HAVEN AREA - MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS! ALL FAMILIES & PEOPLE WITH I/DD WELCOME!
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

GREATER NEW HAVEN AREA - MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS! ALL FAMILIES & PEOPLE WITH I/DD WELCOME!

HOSTED BY THE ARC OF GREATER NEW HAVEN & SARAH, INC.

Children and Adults with differing abilities who receive state funding for services now or who will need assistance in the future have a lot to be concerned about! Families, local legislators, and community members will come together to discuss the crisis in funding for these critical services.

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

  • Restore funding for Day & Employment Services for new graduates!
  • Restore funding for Family Support Services!
  • Protect Birth to Three Early Intervention Services!
  • Support developing moreoptions for people with I/DD!
  • Stabilize community based supports!

All are welcome. Please RSVP to Shannon Jacovino at thearcct@gmail.com. Please indicate with meeting you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

 

 

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MANCHESTER AREA - MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS! ALL FAMILIES & PEOPLE WITH I/DD WELCOME!
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

MANCHESTER AREA - MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS! ALL FAMILIES & PEOPLE WITH I/DD WELCOME!

Children and Adults with differing abilities who receive state funding for services now or who will need assistance in the future have a lot to be concerned about! Families, local legislators, and community members will come together to discuss the crisis in funding for these critical services.

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

  • Restore funding for Day & Employment Services for new graduates!
  • Restore funding for Family Support Services!
  • Protect Birth to Three Early Intervention Services!
  • Support developing moreoptions for people with I/DD!
  • Stabilize community based supports!

All are welcome. Please RSVP to Shannon Jacovino at thearcct@gmail.com. Please indicate with meeting you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

 

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NORWALK AREA - MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS! ALL FAMILIES & PEOPLE WITH I/DD WELCOME
Apr
18
6:00 PM18:00

NORWALK AREA - MEET YOUR LEGISLATORS! ALL FAMILIES & PEOPLE WITH I/DD WELCOME

Children and Adults with differing abilities who receive state funding for services now or who will need assistance in the future have a lot to be concerned about! Families, local legislators, and community members will come together to discuss the crisis in funding for these critical services.

Let Your Voice Be Heard!

  • Restore funding for Day & Employment Services for new graduates!
  • Restore funding for Family Support Services!
  • Protect Birth to Three Early Intervention Services
  • Support developing moreoptions for people with I/DD
  • Stabilize community based supports

All are welcome. Please RSVP to Shannon Jacovino at thearcct@gmail.com. Please indicate with meeting you plan to attend. Light refreshments will be provided.

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4th Annual Arc CT Family Hearing Day
Feb
7
10:00 AM10:00

4th Annual Arc CT Family Hearing Day

  • The Legislative Office Building, Room 2C (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

For the past 3 years, hundreds of families have converged on the Capitol for The Arc Connecticut Family Hearing Day to tell legislators their stories and to ask for funding for the supports their loved ones with I/DD need to live in the community.

The fight to keep the services people with I/DD have, while trying to secure funding for thousands in need of services gets harder every year. Making progress is in these difficult times will require that all who have services and all who need services do your part. This is not someone else's fight. It is up to you!

TAKE THE DAY OFF!  TELL YOUR FRIENDS!  ORGANIZE A CARPOOL! COME TO THE CAPITOL FOR THE 4TH ANNUAL FAMILY HEARING DAY!

Sign up will take place in the 2nd Floor Atrium of the Legislative Office Building between 9:15 - 10:00 am. Testimony will be first come, first serve. Please bring 5 copies of your testimony whether you plan to testify in person or not. 

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Housing Alternatives Conference for people with I/DD, Parents, Family Members and Advocates
Nov
19
9:00 AM09:00

Housing Alternatives Conference for people with I/DD, Parents, Family Members and Advocates

With endless waiting lists for all DDS services and no plan in place to serve people, more families are beginning to look for alternatives the traditional DDS service route.

The Arc Connecticut, with support from the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities, is teaming up with The Family Empowerment Task Force to give families information about alternative sources of funding and resources that are available to people with I/DD.

The day will include:

  • A brief press conference to release a groundbreaking new policy paper on the state of housing and supports in Connecticut for people with I/DD.
  • Information on our new online statewide roommate matching service.

  • Information about our new Housing Resources Guide for People with I/DD.

  • A Panel Discussion with families who have opted out the endless wait for funding and the traditional DDS group model and are supporting their loved ones living their own lives in the community NOW. This will include families who: have implemented CRS, private apartments or other novel arrangements; are using mix of public funding sources including DDS Waivers, Community First Choice and others; and are using a mix a self-directed and agency staffing. 

This conference is free of charge but seating is first come first serve. Lunch will be provided.  The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Click below to reserve your spot today! 

  

For more information contact Melissa Marshall at melissa.marshall@snet.net.

 

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64th Annual Business Meeting & Dinner
Nov
1
6:00 PM18:00

64th Annual Business Meeting & Dinner

 

Tuesday,
November 1, 2016

Farmington Gardens
999 Farmington Ave
Farmington, CT

Business Meeting: 6:00PM
Dinner Immediately Following

Ways to RSVP:

There are two ways to RSVP for the event.
If you would like to pay via credit card click the "Pay Now" button below. If you wish to pay via cash or check click the "Pay Later" button and either bring it with you to the event or mail it directly to us.

Make checks payable to The Arc Connecticut and mail to:

The Arc Connecticut
43 Woodland Street
Suite 260
Hartford, CT 06105

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The Arc Quinebaug Valley - Legislative Meeting
Mar
28
6:30 PM18:30

The Arc Quinebaug Valley - Legislative Meeting


The best way to stop deep cuts and to protect the valuable services you need is to have families speak directly with local legislators. Tell your story! Ask questions! Make your voice heard!

Items that you may want to discuss:

  • The DDS budget has been cut by more than $50 million over the past 3 years.
  • There are now more than 2,000 people on the DDS Residential Waiting & Planning Lists.
  • In June 2015, DDS announced a new Waiting List for Day & Employment Services.
  • The future of services for 2016 graduates is uncertain.
  • The Governor has proposed an additional $59 million in cuts to the DDS budget to address the budget shortfall. All

Contact: Crystal Simonson
860.774.2827

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THE ARC OF THE FARMINGTON VALLEY - LEGISLATIVE MEETING
Mar
19
10:00 AM10:00

THE ARC OF THE FARMINGTON VALLEY - LEGISLATIVE MEETING

  • Favarh (ARC of the Farmington Valley) (map)
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After The Cap & Gown: A Meeting for Transitioning Families & Legislators

This will be a two part meeting where families and legislators will come together for a presentation and discussion on the following topics:

  • DDS 101: A Primer for Families on How to Navigate the DDS System

  • Legislative Advocacy 101:  How to Secure Funding for Your Adult

SPONSORED BY:  The ARC CT and Favarh

Refreshments will be Served.


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Arc New London County - Legislative Meetings
Mar
10
5:00 PM17:00

Arc New London County - Legislative Meetings

  • 52 Sacred Heart Drive Groton, CT, 06340 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

New London County legislators have been invited to hear about local family and provider issues.  Secretary of State will also attend to speak about the new voting law which allows people with disabilities to vote from home.

Contact: Meghan Horan
860.889.4435, ext. 116


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Marc Community Resources - Legislative Meeting
Mar
9
7:30 AM07:30

Marc Community Resources - Legislative Meeting

  • CT State Capitol Building, Room 310 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Providers will discuss current issues that affect local families, get answers about the confusing network of services & service systems.  Families will discuss their issues and legislators will address their stance on issues and answer questions.

Contact Ben Davies
860.342.0700


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The Arc of Litchfield County - Legislative Meeting
Mar
2
6:30 PM18:30

The Arc of Litchfield County - Legislative Meeting

  • 314 Main Street Torrington, CT, 06790 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

I/DD Caucus leader State Representative Jay Case, will be joined by other Litchfield County legislators to hear families concerns and to have a discussion about services for people with intellectual disabilities.

Contact: Christina Emery
860.482.9364


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3rd Annual Family Action Day at the Capitol!
Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

3rd Annual Family Action Day at the Capitol!

Dear Friends & Allies,

Many of you know that the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) budget has been cut by more than $50 million in the past 3 years. Most of those cuts have been aimed directly at community based Residential and Day & Employment Services. As a result, in addition to there being more than 2,000 people on the Residential Waiting List, there are now about 100 people on the Waiting List for Day & Employment supports as well.

At this point the outlook for DDS funding for 2016 graduates is uncertain. 

Both the CT Mirror and The Hartford Courant have reported that we have another $500 million deficit heading into the next legislative session which will start next Wednesday, February 3. In light of this, most are expecting to see more cuts DDS services in the Governor's budget recommendations which will be released next week.

Connecticut already has one interminable waiting list for DDS community residential supports, are we creating another endless waiting list for Day & Employment supports as well?  


What can you do?

1. Plan to attend Family Action Day 2016 and spread the word!

Share this email with other families, your providers, your school transition coordinator, your Special Olympics contacts, camp contacts and others who care about the lives of people with I/DD. Ask them to come to Family Action Day and to spread the word with their contacts as well.

2. Contact your State Senator and you State Representative. Let them know you will be at the Capitol and ask them to attend Family Action Day 2016. 
Click here to find your legislators. 

3. Print and fill out these forms to deliver to Governor Malloy and your legislators on Family Action Day asking them to:

  • Agree on a plan to invest DDS institutional savings and efficiencies into funding for community based supports for people languishing on DDS waiting lists.
  • Pass a comprehensive "DDS Family's Rights" bill.
  • Stop the further erosion of DDS funding for community supports.

Click here to print forms. Filling them out completely beforehand will make your day go much more smoothly on February 10th.  Fill out all 3 forms: One for Governor Malloy. One for your State Senator. One for your State Representative. 

 4. Like The Arc Connecticut and The Family Empowerment Task Force on Facebook to receive ongoing information about DDS funding and actions you can't take to advocate for your loved ones.



For more information contact Shannon Jacovino at sjacovino@thearcct.org 
or at 860 246-6400, ext. 102

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Legal and Financial Planning: For your Child with Special Needs
Jan
13
7:00 PM19:00

Legal and Financial Planning: For your Child with Special Needs

  • Nathan Hale High School Library (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS
  • What steps do I take to ensure I have the legal right to continue to make critical decisions about child’s life and safety once he/she turns 18?
  • Should I become my child’s Guardian? Conservator? What are the implications of my choice?

  • What steps do I need to take to secure my child’s financial future once I am gone?

  • What is a special needs trust?

  • How can I save for my child’s future without disrupting their benefits?

  • How can I save for my child’s future when I can’t even save for my own?

If you have a child with special needs who is approaching adulthood you need to have these questions answered. 

The Arc Connecticut is offering this presentation free of charge to families as part of our Families for Families program. Our goal is to give families the information and tools you need to advocate for your children and loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities.


Presenters

Frank Cathcart, is a principle partner in the law firm Steinberg & Cathcart. He has been an attorney in the Hartford area for more than 30 years specializing in Elder & Probate law.

Michael Beloff has been a Financial Advisor since 2001 and joined Barnum Financial Group, an office of MetLife in 2009. As part of MetLife’s Center for Special Needs Planning, Michael speaks regularly on issues important to families with special needs children. Michael’s son Ben has been diagnosed with autism and will continuing supports throughout his life.

The Arc Connecticut is grateful to Mr. Cathcart and Mr. Beloff for donating their time . The purpose of this presentation is solely to provide families with information. It is in no way an advertisement or endorsement for the services offered by the presenters.


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