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200 Research Parkway
Meriden, CT, 06450

(860) 874-8100 or (203) 984-7543

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

Understanding ABLE Accounts - West Hartford
Oct
10
5:45 PM17:45

Understanding ABLE Accounts - West Hartford

This presentation is being sponsored by West Hartford Public Schools.

For People with Disabilities and Families Who Have Questions About ABLE and are Interested in Opening an Account.

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts allow people with disabilities to set aside up to $15,000 a year or more in tax-free savings accounts without affecting their eligibility for government benefits. But many people are unsure about how to apply for ABLE accounts or how they can be used.

Participants will receive an overview on ABLE accounts and on several of the plans that are available in Connecticut. We will then we will walk you through the ABLE account opening process and answer any questions you may have.  Computers will be available, so everyone who wishes to will have the option to leave with an open ABLE account!


Presenter: Andrew Komarow

From his personal experience as an individual with ASD, he was inspired to created Planning Across the Spectrum to specifically work with indi-viduals, families, and care teams of those with special needs. Andrew is a known local advocate for Autism awareness and serves on the board of the Autism Resources and Services CT. Andrew is CFP®, Behavioral Financial Advisor (BFA™), and Chartered Special Needs Con-sultant (ChSNC®) among his other designations.

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Government Benefits for Your Loved One With Special Needs
Oct
15
6:30 PM18:30

Government Benefits for Your Loved One With Special Needs

This workshop will provide a greater understanding of the various government benefits available to your loved one. It will discuss in detail how to qualify, maximize, and preserve benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSDI), Medicaid, Medicare, and the ABLE Act.

Presenter: Stuart Hawkins, Futures Planned, LLC
Stuart has been a financial advisor for 28 years, with a focus and passion for Special Needs Planning (SNP) since 2005. His journey as the parent of a young adult with special challenges enables him to offer in-depth knowledge, compassion, and experience to his SNP clients. He has presented workshops to over 70 organizations throughout the state of CT.

Space will be limited, so you must RSVP below.

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2019 Harvest of Hope Cocktail Party & Silent Auction
Oct
20
4:00 PM16:00

2019 Harvest of Hope Cocktail Party & Silent Auction

The Harvest of Hope Cocktail Party & Silent Auction is The Arc Connecticut’s main annual fundraising event. Please join us for handmade hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, soft drinks and good company to help support the important work of The Arc Connecticut on behalf of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in Connecticut and their families.

Silent Auction Items Will Include
Red Sox Tickets
Gift Cards to Popular Local Restaurants
Baskets for Every Taste-Beer, Wine, Scotch, Bourbon, Coffee
Theater & Concert Tickets
Cape Cod Weekend Getaway for up to 6-8
Kids' Themed Items-the Holidays are coming!
Golf Outing at Shelter Harbour in Rhode Island
Spa Days & Salon Services
Beautiful Original Artwork
And More!

Host Committee: Tom Fiorentino and Shelagh McClure, Donna Fiorentino and Terry Ward, Lisa and Phil Roland, Jim and Anita Schepker, Fay & Rick Lenz, Win & Caroleigh Evarts

Yes, I'd like to attend and pay now
I can't attend, but want to donate

YES, I’D LIKE TO ATTEND AND PAY AT THE DOOR

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Housing After High School
Oct
24
6:30 PM18:30

Housing After High School

Presenter: Walter Glomb, Executive Director, Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities

Where will your son or daughter with a developmental disability live as an adult?

The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with The Arc Connecticut and The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has compiled strategies and resources to assist families in their quests for housing and supports.

Learn how Life Course Planning principles, DDS Home and Community Based Waiver services, affordable housing, technology, and other state services can be combined to create customized living arrangements for our adult children who live with developmental disabilities.

 

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Understanding ABLE Accounts - Manchester
Oct
29
6:30 PM18:30

Understanding ABLE Accounts - Manchester

For People with Disabilities and Families Who Have Questions About ABLE and are Interested in Opening an Account.

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts allow people with disabilities to set aside up to $15,000 a year or more in tax-free savings accounts without affecting their eligibility for government benefits. But many people are unsure about how to apply for ABLE accounts or how they can be used.

Participants will receive an overview on ABLE accounts and on several of the plans that are available in Connecticut. We will then we will walk you through the ABLE account opening process and answer any questions you may have.  Computers will be available, so everyone who wishes to will have the option to leave with an open ABLE account!

This presentation is being sponsored by The Arc Connecticut and Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC).


Presenter: Andrew Komarow

From his personal experience as an individual with ASD, he was inspired to created Planning Across the Spectrum to specifically work with indi-viduals, families, and care teams of those with special needs. Andrew is a known local advocate for Autism awareness and serves on the board of the Autism Resources and Services CT. Andrew is CFP®, Behavioral Financial Advisor (BFA™), and Chartered Special Needs Con-sultant (ChSNC®) among his other designations.

This is a free presentation, but you must RSVP to attend.

YES! I plan to attend!

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Government Benefits for Your Loved One With Special Needs
Nov
6
6:30 PM18:30

Government Benefits for Your Loved One With Special Needs

THIS WORKSHOP IS SPONSORED BY THE ARC EASTERN CONNECTICUT AND
PRESENTED BY STUART HAWKINS OF FUTURESPLANNED, LLC.

This workshop is free of charge for people with I/DD and families who are involved with planning for a loved one with a disability. This workshop will provide a greater understanding of the various government benefits available to your loved one.  It will discuss in detail how to qualify, maximize, and preserve benefits such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability (SSDI), Medicaid, Medicare, and the ABLE Act.

Stuart Hawkins has been a financial advisor for 28 years, with a focus and passion for Special Needs Planning (SNP) since 2005. His journey as the parent of a young adult with special challenges enables him to offer in-depth knowledge, compassion, and experience. He has presented workshops to over 70 organizations throughout the state of CT.

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EVENT POSTPONED!  West Hartford/Farmington Valley Families for Families Kick Off: Funding Presentation & Dance
Jul
25
6:00 PM18:00

EVENT POSTPONED! West Hartford/Farmington Valley Families for Families Kick Off: Funding Presentation & Dance

We have decided to postpone this event until the Fall, because so many families have told us that they would love to attend but they will be on vacation or away at camp. If you are interested in attending the event in the Fall, please scroll down and fill out the RSVP information. We will notify you once we have rescheduled.

Parents & caregivers of teens and adults with intellectual developmental disabilities (I/DD), bring your sons, daughters. loved ones friends for an inclusive night of fun & dancing while you attend “Understanding Funding for People with I/DD” an informative presentation about funding that 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.

Yes! Please add my name to you list and let me know when this presentation will be rescheduled.

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Panel Discussion: The Changing Landscape of DDS Residential Support Options
Jul
18
6:30 PM18:30

Panel Discussion: The Changing Landscape of DDS Residential Support Options

Increasing waiting lists, ongoing budget challenges and a lack of a pathway to residential opportunities have many Connecticut families concerned about the future for their loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

Come join us for a panel discussion with DDS staff and community providers who are assisting people with I/DD and families in using alternatives to traditional DDS supports such as Community Companion Homes, Shared Living and Assistive Technology to build lives in the community.

***This discussion is free and open to everyone, but you must RSVP below.***

Panel:
Michael DeGrosse, Assistant Program Manager, CT Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Pam Fields, CEO, Midstate Arc
Heather Latorra, President & CEO, Marrakech, Inc.
Joanne Malise, Director, Living Innovations

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Bingo Night & Meet and Greet For Parents with Cognitive Limitations and Your Children
Jul
1
6:00 PM18:00

Bingo Night & Meet and Greet For Parents with Cognitive Limitations and Your Children

PRIZES! DINNER! PRIZES!

During dinner there will be a brief talk about forming a support & advocacy group.

Need a ride? Call 860-381-0514 by June 25.

Must register below by June 27.

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Understanding ABLE Accounts
Jun
24
6:30 PM18:30

Understanding ABLE Accounts

For People with Disabilities and Families Who Have Questions About ABLE and Have Been Waiting to Open an Account.

Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) accounts allow people with disabilities to set aside up to $15,000 a year or more in tax-free savings accounts without affecting their eligibility for government benefits. But many people are unsure about how to apply for ABLE accounts or how they can be used.

In this presentation you will receive an overview of ABLE accounts in Connecticut, then we will walk you through the ABLE account opening process and answer any questions you may have. Everyone will have the option to leave with an open ABLE account.

Presenter: Andrew Komarow

Andrew is the founder of Planning Across the Spectrum. MSFS CFP® AEP® AIF® BFA™ CAP® CASL® CHFC® ChSNC® CLU® FSCP® REBC® RHU® RICP®

From his personal experience as an individual with ASD, he was inspired to created Planning Across the Spectrum to specifically work with indi-viduals, families, and care teams of those with special needs. Andrew is a known local advocate for Autism awareness and serves on the board of the Autism Resources and Services CT. Andrew is CFP®, Behavioral Financial Advisor (BFA™), and Chartered Special Needs Con-sultant (ChSNC®) among his other designations.

This is a free presentation that will be limited to the first 20 people who RSVP here:

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2nd Annual Arc Summer Family Gathering
Jun
23
4:00 PM16:00

2nd Annual Arc Summer Family Gathering

Please join us for a fun, informal evening. Come see old friends, meet new ones, and enjoy good food and drink while supporting the advocacy work of The Arc Connecticut and our grassroots Families for Families advocacy group.

Beer, wine and soft drinks will be served. Hors d'oeuvres provided by The Proper Palate.

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. 

Use the buttons below to RSVP no later than Monday, June 17, 2019.

Hosts
Christina and Paul Calabro
Marina and Bryan Derman
Caroleigh and Win Evarts
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.  

I'd like to attend and purchase tickets online now!
I can't attend, but I'd like to make a donation

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2019 Arc Legislative Reception
May
22
11:00 AM11:00

2019 Arc Legislative Reception

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

Our annual statewide Arc Legislative Reception will be on May 22 this year. This event provides us all with a great opportunity to showcase our work to legislators and to remind them that in Connecticut, our 14 Arc local chapters deliver over $100 million in jobs and supports to thousands of people in 162 communities.

In past years we have had great turnout from Arc chapters, the Arc and legislators. We have a great time slot for the event this year, so I am hoping that our turnout will be even better.

Yes I plan to attend.

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Housing After High School - EVENT FULL
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Housing After High School - EVENT FULL

Where will your son or daughter with a developmental disability live as an adult?

The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities, in collaboration with The Arc Connecticut and The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, has compiled strategies and resources to assist families in their quests for housing and supports.

Learn how Life Course Planning principles, DDS Home and Community Based Waiver services, affordable housing, technology, and other state services can be combined to create customized living arrangements for our adult children who live with developmental disabilities.

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Fairfield County Area Meet Your Legislators
May
7
6:30 PM18:30

Fairfield County Area Meet Your Legislators

The Arc Connecticut, Lower Fairfield County Families for Famlies, STAR, Inc. Lighting the Way, The Kennedy Center, ARI and Clasp Homes invite you to come meet your legislators!

  • Does the budget adequately fund services for people with I/DD?

  • Are there bills that would improve the lives of people with I/DD?

  • Are there bills that could be harmful to people with I/DD?

The 2019 Legislative session will end on June 5, 2019. Come meet your legislators and get information about how your family will be impacted. Be prepared to ask questions and talk with legislators about what your family and your loved one with I/DD need.

YES! I plan to attend.


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Residential Supports Toolbox: An Overview
Apr
25
6:30 PM18:30

Residential Supports Toolbox: An Overview

DDS Waivers fund all of the several types of Community Residential Supports, but how much do you really know about them? Which is the best one for your loved one with I/DD? Come out to learn more about each of these supports and about the realities of Supported Living for people with I/DD in Connecticut.

Questions? Contact Marina Derman at arclowerfairfield.com.

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Public Hearing on HB 5300 An Act Concerning The Review Of Admissions Policies For Technical Education And Career Schools
Mar
18
11:00 AM11:00

Public Hearing on HB 5300 An Act Concerning The Review Of Admissions Policies For Technical Education And Career Schools

Students with disabilities who seek admission to the Connecticut Technical and Education Career System (CTECS- formerly known as “CTHSS”) are frequently refused admission, counseled out of applying or enrolling, or discriminated against in other ways. 

In denying entry to these students, or pushing them out once enrolled, CTECS relies upon its interpretation of C.G.S. §10-76q(c) which states:

 If a planning or placement team determines that a student requires special education services which preclude such student’s participation in the vocational educational program offered by a technical high school, the student shall be referred to the board of education in the town in which the student resides for the development of an individualized educational program and such board of education shall be responsible for the implementation and financing of such program.

 This statute contravenes the federal law that requires the provision of special education services to children with disabilities, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as well as the federal laws that protect such students from discrimination, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

 This law must be repealed.  It is the only state statute that provides a loophole to IDEA.  No other public school can discriminate in this way.

 Instead, CTECS should be treated like any other Local Educational Authority (“LEA”), or school district.  They must be required to accept children with disabilities, and to provide programming that suits their needs.  With proper accommodations and modifications, many students with disabilities would be successful in learning a trade.  In fact, some states have specific programs set up just for this purpose, finding that training students with disabilities provides a benefit to the student, and a cost-savings to both the district and state in the long run.

YES! I plan to stand up for the rights if students with disabilities by testifying on HB 5300.

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2019 Arc Connecticut /IDD Caucus Family Hearing Day
Feb
25
10:00 AM10:00

2019 Arc Connecticut /IDD Caucus Family Hearing Day

Family Hearing Day provides people with all I/DD and their families with a chance to speak directly to educate lawmakers about the challenges you face and the supports you need to make Connecticut a better place for people with I/DD to live and work in their communities. 

TAKE THE DAY OFF!  TELL YOUR FRIENDS!  ORGANIZE A CARPOOL!  COME TO THE CAPITOL FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL FAMILY HEARING DAY!


For more information contact Shannon Jacovino at sjacovino@thearcct.org 

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

Understanding Government Benefits for Special Needs Families - PRESENTATION FULL

1/8/19 UPDATE: DUE TO AN OVERWHELMING RESPONSE, WE ARE NOT TAKING ANY MORE RSVPS OR WALK-INS FOR THIS PRESENTATION. IF YOU HAVE NOT RSVP’D PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE PRESENTATIONS.

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.

PRESENTATION FULL

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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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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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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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. 


Yes! I'd like to attend.

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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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