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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


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

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. 

Fill out the form Below to RSVP.


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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

  • Neat Market Place

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.

 

64th Annual Business Meeting & Dinner
Nov
1
6:00 pm18:00

64th Annual Business Meeting & Dinner

  • Farmington Gardens
 

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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2016 See You In September Cocktail Party & Silent Auction
Sep
17
4:00 pm16:00

2016 See You In September Cocktail Party & Silent Auction

  • Town Hall Conference Center

Please join us for 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. RSVP TODAY!

The Arc Quinebaug Valley - Legislative Meeting
Mar
28
6:30 pm18:30

The Arc Quinebaug Valley - Legislative Meeting

  • The Arc Quinebaug Valley

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)

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

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

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

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!

  • CT State Capitol Building

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

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
  • 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.


After the Cap & Gown
Dec
10
6:30 pm18:30

After the Cap & Gown

  • Hamden Public Schools, Central Office, Board Room

Thursday,December 10, 2015 from 6:30-7:30 PM

     

    Hamden Public Schools
    Central Office
    Board Room
    60 Putnam Ave
    Hamden, CT

    A presentation for about securing services for your child or loved one after they graduate.

    Click Here for a printable copy of the event flyer.

    The Arc Connecticut’s 63rd Annual Business Meeting & Dinner
    Oct
    20
    5:15 pm17:15

    The Arc Connecticut’s 63rd Annual Business Meeting & Dinner

     

    Tuesday,
    October 20, 2015

    The Library Wine Bar & Bistro
    60 North Main Street
    Wallingford, CT

    Arc Board Business Meeting
    5:15PM-6:00PM

    Dinner, Wine & Desserts
    6:15PM-8:30PM

    The Library Wine Bar and Bistro is Wallingford's old town library and restored by the Gouveia family of Gouveia Vineyards.  Come out to meet Arc Board members and staff and hear about our exciting work, while you enjoy a meal and taste a variety of selected wines in a beautiful historic setting.

    We will also be awarding our 2nd Annual Peg Dignoti advocacy award to recognize a member of our community who has shown an unwavering commitment to promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

    Please RSVP today as space may be limited. 

    TransitNet.info Website Launch!
    Oct
    23
    11:30 am11:30

    TransitNet.info Website Launch!

    The Arc CT’s Transportation Website for People with Disabilities and Older Adults Launch Event

    The Arc Connecticut’s has created a Coordinated Transportation Information and Resource Website for individuals with disabilities, senior citizens, their family members, caregivers, and providers called: TransitNet. In order to inform the public and briefly demonstrate the features of the website there will be a launch event on Thursday, October 23. It will be held at Beth El Temple in West Hartford (2626 Albany Ave.) from 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.; registration is from 11:30 - Noon, and lunch and dessert will be provided.

    Joining us will be special guest and speaker Rachel Simon, advocate and author of Riding The Bus With My Sister. A short program will begin at 12:15 p.m., which will be followed by a book signing with Rachel. Copies of Riding the Bus with My Sister will be available for sale (check and cash only).             

    You MUST RSVP for this event by October 10, at transitnetct@gmail.com or call 860.381.0514. The first 50 people to RSVP will receive a signed copy of the book: Riding the Bus with My Sister.

    Click here to download the event flyer.

    PLEASE “LIKE” US ON FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/TransitNetCT

    (This project is made possible with funding from the U.S. Administration for Community Living and managed in partnership with the Federal Transit Administration and administered by the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA) in Partnership with Easter Seals, the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging (n4a) and Westat. The goal is to implement inclusive coordinated transportation systems that incorporate the suggestions and ideas of people with disabilities and seniors and lead to improvements in community transportation services for the target population.)