Families for Families
What is Families for Families?
The needs of people with intellectual and/or /developmental disabilities (I/DD) and the ability of state and federal programs to meet those needs are in stark contrast. Individuals with I/DD have the right to grow and thrive in the communities of their choosing, but the infrastructure, resources and vision necessary to promote those rights are too often lacking. Families are uniquely positioned to effectively drive home the message that this is unacceptable and personally impact the decisions of policy makers. The Arc Connecticut has always believed that with supports that reflect goals and personal aspirations, individuals with I/DD can grow and thrive in the community of their choosing.
This is what change and progress look like and you all made it happen!
Photos and media coverage of our victories this legislative session are located on The Arc Connecticut's Facebook Page.
The Arc Connecticut’s Families for Families campaign will build a family movement in Connecticut that will allow us to mobilize hundreds of families and individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) around preventing harmful changes, as well as promoting helpful changes, to the DDS private system of support.
Part of supporting families is supporting families throughout their lifespan including housing, transportation, education and their employment needs. The Arc Connecticut and The Arc Self Advocate Advisory Panel received a grant from Transport Planning 4 All funded by the U.S Administration for Community Living. The grant will In partnership with the Commission on Aging, the Department of Developmental Disabilities, and People First of Connecticut, will host Mobil-Able, a series of focus groups and community meetings that identify and develop solutions to obstacles that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (ID/DD) and people who are aging face when trying to access transportation. The result of the focus groups will be a work plan that identifies “next steps” for the creation of a Mobility Manager system that can be accessed by people with I/DD and older adults and which results in more inclusive transportation systems for all.
Families for Families Toolkit
For more information about Families for Families and to get involved contact:
Director of Advocacy & Public Policy
200 Research Parkway
Meriden CT, 06450