All people, regardless of disability, deserve the opportunity for a full life in their community where they can live, learn, work and play alongside each other through all stages of life. People with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (ID/DD) need varying degrees of support to reach personal goals and establish a sense of satisfaction with their lives. A “full life” does not include living in segregated, congregate institutions and The Arc movement for the last 63 years has advocated for the closure of all institutions warehousing individuals with ID/DD. Specifically in Connecticut, The Arc filed the lawsuit that lead to the closure of Mansfield Training School and is in active settlement with the Messier Vs: Southbury Training School lawsuit. We will continue to advocate for the closure of Connecticut’s last institution Southbury Training School and the 5 regional centers.
Here are resources and documents about advocacy and outcome around institutional closure.