Families for Families Campaign:
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.
Resources & Articles:
The Arc Connecticut's Families for Families Campaign & Toolkit
DDS Budget Updates
DDS Family Empowerment Task Force - Facebook Group
Dateline Special on Autism: "On the Brink"
Allan Bergman Testimony on Housing to I/DD Caucus
Family Action Day 2015 Public Hearing
Rightsizing Southbury Training School Report
4-15-2015 Republican American Article on Budget Impacts
4-16-2015 Republican American Article on Budget Impacts
Forms for Governor Malloy and Legislators on Family Action Day 2016
LARC Family Advocacy Meetings:
March 2, 2016:
Let your voice be heard at LARC's Families for Families Night with area legislators and representatives from The Arc Connecticut. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Caucus Leader and LARC Board member State Representative Jay Case will be joined by other Litchfield Count legislators to provide a budget update and hear concerns from families.
The forum is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2nd, 6:30 PM at LARC (314 Main Street, Torrington).
For more information, or to RSVP, call Christina Emery at 860-482-9364 or email email@example.com.
March 31, 2015:
April 15, 2015:
The Governor’s proposed budget has troubling news for those caring for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). For years, the CT Department of Developmental Services (DDS) has offered no residential placements for adults with I/DD, unless it was declared an “emergency” case. As a result the waiting list for residential supports has grown to over 2,000 individuals.
The proposed budget does not include funding to address the residential waiting list and makes further cuts to essential services. Among the programs to be cut are Employment Opportunities and Day Services, Community Residential Services, Rent Subsidy Program, Voluntary Services Program, and Family Support Grants.
If you are concerned for the future of your loved ones with I/DD, please join us for a “Families to Families” meeting on Wednesday, April 15th, 6 PM at LARC. Shannon Jacovino, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy for The Arc Connecticut, will be available to answer your questions and discuss ways that families can stand together to have you voice heard on this important issue. If you have any questions, or want to RSVP, please call LARC at 860-482-9364, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.