CTCDD - Ct. Council on Developmental Disabilities
{The mission of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities is to promote the full inclusion of all people with disabilities in community life.}

NOTE:  The Council on Developmental Disabilities is not the Department of Developmental Services.  The Council is not a direct service provider.  If you are trying to reach the Department of Developmental Services, please dial 860-418-6000.   

Dear Friends:

My name is Shelagh McClure, and I am the Chair of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities.  On behalf of the Council, I am pleased to welcome you to our web site.

We invite you to browse through the site, which will give you information about the Council and information about issues, programs, events and policies affecting people with disabilities. 

The Council's mission is to ensure the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community of their choice.  We achieve our mission through advocacy, capacity building, and systems change initiatives.

Our hope is that you'll find this web site informative.  If you have questions or comments about the site please contact us.

Sincerely ,

Shelagh McClure, Chair

CT Council on Developmental Disabilities

See the Families for Families announcement here.

{Partners 2012 Class}
Partners in Policymaking graduates and faculty, Class of 2012
Important Information and Updates

The CT Council on Developmental Disabilities is developing their five year plan for the period 2017-2021.    We need your help  in order to make this a plan that will address the needs of people with developmental disabilities and their families in CT.  Please complete our brief  survey by clicking on the link below.


ANNOUNCING:  Partners in Policymaking 2016!!!

 The Council is now accepting applications for Partners in Policymaking 2016.  This is an amazing seven month advocacy training program which will teach you advocacy  disability policy, legislative process and much, much more! Please click this link here for a full brochure and application.

Housing Roundtables

A Conversation about Housing Realities: Information on Steps that Families Can Take in the Absence of State Housing Funding and How to Get Involved to Advocate for More Resources.  Click here for more information


Conference Announcement:  Building a Great Life:   Celebrating the 25th Anniversary

 of the ADA and the 40th Anniversary of IDEA.  October 2-3, 2015, Farmington

 Marriottt.  For details, click this link here .  For On Line Registration, Click   http://buildingagreatlife.eventbrite.com


A Conference for Families, Self-Advocates and Professionals.  Farmington Marriott, Farmington CT October 2-3, 2015  

Council Logo Design Contest

 Former Governor Lowell Weicker talks about the closing of Mansfield and Southbury Training Schools, April 2015

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The 2020 Campaign

A Plan to Close Connecticut's Institutions for

People with Intellectual Disabilities by 2020

The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities has called on the Governor and the State Legislature to close all state institutions that house individuals with intellectual disabilities by 2020 and to transition all residents to appropriate homes in an integrated settings in the community. We have also called for all savings to be used to reduce the residential waiting list.  For more information Click Here.

DD Council announces funds available for customized employment pilots


The CT Council on Developmental Disabilities has awarded over $200,000 in funded initiatives.  Click here to see the list of these projects.


Partners in Policymaking class of 2014 graduated in September.  24 Parent and Self-Advocate leaders completed this training and are actively working to improve the lives of people with disabilities in their communities.  We are now accepting applications for Partners in Policymaking 2015.  Applications are due by December 19, 2014 for classes starting in 2015.  A brochure can be found here.  An application can be found here.

Able Lives

A lot of you may remember the Able Lives website that is run by the CTCDD that hosts the series of TV shows that were produced on disability issues by CPTV and the CTCDD.  The Able Lives website was in need of major repairs and updates.  That work has now been completed and the site is now once again available at ablelives.org.  The new Able Lives also has a forum which we hope to use to start an online dialog concerning disability issues here in Connecticut.  Once you go to Able Lives the forum link is at the top of the page.  An account is required to use the forum.  Anyone is welcome to sign up for an account at ablelives.org

Connecticut DDC/DDS Awarded National Grant

 The Connecticut  Council on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS ) were  one of five state teams  to receive a national grant to participate in a five year Community of Practice study. Connecticut’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and DDS will focus on creating a learning environment for intense exploration into policy, practices, trends and barriers for individuals with intellectual disability. For details click here.

Take a Survey to Give a Voice to Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Situations

Dear Colleagues;

Marcie Roth, Director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, [formerly of Connecticut] would like to make sure your voice is heard by sharing the survey from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on Living with Disabilities and Disasters.   UNISDR is conducting this survey to ascertain the needs of persons living with disabilities and disasters.  Please take a moment to visit the link below and complete the survey; as well as forwarding to all you know would benefit by participating in the United Nations’ request for information.


Click here to take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XJFJD96

Consumer Involvement Fund (CIF) CT Council on Developmental Disabilities

Do you know that there is partial funding available for Connecticut individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members to participate in conferences, attend legislative advocacy skills events, go to public forums and hearings? The CIF can fund partial of the cost  of registration, child and respite care, personal assistance, hotel/lodging, meals, transportation and other related expenses at the discretion of the Council. Individuals may receive up to $100 to attend an event in-state and up to $600 to attend an event out of state. Individuals must provide 25% in matching funds from another organization or agency or personally. Click here for application and reporting packet.

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities in Connecticut experienced many challenges before, during and after Storms Irene and Alfred in 2011. In response to these challenges, the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities developed a printed and electronic brochure to assist people with disabilities in planning for their emergencies. Feel free to share these electronic and printed brochures with your friends or post them on list-sevs and any social media application(s). Click here to see the online brochure or here to see the print version.


On December 6, 2012, the FCC Chairman announced that the four major wireless carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile – have agreed to accelerate the availability of text-to-911, with major deployments expected in 2013 and a commitment to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014.   Text-to-911 will provide consumers, including millions of consumers with hearing and speech disabilities, access to emergency services by enabling them to send a text message to 911.  Below are the links to the announcement:








You are invited to attend a Council Meeting and to learn more about us. Please click here to find the schedule.