SAVE THE DATE!!!
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
A Plan to Close
Connecticut's Institutions for
Intellectual Disabilities by 2020
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
DD Council announces funds available for customized employment pilots
COUNCIL FUNDED PROJECTS FOR 2015:
The CT Council on Developmental
Disabilities has awarded over $200,000 in funded initiatives. Click here to see
the list of these projects.
NOW ACCEPTING PARTNERS IN POLICYMAKING APPLICATIONS
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.
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
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.
THIS SURVEY IS ONLY INTENDED FOR PERSONS LIVING WITH DISABILITIES
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.
TEXT TO 911
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:
2014 MEETIING SCHEDULE
You are invited to attend a Council Meeting and to learn more about us. Please click here to find the schedule.