Advocacy and Legal Rights
Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) eliminates discrimination through civil and human rights law enforcement and to establish equal opportunity and justice for all persons within the state through advocacy and education. Learn more at http://www.ct.gov/chro/site/default.asp
Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities is an independent State agency created to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut. Learn more at http://www.ct.gov/opapd/site/default.asp
Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights (WeCAHR) strengthens and empowers individuals and parents with information, training and expertise to exercise their rights.
Blindnes and Visual Impairments
Connecticut Council of the Blind(CCB) is a representative organization composed primarily of legally blind individuals. It is an affiliate of the American Council of the Blind. The mission of the Connecticut Council of the Blind is to work for the betterment of those who are legally blind in all aspects of life. Learn more at http://dmclean.tripod.com/ccb.html
The Connecticut Radio Information System(CRIS) is Connecticut’s only radio reading service. CRIS broadcasts 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from regional satellite studios in Danbury, Norwich, Trumbull, West Haven, and our broadcast center in Windsor. Learn more at http://crisradio.org/index.htm
Connecticut State Library is a network library of the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. We lend books and magazines in recorded formats along with the necessary playback equipment, and materials in braille, FOR FREE, to any Connecticut adult or child who is unable to read regular print due to a visual or physical disability. Learn more at http://www.ctstatelibrary.org/organizational-unit/library-blind-physically-handicapped
National Federation of the Blind of Connecticut is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization made up of blind people of all ages and their friends and family. The NFB of CT is not an organization speaking for the blind, we are the blind speaking for themselves. Learn more at http://www.nfbct.org
Child Focused Resources
Connecticut HUSKY Healthcare (SCHIP) – The HUSKY Plan is designed to help all children who do not have health insurance. It includes services under the traditional Medicaid program (now known as HUSKY Part A). It also provides brand-new health services for children in higher-income families (called HUSKY Part B). There’s also HUSKY Plus–a new coverage option for children who have intensive physical or behavioral health needs. HUSKY gives a special boost to Connecticut’s working families. Many parents do not have health coverage for children through work. With HUSKY, Connecticut children are covered.
Connecticut School Breakfast and Lunch Program – The National School Breakfast and Lunch programs are administered by the Connecticut Department of Education’s Bureau of Health and Nutrition Services, Child/Family/School Partnerships. They serve as meal programs, operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions, with the goal of providing nutritionally balanced, low-cost or free lunches to children each school day. Other qualifying institutions include homes for the physically, mentally or emotionally impaired, group homes, temporary shelters, orphanages, and juvenile detention centers.
Connecticut Special Milk Program – The Special Milk Program (SMP) provides milk to children in schools and child care institutions who do not participate in other Federal meal service programs. The SMP reimburses schools for the milk they serve. Schools in the National School Lunch or School Breakfast Programs may also participate in SMP to provide milk to children in half-day pre-kindergarten and kindergarten programs where children do not have access to the school meal programs.
Connecticut Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) – The Connecticut Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) provides breastfeeding education and support, nutrition assessment, nutrition education, referrals to health care, and other support and supplemental foods at no cost to qualifying pregnant, breastfeeding and postpartum women, infants and children up to age 5 who are assessed by a health professional to be at nutritional risk (i.e., have certain medical-based or diet-based health conditions).
Connecticut Summer Food Service – Just as learning does not end when school lets out, neither does the need for good nutrition. Children who aren’t hungry learn better, act better and feel better. The Connecticut Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) helps eligible children get the nutrition they need during the summer.
Children & Youth with Special Health Care Needs and Connecticut’s Medical Home Initiative -To protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by: Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy; Preventing disease, injury, and disability, and Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.
The Connecticut Speech – Language – Hearing Association is a non-profit professional association of speech-language pathologists, audiologists, and professional affiliates and associates dedicated to the provision of and improvement in clinical services to people with communicative handicaps. Learn more at http://www.ctspeechhearing.org.
The mission of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (Connecticut) is to cure cystic fibrosis and to provide all people with the disease the opportunity to lead full, productive lives by funding research and drug development, promoting individualized treatment, and ensuring access to high-quality, specialized care. Learn more at http://www.cff.org/Chapters/connecticut/.
The Department of Rehabilitation Services (Connecticut) provides support, assistance, and education to those who are deaf and blind. Learn more at http://www.ct.gov/dors/site/default.asp.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired (CDHI) was created by the Connecticut Legislature in 1974 to advocate, strengthen and implement state policies affecting Deaf and Hard of Hearing individuals and their relationship to the public, industry, health care, and educational opportunities.
Relay Connecticut is a free service that provides full telephone accessibility to people who are deaf, hard-of-hearing, deaf-blind, and speech-disabled. This service allows text-telephone (TTY) users to communicate with standard telephone users through specially training relay operators.
The Arc of Southington is an organization and a service provider for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.
Central Connecticut Arc(CCARC) – Our mission to “make dreams happen” and our vision to “provide personalized services for people with disabilities” is embedded in everything that we do at CCARC, Inc.
Farmington Valley Act (Favarh) is a chapter of the Arc, the world’s largest community-based advocacy organization for people with intellectual, physical and developmental disabilities.
The Litchfield County Association for Retarded Citizens (LARC) was founded in 1964 by a group of parents who wanted a better life for their children. Over time, we expanded to meet the needs of all individuals with a range of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, including autism, and to support their families.
MARC of Manchester is an not-for-profit agency which supports people with disabilities in Manchester, Connecticut and surrounding towns. We deliver diverse, culturally competent services to ensure that all people have the opportunity to live, work, and enjoy their community according to their individual choices.
Sarah – We are a community service provider serving children and adults with disabilities in communities across the Greater New Haven and Shoreline area. Our Birth to Three Early Intervention program also includes eastern Connecticut. Learn more at http://www.sarah-inc.org.
SARAH Tuxis emerged out of a re-organization of the well established SARAH Agency. Today we are an independent member of the SARAH Family of Agencies, which include the SARAH Foundation, SARAH Inc. and SARAH Seneca. Learn more at http://www.sarah-tuxis.org.
HART United is a private, non-profit organization designated as a 501(c)(3) agency located in North Haven, Connecticut. The agency provides support services, in a variety of settings, to more than 200 individuals with developmental disabilities throughout Connecticut. Learn more at http://www.hartinc.org.
Family Focused Resources
PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut – PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut is a network of families providing informational and emotional support to others who have a child with developmental or health related needs. PATH/FVCT reaches out to help strengthen families coping with similar situations in Connecticut, and the organizations that serve them to reduce isolation, empower
Connecticut Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) – Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) provides services and benefits to needy families. TANF was designed to give states flexibility to operate programs that serve one of the following purposes: Provide assistance to needy families so children may be cared for in their homes or homes of relatives End dependence of needy parents on government benefits by promoting job preparation, work and marriage Prevent and reduce the incidence of out-of-wedlock pregnancies and establish annual numerical goals for preventing and reducing the incidence of these pregnancies Encourage the formation and maintenance of two parent families In Connecticut, TANF funds the Temporary Family Assistance program, Safety Net, Employment Services and many other programs and services for needy families.
Connecticut Energy Assistance Program – The Connecticut Department of Social Services offers the Connecticut Energy Assistance Program to provide heating assistance for Connecticut residents by helping to offset the winter heating costs of eligible households. The goal is to ensure that eligible Connecticut residents do not have their health jeopardized by the inability to meet heating needs. On behalf of eligible households, the winter heating assistance pays for such heating sources as oil, natural gas, electricity, propane, kerosene, coal and wood. Homeowners and renters may apply.
General Governmental Programs and Agencies
Connecticut Department of Social Services -The Department of Social Services (DSS) administers and delivers a wide variety of services to children, families, adults, people with disabilities and elders, including health care coverage, child support, long-term care and supports, energy assistance, food and nutrition aid, and program grants. DSS administers myriad state and federal programs and approximately one-third of the state budget, currently serving more than 950,000 individuals in 600,000 households.
Connecticut Department of Public Health – To protect and improve the health and safety of the people of Connecticut by: Assuring the conditions in which people can be healthy; Preventing disease, injury, and disability, and Promoting the equal enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health, which is a human right and a priority of the state.
Disability Resource Center of Fairfield County (Access Independence) is one of five Centers for Independent Living (CILs) in Connecticut. Learn more at http://www.accessinct.org
Information and Resource Centers
2-1-1 Connecticut – is a one-stop connection to the local services you need, from utility assistance, food, housing, child care, after school programs, elder care, crisis intervention and much more. 2-1-1 is always ready to assist you find the help you need. Dial 2-1-1 or search online.
ConneCT Kids – The resources on this page, including businesses, commercial enterprises, organizations and groups, are provided as a service to parents. Their inclusion does not mean that they are endorsed by this website or by the State of Connecticut. Information is posted as it is received from the resources themselves. We do not post links to sites with political or social agendas. Parents and teachers should contact any resource(s) of interest to determine if they are suitable and appropriate for their children or students. An on-site visit or trial issue is recommended as part of the selection process. Please contact the resource(s) for any additional information, not ConneCT Kids.
My Place CT – Now there’s one place – My Place CT – with one focus. You. To help you get the information, services, and supports you need at home or in the community. Providing everything from answering a single question to hiring a personal care assistant, if that’s what you need. Giving you options to meet your needs, day-to-day, and in the future. All to make your life the best it can be.
The mission of the Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services is to improve the quality of life of the people of Connecticut by providing an integrated network of comprehensive, effective and efficient mental health and addiction services that foster self-sufficiency, dignity and respect. Learn more at http://www.ct.gov/dmhas/site/default.asp.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (Connecticut) improves the quality of life for all those affected by mental health conditions by engaging in support, education and advocacy. Learn more at http://www.namict.org/akw9wu159nn3fbidoeoffsuepi4lgs.
Greater Connecticut Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society provides support, information and assistance with people that live with MS. Learn more at http://www.nationalmssociety.org/Chapters?chapters=6515.
Prader – Willi Syndrome Association of Connecticut provides information, support and assistance to those living with Prader-Willi Syndrome. Learn more at http://www.angelfire.com/ct/pwsctchapter/.
Sports and Recreation
The mission of Special Olympics (Connecticut) is to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
The mission of the Connecticut Chapter of the Tourette Syndrome Association is to educate the general public about Tourette Syndrome, and to nurture a feeling of acceptance and tolerance toward people with Tourette Syndrome in all settings.