Connecticut: Helpful Resources

Arc of Connecticut: The Arc of Connecticut is an advocacy organization committed to protecting the rights of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and promoting opportunities for their full inclusion in their communities.

Best Buddies - Connecticut: Best Buddies is dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Connecticut Department of Developmental Services: Contains eligibility criteria for services from DDS and information about Self-Determination programs, as well as regional office contact information.

Connecticut Department of Social Services

Connecticut Department of Aging and Disability Services: The Department of Aging and Disability Services is the State of Connecticut's lead agency for the vocational rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities other than blindness. 

Connecticut Board of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB)

Connecticut Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired

Connecticut Department of Labor: Here you will find several resources for job seekers including links to Federal and State job announcements, veterans’ employment assistance, and Connecticut Works employment and training centers.

Connecticut Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services:This link contains a comprehensive list of services available to individuals with various psychiatric disabilities.

Disability Rights Connecticut: Here you will find useful publications explaining civil rights laws such as the Care Housing Act Amendments, the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Help America Vote Act. 

Disability Resource Directory: List of resources complied by the Office of Protection

Connecticut Department of Transportation: Here you will find bus schedules as well as information on paratransit services.

Official Site of the Connecticut General Assembly: Here you can find your legislator, as well as information on recent bills passed. You can even watch the legislature in action live while it is in session.

Connecticut AARP: This link contains a variety of information on technology, access to prescription drugs, and health and wellness for older adults.

Connecticut Family Support Network: CTFSN exists to help families raising children with disabilities and special healthcare needs through the life span.

Connecticut Developmental Disabilities Council: Information about the activities of the Developmental Disabilities Council and links to useful resources for individuals with disabilities and their families.

Neat Marketplace: NEAT is the place to learn about many types of assistive technology including software, communication devices and durable medical equipment. They also have an up-to-date list of used medical equipment that can be purchased.

University of Connecticut A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Service

Special Olympics Connecticut: Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

Sunset Shores: A Fiscal Intermediary, Sunset Shores works with families in the disbursement and management of individualized support payment services to providers.

PCA Workforce Council: The Council represents the interests of the state and PCA employers. The Council, and the Office of Policy & Management’s Office of Labor Relations, negotiates and administers the PCA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) with the union that represents PCAs, 1199 SEIU-NE. 

Public Partnerships (PPL): Public Partnerships provides Training and Technical Assistance to the Employers and their families self-directing their services through the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services.  

For additional resources, visit: Respite Resources

Please click on your state for specific information.