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Our Thoughts: Show Your Support for People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities — Attend Family Hearing Day at the Capital

Photo by Rob Kavaler, courtesy of The Arc Connecticut

Connecticut has a new Governor and 41 new legislators. With projected deficits for years to come, decision-makers will need to make tough choices about the future of our state.

In spite of the fiscal challenges our state is facing, there is much to be hopeful about. With a new Governor and so many faces in the legislature, our community needs to seize the opportunity to use our collective voice to make sure that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities are included in the vision of a better Connecticut.

In 2018 more than 1,000 people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families went to the Capitol to tell legislators their stories.
As a result, activists were able to:

Pass legislation to create the DDS Housing Innovation Pilot which will broaden the array of residential options creates more choice and allows providers to keep savings to serve more people and improve services.

Pass Special Act 18-2 An Act Concerning Minimum Employee Wages for Providers of State-Administered Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities. This law sets a $14.75 minimum wage and represents the first pay increases in 12 years for many employees at community nonprofits.

Protect community supports from additional cuts.

Protect Community First Choice.

This year, Connecticut is heading into the 2019 legislative session with looming deficits, a new Governor and a lot of new faces in the legislature.
Family Hearing Day at the Capital provides people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families with a chance to educate lawmakers about the challenges they face and the support that is needed to make Connecticut a better place for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to live and work in their communities.
Show your support by attending Family Hearing Day on Monday, February 25, 2019

Legislative Office Building 300 Capitol AvenueHartford, CT 06106.

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