Author: Vergean, Bethanne

National Disability Voter Registration Week

National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) aims to  increase the political power of people with disabilities by sharing resources and getting folks registered to vote. This year, NDVRW is July 13-17.

Every year, the REV UP Campaign coordinates National Disability Voter Registration Week (NDVRW) to increase the political power of people with disabilities by sharing resources and getting folks registered to vote. This year, NDVRW is July 13-17. With an estimated 35 million people with disabilities eligible to vote in 2020, we invite state and local organizations to participate in NDVRW in order to raise the disability voice and civic participation across the country!

COVID-19 Update: Although some states are slowly opening up, we are focusing on supporting the disability vote through digital organizing techniques throughout NDVRW!

Connecticut Voter Registration Page :  https://voterregistration.ct.gov/OLVR/welcome.do

To learn more about National Disability Voter Registration Week visit and the REV UP Campaign: htps://www.aapd.com/advocacy/voting/national-disability-voter-registration-week/

The ADACC State Conference will now be virtual!

The ADA Coalition of Connecticut are excited to be bringing you Four Fridays of Virtual Lunch and Learns. A total of eight breakouts covering a range of topics including Disability Etiquette, Web Accessibility, Public Rights of Way, Service Animals and more. Where appropriate, the ramifications of the pandemic will be included in the discussion. Mark your calendars for the following dates and watch your email for more on the topics and registration information! There will be two breakouts each day from 10:30 am – 11:45 am and from Noon – 1:15 pm.

Friday, October 30th

Friday, November 6th

Friday, November 13th

Friday, November 20th

More information to come!

 

Transportation Task Force Public Roundtable

The Commission on Women, Children, Seniors, Equity and Opportunity looking for ways to better Connecticut by finding the best ideas to provide efficient, cost- effective, and reliable transportation for people with disabilities, seniors, and veterans.

And we want to hear from you!

Please join us at the Transportation Task Force Public Roundtable

Thursday, December 12, 2019

12:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Legislative Office Building Room 1D

Legislative Office Building

300 Capitol Ave

Hartford, Connecticut 06106

 Please reach out to Kali at Kali.Rohrbaugh@cga.ct.gov with any questions!

To Learn more : An Act Establishing a Task Force to Study Best Practices for Providing Transportations for Persons with Disabilities Senior Citizens and Veterans

LifeCourse Planning: How Families Can Support Seamless Transitions from School to Adulthood

Please come join us for an intensive learning opportunity for families of individuals with disabilities age 14 and older
This training will help you plan appropriate steps toward your child’s future. This is an intensive four session learning opportunity, plus one additional session for follow-up*.
Dates:
Session 1 – Wednesday, October 30, 2019 — from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Session 2 – Saturday, November 2, 2019 — from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Session 3 – Wednesday, November 6, 2019 – from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Session 4 – Saturday, December 7, 2019 – from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
*Reunion in early 2020 – Date to be determined

Advance registration required by Wednesday, October 23, 2019
This training is free, however you will be expected to commit to attending all four sessions, plus the additional follow-up session.
Please register for this training at:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/chartingthelifecourseFallSession

LifeCourse Planning Flyer

5th Annual Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium: Every Voice Matters.

 

Friday, September 20 & Saturday, September 21, 2019
Central CT State University, New Britain
A conference designed to build the capacity of educators and other professionals, in partnership with middle and high school students with disabilities and their families, to improve secondary transition programming and services leading to successful post-school outcomes for students with disabilities.

 

Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium flyer

Click on the link below to register!
https://20-20-111.eventbrite.com
Early Bird Registration by September 1, 2019 – $35 for both days!

LEND Graduate selected as AUCD Emerging Leader

Tom Cosker

Tom Cosker, LEND graduate has been selected as a AUCD Emerging Leaders.  Each leader requires actively listening to and respecting people with disabilities/disabled people and their needs and wants within our communities. Tom was selected for inclusion based on his contributions to the AUCD network, how he has demonstrated leadership, and values and commitment to diversity, inclusion, and respect for others. 

To read more about the selection please visit https://www.aucd.org/emergingleaders/Connect/2019_Emerging_Leader_Profiles#tomcosker

Dr. Cristina Mogro-Wilson appointed as Research Director for UCEDD

Cristina Wilson

Dr. Cristina Mogro-Wilson has been appointed Research Director at UConn Health, University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).  Dr. Wilson will provide interdisciplinary leadership to the UCEDD, university, state and nation by identifying, developing, and evaluating research initiatives that benefit persons in Connecticut influenced and affected by developmental and other disabilities. She will work on developing, directing and implementing a wide variety of research and evaluation activities under the UCEDD’s five year strategic plan.

State delegation support Autism CARES Reauthorization Act 2019

Map of states with co-sponsors of the Autism CARES Act

A very BIG thank you to the entire Connecticut Congressional delegation for their support as co-sponsors of the Autism CARES Act.  Senator Chris Murphy. Senator Richard Blumenthal,  Representative Joe Courtney, Representative DeLauro, Representative Hayes, Representative Himes and Representative Larson. Connecticut is 1 of 4 states that the entire delegation co-sponsored the Autism CARES act. 

To learn more about Autism CARES Act:https://www.aucd.org/…/policy/2018_1001_cares_act_brief2.pdf