Building a Great Life Resources


Building a Great Life Webinar Series 2021 Calendar of Webinar Topics


Building a Great Life By Understanding Housing Rights, Part One

Finding Available, Affordable and Accessible Housing in Connecticut | Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (

H-O-M-E-resource-manual-and-training-curriculum-3-6-14.pdf (

​Joint position statement of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) and The Arc Housing (

Connecticut for Livable Communities.pdf (

The Cohousing Association of the United States

High tech homes for the disabled – YouTube

Accessible Homes Advisor

Accessible Smart Home On Wheels Overview and Tour – YouTube


Overview of Employment: Policies and Practices:

ADA at 30 – My Perspective by Michelle Duprey

National Disability Rights Network (2011). Segregated and Exploited:  The Failure of the Disability Service System to Provide Quality Work. Segregated & Exploited (

UConn UCEDD (2020).  The Inclusion Notebook – Problem solving in the classroom and community- So You’ve Been Told Your Child Can Never Work? Customized Employment and Hope for Those Previously Considered Unemployable.  TIN-winter-2020-final.pdf (

The following are links to websites that contain many additional references for those wishing to learn more!


Understanding Benefits, Financial Responsibility, and ABLE Accounts:

ABLE Guide by SARTAC Fellow Chris Blake 

Financial Empowerment | National Disability Institute

FDIC: Money Smart for Young People

Debunking the Three BIGGEST Myths about Disability Benefits and Work – Ticket to Work – Social Security (

Benefits Counseling and the Path to Employment – Ticket to Work – Social Security (

Social Security Online – The Red Book – A Guide to Work Incentives (

Home – ABLE National Resource Center (

ABLE Accounts for Individuals with Disabilities | ABLEnow (


Building a Livable Community through Friendships, Relationships, and Belonging:

Circles of Support diagram with directions (credit to Beth Mount)

John McKnight’s An Associational Map (used with author’s permission)

Actions That Build Community (used with author John O’Brien’s permission)

Professor John McKnight: Community Building


The Richness of Living a Life that Includes Risk – February 11, 2021Watch Recording

Overview of the Lifecourse Framework:


Specific tools for families to use when exploring, planning and problem-solving when thinking about family member:


Specific tools for a person to explore or plan their Good Life:


Life Experience Guides organized by different life stages:

Building A Great Life examines the case for closing Connecticut’s state institutions that  provide congregate residential care for persons with  intellectual and developmental disabilities, many with  complex needs who receive a high level of state care and  support. Could cost savings realized by closing the Southbury Training School and three regional centers be  significant enough to ensure help for the two-thousand  Connecticut families on a Department of Developmental  Services waiting list for state supports? The one hour  documentary explores how the notion of closing state  institutions in favor of community living for persons with  intellectual disabilities is both a moral and fiscal  debate.