A new way of thinking about employment for all





Session 1: Introduction to Customized Employment

This session will discuss:

Why Competitive Integrated Employment (CIE) is for everyone.

How Customized Employment differs from traditional ways to get and keep a job.

The importance of “Discovery” and “Job Search Planning.”

Developing Customized Employment to also to meet employer’s needs.

Providing follow-along support to maintain employment.


Session 2: Using The Customized Employment Toolkit

This session will review Volumes 1 and 2 of the toolkit, which will be posted by Friday, August 13, 2021 on Volume 1 is a narrative of everything important to customizing employment while Volume 2 contains more in-depth information on some topics as well as forms to guide progress. There will be time for Q&A.

Register for this virtual training opportunity at the following link: You will receive an email confirmation along with directions for accessing both virtual workshops by Zoom
no later than the close of business on Friday, August 13.


Training Opportunities


Three office employees chatting and sharing ideas over a computer to show collaboration.

Think College:  Overview of a Handbook for Connecticut Colleges, Universities, Vocational-Technical Programs, and Other Postsecondary Programs Interested in Creating a “Think College” Model for Adolescents and Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities. 


This virtual event is for postsecondary education representatives (including university, college, and trade/vocational school administrators) who are interested in expanding the diversity of their student population and receiving other benefits of implementing a true Think College Model.  A Handbook developed from the experiences of Goodwin University will be introduced for discussion and questions.  Others with close ties to postsecondary education are also welcome to attend. 




Thurs. 8/12 (2-4:30)


August 2021 Adulting Series:  What Every Adolescent and Young Adult Should Know about Living the Inclusive Life You Want in the Community.


This virtual series is especially designed for teenagers and young adults with disabilities who may bring friends or support​.  The goal is to expose them to the range of adult roles and responsibilities and encourage them to develop their vision for a good inclusive life in their communities. 




Wed. 8/4 (6-7:30 p.m.)           #1 How to Get to Know More People (6-7:30)

Sat. 8/7 (10:00-11:30 a.m.)     #2 A Place of Your Own to Call Home Someday

Wed. 8/11 (6-7:30 p.m.)          #3 Ideas about Good Adult Use of Money

Sat. 8/14 (10:00-11:30 a.m.)  #4 What Do You Think You Want to Do For Work?

Wed. 8/18 (6-7:30 p.m.)         #5 What about College or Trade School?

Sat. 8/21 (10:00-11:30 a.m.)  #6 How to Be a Boss for Staff Who Work for You

Wed. 8/25 (6-7:30 p.m.)         #7 Being a Good Citizen and Your Own Guardian


Customized Employment: What This is and How You Can Help Customize Employment for a

Family Member with ANY Types of Disabilities


This 2-part workshop (note that attendance at both is not necessary) will introduce Customized Employment (Session 1) and overview a 2-volume Toolkit for Customizing Employment (Session 2). Participants may register for either or both sessions.




Monday 8/16 (6-7:30 p.m.)     Introduction to Customized Employment 

Thursday, 8/29 (6-7:30)          Overview of the Customized Employment Toolkit for Families 


Building a Great Life Conference

The University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
and the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities are pleased to announce  the first in our
Building a Great Life webinar series for families, “Building a Great Life in Our Schools
and Communities”

Presented by Dr. Erik Carter
Cornelius Vanderbilt Professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt University
His research and teaching focuses on evidence-based strategies for
supporting access to the general curriculum and promoting valued roles
in school, work, community, and congregational settings for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, autism, and multiple disabilities.
Friday, October 23, 2020  1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Via Zoom (link provided once registered)
Register for this Webinar:

2020 Building a Great Life flyer FINAL

REV UP! Register Educate Vote Use Your Power

HAVE YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE? If not, why are you hesitating? Are you unsure of the eligibility requirements to vote in Connecticut? Do you think that you are already registered to vote? Here is some information to help answer these questions:
To register to vote in Connecticut, you must: 1) Be a U.S. citizen; 2) Be 18 years old on or by Election Day; 3) Be a resident of a Connecticut town.
To check on whether you have already registered to vote, use the Voter Lookup Tool from the Office of the Secretary of the State. Here is the link:
Registering to vote in Connecticut is easy. Click on the link below to register to vote online.

REVUP – Register Educate Vote Use Your Power

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 :

To learn more about National Disability Voter Registration Week visit and the REV UP Campaign: htps://

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!


COVID-19: How UCEDDS and LEND programs can partner with state and local special education systems during this, and future pandemics

AUCD Webinar –

COVID-19: How UCEDDS and LEND programs can partner with state and local special education systems during this, and future pandemics
Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Time: 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ET
Location: Webinar

John Eisenberg, Executive Director of The National Association of State Directors of Special Education will highlight what is currently happening across the country to support students with disabilities in schools, and he will discuss recommendations on how UCEDD and LEND Programs can be instrumental in helping state and local systems deal with the many obstacles faced by service providers. He will also provide some tips and strategies that participants can use immediately and in the future.

To register:


Covid Connections


As we started to stay at home and isolate, the UCEDD and the Cross Disability Lifespan Alliance began hearing from members of the disability community who wanted to connect with each other, to share experiences, and maybe just have some fun!!  After surveying the Alliance membership, the Covid Connections Calendar was developed for May 2020. Click the link to go to the Calendar.


The Calendar provides an opportunity for both informal and formal conversation There is also a cooking class, a sign language class and meditation.


Groceries and kitchen items needed for the cooking class can be found by clicking this link.   The recipe is for Chicken Piccata.  Please join us to make your dinner and have some fun. See the calendar for the date and time. ​


Here are a few things to know:

  1. Registration  – You do not need to preregister for any of the events on the calendar unless you need a sign language interpreter. Please contact Daria Smith at if you need a sign language interpreter.
  2. Connecting to Zoom – Below is the link to use for any of the  Covid Connections events.  This link should work for all the May Covid Connections activities.

Topic: CT Cross Disability Alliance’s Covid Connections


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 751 181 4142

Find your local number:

If you have ideas for or would like to facilitate Covid Connection Events, please let us know.  We welcome ideas and help