#WorldDownSyndromeDay #LotsOfSocks March 21st

March 20, 2023

On March 21 we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day! This is a day to come together to celebrate Down syndrome and raise awareness. There are many ways to get involved with the National Down syndrome Society (NDSS) on World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD)

The odd socks campaign was conceived as the 3 strands of Chromosome 21 just happen to look like socks.

Use #WorldDownSyndromeDay to post on social media

Colorful socks

The World mourns the passing of Judy Heumann

March 9, 2023

The World mourns the passing of Judy Heumann, Disability Rights Activists

Judith “Judy” Heumann—widely regarded as “the mother” of the disability rights movement—passed away in Washington, D.C. on the afternoon of March 4, 2023. Judy was at the forefront of major disability rights demonstrations, helped spearhead the passage of disability rights legislation, founded national and international disability advocacy organizations, held senior federal government positions, co-authored her memoir, Being Heumann, and its Young Adult version, Rolling Warrior, and was featured in the Oscar-nominated documentary film, Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution.

National Early Childhood Intervention Personnel Development Equity Center Awarded to UConn

February 21, 2023

‘At UConn inclusion and belonging is woven into everything we do’

UConn School of Medicine’s Mary Beth Bruder, Ph.D. has been awarded a $10 million federal grant by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education, to provide technical assistance to increase equity in the delivery of early childhood intervention services to infants and young children from diverse backgrounds who have disabilities or developmental delays.

The new Early Childhood Intervention Personnel Development Equity Center is national in scope, and will be working with state systems of early childhood intervention, and institutions of higher education (IHE) who prepare the workforce to provide these services.

$10 Million for National Early Childhood Intervention Personnel Development Equity Center Awarded to UConn


More than 1,000 people in CT with autism are on a waiting list for services. Could a change in the law help break that logjam?

February 15, 2023

"A bill introduced in the state House of Representatives is short and technical, but it could have major implications for people with autism, more than a thousand of whom are on a waiting list for state services such as housing and personal care.

The bill, "An Act Concerning a Definition for Developmental Disability," would add a definition of the term to the general statutes and change "intellectual disability" to "developmental disability."

Read here: More than 1,000 people in CT with autism are on a waiting list for services. Could a change in the law help break that logjam? – Hartford Courant

ABLEnow Upcoming Webinar

January 10, 2023

More independence, greater financial security and a better quality of life – that’s the future ABLEnow is building. Join us for a free information session to discover the advantages of ABLE accounts and the national ABLEnow program.

In just one hour, we’ll cover the answers to these questions, and more:
• What are ABLE accounts?
• Who is eligible?
• How can I use the money in an ABLE account?
• What are the features and benefits of the ABLEnow program?
• How can I learn more and open an account?

For more information on ABLEnow, please visit ablenow.com.

Jan 17, 2023 12:00 PM inEastern Time (US and Canada)

Webinar Registration – Zoom

Disability Rights Connecticut: Free Education Rights Clinic

December 1, 2022

Disability Rights Connecticut is pleased to announce our Education Rights Clinic. The clinic will be open to students and families of students with disabilities, including students with special education needs or students who have or may need 504 plans.

Clinic appointments will provide an opportunity for callers to talk with advocates, law students, and attorneys. In a one-hour virtual meeting, clinic attendees will receive counsel and advice and short-term service related to their child’s special education needs free of charge.

To learn more Link 

UConn News

September 14, 2022

UConn Social Work Scholar Mogro-Wilson Achieves a Pair of ‘Firsts’ in Reaching Milestones – UConn Today

Cristina Mogro-Wilson, Ph.D., has reached two key milestones as a social work scholar in a short span of time: First, she was promoted to full professor at the School of Social Work, becoming the first Latina full professor in the School’s 75-year history in a promotion that took effect in August. Second, she was named editor-in-chief of Families in Society, the first journal of social work research in the United States, becoming the first person of color to hold the position.