Current Projects

Each year we take on multiple projects funded through grants from the Federal government, the State of Connecticut, national organizations, local organizations, and/or other independently funded groups. We take on diverse projects related to public awareness, training, professional resources, and studies. Some of our projects last for a short period of time, while others may span years. Some of our projects are on-going, funded through grants that we renew every few years.

Early Childhood Projects

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Connecticut Pyramid Model
This Connecticut initiative is funded by the Sate Department of Education through June of 2019. The goal is to help early childhood special education professionals to create learning environments where children are engaged, they feel good about coming to school, and where educators are able to teach children.

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School Age Projects

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Discover, Learn, Work
Discover Learn Work Career Training Services assists transitioning students from high school or students that are 16 years old with either autism, developmental disabilities or a mental health disability learn the essential skills that lead to successful employment in the community.

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Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT)
Special Olympics Connecticut (SOCT) is working with the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) to analyze data on their Unified Fitness Clubs program, which is a fitness program being piloted in Connecticut for Special Olympics International.

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Self-Determination
This one-day training program is designed to familiarize educators with issues pertaining to self-determination and how to include self determination skill-building opportunities for your students into your lesson plans. Attendees will develop an action plan to guide change in the classroom.

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Think College Initiative
Since the 1990’s, some parents and professionals around the country – many affiliated with the international disability advocacy organization, TASH - began “thinking college” for transition aged students.

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Adult / Lifespan Projects

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Connecticut Partners in Policymaking 2018
The goal of Partners in Policymaking is to foster a collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, and policy makers at national, state and local levels. Partners in Policymaking training teaches people to be leaders in shaping policy for people with disabilities and their families.

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Connecticut Partners in Policymaking 2018 for Parents of Young Children with Disabilities (Birth to 5)
The Connecticut Partners for Parents/Caretakers of Young Children with Disabilities training consists of four Saturday training sessions with nationally recognized speakers and state experts in disability issues. All training is provided at no cost to participants, including the cost of lunch.

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Webinar Series on Transition from School to Adulthood
For any student, the transition from school days to adult life (whether on to post-secondary schooling or the world of work) is a big adjustment. For students with 504 Plans or Individualized Education Programs, there is plenty of evidence that extra steps usually need to be taken to assure as seamless a transition as possible.

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Connecticut Partners in Policymaking for Service Providers 2018
Partners in Policymaking is a leadership program that is designed to build collaboration among people with disabilities, parents who have children with disabilities, service providers and policy makers at national, state and local levels. For the first time we are offering the same intense training to providers who work in the field of disabilities and seek to be leaders of system change and advocacy in the disability arena.

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Faith Based Initiative
The UCEDD is a partner of the National Collaborative on Faith & Disability and provides technical assistance to faith communities in Connecticut working to be fully inclusive for their members with disabilities.

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