CTCDD - Ct. Council on Developmental Disabilities
{The mission of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities is to promote the full inclusion of all people with disabilities in community life.}

NOTE:  The Council on Developmental Disabilities is not the Department of Developmental Services.  The Council is not a direct service provider.  If you are trying to reach the Department of Developmental Services, please dial 860-418-6000.   

Dear Friends:

My name is Shelagh McClure, and I am the Chair of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities.  On behalf of the Council, I am pleased to welcome you to our web site.

We invite you to browse through the site, which will give you information about the Council and information about issues, programs, events and policies affecting people with disabilities. 

The Council's mission is to ensure the full inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in the community of their choice.  We achieve our mission through advocacy, capacity building, and systems change initiatives.

Our hope is that you'll find this web site informative.  If you have questions or comments about the site please contact us.

Sincerely ,

Shelagh McClure, Chair

CT Council on Developmental Disabilities

See the Families for Families announcement here.

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Partners in Policymaking graduates and faculty, Class of 2012
Important Information and Updates

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 Former Governor Lowell Weicker talks about the closing of Mansfield and Southbury Training Schools, April 2015

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Come to an open discussion about a new vision for community living including alternative housing options for people with developmental disabilities with national disability policy expert Allan Bergman.

 April 9, 2015

9:30am – 1:30pm

Morning Coffee and Lunch provided

Beth El Temple, 2626 Albany Avenue, West Hartford

 There is no charge for this event.  For more information and to register click here.

The 2020 Campaign

A Plan to Close Connecticut's Institutions for

People with Intellectual Disabilities by 2020

The Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities has called on the Governor and the State Legislature to close all state institutions that house individuals with intellectual disabilities by 2020 and to transition all residents to appropriate homes in an integrated settings in the community. We have also called for all savings to be used to reduce the residential waiting list.  For more information Click Here.



Thursday January 15, 2015  


Legislative Office Building 

Do you have a child or a loved one on the DDS residential waiting list? 

Do you live with the persistent fear of wondering what will happen to your child or loved one after you are gone?

Is your son or daughter about to go over what many parents refer to funding cliff, also known as the transition from school to adult services?

Are you upset that the DDS budget has been cut by by over $30 million in the past 3 years, when the number of people waiting for residential supports is over 2,000 and growing?  

Do you believe the time has come for for our state to value the rights, needs and lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities?

Are you willing to come out to show that you believe the lives of people with I/DD matter?

Senator Beth By, Representative Jay Case, Representative John Hampton and more than 50 legislators on the I/DD Caucus want to hear from you!

Join hundreds of other other families on January 15th to share your story and send a clear message that families are 

standing together and standing up for their loved ones with I/DD!

Take the day off now!   Plan to carpool!   Spread the Word!

Click HERE to RSVP today!

DD Council announces funds available for customized employment pilots


The CT Council on Developmental Disabilities has awarded over $200,000 in funded initiatives.  Click here to see the list of these projects.


Partners in Policymaking class of 2014 graduated in September.  24 Parent and Self-Advocate leaders completed this training and are actively working to improve the lives of people with disabilities in their communities.  We are now accepting applications for Partners in Policymaking 2015.  Applications are due by December 19, 2014 for classes starting in 2015.  A brochure can be found here.  An application can be found here.


Monday, December 8, Sheraton Rocky Hill 8:30 to 3:30 Breakfast and Lunch provided For more information or to register click here.

Able Lives

A lot of you may remember the Able Lives website that is run by the CTCDD that hosts the series of TV shows that were produced on disability issues by CPTV and the CTCDD.  The Able Lives website was in need of major repairs and updates.  That work has now been completed and the site is now once again available at ablelives.org.  The new Able Lives also has a forum which we hope to use to start an online dialog concerning disability issues here in Connecticut.  Once you go to Able Lives the forum link is at the top of the page.  An account is required to use the forum.  Anyone is welcome to sign up for an account at ablelives.org

Connecticut DDC/DDS Awarded National Grant

 The Connecticut  Council on Developmental Disabilities in partnership with the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services (DDS ) were  one of five state teams  to receive a national grant to participate in a five year Community of Practice study. Connecticut’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and DDS will focus on creating a learning environment for intense exploration into policy, practices, trends and barriers for individuals with intellectual disability. For details click here.

Take a Survey to Give a Voice to Persons with Disabilities in Disaster Situations

Dear Colleagues;

Marcie Roth, Director of FEMA’s Office of Disability Integration and Coordination, [formerly of Connecticut] would like to make sure your voice is heard by sharing the survey from the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) on Living with Disabilities and Disasters.   UNISDR is conducting this survey to ascertain the needs of persons living with disabilities and disasters.  Please take a moment to visit the link below and complete the survey; as well as forwarding to all you know would benefit by participating in the United Nations’ request for information.


Click here to take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XJFJD96

Consumer Involvement Fund (CIF) CT Council on Developmental Disabilities

Do you know that there is partial funding available for Connecticut individuals with developmental disabilities and their family members to participate in conferences, attend legislative advocacy skills events, go to public forums and hearings? The CIF can fund partial of the cost  of registration, child and respite care, personal assistance, hotel/lodging, meals, transportation and other related expenses at the discretion of the Council. Individuals may receive up to $100 to attend an event in-state and up to $600 to attend an event out of state. Individuals must provide 25% in matching funds from another organization or agency or personally. Click here for application and reporting packet.

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities

People with disabilities in Connecticut experienced many challenges before, during and after Storms Irene and Alfred in 2011. In response to these challenges, the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities developed a printed and electronic brochure to assist people with disabilities in planning for their emergencies. Feel free to share these electronic and printed brochures with your friends or post them on list-sevs and any social media application(s). Click here to see the online brochure or here to see the print version.


On December 6, 2012, the FCC Chairman announced that the four major wireless carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile – have agreed to accelerate the availability of text-to-911, with major deployments expected in 2013 and a commitment to nationwide availability by May 15, 2014.   Text-to-911 will provide consumers, including millions of consumers with hearing and speech disabilities, access to emergency services by enabling them to send a text message to 911.  Below are the links to the announcement:








You are invited to attend a Council Meeting and to learn more about us. Please click here to find the schedule.