DDS: Media
11/15/2018The Council on Developmental Services meeting for November 15, 2018, is cancelled due to inclement weather.
  Please be advised the Council on Developmental Services Meeting is cancelled due to inclement weather.
11/9/2018For Families of Adults with Disabilities and Transitioning Teens Presentation
  Access-T(Transition) presentation on how to navigate the system of services that assist individuals with disabilities in CT and raise awareness of the community supports available. Date: November 27, 2018
11/9/2018Person-Centered Planning: The Various Options to Secure Positive Student Outcomes Sessions
  Whether you're a parent or an educator from elementary to high school, you may have many questions about future plans for your students with disabilities...
11/7/2018Starbucks Opened its First U.S. Cafe Staffed by Employees who are Partially or Fully Deaf and Capable of Communicating in American Sign Language
10/31/2018DDS Job Fair for Direct Care Staff
  November 13, 2018
10/31/20182018-2019 New England Healthcare Guide
10/29/2018CT DAS Video - Psychologist Jobs at DDS - State of Connecticut
  Watch Dr. Peter Tolisano from the Department of Developmental Services describe how he and staff work with individuals in their care to improve their lives.
10/24/2018Developmental Services Case Management Vacancies Virtual Job Fair
  Date: October 3, 2018 through October 12, 2018 - Extended Through October 31, 2018
10/23/2018Understanding Funding for People with Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities - Free Workshop
  Date: November 19, 2018. RSVP required.
10/23/2018Open Forum with the Department of Developmental Services Commissioner Jordan Scheff - Spanish: Foro abierto con el Department of Developmental Services El comisionado Jordan Scheff
10/19/2018Camp Harkness 39th Annual Gift Run
  Ride Provides Holiday Gifts for People with Disabilities and Supports the Camp Harkness Foundation. Date: November 4, 2018
10/17/2018LifeCourse Family Mentoring and Leadership Committee Meeting
  Date: October 18, 2018. Seating is limited, please RSVP by October 17th Noon
10/10/2018The Department of Developmental Services has a New Health Services Director, Dr. Valencia Bagby-Young. A Meet and Greet is Planned for October 30, 2018
  The focus will be on individuals with complex medical needs in addition to intellectual disability (ID). Registration is required.
10/10/2018Creative Housing Workgroup will Host Guest Speaker Sheldon Bustow
  Sheldon Bustow, Senior Real Estate Development Advisor, Corporation for Independent Living, will give an overview of the Corporation for Independent Living. Date: October 24, 2018
10/10/2018Is He a Client, Service User or Consumer Video
  From Open Future Learning
10/9/2018Community Companion Homes CCH Team Represents at the Big E 2018
  On September 21, 2018, the Community Companion Home (CCH) program, along with the DDS Self-Determination department hosted a booth at the “Big E” in the Connecticut building.
9/18/2018Developing Cultural Competency- Working with American Muslim Communities
  Educational Forum. Date: September 20, 2018 1pm - 5 pm
9/7/2018DDS Executive Briefs - September 7, 2018
9/7/2018The Council on Developmental Services’ September 20, 2018 meeting time has been changed to begin at 4:30 p.m. at the DDS Central Office.
9/5/2018National Fragile X Foundation Connecticut Chapter Conference
  Teaching Pro-Social Behaviors, Motivating Learning and Exploring Future Independence Strategies for All Ages; Date: November 3, 2018; Please register by October 20, 2018
9/4/2018Individual Planning Process Memo to Families
  Starting in July, DDS will be implementing a new Individual Planning process for the individuals we serve. This new process and documentation will incorporate Person Centered Planning tools from the Charting the Life Course series and other sources...
8/16/2018Sensory Friendly Day at the Connecticut Science Center
  Fun, judgment-free atmosphere; no harsh lights or sounds; Hands-on activities; Quiet Zone available
8/10/2018DDS FY19 Housing Innovation Pilot Program Q & A
8/9/2018First Aid Kit Contents
  The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) requires that a first aid kit be located and maintained in each Public and Private Residential, Day or Respite Program site...
8/2/2018Fact Sheet Collective Bargaining Wage Adjustment
  DDS Fact Sheet for Individual Budget Wage Adjustments, July 2018
8/1/2018Community First Choice CFC Option Questions and Answers July 2018
7/27/20182018 Candidates’ Forum on Disability Issues
  Date: October 11, 2018 Note that you can now register directly via the link on the flyer.
7/27/2018Department of Social Services and Department of Developmental Services - Medicaid Waiver Settings Transition Plan Forum
  Date: Monday, August 6, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Location: Room 1D of the Legislative Office Building Hartford, CT
7/27/2018Safe Swallowing Train the Trainer
  DDS Education Support & Staff Development is pleased to announce another Safe Swallowing Train the Trainer. Date: September 10, 2018
7/19/2018Presentation- Do you have a loved one with IDD who experiences significant medical issues
  Two Dates of the Meet and Greet with Dr. Valencia Bagby-Young Canceled - July 23, 2018 still on.
7/10/2018Presentation: Do you have a loved one with IDD who experiences significant medical issues
  You Are Invited to Come and Meet with Dr. Valencia Bagby-Young, DDS Director of Health and Clinical Services, come share your thoughts and learn
7/10/2018Behavioral Services Program BSP Family Group Presentation
  Please note that due to low attendance with busy summer schedules, this event is canceled and will be rescheduled in the Fall.
7/5/2018DDS will be holding training support for both QSR and eLicensing
7/3/2018Notice of Opportunity – Housing Innovation Pilot
  Under the leadership of Commissioner Scheff and pursuant to Special Act 18-2, the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is launching the Housing Innovation Pilot project, to begin in Fiscal Year 2019...
7/2/2018The Hartford Courant Article - This Dedicated Volunteer Who Works Several Jobs Also Has Down Syndrome
7/2/2018Creative Housing Workgroup
  The July meeting will be held at L&M Hospital on 7/12 from 6-8 pm
6/21/2018DDS eLicense
  On April 18, 2018, DDS began using the eLicense application to process all initial CLA and CCH applications and renewal applications online...
6/20/2018Individual Planning Process Announcement
6/4/20182018 Golf Tournament to Benefit Camp Quinebaug
  Golf tournament is to benefit Camp Quinebaug. It is being held at the Foster Country Club in Foster, Rhode Island, on Sunday, July 29, 2018.
5/22/2018CT APSE Conference 2018 - SAVE THE DATE
  The CT APSE invites you to the 2nd Annual APSE Employment 1St Conference on October 2, 2018. CT APSE supports Employment 1st to facilitate the full inclusion of people with disabilities in the workplace and in their community. Real Work for Real Pay!
5/17/2018Peer 2 Peer Support
  The DDS Self Advocate Coordinators and our stakeholders are excited to share the Peer 2 Peer opportunity for all individuals supported by DDS...
5/11/2018Notice of Intent to Seek Amendment of Medicaid Waivers for Individual and Family Support and Employment and Day Supports
  All written comments regarding these applications must be submitted by June 14, 2018 to: Division of Waiver Services, DDS Central Office, 460 Capitol Avenue Hartford, Connecticut, 06106, Attention Siobhan Morgan, or via email at
5/9/2018Fire Safety Budget Training Update Reminder
  We have completed yet another year of the Department of Developmental Services Fire Prevention and Safety training initiative. The results continue to be very good and we would like to thank all providers for their cooperation in making this program a success...
5/1/2018Request for Information - RFI - Statewide Fiscal Intermediary Services
  The Office of Policy and Management (OPM) has issued this RFI to assess the options available to the State in providing Fiscal Intermediary (FI) services for participants in Connecticut’s various self-directed programs, including those provided through the Medicaid State plan and Medicaid waivers and certain state programs. The RFI is intended for information gathering purposes only and the State is not obligated in any way to use the information received. The RFI process will assist the State in determining whether it will pursue a RFP with the intent to enter into a contractual agreement(s) for such services sometime in the future...
4/26/2018YOU’RE INVITED to the Creative Housing Workgroup’s 5th Annual Roommate Match and Provider Meet and Greet
  Date: June 14, 2018 Registration is required by May 25, 2018
4/25/2018Opportunity for Family Input
  DDS is seeking input from individuals, families and providers to find new ways to help people with unmet emergent residential support needs due to mental illness, medical issues, family issues, lack of appropriate community mental health resources and affordable community housing with residential supports, which can lead to preventable use of emergency rooms and psychiatric inpatient units... Date: May 21 and 23, 2018 from 5:30-7:30 pm at the Wallingford DDS Office, 35 Thorpe Avenue, Wallingford CT. RSVP Date: Friday, May 11, 2018.
4/12/2018Building a Great Life Conference
  A Conference for Self-Advocates, Parents, Caregivers, Siblings and Providers. Date: April 19, 2018
4/6/2018Leadership is a Journey: A Series for Youth Self-Advocates Webinar
  National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships (NCFPP) in collaboration with the Autistic Self-Advocacy Network, Kids As Self-Advocates, and Youth MOVE is pleased to offer a webinar series that support the identification of leadership as a journey and support understanding and learning in key leadership development areas.
4/6/2018Karen Armington - Success Story
  One Job is Not Enough When You Love to Work!
4/5/2018Safe Swallowing Train the Trainer Event
  Date: May 1, 2018, from 9:00-11:30 at Merritt Hall, in Middletown.
4/3/2018AGING MATTERS: Learning, Protecting, Saving, and Relaxing Conference
  The Connecticut Coalition on Aging and Developmental Disabilities (CCADD), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), DORS State Unit on Aging, and CT American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD) presents “AGING MATTERS: Learning, Protecting, Saving, and Relaxing!” Conference. Come join us on Friday, May 4, 2018 at the Keeney Center, Old Wethersfield, CT ***Limited space so register early!***
3/27/2018Charting the LifeCourse Showcase: Featuring Policy and Practice Changes from the National Community of Practice for Supporting Families
  Second Annual National Conference - Where: Sheraton Crown Center in Kansas City, MO Date: April 19-20, 2018
3/23/2018Free Tax Return Preparation for Qualifying Taxpayers
  The US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers free assistance to taxpayers who qualify through two programs: the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) and Tax Counseling for the Elderly (TCE). Volunteers assist people with disabilities, seniors, those who have low income, and others who may need special help in preparing their basic tax returns.
3/15/2018CCH Participated in the 2nd Annual Disability Summit at Mohegan Sun
3/14/2018Art Contest
  We are having an art contest to design a cover for party favors to be given out at the Starlight Ball. Deadline: Friday, April 6, 2018
3/14/2018DDS COMP Waiver Renewal and IFS and EDS Waiver Amendments
  30 Day Public Comment period starting March 14, 2018. Please send comments to or
3/12/2018Please view the article "Innovative Hartford area residential communities will embrace those with, without disabilities" in Hartford dated March 12, 2018
3/12/2018Please Mark your calendars for the annual AGING MATTERS Conference. This year the title is: AGING MATTERS Learning, Protecting, Saving, and Relaxing
  Join us on Friday, May 4, 2018 at The Keeney Center in Old Wethersfield, CT
3/8/2018Healthy Relationship Series
  The DDS Self Advocate Coordinators in Collaboration with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England are pleased to Offer the 2018 Spring Healthy Relationship Series for Individuals Supported by the Department... Register Soon – limited spots available in each session.
3/6/2018Creative Housing Workgroup Event Will host Guest Speaker Joanne Malise, LCSW, Director of Living Innovations Warwick, RI
  The presentation: •Introduce Living Innovations and give an overview of their Shared Living program (known in CT as, Community Companion Home CCH) •What is a CCH Provider? •What are the benefits for a person with a disability? •DDS will also be present. Date: March 8, 2018, Reservations Required
3/5/2018Camp Harkness Playgroup Presents Summer Camp & Activity Fair
  March 24th at Camp Harkness, 9:30 - 11:30 am Registration is Required.
3/2/2018No Excuse for Abuse Brochure
  The DDS Self Advocate Coordinators have been speaking up saying –“NO EXCUSE FOR ABUSE! They are delighted to share their brochure and ask that it be distributed to every individual and staff in our state. Abuse can happen ANYTIME, ANYWHERE BY ANYONE TO ANYONE. DON’T IGNORE IT! SPEAK UP AND SPEAK OUT!
2/22/2018Volunteers Needed - 39th Windham Special Olympics Invitational Swim Meet
  Date: Saturday, March 10, 2018
2/16/2018Educational Seminar on Achieving Independence with Technology
  WHEN: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, TIME: 6-8 p.m. A light dinner will be served. RSVP is required.
2/8/2018DORS - Level Up Activities
2/5/2018Connecticut's Achievement Through Technology Conference
  Date: March 14, 2018 Time: 9 am - 3:30 pm
2/1/2018Greg Washington - Success Story
  Art Works!
1/29/2018Save the Date: LEARN Disability Summit
  LEARN Student Support Services will be hosting the 2nd annual Disability Summit on March 10, 2018, 10:00am-3:00pm at the Mohegan Sun Convention Center. FREE EVENT!
1/25/2018The Connecticut Family Support Network Presents... A One Voice Training Event
  Special Education Training Series
1/23/2018CT-YLP - The Annual Youth Leadership Forum (YLF) for Students with disAbilities
  The forum will take place July 23-July 26, 2018 at the University of Connecticut, Storrs Campus. Deadline to Apply: February 26, 2018
1/9/2018For DDS Staff - West Region - Ringing in the New Year by learning how to… Make Life Happen through Self-Determination
  For DDS Staff- This is a great opportunity to learn about self-determination through finding out what you need to know to empower people to live self-determined lives through self-direction. Date: Thursday, January 18, 2018, Time – 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., for an information session Location – Waterbury (Rowland Building) first floor conference room RSVP to
1/3/2018Camp Harkness – January 2018 Update
1/2/2018Kevin Arce - My life is but one part of the story of the world. . .
  Success Story