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CDR Quarterly Meeting of the Membership and St. Patrick’s Day celebration, 5-8p.m. Thursday March 30, 369 Highland St., West Haven. $12 suggested donation. Please reserve by March 23.

News from State Rep. Dorinda Borer:

The Food Insecurity Task Force does critical work in Connecticut. West Haven has one of the highest food insecurity rates (11.6% of our population, according to Connecticut FoodShare) and ranks fourth out of 169 cities and towns for inability to reach those residents. Many are working very hard on this issue but there is an opportunity for collaboration across sectors with a goal of creating a Food Policy Council as one-stop shop for residents to learn ALL of the services available.

The organizations and partners that attended the meeting are listed below and the task force  has applied for a $10,000 state grant to create the website of resources. More to come on this topic in the near future.

  • City of West Haven
  • First Congregational Church of West Haven
  • Food In Service to the Homebound of Greater New Haven
  • Gateway Christian Fellowship
  • Haven’s Harvest
  • LifeBridge Community Services
  • Purple Pantry Boxes
  • Rotary Club of West Haven Foundation
  • Vertical Church
  • West Haven Child Development Center
  • West Haven Community House
  • West Haven Emergency Assistance Taskforce (WHEAT)
  • West Haven Public Schools
  • Westies Care

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Click here to download the April 2022 CDR newsletter “Forward Together – Ukraine Edition”

The next CDR Pizza and Game Night Social for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People IS SCHEDULED TO TAKE PLACE THURS. FEB. 9.
Every second Thursday of the month
from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (Drop-In or Call-Ahead)
Bring your own game, or play one of ours.
Call Susan Catale — (203) 680-3967 (video phone) —
for more information … or email [email protected].

Voting is one of our nation’s most fundamental rights and a hallmark of our Democracy. It is critical that all eligible voters have equal access and opportunity to participate in our electoral process. We understand, however, that voting can present a unique set of challenges to voters with disabilities. “For me, it was important that they saw me,” Lillibeth Navarro, the executive director of Communities Actively Living Independent and Free, told Vox. “It’s really important that people with disabilities come out.” Fortunately, important federal and state laws exist to protect your fundamental right to vote and prohibit discrimination on the basis of your disability. Those laws are designed to ensure that you have full and equal access to voting. Visit the CT Secretary of State website for more information, and watch the video below.

To safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, the Center for Disability Rights office requires all visitors to wear masks. Please call and make an appointment. Thank you!Questions?
Call (203) 934-7077
Or e-mail the appropriate staff.
Email addresses can be found at cdr-ct.org/staff.

Important information regarding the state’s reopening:

-Guiding principles for statewide testing
-Expand statewide testing program
-The state’s reopen goals/timeline
-Testing objectives and population goals
Click the link below for more information

Click here to visit the Contact Us page to get directions to our office.

CDR is a membership organization of persons with disabilities that operates a Center for Independent Living (CIL). Based in West Haven, Connecticut, the Center for Disability Rights advocates for people with disabilities and their issues on a local, statewide, and national level. We also provide services to individuals and their families, as well as technical assistance and community education to businesses, government, and members of the community.

CDR fully serves the following towns:

West Haven; Milford; Orange; Woodbridge; Madison, Clinton, and Westbrook.

CDR offers limited services in the form of Information & Referral services; nursing facility transition services; augmentative communication services; and the Helping Each Other Succeed cross-disability support group to the following towns:  Shelton; Derby; Ansonia; Seymour; Bethany; New Haven; East Haven; Hamden; North Haven; Wallingford; Durham;  Meriden; Southington; Middlefield; Middletown; North Branford; Branford; Guilford; Old Saybrook; Killingworth; Deep River; Chester; Haddam; East Haddam; East Hampton; and Portland.

For more information about CDR and its mission, please click on “About” and “Programs and Resources” in the menu above.

If you have a question about accessibility, the ADA, disability discrimination, or a general inquiry; please use our “Ask The ADA Person” feature.

If you would like to become a member, please download this form, or contact Sandy at (203) 934-7077, Ext. 12 to have one mailed to you. Individual memberships cost $20. Family memberships costs $25.