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Do you have a disability and need assistance or more information about getting your COVID vaccine?
Call the Center for Disability Rights at 203-934-7077.
UPDATE: April 12, 2021 —For Connecticut Residents:If you or someone you care for is physically or medically unable to leave their home to get the COVID-19 vaccine click here for the online homebound vaccination intake form (eligibility info included)https://dphsubmissions.ct.gov/homebound?fbclid=IwAR1hPGRewhyxfiyPD-dXt5sF0yM-ogLsekMqwdHwFbSuizXLWV7Sixu73hUIf you only need a ride to get a COVID-19 shot, you should not complete this form. You should click on this Transportation Resources link for help finding a ride (https://portal.ct.gov/Coronavirus/Transportation-Resources)
To safeguard against the spread of COVID-19 and to ensure the safety of our visitors and staff, the Center for Disability Rights office is closed to the public until further notice.
Another resource is www.virtualcompanions.org
Call (203) 934-7077
Or e-mail the appropriate staff.
Email addresses can be found at cdr-ct.org/staff.
Center for Disability Rights is proud to celebrate the accomplishments of Candace Blanton who is featured in CACIL’s (Connecticut Association of Center’s for Independent Living) Newsletter:
Helping people with disabilities find, master and afford technological solutions to social isolation has been Candace Blanton’s focus for the past 12 months in her work for one of Connecticut’s five independent living centers (ILCs). We ask you to support funding at $550,000 per center, so she can continue to do her job.
The (ILCs) help people with any disability to live and thrive in the community. Candace says her job has been particularly challenging, but also very rewarding.
The ILCs help people find and maintain housing, develop job readiness, transition out of nursing facilities and gain access to state and federal services, and until the pandemic that was mostly done in person.
When the state of Connecticut shut down in March 2020, the ILCs closed their offices to continue their work remotely. The center staff had to quickly sort out their own use of technology to maintain communications with consumers.
But they also had to help existing consumers do the same, while helping a rash of new folks brought in by the pandemic.
Many of the center’s consumers didn’t have adequate computers or tablets. Others did not have or couldn’t afford access to the internet. Sheltered in their homes because of the pandemic, Candace said people with disabilities who could not access services or friends on the internet were dangerously isolated.
For the past year, Candace has worked to identify consumers who are socially isolated. She then coordinates services to help them get buy tablets or other assistive technology, as well as affordable internet/WiFi services. Where needed, she assists in getting funding to cover 12 months of cable service. She’s helped them learn the assisted technology to keep people connected to social services, healthcare providers, families and friends.
“We are keeping people connected with others in the community,” Blanton says.
But her job will end this summer when funding provided under the 2020 federal Cares Act runs out. And that worries Blanton and the independent living centers.
“The independent living centers are a place where you can find someone who understands and can give you support,” Blanton says. “We need to continue to provide these services, because even after COVID vanishes, our consumers are still going to need these new communication skills and technology.”
The work of Connecticut’s five ILCs is needed now more than ever and through the dedication of people like Candace, thousands of people with disabilities across the state have continued to live and thrive in the community.
Please fund the Independent Living Centers at $550,000 per center, so that we can continue to provide the cost-effective support services that people need. Our services are the most cost-effective in the state.
Eileen M. Healy
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 goalsClick the link below for more information
- Adams Home Town Markets,
- United Spinal Association of CT,
- Rotary Club of West Haven,
- Advanced Wheels,
- People’s Bank,
- L.H. Brenner Insurance,
- ADA Coalition of CT,
- Solakian & Co. LLC,
- Universal Hotel Liquidators,
- The Law Office of Terry Bedard,
- West Haven Community House,
- the Karpowich Family,
- the First Church of Christ Clinton,
- Agency on Aging of South Central Connecticut,
- and everyone else who supported our 2019 fundraiser at Anthony’s Ocean View Fine Catering.
Visit our Flickr page to see photos of the people and activities from this event and others, such as pictures from CDR’s 2018 Wheel-A-Thon to benefit youth with disabilities and the most recent Quarterly Meeting of the Membership and other events.
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, state-wide, 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; augumentive 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.
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.