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

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2022, is the date of the next CDR Pizza and Game Night
Deaf and Hard of Hearing People
Every second Thursday of the month through the summer
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 sue@cdr-ct.org.

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.

Ages 12 and up — 12 to 6 p.m.
Ages 5 to 12 — 2 to 6 p.m.

369 Highland St., West Haven, CT  06516
Walk-ins welcome, no appointment required, No insurance and no identification needed.

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.

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.

Thank you,
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 goals
Click the link below for more information

Center for Disability Rights is pleased to have had

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.

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.