Homebound? Need a vaccine or booster or at-home test kit?

If you are elderly or have a disability that prevents you from leaving your home, your town may be able to provide COVID-19 vaccine and test kits (as available) in your home.

Below are a few towns providing COVID-19 in-home services. If your town is not listed, call your town public health department, and ask how homebound elderly people and people with a disability can get COVID-19 vaccines/test kits.

  • MILFORD – PUBLIC HEALTH DEPT. 203-783-3285
  • ORANGE – ELDERLY OUTREACH 203-891-4787
  • WEST HAVEN – PUBLIC HEALTH 203-937-3660, Ext. 2041
  • NEW HAVEN – DISABILITY SERVICES 203-946-7651, tty/ttd 203-946-8582
  • EAST HAVEN – FIRE DEPT. 203-468-3221

Seasons Greetings from CDR

Dear Center for Disability Rights Friends and Members,

As 2021 ends and a new year begins, we take this time with you to reflect on the support and enthusiasm everyone has displayed to each other over the past year.

CDR relies on the support of so many, it’s impossible to name them all. But we can still say a big “Thank you” and express our wishes to all for a happy, healthy holiday and 2022!

With Gratitude and Good Wishes and Blessings this holiday season,

Your friends at Center for Disability Rights, 369 Highland St., West Haven, CT  06516

Pizza and Game Night for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People

Every second Friday of the month
5:30-7:30 p.m. (Drop-In or Call-Ahead)
Bring your own game, or play one of ours.

Next Game Night Friday Jan. 14, 2022 at
Center for Disability Rights
369 Highland Ave., West Haven, CT 06516
Call Susan Catale — (203) 680-3967 (video phone) —
for more information … or email [email protected]
COVID regulations mandate that masks be worn at all times.

Mobile vaccinations sites available to those who need them

In the ongoing effort to bring the vaccine to communities and people in socially vulnerable areas, Connecticut opened the country’s first FEMA Mobile Vaccination Unit (MVU) on March 29. The mobile vaccination unit will be available as a pop-up clinic in 17 communities during the months of April and May 2021.

Upcoming Locations
  • Waterbury: 5/7/2021 through 5/8/2021
  • Middletown: 5/10/2021 and 5/11/2021
  • New Haven: 5/12/2021 and 5/13/2021
  • Norwalk: 5/14/2021 and 5/15/2021
  • Stamford: 5/16/2021 and 5/17/2021
  • Bridgeport: 5/18/2021 through 5/27/2021
How do I schedule a vaccine appointment at one of these pop-up clinics?

Each community handles scheduling differently. Please contact your local health department for more details. Find your local health department here.

Keep in mind that municipal and community partners in these locations are coordinating outreach to high-risk and vulnerable residents to make them aware of the mobile vaccination unit and are assisting with appointment scheduling.

What vaccine types are offered at these pop-up clinics? 

All clinics are currently offering the Pfizer vaccine. This page will be updated to reflect any changes.

Source: FEMA Mobile Vaccination Clinic


Candace Blanton featured in CACIL’s latest letter to legislators

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) letter to legislators:

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, President, CACIL

COVID-19 Vaccine Transportation Information

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)
If 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)

CDR here to offer help during COVID

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.


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The following is information about the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other pandemic-related information.

Governor Lamont Announces Accelerated Schedule For COVID-19 Vaccines
Unite CT: Emergency Rental Assistance for Connecticut’s Economy
Acting through the Department of Housing (DOH), the State of Connecticut is developing the UniteCT Program. This $235 million program will provide rental and utility payment assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications for the public opened on Monday, March 15th.
Center for Disease Control (CDC) Answers To Frequently Asked Questions
People have questions about the COVID-19 vaccine. In order to build vaccine confidence, the CDC has shared answers for some Frequently Asked Questions found below and attached to this email. Please feel free to share this information with your friends, family, co-workers and community members.
Also please check out the CDC website for additional tools and resources here:
New PSAs from the Ad Council Promote Safe And Effective Vaccination
ICYMI – Press Releases
  • Acting through the Department of Housing (DOH), the State of Connecticut is developing the UniteCT Program. This $235million program will provide rental and utility payment assistance to qualified Connecticut households financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. 
Transportation Resources for the Homebound
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CDR’s doors to remain closed but we are here to serve you

Due to the situation created by COVID-19 (the Coronavirus) and following guidance from the Lamont Administration, CDR’s physical office will be closed until further notice, but the entire staff is working remotely. We will be available during regular hours via email and phone and will be using video-conferencing capabilities when appropriate. We are monitoring the situation, and we will resume our regular operations at 369 Highland St., West Haven, and 36 Killingworth Turnpike in Clinton, based on recommendations from federal and state agencies. You can contact our team via email or phone through the staff directory at cdr-ct.org/staff.

We are referring individuals who have questions about COVID-19 to the resources made available by the Connecticut Department of Public Health — https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus

Stay well, Stay home, Stay healthy, Stay hopeful.