CDR offices closed and events canceled and postponed, due to health safeguards

To safeguard against the spread of Coronavirus disease 2019 (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 and has canceled the following events:

March 13 support group with Keely Gaisden Knudson, Co-Founder and Artistic Director of The Legacy Theater.

March 25 Quarterly Meeting of the Membership. Email [email protected] or call 203-934-7077 for more information.

March 19 Unity in the Community NEVER ALONE has been postponed from March 19 to May 7. See CDR’s events calendar at

For more information, please contact Marchele at [email protected], or Sandy at 203-934-7077 or [email protected].

In regards to our offices being closed, phone calls and e-mails are still accepted.

Call (203) 934-7077
Or e-mail the appropriate staff. Email addresses can be found at

Save the Date: March 25, Quarterly Membership Mtg and St. Patrick’s Celebration

CDR’s Quarterly Meeting of the Membership and St. Patrick’s Day Celebration will take place from 6 to 8:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at Center for Disability Rights, 369 Highland St., West Haven, CT  06516. Suggested donation is $8 and includes Irish Supper, Membership Update and Irish music by The Jolly Beggars. Please reserve your seats by March 19 by emailing [email protected], or call 203-934-7077, Ext. 10.

Center for Disability Rights DEAF and HEARING SERVICES OPEN HOUSE

WHEN: 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 1, 2020
WHERE: 369 Highland St., West Haven, CT 06156


RSVP: To RSVP to this event or you need any accommodation to attend this event please contact Sandy at [email protected] or call 203-934-7077, Ext 10, or Susan Catale at [email protected] or VP: 203-680-3967

All events at CDR are smoke and fragrance free.
Please refrain from using fragrances.

CDR testifies at Appropriations Hearing Feb. 19, 2020

Center for Disability Rights members and staff testified at the Feb. 19, 2020, Appropriations Hearing at the Legislative Office Building in state’s capitol city of Hartford. They testified in support of increasing funding for the Centers for Independent Living in Connecticut, of which there are five.

The hearing was on House Bill No. 5005 AN ACT ADJUSTING THE STATE BUDGET FOR THE BIENNIUM ENDING JUNE 30, 2021. Public testimony was heard on the following state agencies: Department of Social Services Department of Children and Families Department of Aging and Disability Services.

Our testimony acknowledged the Governor and his budget for not cutting funds. We pointed out that although there are not cuts in the Governor’s budget,
agency budgets have eroded over the years. So we highlighted the important work these agencies have done for the disability community; and how providing these services save money in the long term, We also urged the Appropriations Committee not to cut and, if possible, increase agency budgets.

Stay tuned for updates on the success of our, and many others, testimonies. The legislative session convened Feb. 5 and adjourns May 6, 2020.

Center for Disability Rights Invites the Public to Balance and Fall Prevention Class

When: 10-11 a.m. Thursday, March 12, 2020,
and 3-4 p.m. Monday, March 16, 2020
Where: 369 Highland Street, West Haven, CT 06516
Class: Exercise class focused on improving balance, coordination, and strength in order to prevent falls.
RSVP: To RSVP to this event or request any accommodation to attend this event please contact Sandy at [email protected] or call 203-934-7077, Ext 10.
All events at CDR are smoke- and fragrance-free. Please refrain from using fragrances. Thank you.

CDR welcomes new Executive Director Carmen R. Correa-Rios

The Center for Disability Rights is celebrating the election of 25-year CDR veteran Carmen R. Correa-Rios as our Executive Director. Carmen has extensive experience in Benefits Counseling, Independent Living Skills and more. Carmen is also bi-lingual in Spanish (her native language) and English. “I’m very pleased to have this opportunity with CDR and I look forward to continuing to work with people with disabilities – including veterans, elders and children – with the same level of love and passion I have served with since I started here 25 years ago.”

Access Health CT sign-ups

Have questions or need help signing up for healthcare coverage? We’re here to help.

All help is free. Access Health CT staff will answer your questions and help you enroll in quality, affordable healthcare coverage. Certified Brokers will be on-hand if you need a plan recommendation. Don’t delay – Open Enrollment ends on January 15th. Registration is encouraged, but not required. For a full list of in-person help, visit

**IMPORTANT: If you are a Certified Broker and would like to attend an Enrollment Fair, DO NOT register here. Please contact [email protected]**

Have the following information for yourself and anyone in your household applying for coverage:

  • Dates of Birth
  • Social Security numbers
  • Visa, green card or immigration documents
  • Most recent W2 and/or Form 1040, Form 1099
  • Current insurance coverage
  • Paystubs, Profit & Loss statements or other employment information to confirm income for everyone in your tax household

Download the full checklist HERE


Wed 12/18 – Norwalk
Norwalk City Hall – Community Room
125 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851

Thu 12/19 – Bristol
Bristol Library Meeting Rooms 1-3
5 High Street, Bristol, CT 06010

Sat 12/21 – Stamford
UConn Stamford – Auditorium
1 University Place, Stamford, CT 06901
Located at the intersection of Broad St and Washington Blvd. Free parking is available at the garage at 1194 Washington Blvd.

Sat 01/04 – Fairfield
Fairfield University – Faber Hall
42 Bellarmine Road, Fairfield, CT 06824
Free parking is available in lots N-1 and N-3. Click HERE for a campus parking map

Mon 01/06 – Hartford
The Lyceum
227 Lawrence Street, Hartford, CT 06106

Tue 01/07 – Middletown
St. Francis of Assisi Parish – Fox Parish Center
10 Elm Street, Middletown, CT 06457

Wed 01/08 – West Hartford
Elmwood Community Center
1106 New Britain Avenue, West Hartford, CT 06110
Note: Although Elmwood Community Center’s address is 1106 New Britain Avenue, you must gain entrance via South Quaker Lane and then to Burgoyne Street. There is no entrance access from New Britain Avenue.

Thu 01/09 – Hamden
Whitneyville Cultural Commons
1253 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517

Sat 01/11 – New London
OIC of New London
106 Truman Street, New London, CT 06320

Mon 01/13 – Torrington
Torrington Elks Lodge #372
70 Litchfield Street, Torrington, CT 06790

Tue 01/14 – Branford
Joseph Trapasso Community House – Multi-Function Rooms A&B
46 Church Street, Branford, CT 06405

Wed 01/15 – Bridgeport
St. Vincent’s Medical Center – Cancer Center (4th Floor)
2800 Main Street, Bridgeport, CT 06606
Note: Parking will be validated for Enrollment Fair participants and staff who use St. Vincent Medical Center parking.

Working While Receiving Social Security Disability

To become eligible for Social Security disability benefits, you must be unable to engage in substantial gainful activity. However, you may be able to earn a small amount of income while receiving Social Security disability payments.

“It is possible to qualify for Social Security disability benefits and still work in a limited capacity,” says Nick Ortiz, a board-certified Social Security disability attorney and owner of Ortiz Law Firm in Pensacola, Florida. “Social Security has special rules for work activity called work incentives.”

To make the most of your benefits and job opportunities, it can be helpful to know what’s available. Read on for a look at what’s involved with Social Security disability benefits, as well as the rules related to working while receiving benefits.

Source: Working While Receiving Social Security Disability