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

We are referring individuals who have questions about COVID-19 to the resources made available by the Connecticut Department of Public Health —

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

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.”