Your support changes lives . . .
By supporting our self-advocates, you become an advocate, too — for equality, inclusion, and the right to be treated with respect and dignity.
Advocacy & Community— that’s what The Arc Eastern Connecticut’s Community Life & Advocacy program is all about. This year especially, your help is critical. Support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities goes far beyond medical and social services. Your gift allows us to help people with IDD find a voice, make independent choices, and keep connected to our community.
For someone with IDD, self-advocacy means being fully involved in life decisions, from choosing where to live to managing healthcare to deciding whom to socialize with. Trudy’s been part of The Arc’s Self-Advocacy group for two years. “I’ve learned to speak up for myself, and not let people bully me. The group’s given me a lot more self-confidence. I finally feel like I’m in control. And I’d really love to go with the group to the Capitol and testify . . . I’m still a little nervous, though!”
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People with IDD are employed in our community, thanks to programs like ours. Folks volunteer at road races, fairs, and town cleanups. They advocate at the State Capitol and testify before legislators on issues affecting people with disabilities. Your partnership maintains these vital community connections for the nearly 1,000 people we support each year.
Your generous gift provides:
Camp Harkness Scholarships
Special Olympics registration and uniforms
Micro-enterprise and vocational training programs
Sensory items, craft supplies, and swim passes
Workshops and support groups