Discover Community Life & Advocacy
The Community Life & Advocacy Program at The Arc Eastern Connecticut provides opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to independently and actively engage in the community in ways that serve personal choices and goals and demonstrate the measurable contributions to the community that each one of us is capable of making.
CL&A is unique in the region. We offer a wide range of activities that include outings, dances, leisure activities, and our own Special Olympics contingent!
Choose from our many social, fitness, or support/enrichment activities, held at The Arc ECT’s Norwich location or offsite at various locations.
· Computer classes
· Training for a 5k race
· Films at local libraries
· Outdoor festivals and fairs
· Holiday parties
· Snow tubing
· Parades and musters
· Picnics at Camp Harkness
· Museum trips
· Dining out
· Volunteer activities
Our Empowerment/Enrichment component offers a variety of support groups, activities and workshops that introduce people to the concept of viewing themselves as part of a broader community in which they have a voice, an interest, and a right of inclusion. View our list of programs here.
Transportation: CL&A is one of the only programs that provides door to door transportation for a small fee to its participants throughout New London County. Transportation fees are just $4.00 each way.
All activities are supported by our caring and well-trained staff and drivers.
Signing up is easy!
Contact CL&A at (860) 889-4435, x 108. All participants fill out an Intake form so we can find out the activities that interest you and determine how best to support you during our activities.
Participants receive a monthly calendar of events and a signup sheet and can sign up for as many activities as they wish.
The goal of CL&A is to provide fun and safe activities for everyone who attends, and always maintains an appropriate participant to staff ratio.
Program Costs: Program fees are $2.00 per program hour for each activity. These fees are reduced to $1 per program hour for anyone who attends with their own staff supports. Participants also pay the cost of admission to events and activities, as well as the cost of their meals.
Self-Advocacy is learning how to speak up for yourself, making your own decisions about your own life, learning how to get information so that you can understand things that are of interest to you, finding out who will support you in your journey, knowing your rights and responsibilities, problem solving, listening and learning, reaching out to others when you need help and friendship, and learning about self-determination.
Why is Self-Advocacy Important?
It gives you the knowledge needed to succeed and the chance to participate in decisions that are being made about your life.
Jamie Lazaroff is The Arc’s Self Advocate Coordinator. He frequently testifies at the State Capital on issues surrounding funding and services for people with IDD, and he helps support The Arc’s two self-advocate groups in Norwich and Danielson.
These groups provide great ways for people with IDD to become involved in their communities, learn about issues affecting the IDD community, and educate state and local legislators about the needs of people with IDD. The groups also give people a chance to socialize and have fun. Both our self-advocacy groups are local chapters of the statewide and national People First movement.
What We Do:
We advocate for the right to choose where to live, work, go to school, and socialize
We advocate for legislative changes at the local, state and federal levels.
We provide speakers and community education on the needs of individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
We help each other build strong and supportive social networks.
We listen. Everyone’s goals and dreams are important!
We help YOU be the best self-advocate you can be.
Come see what we’re all about, find your voice, and be heard!
For more information, or if you’d like to join one of our groups, contact Jamie at 860-774-2827 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Arc ECT oversees two special projects in memory of unique women who exemplified our mission of full equality and inclusion.