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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

A Message from Kathleen Stauffer,

CEO of The Arc Eastern Connecticut


Happy Spring Everyone!


Warm weather is right around the corner, so please maintain ALL the good health practices you’ve mastered. GOOD NEWS: As of April 1, anyone in CT age 16 or older is eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, and the state hopes to administer up to 200,000 doses per week soon. PLEASE BE AWARE: The Arc Eastern Connecticut’s Vaccine Incentive expires Wednesday, June 30, 2021*. No exceptions!


VERY GOOD NEWS: 95% of The Arc ECT's residents have been fully vaccinated and are now able to visit their families! And our team is getting there, too: Nearly 60% of team members have taken advantage of our vaccination incentive and are fully vaccinated, with many more receiving a second dose soon.


REALLY VERY GOOD NEWS! Thanks to The Arc of the United States, The Arc Eastern Connecticut, and YOUR advocacy efforts, the US Congress has unveiled a critical bill that fundamentally changes how people with IDD live. The Home and Community-Based Services Access Act (HAA) eliminates waiting lists, increases Medicaid and grant funding to states, allows people with disabilities to move from state to state without losing services, and ensures that people supporting folks with disabilities receive a sustaining wage. You can make a difference! Tell your Members of Congress TODAY why this bill is so critical to you and your family.

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Don’t forget to register for The Arc ECT’s 5th Annual Film Festival, held virtually this year on April 22. Each Film highlights accomplishments of people with IDD and spotlights local talent. The Film Festival helps fund The Arc ECT’s Community Life & Advocacy program, led by Debbie Densmore. Admission is free for teachers and their classrooms! Contact Denise at (860) 889-4435 x 116 for more info, and Click Here for Tickets or to Sponsor the festival!


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*PLEASE NOTE: Team members must have had their SECOND or FINAL shot on or before June 30, 2021 to be eligible for the incentive.

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*PLEASE NOTE: Team members must have had their SECOND or FINAL shot on or before June 30, 2021 to be eligible for incentive.

This Month's Recipe

Asparagus and Shrimp Linguine

April is a great month for asparagus, and this unique combination is delicious, healthy, and cooks quickly.


  • 6 ounces uncooked whole wheat linguine

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and
    cut into 1/2-inch pieces

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 medium onion, chopped

  • 1-1/2 pounds uncooked shrimp (26-30 per pound),
    peeled and deveined

  • 4 garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 4 wedges The Laughing Cow garlic and herb Swiss cheese

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese


  1. In a large saucepan, cook linguine according to package directions, adding asparagus during the last 3 minutes of cooking.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat.

  3. Add onion; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until tender.

  4. Add shrimp and garlic; cook 2-4 minutes longer or until shrimp turn pink.

  5. Stir in broth; cook over medium heat 1-2 minutes or until liquid is almost evaporated.

  6. Add Swiss cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper; stir until cheese is melted.

  7. Drain linguine and asparagus, reserving 1/4 cup pasta water.

  8. Stir linguine and asparagus into shrimp mixture, adding enough reserved pasta water to moisten pasta.

  9. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve. Yum!

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