“Opportunity is everywhere. The key is to develop the vision to see it.”
—George Bernard Shaw
A Lifeline for Eric
A story of getting by during the pandemic
Dear Friend of The Arc Eastern Connecticut,
Eric is a friendly, outgoing guy. “I got really depressed during the pandemic. I live by myself, and I couldn’t go out to see my friends.” The pandemic took away many of the things that mattered most to him.
People with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), who cite loneliness as one of their biggest challenges in the best of times, had a particularly rough time during COVID. Eric welcomed The Arc Eastern Connecticut’s rapid pivot to online services, where The Arc’s Community Life & Advocacy (CL&A) team quickly helped Eric learn computer skills that he hadn’t had before. Having access to sessions on how to dress for success, practice good grooming, and learning exercises to stay fit became part of his routine, and his lifeline.
For over 70 years, The Arc Eastern Connecticut has supported people with IDD in reaching their goals and gaining independence – through employment, in-home supports, fitness, civic participation, community connections, and more.
People like Eric need your support. Please help people with IDD in Eastern Connecticut to live their dreams. Simply return the enclosed remittance envelope with your gift today. You can help change lives in Eastern Connecticut!
“I’m really glad I joined the Self-Advocacy group. When we can’t meet in-person, we still do lots of activities – like inviting legislators to speak to us. I’m also part of the Men’s group – it’s great!”
With the skills and support network Eric gained during the pandemic, he doubled down with his CL&A participation. Eric began volunteering, and now he also gives back to his community.
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In Partnership for Full Equality,
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Chances are, you know someone we support.
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.
How YOU can make a difference NOW
$35 covers 2 months of transportation for a
$100 allows 20 self-advocates to attend the national
$500 allows someone with IDD to live independently in
their home through assistive technology:
remote monitoring and medication support,
appliance shutoffs, telehealth, etc.