NOTICE: As of Oct 1, 2019, our agency has been renamed the Department of Aging and Disability Services to better reflect our core services (previously the Department of Rehabilitation Services)

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Public Meeting

BRS welcomes you to attend the Public Meeting on December 10, 2019. The Public Meeting will include approval of the Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Unified State Plan and updates on the Order of Selection.

BESB (Windsor)
184 Windsor Avenue, Windsor CT
(860) 697-3550

Sign Language Interpreters and Spanish Translators will be available. If you cannot attend the public meeting, send written comments to or fax to 860-424-4850 by December 03, 2019. Parking is free.
Please click on the following link to RSVP: Link here: Public-Meeting Registration

Community Conversations being held across the state for the new Three-Year State Plan on Aging

The State Unit on Aging of the Department of Aging and Disability Services is writing a new three-year State Plan on Aging for older adults in Connecticut. In order to ensure that the plan includes priorities important to older residents in the state, SUA is holding a series of “Community Conversations” at several locations. These events are to get feedback from the community about programs and services provided through the Older Americans Act and state funding to help inform our new State Plan.

Some examples of the programs funded are meals through the Elderly Nutrition Program, support for caregivers through the National Family Caregiver Support Program and programs to promote healthy aging like the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.

The Older Americans Act funds transportation, legal support, in-home care, and information and assistance. The programs and services are delivered locally by community agencies. The State Unit on Aging gives these funds to the Area Agencies on Aging who, in turn, award funds to community agencies through a request for proposal process.  


Governor Lamont & Lt. Governor Bysiewicz Recognize Contributions of Blind Americans in Connecticut

(10/15/19  HARTFORD, CT) – Today, Lt. Governor Susan Bysiewicz and Department of Aging and Disability Services Commissioner Amy Porter presented an official proclamation on behalf of Governor Ned Lamont recognizing October 15 as Blind Americans Equality Day in the State of Connecticut and as a day to celebrate the accomplishments and contributions of Americans who are blind or visually impaired.

By His Excellency Edward M. Lamont Jr., Governor:

An Official Statement

WHEREAS, for more than half a century our nation has set aside one day every year to honor the contributions of Americans who are blind or visually impaired, and in that time we have built a more just and more inclusive society. We will continue to build upon these successes and remove barriers to education, employment and community involvement; and

WHEREAS, every day, Connecticut residents who are blind or visually impaired enrich our communities and demonstrate the inherent worth of every person, and can also rightfully take pride in their contributions to the rich economic and social fabric of our community; and

WHEREAS, the government encourages employers, in both the public and private sector, to recognize the capabilities, skills and potential of citizens who are blind or visually impaired; and

WHEREAS, October 15th has formerly been known as White Cane Safety Day across the United States since it was declared by Congress and the President in 1964; and

WHEREAS, white canes and guide dogs have come to symbolize not only enhanced personal freedom through mobility, but equal rights and equal access for persons who are blind, as well as reminders to society of the many successes of these hardworking individuals in their communities and places of employment; now

THEREFORE, I, Ned Lamont, Governor of the State of Connecticut, to celebrate the past achievements and future potential of all of Connecticut’s citizens who are blind or visually impaired, do hereby proclaim October 15, 2019 as

Blind Americans Equality day

In the State of Connecticut.


Genetic Testing Fraud Aimed at Medicare Beneficiaries Sweeps State, Nation

(8/16/19) Across the nation – including in the state of Connecticut – genetic testing company representatives are offering “free” genetic tests to Medicare beneficiaries. While this may sound harmless, in reality it is dangerous. These companies can steal people’s medical identity and falsely bill Medicare, draining the system of needed funds.


Governor Lamont Announces the Renaming of the Department of Rehabilitation Services

(7/28/19) Governor Ned Lamont today announced that he has signed legislation renaming the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) to the Department of Aging and Disability Services.


No Barriers, Wells Fargo Announce Winning 2018 Global Impact Challenge Schools & Open Teacher Applications for 2019 Opportunity 

(3/25/19) A team of five Windsor, CT students was one of two teams awarded $5,000 to implement their winning project to help make Mystic Seaport Museum, a popular destination for visitors from around the world, more accessible for visitors who are blind or have low vision. The team of five young women, led by two teachers, Dennis Gallant and Beth Borysewicz of the Children’s Services program at the Connecticut Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) took part in the national Global Impact Challenge, sponsored by No Barriers USA and Wells Fargo & Company. The challenge is designed to address diversity, accessibility and inclusion challenges in local communities. Three of the five team members have vision loss and are served by DORS.


Fraud Alert from the Office of Inspector General regarding Genetic Testing of Medicare Beneficiaries

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about a fraud scheme involving genetic testing.


Roll out of new Medicare cards
Remake of cards will protect people on Medicare but scammers exploiting transition.