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3/8/2018Healthy Relationship Series
The DDS Self Advocate Coordinators in Collaboration with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England are pleased to offer the Healthy Relationship Series for Individuals Supported by the Department. The next series will be offered January 2018 in the WR Cheshire office site. Sign up early!
12/21/2017DDS Executive Briefs - December 21, 2017
12/1/2017Joyce Rivers, A Wonderful Inspiration To Us All!
Success Story Written By: Genevieve M Lewis
11/21/2017DDS Management Information Report (MIR) is now automated!
11/20/2017Camp Quinebaug Turkey Dip
This is the 41st year of the TURKEY DIP! Welcome back to our yearly plunge on Thanksgiving morning! This year we are excited to announce that the dip will be held at Camp Quinebaug located at 54 Taos Drive, Danielson, CT...
11/15/2017Work for Real Pay Success Story
Jimmy Dzurnak Enjoys Doing Real Work for Real Pay!
10/31/2017What Families Need to Know About Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Brochure
10/31/2017Open Forum on Assistive Technology
Date: November 14, 2017 10 am - noon
10/25/2017DDS Project Management Page is Now Online
The DDS Project Management page, located at, provides links to the Five Year Plan and an abbreviated Excerpt that lay out the strategic framework behind the project approach...
10/23/2017Life Course & Legal Planning Event
Date: November 9, 2017 6 pm - 8 pm
10/19/2017TASH New England Annual Conference
Date: November 13, 2017, Information and Registration
10/9/2017CT APSE: Employment 1st in Action! Conference
Date: October 25, 2017 - Genna Lewis, Amy Blazawski, Marty Zaug, and Beth Aura Miller represent DDS on the APSE Board
9/27/20175th Annual Resource Fair
In recognition, of National Disability Employment Awareness Month Date: October 20, 2017
9/25/2017DDS at the Big E on Connecticut Day
The DDS booth was on behalf of CCH
9/21/2017CT Speaks Out on Healthcare Costs
Share your story about the challenge of paying for healthcare! The Office of Healthcare Advocate is hosting public sessions around the state...
9/19/2017Notice of Intent to Seek Renewal of Medicaid Waiver for Individual and Family Supports
All written comments regarding this renewal application must be submitted by October 19, 2017
9/13/2017DDS Executive Briefs - September 13, 2017
An Update on CT DDS Initiatives
9/5/2017Camp Quinebaug Thanks You
We want to thank you all for the support and assistance you have given Camp Q and staff this summer.
8/29/2017Information Regarding Hurricane Harvey - Providing Assistance to those Individuals with I/DD Impacted by the Storm
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the country is coming together to support relief efforts in Houston and surrounding communities impacted by the flooding...
8/10/2017Charting the LifeCourse Training Event
An Introduction to Charting the LifeCourse: a New Universal Person-Centered Planning Process
8/9/2017Community Companion Home (CCH) Yard Sale Event
All proceeds raised at the yard sale will go directly into CCH account to support the CCH families we serve. Date: August 11 & 12,
8/8/2017The First Company Governor’s Horse Guard – the nation’s oldest continuously active mounted cavalry unit will be coming to visit our friends at Camp Harkness on Wednesday, August 9th. Please be there by 10:30 am.
8/7/2017Dysphagia Train the Trainer Events
Date: September 18, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
8/2/2017The Riot Publication - Issue 37 Summer 2017
The Riot is a publication of the Human Services Research Institute (HSRI)
7/27/2017The Family Connections Website
On July 27, 2017, the Family Connections page was updated to have a new and improved look. The Family Connections website brings families, peers, and communities together...
7/24/2017Golf Tournament to Benefit Camp Quinebaug
It is being held at the Foster Country Club in Foster Rhode Island on July 30th.
7/20/2017Fund Raiser for Camp Quinebaug
It is being held at The Frog Rock Rest Stop, Sunday, July 23rd from 11 am to 4 pm. The Frog Rock is located at 212 Pomfret Rd.( Route 44) Eastford.
7/18/2017The ABLE Act Brief
The ABLE Act and Employment: Maximizing the Effectiveness of the Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act as a Tool for Increasing Financial Stability and Employment Outcomes of People with Disabilities
7/11/2017DSS Notice of Intent to Renew the Home and Community Supports Waiver for Persons with Autism
6/26/2017Level Up Camp 2017 and Level Up Summer Series
6/20/20172017 Employment Idol Contest
6/15/2017Community Companion Homes (CCH) Information Day was held on June 14, 2017
CCH is a residential program option offered through the DDS that provides care to an adult with an intellectual disability. Families of all cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds and compositions are sought as licensees for the best possible match for those in our care...
6/12/2017Community Companion Homes (CCH) Program, Informational Sessions
Date: Wednesday June 14, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
5/31/2017DDS is Pleased to Welcome our New Self Advocate Coordinators
5/18/2017DDS Budget Update Letter May 17, 2017, from Commissioner Scheff
5/16/2017Letter from Commissioner Scheff to individuals who are graduating from high school in June 2017 and their families/guardians
5/8/2017Charting the Life Course: How Families Can Support Seamless Transitions from School to Adulthood
Part 1 – Tuesday, May 23, 2017 6:00pm to 8:30pm Part 2 – Saturday, May 27, 2017 10:00am to 4:00pm (Please plan to attend both Parts 1 & 2) Advance Registration Required
5/8/2017Healthy Relationships
The DDS Self Advocate Coordinators in Collaboration with Planned Parenthood of Southern New England are Pleased to Offer the 2017 Spring Healthy Relationship Series for Individuals Supported by the Department.
4/24/2017Article in the Hartford Courant - New Head Of Agency Serving Intellectually Disabled Pushes Reform, Welcomes Challenge, By: Josh Kovner/Hartford Courant
4/21/2017Gov. Malloy Appoints Jordan Scheff to Serve as Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services
4/12/2017AGING MATTERS: Live Life and Get Connected Conference
Information and Registration. Presented by Connecticut Coalition on Aging and Developmental Disabilities, The CT Department of Developmental Services. The State Department on Aging & The CT Chapter of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. DATE: May 5, 2017 8:30 am -3:30 pm at the Keeney Center, Wethersfield, Conn. Seating is limited. Please register early and return the registration form no later than April 28, 2017
4/10/2017Save The Date - Sibling Leadership Network 2017 National Conference
Date: June 24-25, 2017 Where: Hartford, CT
4/4/2017AAC Tips for Individuals with Autism
In honor of Autism Awareness and Acceptance month this April, it is important to take a deeper look at what can be done to support individuals with autism and their families.
4/3/2017Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities’ Abuse Investigation Division Relocated
Effective March 17, 2017, the state’s Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities’ Abuse Investigation Division has moved to the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) Central Office in Hartford...
3/23/2017AGING MATTERS: Live Life and Get Connected!
Save the Date: Friday, May 5, 2017 Sponsored by: The Connecticut Coalition on Aging and Developmental Disabilities (CCADD), Department of Developmental Services (DDS), Department of Aging, and CT American Association on Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
3/21/2017Department of Rehabilitation Services Help with Career Options - Updated
The DORS Bureau of Rehabilitation Services & Bureau of Education Services for the Blind have joined together with private agencies in your area to help you to explore ways to advance in your career... Dates: February 2017 - April 2017
3/20/2017Governor Malloy Signs Order Transferring Two Review Boards to the Department of Developmental Services
3/2/2017Article: A Positive Behavior Approach for Aggression in Forensic Psychiatric Settings
The Department of Developmental Services (DDS) is pleased to share an article entitled A Positive Behavior Approach for Aggression in Forensic Psychiatric Settings from the Journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. The article is co-written by Peter Tolisano, Psy.D., DDS Director of Psychological Services along with his colleagues from the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. The article highlights the use of a positive behavior support model with an emphasis on non-medication approaches, ongoing case consultation, and the team process.
3/2/2017Dysphagia Train the Trainer Events
Date: April 10, 2017
2/28/2017Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE Act)
2/21/2017Art Contest
We are having an art contest to design a cover for party favors to be given out at the Starlight Ball. Deadline: March 31, 2017
2/21/2017Dementia Capable Care of Adults with Intellectual Disabilities & Dementia - Meriden, CT
National Task Group on Intellectual Disabilities and Dementia Practices. Two Day Basic Workshop: Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 & 20, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm and Three Day "Train-the-Trainer" Workshop: Wednesday thru Friday, April 19, 20, & 21, 2017 from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
2/10/2017Gov. Malloy's Budget Plan Includes $3.8 Million for Intellectual Disability Partnership Initiative
2/10/2017Kelly Bond follows her passion in getting the job she has always wanted.
Success Story
2/10/2017News Conference Regarding Proposed New Initiative for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
On Friday morning, Governor Dannel P. Malloy will hold a news conference in Hartford to highlight proposed funding for a new initiative supporting persons with disabilities, the Intellectual Disability (ID) Partnership.
2/8/2017Governor's Proposed Budget For Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019
2/8/2017Disability Summit
Date: March 11, 2017
1/31/2017DDS is again proud to support the CT Youth Leadership Forum being held on July 23-27, 2017
1/31/2017Success Story - Joe Edelstein, also known as “Jukebox Joe”, shares his abilities with his community.
1/26/2017DDS Dental News
Newsletter, January 2017 - Volume 20
1/20/2017Gov. Malloy Announces Jordan Scheff to Serve as Acting Commissioner of the Department of Developmental Services
1/13/2017Camp Harkness – January 2017 Update
1/13/2017DDS Self Advocate Coordinators Fiscal Year 2016 Report
1/4/2017Draft DDS Five Year Plan (2017-2022) and Public Comments, Now Available
1/3/2017The Connecticut Sibling Network Invites You To a Sibling Network Meeting!
Date: Thursday, January 19, 2017

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