There will be a meeting of “The Connecticut Sibling Network” at 201 West Main Street in Plantsville on Thurs Jan 19 at 6 PM.
Attend this meeting and represent the views of the Home and School Association!
The Connecticut Sibling Network is an organization with the mission to support siblings of individuals with disabilities in the state of Connecticut by providing the information, tools, and community to enrich their lives and the lives of their siblings.
Please join us at our networking and information meeting to learn:
· Overview of Who We Are and What We Hope to Achieve
· Meet Other Siblings of Individuals with Disabilities in the State of CT
· Learn How You Can Join CT Sibs and Create a Network of Support
See the meeting announcement.
Learn more about Connecticut Sibling Network at their website: http://www.ctsibs.org/
See the announcement below for an opportunity to meet with advocates from "Our Families Can't Wait" and get the message to Connecticut Legislators that Southbury Training School can be a choice for those needing support. Click to view as a pdf.
Our Answer to the DDS
Call for Recommendations
on the Future of STS
In response to DDS Commissioner Murray’s request for public recommendations for the future of STS, (deadline December 31, 2015) the Home and School Association has made four recommendations to improve the I/DD waiting list crisis in Connecticut and the overall health of the DDS system in Connecticut:
DDS needs to make STS part of the solution to current DDS problems.
Please read our complete list of recommendations, backed by facts and statistics, to better understand why we believe closing STS and the five regional centers will cost Connecticut a significant amount of money over many years and will only worsen the waiting list crisis.
Click to read the complete report.
Malloy: Closure of Southbury Facility More Complicated
Susan Haigh, Associated Press | January 3, 2016
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says closing Southbury Training School for people with severe intellectual disabilities is a more complicated budget-savings proposition than he first thought…
Malloy, who previously voiced support for possibly closing Southbury, said he has visited the facility and since learned more about the unique care that's being provided, acknowledging he was "caught up in a one-size-fits-all" way of thinking earlier… read the full article here
Disability Housing: Institutional Avoidance
Please read this eye-opening article in the Huffington Post that discusses the many positive aspects of Southbury Training School (STS) and how the advocacy push to “deinstitutionalize” facilities like STS “has failed to focus on what it means to create communities” and “build life-giving places” for people with disabilities to “live and thrive.” Read more…