In the News: I/DD Media Roundup
Select media coverage on news and issues affecting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Connecticut and around the nation…
At Southbury Training School, the hard work goes on
www.hartfordcourant.com | June 17, 2020
A great op-ed in the Hartford Courant by an STS staff member about STS during COVID.
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Connecticut Hospitals Ordered to Allow Visitors for Patients With Disabilities
www.nytimes.com | June 9, 2020
Connecticut’s top health official on Tuesday ordered hospitals that were barring visitors because of the coronavirus to make exceptions for patients with disabilities, after a complaint that the policy violated the civil rights of people who were unable to obtain adequate care for themselves. read full story
Gov. Lamont folds on state employee raises as union airs commercial supporting wage increase
www.yankeeinstitute.org | June 10, 2020
The “Don’t Call Me a Hero” commercial features state employees from the Department of Developmental Services and the and the Department of Children and Families citing their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic and telling the public to contact their lawmakers. read full story
See the commercial here.
A letter to the editor of the Waterbury Republican-American:
Let us not forget to honor those who protect us
www.rep-american.com | June 9, 2020
Let us not forget the first responders, nurses, doctors, EMTs and police officers who put their lives on the line daily, and now have to put up with another threat: COVID-19.
Let us also not forget the people working behind the scenes in institutions, like Southbury Training School, caring for the mentally and physically handicapped. These caregivers work double and triple shifts making sure the residents’ needs are tended to. Among other things, these residents have needs related to eating, bathing, recreation and medical care. The caregivers sometimes have to put up with physical abuse, among other things. They are the unsung heroes, and they put their lives on the line every day! Three staff members who were unsung heroes recently died from COVID-19 complications.
Let’s not forget the special care workers! They also come home after working 16-hour shifts just to sleep, and then do it all over again.
Meg Capen’s music therapy brings joy, comfort to elderly and disabled
www.registercitizen.com | June 8, 2020
Music therapist Meg Capen, who spent 22 years of her career working with the residents of the Southbury Training School before starting her own business, brings her voice and instruments to nursing homes, memory care facilities and group homes. The Home and School Association is proud to help provide the funding for Meg to visit STS Cottages. read full story
Lamont hopes the friendly approach will coax unions to the table
www.ctmirror.com | May 19, 2020
“One of our co-workers volunteered to work on the COVID-19 unit and ended up losing his life,” said Lenese Robinson, a developmental services worker at Southbury Training School and one of several members of SEIU Healthcare 1199NE who shared their coronavirus stories this month. “That is the ultimate sacrifice. He was a healthy guy. … Even with this knowledge, we are still coming to work every day.” read full story
Southbury Training School has 19 positive cases of COVID-19; state officials take measures to limit spread
www.rep-am.com | April 18, 2020
State officials are taking precautions to isolate and care for the 19 Southbury Training School residents who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. read full story
Life inside group home slated for closure
www.ctpost.com | March 14, 2020
An article regarding Pennsylvania families protesting the proposed closing of the White Haven Center. Parents and guardians of residents of White Haven Center have filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of all residents to retain state centers. read full story
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