Collaboration Efforts

Developmental Disabilities (DD) Network

The Center maintains collaborative relationships with the State Council on Developmental Disabilities (DD) and the State Protection and Advocacy Agency (P&A).

The Connecticut DD Network collaborates in a number of ways, including implementation of the following joint events:

  1. Day of Respect: Welcoming People with Disabilities
  2. Including Our Elders with Disabilities: A Symposium on Aging in Place and Follow up activities
  3. Positive Approaches to Challenging Behaviors: Looking, Listening and Learning Conference.
  4. Faith-based Conference “Including People with Disabilities in Faith Communities:” Strategies that will work with your community.
  5. Partners in Policymaking Training

The executive directors meet monthly with the DD Council, P&A Board, and the Center's Consumer Advisory Committee to refine a joint vision and joint activities for the DD network and to review progress across agencies and needs in the State.

Community Collaborations

The Center actively participates in community networks and has a range of collaborating partners. The Center maintains cooperative relationships with other community service providers, including specialized state and local providers agencies.

The Center's staff is on many committees and collaborates with a variety of national associations. In addition, we have several collaborative projects with various state agencies and community-based organizations. Examples include:

  • The ConnSENSE Bulletin, which is a collaboration between the Center, the State Technology Act Office in the Department of Social Services, and the NEAT Marketplace/Oakhill School,
  • The Partnerships for Inclusion which is a collaboration between the Center, the Part C Early Intervention State Office at Department of Developmental Services, the Part B(619) State Office at the State Department of Education, and the Early Childhood Cabinet for early childhood intervention statewide training,
  • Weekly radio spot on spirituality and disability which is a collaboration between the Center and the Connecticut Council of Churches,
  • Trainings for paraprofessionals and others working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders as collaboration between the Center and Autism Spectrum Differences of New England, and
  • Surveys on family experiences in schools with their children with disabilities which is a collaborative between the Center and the National Cornelia deLange Syndrome Association.