Building a Great Life in Connecticut

The Connecticut Community of Practice team’s focus areas include enhancing material outreach and family-to-family connections and more individuals and families using technology as a valued support.  In consideration of these focus areas, DDS will kick-off the following initiatives at the Building a Great Life conference sponsored by a cross-section of state agencies, advocacy organizations, community providers and educators:

  1. College of Direct Support for Families
  2. Safe and Smart Technology Campaign
  3. Tyze: Tyze is a private, online community focused around the care and support of an individual. DDS is in the early stages of developing a CT Tyze. It will be piloted for one year with individuals who self-hire. This Council expressed interest in participating in the pilot.

Building a Great Life, a Conference for Families, Self Advocates and Professionals, is being held Friday, October 2, and Saturday, October 3, 2015 in Farmington, CT.  The CT CoP team will host a special session on Saturday to review their progress and plan the last two years of the grant. Attendees are invited to the session to learn how they can become involved in the initiative.

We can’t wait to hear what happened at this exciting event! Be sure to stay tuned to for updates!

Rachel is the Media & Design Specialist on the Family to Family team at the UMKC-Institute for Human Development, UCEDD. She completed her Master's in Public Administration with an emphasis in nonprofit management at UMKC. She is proud to say she is a second generation AmeriCorps member! Her passion is where social justice and technology meet. Her specialty is making projects, programs, and organizations look good.

2 thoughts on “Building a Great Life in Connecticut

  1. marianne

    my friends live in CT and have 2 adopted adult sons who have both been diagnosed with aspergers…one son has a fairly high IQ but lacks the skills to maintain a job and needs constant support…the other son is less talented intellectually…they are at their wit’s end bc they have not gotten ANY sustained support (such as job coaching)!! wondering if your organization is approachable for this kind of help?? if so please contact me through my email not through a post…if not please recommend another organization that may be able to help this family…thanx

    1. Rachel Post author

      Hi Marianne,

      Thank you for reaching out. We have forwarded your comment to the members of the CoP team in Connecticut and someone should be following up with you to point you in the right direction.



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