Supporting Families In Your Work & Daily Life – CT Year Two Statewide Event

Last month, on September 15, 2014, the Connecticut state CoP team held its second annual statewide event.

To kick off the event, DDS Commissioner Terry Macy and Tesha Imperati, the Director of CT Family Support Network, welcomed a crowd of ## self-advocates, family members, and professionals.  Molly Cole, Director of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities, then gave an over view of the current state of family and community engagement in Connecticut.  Robin Wood, Director of Family Support Strategies & Advocacy at DDS provided an overview of where current policies and practices are for supporting individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families across the lifespan.  Cathy Adamczyk, Disability Policy Specialist, CT DD Council, along with her son, introduced the idea of integrated supports for individuals and their families to attendees.

The morning session wrapped up with a walkabout where the various table presentations were displayed focusing on different topics realated to supporting families.

Sharon Lewis, Principal Deputy Administrator at the Administration for Community Living (HHS), was the featured speaker of the day.  She shared A National Perspective on Supporting Families and System Change, which included stories about her own family and ideas about what supporting families is and is not.  To watch her presentation, follow this link:


View pictures from the event below!

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.

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