The Arc Alerts






This Wednesday, July 26, providers will close their doors and thousands of people with IDD in CT will be without Day & Employment services. Wednesday is the first of 6 mandatory "furlough" days imposed on people with I/DD and community providers under the Governor's Executive Order.


People with I/DD, their families and the dedicated people who work for them, need a budget that fully funds community supports NOW!


Every day that goes by without a budget does more damage to any already fragile system that has been underfunded for many years and puts more people with I/DD, community programs and people's jobs in jeopardy.


People with I/DD will regress and their families are endangered, when parents are forced to leave their jobs to stay home and take care of their loved ones. The ripple effects are disastrous for families and communities. 


People with I/DD need a budget NOW that:

  • Funds Day & Employment services for new graduates
  • Does not eliminate Community First Choice. (CFC)
  • Provides Waiting List funding through The I/DD Partnership
  • Stops program closures & layoffs by fully funding community nonprofit providers.
  • Funds BSP, Family Support Grants and Respite.

According to The Hartford Courant, legislators are aiming to vote on a 2 year budget as early as this week. (Legislators Hope To Vote On Budget Deal Next Week, June 30, 2017)


People with I/DD, families, staff, and providers have been doing a great job in speaking up. We have flooded legislators with emails and phone calls, we are in the news almost daily, and last week we had over 300 people at the Capitol! But we can't stop now! We need to turn up the volume and give legislators a very clear picture of what life is like without community supports.




The time to act is NOW.  
The time to use your voice is HERE.  
Stop the cuts TODAY.


Thank you,

Kathleen Stauffer
Chief Executive Officer
The Arc New London County



Call, send emails, make your own video. Do what works for you and then ask your family and friends to do the same. If you have already done all of this - DO IT AGAIN!


  1. Make a video and share it with legislators and on social media. 

Social media is a powerful communication tool.  You've probably seen videos that have gone viral of people holding up one piece of paper with some words like the one above. 


We would like to get as many of these as possible, showing how budget cuts effect you & your family. Keep it concise. Record it on your phone. If you don't know how to put music behind it don't worry, your words are what's most important! Please make your last slide says #CTNoFundsNoFuture


Share your video on your own Facebook page and The Arc New London County Facebook page and remember to tag your legislators!


  1. Make phone calls and send emails to your legislators and to the House Democratic leadership.

House Democratic Leaders:

Speaker of the House Joe Aresimowicz -

T: (860) 240-8500



Majority Leader Matt Ritter -

T: (860) 240-8585



Chair of Appropriations Toni Walker - 

T: (860) 240-8585



Your Legislators: 

Click here to find your legislators and their contact information.



  1. Write letters to the editor and contact local news outlets to let them know how your family is struggling without services. 
    If this results in a news story or your letter gets printed, please send a link to and we will share it with others on our Facebook page.