In 1986 our corporate staff in Vermont were asked by the Department of Developmental Services, to develop community-based alternatives to institutional care for adults with developmental disabilities. From our original project of five community residences, the agency in Connecticut today has expanded its supports to include a large array of residential, day, and consultative and training programs throughout the state. Different types of adult residential services are now provided for over 130 individuals, who range in age from 18 to 83 years. Applied behavior analysis and complementary theoretical approaches such as augmentative communication provide active strategies for people to acquire a strong repertoire of adaptive skills. These services originally for adults are now complemented by our collaboration with another state government division the Department of Children and Families that funds our intensive foster care and in-home supports for children, and with public school districts with whom we contract to provide specialized educational programs for youngsters needing behavioral and skill-building support within their classrooms in neighborhood schools. Consultation services for both children and adults with learning or behavioral difficulties and parent, teacher, and professional training seminars complete our comprehensive program offerings.
Our offices, located in Meriden, provide support centers that allow us to serve hundreds of children, adults, and families in most of the large, and many of the small communities in Connecticut. Our staff members strive to make a positive difference in the lives of people with special needs, enriching their lives by helping them acquire the skills they need to live and work in the community. We have gained a reputation over the last decades of being able to combine compassion, respect, and commitment with expertise in the principles of applied behavior analysis. We are thought of as a leader throughout Connecticut in the areas of intellectual disabilities, autism, children’s services, and behavioral disorders.