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In accordance with Federal Statute the Governor of Connecticut appoints each member of our twenty-three member statewide council. The Council is charged by the United States Congress to advance the principles and philosophy of Independent Living for all citizens with disabilities. Federal Statute requires that at least fifty-one percent of the Council’s membership be comprised of persons with a disability. The Council, which is funded by both state and federal resources, collaborates with five Centers for Independent Living, located in the communities of Hartford, Norwich, Stratford, and Naugatuck, West Haven.

Action Alert!! Hello all—
Funding for Centers for Independent Living was eliminated from Governor Malloy’s FY 2016/2017 Biennial Budget!!!!
Please call or email the SILC Office if you have any questions or need additional information. (860) 523-0126 Thank you.

Notice of public meeting to gather input on proposed revisions to the 2014-2016 State Plan of Independent Living will be on Wednesday, March 18th and Thursday, March 19th. People with disabilities, service providers and the public are invited to participate.
MARCH 18TH – 4:00PM – 6:30PM – Area Agency on Aging, One Long Wharf Drive, New Haven, CT 06511
March 19th – 1:00pm – 3:00pm – New Park Office and Conference Center, 151 New Park Avenue Hartford, CT 06106. Hartford Room.
For more information contact Debbie Melaragno (860) 523-0126 or Daria Smith CART and Interpreter Services will be provided at both meetings. If additional accommodations are required, please contact SILC prior to March 1, 2015.

SILC is in the process of looking for new members! Are you interested in disability issues? Would you like to explore the possibility of membership with the CT State Independent Living Council? Join us for a New Member Reception on Thursday, March 12th from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at New Park Office and Conference Center, 151 New Park Avenue in Hartford, CT in the Hartford Room. Light refreshments will be served. Contact Debbie Melaragno (860) 523-0126 if you would like to attend. Sign language interpreters and CART will be available. If you need additional accommodations, please let SILC know by March 1, 2015.

Next SILC meeting: Meetings are open to the public. March 25th from 1:30 – 3:30 at New Park Office and Conference Center, 151 New Park Avenue, Hartford, CT. In the Hartford Room.


The CT Cross Disability Lifespan Alliance is proud to share the following information regarding the newly released CT Disability Calendar.
Calendar Links:

• Link #1: Follow this link to open an interactive calendar. Please save the link to your favorites.

• Link #2: If you are using special equipment to access the calendar, you may wish to us link #2. This link contains the same information but is in a list format that may be easier to use. This is the link for special equipment .

Calendar Directions:
In order to enlarge or minimize the font size, please do the following: Use Shift Plus (+) to enlarge the size and use Shift Minus (-) to reduce the size. Click on the event to open window that will reveal the full details of the event.

Calendar Submissions:
Please use Link #1 to submit your organization’s calendar information no later than the 20th of each month for the upcoming month. If you have any questions or need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact Debbie Melaragno at CT State Independent Living Council via email at or phone at 860-523-0126.

Calendar Feedback:
The CT Disability Calendar is a pilot project. Your feedback, questions and suggestions are critically important to the success. Please submit your feedback via email to

Calendar Disclaimer: The CT Disability Calendar is updated to the best of our ability. While it is our hope that the CT Disability Calendar will be useful, comprehensive and accurate, we do not accept any responsibility for errors, omissions or inclusions that may occur in postings. The CT Disability Calendar event times and dates are subject to change, so it is advised that individuals also directly contact the contributing organization to confirm information.

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