Advocacy & Support Resources


The Arc Connecticut

Serving all of Connecticut: Families for Families. An advocacy organization committed to protecting the rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and to promoting opportunities for their full inclusion in the life of their communities.

Autism Services Resource Center
Brain Injury Alliance Connecticut
Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress
Connecticut Family Support Network

The Connecticut Family Support Network helps families raising children with disabilities and special health care needs.

Connecticut Families for Effective Autism Treatment (CT FEAT)

CT FEAT provides families with information and networking opportunities.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)

CPAC is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth to 26.

Family Advocacy for Children’s Mental and Behavioral Health (FAVOR)

FAVOR is a non-profit Statewide Family Advocacy Organization serving families, children and youth dealing with a broad spectrum of behavioral and mental health needs, by providing policy and family advocacy.

Office of the Healthcare Advocate
Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities (OPA)

An independent State agency created to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut.

Parent-to-Parent & Family Voices of Connecticut
People First of Connecticut People

People First of Connecticut is a non-profit that was founded in 1983 with many goals. The original goals were to close Southbury Training School, to advocate for the right for meaningful jobs, to close sheltered workshops, expand self determination, and assure that all people,  regardless of ability or disability be treated with dignity and respect.

Find your CT Legislator via CCPA

New York

The Arc

The largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Find your chapter.

Office for People With Developmental Disabilities/Self Advocacy Association (SANYS)

The Self Advocacy Association of NY State has regional self-advocacy groups throughout New York State.

Hudson Valley Self Advocacy Association (SANYS) Serving the Hudson Valley
The Brain Injury Association of New York State (BIANYS)

NYSARC’s mission is to advocate for persons with intellectual and other developmental disabilities in every manner possible. In its advocacy role, NYSARC is committed to a full quality of life for every person, as it recognizes the challenges of the present and has a clear vision for the future.

Find your NY Legislator via IAC

Mental Health Supports

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS)

Improving the quality of life of the people of Connecticut by providing an integrated network of comprehensive, effective and efficient mental health and addiction services that foster self-sufficiency, dignity and respect.

211 Connecticut – Dial 2

Dial 2-1-1 from anywhere in Connecticut and you will reach a highly-trained call specialist who will assess your needs and provide referrals to the resources in your community. is a tool that helps individuals take steps toward a healthy relationship with drugs and alcohol.