DANBURY – State Rep. Jan Giegler joined The Arc Connecticut, Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights (WeCAHR), and Ability Beyond Disability on Feb. 28 to discuss the future of state services, largely funded by the Department of Developmental Services (DDS).
Rep. Giegler, R-138, an Assistant Minority Leader and Ranking Member of the Public Safety and Security Committee, is an advocate for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. Prior to joining the state legislature in 2002, Rep. Giegler was an administrator for an outpatient psychiatric clinic.
She is also a member of the Internship, Transportation, and Executive & Legislative Nominations committees in Hartford.
“Each family had a story of pure devotion to their children and their struggles in financing the services they so desperately need whether it be mental illness, autism or Post Traumatic Stress. We are fortunate in Danbury to have the services of these wonderful advocacy organizations.”
The Arc Connecticut is a 60-year-old statewide advocacy organization committed to advocating for basic civil rights for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. WeCAHR has been advocating for civil and human rights for over 30 years, including advocacy, educating and training, information and referrals, financial stability, resource identification, entitlement, and abuse and neglect matters.
Ability Beyond Disability builds and celebrates the ability in all people, with a unique approach to supporting clients and helping them succeed. The organization helps approximately 2,000 people each year.