Connecticut UCEDD Launches Faith Based Initiative

March 4, 2010

As part of our efforts to ensure full inclusion of people with disabilities and their families in all aspects of community, the UCEDD has launched a faith based initiative to assist faith communities in supporting and engaging persons with disabilities. Several activities have already begun as part of this project:

  • Convened an advisory council of consumers and representatives of various faith communities to share their expertise and suggestions.
  • Launched a series of radio broadcasts in partnership with the Conference of Churches. These seven minute broadcasts are featured on the Health segment of RICH ANSWERS, a show about Religion and Public Affairs hosted by Rev. Shelley Copeland of the Conference of Churches. The show is scheduled to broadcast on WRCH, 100.5 FM at 5:30AM Sunday mornings. The first two segments will air on November 18th, 2010 and at which time they plan to develop an entire series on including persons with disabilities into worship, religious education, pastoral care, and the social life of faith congregations.
  • Began identifying faith communities who have ideas and strategies to share with others, and we will feature these both on the broadcasts and in other forms of support and assistance through our faith based initiative.

About the Center

The A.J. Pappanikou Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will be a premier center in the Northeast for innovative teaching, research, and technical assistance to enhance quality services and supports for people with developmental disabilities and their families.

The Center will:

  • Promote interdisciplinary collaboration across academic and community settings.
  • Have a life span focus.
  • Serve as a resource for public policy development through the dissemination of research findings and information about best practices.

For more information please contact:

Molly Cole
860.679.1595
mcole@uchc.edu