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[su_note note_color=”#FFFF66″ text_color=”#333333″ radius=”3″ class=”” id=””]Imagining better is one reason MFOFC strives to provide
resources to families: resources that promote self-determination,
autonomy, and choice to help individuals engage fully in decisions that
impact their life. In our new series, we will look at creative and innovative ways that are helping individuals with developmental disabilities and their families live the lives they dream of. We’ll take a closer look at new and exciting trends emerging in housing, transportation, employment, and beyond.[/su_note]

Families are seeking innovative solutions outside the norm for living arrangements that enable adult children to exert more control in their lives, and in recent years, the common themes of person-centered planning, inclusion and greater individual independence have emerged.

In this premiere post of our new Imagining Better series, we are looking at a project unfolding next door in Connecticut.

The Arc of the Farmington Valley is teaming up with Connecticut’s IDASH (Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorder Housing) program in a pioneering housing project that combines affordability, smart home technology and integration with the community. The innovative housing complex has substantial funding from the State’s Departments of Housing and Developmental Services, and the Connecticut Housing Finance Authority.

The apartment complexes will offer enhanced accessibility features for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities; in addition to features such as accessible kitchens and showers, the apartments will include centralized and remote monitoring and video chatting, among other features.

The project is generating a lot of excitement among families and is a great example for what can happen when nonprofits, private and government organizations work together. You can read more about it at this link: https://www.courant.com/community/canton/hc-news-canton-bloomfield-favarh-apartments-20191024-meonk7hbzncwpp5i7ox3dtgelm-story.html