Frank MacEachern, The Daily Voice: New Canaan, Darien, Stamford, Greenwich
GREENWICH, Conn. -- Abilis CEO Dennis Perry and a group of 30 people with disabilities from the Abilis community joined some 50 organizations and over 500 people in Hartford on Wednesday to advocate against state budget cuts. The effort, called Lobby Day, was organized by the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance.
Perry visited the offices of state senators and representatives while in Hartford hoping to rally for the vulnerable people most impacted by the cuts. Yet despite the activism, Dannel Malloy continued his reductions later in the day announcing cuts the Department of Developmental Services by more than $17 million including 9.7 million in cuts to residential services for people with developmental disabilities.
Since 1951 Abilis has provided life and therapeutic services to people with disabilities across the lifespan. The organization is based in Stamford and Greenwich and provides services to more than 700 people throughout Fairfield County and relies heavily on the state in providing those services