June 26, 2017 | Greenwich Time

GREENWICH — The state has earmarked more than $360,000 for two Greenwich non-profit agencies to assist with one-time infrastructure improvements to upgrade efficiency and effectiveness.

The funding is part of $15.1 million in grants that will be distributed to 50 service organizations throughout Connecticut by the state Office of Policy and Management Nonprofit Grant Program. Abilis, a Greenwich non-profit dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities, will receive $241,802, which will fund the purchase new vehicles. Family Centers, which provides a wide array of human services local residents ranging from children to seniors, will get $126,996 to buy new IT equipment.

June 26, 2017 | The Hour

It could be that any new movie theater opening is going to draw hundreds of job applicants, but for Valerie Jensen, the 500 resumes that hit her desk in 2014 at the Prospector Theater in Ridgefield amounted to a preview of a problem that persists — too few employers willing to consider people with disabilities for openings in their ranks. Newly updated federal figures last week show an improvement in the percentage of people with disabilities holding jobs — but only a slight increase and statistically on par with job gains in the overall population.

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June 22, 2017 | Serendipity

At this year’s Spring for Abilis Gala, Jeff Zimmerman of Darien spoke about his young son being diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and the support his entire family received through the Abilis Birth to Three early intervention program. His voice cracked with emotion as he told the gala guests: “We know that this might be a lifetime journey. And we also know that Abilis is there for us and will be there for us every step along the way.” Stories like this underscore the critical work that Abilis does, and that’s why guests help raise over $400,000 during the evening, as part of Abilis’ 65th anniversary celebration. The night raised awareness of Abilis and funding for its programs for people with special needs (currently, the organization serves 700 individuals and their families in Fairfield County).

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June 15, 2017 | Greenwich Time

The fifth-annual Carnival for a Cause entertained kids and adults alike with carnival games and live music, all while raising money for the special needs non-profit Abilis.

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The carnival is organized by Greenwich High School freshman Daniella Jones, whose older brother has autism and younger brother has a form of cerebral palsy. Jones’s friends volunteer and provide assistance to help the carnival run smoothly. To date, Jones has raised more than $13,000 for Abilis to provide services and support for individuals with special needs in Fairfield County.