July 26, 2017 | Greenwich Time

GREENWICH — Staff and supporters of a Greenwich-based social service agency that helps people with developmental disabilities spent the first of six state-mandated furlough days rallying against state budget cuts. Some 200 people connected with Abilis swarmed Town Hall Wednesday morning to criticize a budget impasse that has temporarily cut 10 percent of the nonprofit’s operating expenses for its day and residential programs until a state spending plan is reached. The loss of what agency officials said was between $400,000 and $500,000 has forced Abilis — and many other of the state’s social service agencies — to close down for six days to stay within their spending limits.

Rally Day July 26 2017

July 19, 2017 | Greenwich Free Press

The first annual Abilis Has Talent show is set for Friday July 21 at Eastern Greenwich Civic Center in Old Greenwich. Doors open at 5:30pm and the show begins promptly at 6:00pm.  Tickets are $20 per person or at the door $25. Click Read more  to the right for the lineup!
Abilis has Talents July 2017

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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