Thursday, April 23, 2015

Connecticut Parents Fear Budget Cuts

Like many 20-year-olds, Jessica Zangrillo stands at the cusp of an uncertain future.
But, unlike others her age, Zangrillo isn't about to move from college into the professional world.

Michelle Rivelli sits with her
daughter Jessica Zangrillo
 The West Haven resident, who is autistic and dyspraxic, will be finishing class at a special education program. Her next step is supposed to be a state-funded day program that provides employment counseling, therapy and a range of other services to those with intellectual disabilities.

However, the Connecticut Department of Developmental Services, which funds these services, was one of several departments that would have to cut programming under the proposed state budget.

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