Imagine a community where individuals with and without developmental disabilities can live together in a mutually rewarding manner in a farmstead setting! That is the Creative Living Community of Connecticut (CLCC) dream!
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In the 1980's autism (just one type of disability) occurrence was 1 in 10,000; currently the rate is 1 in 88. Housing and service needs far exceed the current resources available both at the state and national levels. Creative Living Community of CT is one creative approach to addressing these needs. The CLCC farmstead village will be an inclusive place that honors its diversity and leverages the gifts of each person as a valued member of the community. Ultimately, the village model will contribute to the larger community by providing programs, resources and viable products.
Facts to ConsiderA developmental disability is a physical and/or cognitive impairment that occurs before a person is 22 years old. The impairment has continued or can be expected to continue indefinitely and is likely to create barriers to the ability of the individual to function independently.Developmental disabilities include: autism, mental retardation, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and other disabling conditions."People First" language respects the individual and avoids the implication that the person as a whole is disabled or is equated with a medical condition.
Facts to ConsiderIn the 1980s Autism (just one type of disability) occurrence was 1 in 10,000; currently the rate is 1 in 88.Nationwide and statewide the need for support, housing and services far exceeds the available resources.In Connecticut individuals with developmental disabilities face a long waiting list to receive supportive housing.Therapeutic and Vocational Horticulture uses plants and plant-related activities, through which participants strive to improve their well-being.
Facts to ConsiderDirect benefits can be seen in participants from involvement in horticultural activities and exposure to nature, in the cognitive, psychological, social, and physical realms.Community Integration is the opportunity to live in the community and be valued for one's uniqueness and abilities, like everyone else.Community Integration includes the areas of Housing, Employment, Leisure, Spirituality and much more.