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New and Noteworthy
Click here to see recently published STAR annual report
Click here to watch physically distanced award presentations
Click here to see photos of the day services area redesign and renovation
STAR is dedicated, first and foremost, to the safety of our clients, staff and the families we serve during this ever-changing and serious health challenge. Please check this site for regular updates or watch for our breaking news emails and text alerts.
New STATE of CT Executive Order for Access to Medical Care
for People with IDD
Click here to listen to STAR Board Chair Meghan Cioffi and daughter Molly talk about their experiences with STAR
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Whether you can contribute a few hours a week or just one day, we have volunteer opportunities for you to share your talents to help our neighbors who are impacted by intellectual/developmental disabilities.
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How STAR Makes A Difference
From a Mom's experience
My husband and I waited three years to hear the good news that I was pregnant. When I found out that the baby inside me was going to be born with Down syndrome, I did not even know what that was.
My beautiful daughter Belen is a fighter. She is a strong little Girl who is trying to reach her goals and teach me the true meaning of Down syndrome Now I understand what Down syndrome is. It means courage, persistence and strength to enjoy life every minute-like when she wakes up and gives me a smile, or when I am dressing her and she moves like a squirrel, and when she looks at me with those sparkling black eyes and calls me "Mama."
Belen is now preparing for preschool and STAR has been working with her since she was one month old. They teach her - and us - so much. One special day STAR sent Molly, a 17-year-old high school student with Down syndrome, to visit us. When we saw smart, beautiful Molly, we cried tears of joy--we saw our baby Belen's future! And it is so bright! Now I know why God wanted me to wait for my baby...he picked just the right moment to teach me the purpose of life.