The STAR Story

STAR began in 1952 when a small group of local parents created a community-based alternative for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD). Today the organization has grown to include a full array of services for over 600 individuals with disabilities and their families, from birth to their senior years. 


STAR’s services begin with infants and toddlers. Our Birth-to-Three early intervention enhances development, minimizes delays and strengthens the capacity of families to help their children reach age-appropriate milestones.

STAR’s Rubino Family Center services include physical, occupational and speech therapies, education, parental support, social services, assistive technology, translation, nutrition counseling, and referral.

At three years of age, the children transition to their local school district or home school. Family supports continue assisting with locating summer camps, after school programs, Sibshops, Sports Buddies, JumpSTARs, behavioral interventions and advocacy.

When young adults graduate from high school, STAR again becomes actively involved providing job training that leads to employment. This employment allows individuals to live more independently as they receive wages and benefits and enjoy making new friendships in the community.

Through recreation, travel and leisure programs, STAR assists with the physical and emotional development of the individuals served. STAR creates opportunities for adults to volunteer, take cooking, photography and computer classes to name a few, and participate in music and theater arts with continued learning when not engaged in work.

STAR provides residential support for adults with I/DD to live in STAR owned group homes, their own homes and apartments. By providing training, supervision and support, STAR facilitates individuals to have freedom over their lives, authority to make their own decisions and to assume responsibility for important areas of their lives.


Within each service, STAR assists individuals in developing their unique gifts and talents. STAR builds hope for their future.


Mission & Goals


STAR is a not–for-profit organization serving individuals of all ages who have developmental disabilities, as well as providing support services to their families.  We create opportunities for individuals to live full lives with independence, freedom of choice and personal growth by providing support, services and advocacy. We inform and encourage the community to recognize and appreciate the value of all individuals. Our goal is the inclusion of all individuals with disabilities in their community.


STAR provided services to over 600 infants, children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families with approximately 74% of these in the low/moderate income level.  They primarily reside in Fairfield County, with our Respite Services offered throughout Connecticut. These individuals range from birth to over 80 years of age and all have some form of developmental delay.


STAR Timeline

Click below to view

Celebrating 67 years of Excellence

1952 – 2019