Connecticut Connect-Ability


State Policies & Initiatives: 
Systems-Change Funding

“Connect-Ability began in late 2005 with a federal grant to the State of Connecticut to identify and remove barriers to employment faced by people with disabilities. This five-year, multimillion dollar 'systems change grant' involved a detailed look at the State's employment and disability services infrastructure in order to identify problem areas and implement lasting solutions.

“Connect-Ability has two primary customers:

  • Employers of all sizes and in all industries who are seeking qualified workers
  • People with disabilities of all ages who are seeking employment for the first time or who want a new challenge.”
  • Department of Rehabilitation Services
  • Department of Mental Health
  • Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • Medicaid Agencies
  • Other
  • School-to-Work Transition
  • Employer Engagement
  • Cross-Agency Collaboration / Partnerships
  • Resource Leveraging