Challenge The Status Quo.
Evelyn Kennedy Did, In A Big Way.
Imagine you have a young son who you adore. But, you’ve been told by your doctor that you should institutionalize him. Then, you should forget you ever had him. And it’s not just the opinion of that one doctor. It’s the general view of society. In 1951, Evelyn Kennedy thought this was ridiculous, and believed that there must be others out there who agreed. That’s where our story begins.
Seven Decades of Doing Special Things
Responsible for the first public school classes for children with cognitive disabilities in New England.
New England’s first parent-sponsored, public school facility for children with cognitive disabilities, on Williams Street in Bridgeport.
Wrote Connecticut legislation that made it mandatory for school systems to provide educational services for children with cognitive disabilities. This became instrumental in the establishment of the Connecticut Council for Retarded Children, and later Connecticut’s Division of Developmental Service (DDS).
Founder, Evelyn Kennedy, is appointed by the Governor to the Connecticut Council on Mental Retardation.
Opens the first group home licensed by the Department of Mental Retardation for adults with disabilities.
Opens the first residential group home for women, at Maridot Manor.