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The Arc

STAR, Inc., Lighting the Way is the only Fairfield County member organization of The Arc of the United States. The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and with people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and serving them and their families. The Arc works tirelessly to uphold their vision that every individual and family living with I/DD in the United States has access to the information, advocacy, and skills they need to support their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.With hundreds of state and local chapters across the country, The Arc’s chapter network is on the frontlines from first breath to last to ensure that people with I/DD have the support and services they need to be fully engaged in their communities.

For more information on the Arc of the United States visit their webpage at

CT Department of Developmental Services

STAR, Inc, Lighting the Way participates in a statewide system, called the Department of Developmental Services (DDS), which provides support and services to persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities who reside in family homes, independently, in state-operated facilities, in licensed “community training homes” and in licensed/certified “community living arrangements.” Since 1987, most services and supports provided by DDS have been subject to federal reimbursement under Home and Community Based Waivers (Medicaid) which are approved by the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS).

STAR is proud of its collaborative partnership with the CT Department of Developmental Services. More information about these services and eligibility can be found on their website.


STAR, Inc, Lighting the Way is proud to participate in a collaboration with JCC JumpSTART to create a series of events for parents of children with intellectual and developmental disabilities. For more information on JumpSTARs and their offerings to Enrich, Support and Include, click here.

Winter Coffee

Winter Walk

Additional Partners

STAR is thankful for our partnership and support from:

The Community Fund of Darien

New Canaan Community Foundation

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation

The Arc


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