Able Lives - Episode 7

This episode examines how all kinds of individuals are out in the community advocating for full inclusion of all people with disabilities in all areas of life.
• Viewers will watch individuals appear before a state legislative committee to present their views about why Connecticut must change the name of the Department of Mental Retardation
• Tag along as hundreds attend a conference in Hartford featuring new products to help people living with disabilities; and hear discussions about better advocacy at the State Capitol and in local communities
• Meet a group of African- and Caribbean-American parents of children with disabilities from New Haven who serve as a support group for each other
• Meet Bob Perske and his wife, Martha, of Darien, Conn. who've been advocating for people with disabilities all their lives
• Visit Unionville, a section of Farmington, Conn. where access for individuals with disabilities is becoming part of the economic development fabric