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Greenwich-Based Abilis Protests Budget Cuts At State House During Lobby Day

Abilis CEO Dennis Perry and Aimee Slade. Photo Credit: Abilis
Abilis CEO Dennis Perry speaks with Walt Kita, of Kuhn Employment Opportunities, in the Legislative Building in Hartford. Photo Credit: Abilis
Ross Perry of Stamford heads into action at the state legislature. Ross is the son of Abilis CEO Dennis Perry and is part of the Abilis community. Photo Credit: Abilis
Abilis CEO Dennis Perry and a crowd from Abilis assembled in the Legislative Building. Photo Credit: Abilis

GREENWICH, Conn. -- Abilis CEO Dennis Perry and a group of 30 people with disabilities from the Abilis community joined some 50 organizations and over 500 people in Hartford on Wednesday to advocate against state budget cuts. The effort, called Lobby Day, was organized by the Connecticut Community Nonprofit Alliance.

Perry visited the offices of state senators and representatives while in Hartford hoping to rally for the vulnerable people most impacted by the cuts. Yet despite the activism, Dannel Malloy continued his reductions later in the day announcing cuts the Department of Developmental Services by more than $17 million including 9.7 million in cuts to residential services for people with developmental disabilities.

Since 1951 Abilis has provided life and therapeutic services to people with disabilities across the lifespan. The organization is based in Stamford and Greenwich and provides services to more than 700 people throughout Fairfield County and relies heavily on the state in providing those services

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