ARI...always reaching for independence

History of ARI

In 1952, several couples in Stamford needed support for their children who were developmentally disabled. When they turned to the community, they realized that there was little or no support available for their children. They put an ad in the Stamford Advocate and invited other parents of children with developmental disabilities to a meeting to discuss ways to secure support for their growing children.

There was overwhelming support from the community and Aid for Retarded Children, Inc. was formed. The focus of the agency expanded over the years and began serving people of all ages. In 1971, the name of the agency was changed to Aid for the Retarded, Inc., and in 1995 the name changed again to ARI of Connecticut, Inc.

Since its inception, ARI has developed and offered many services to meet the needs of people with disabilities. We provide programs for students transitioning from high school, residential alternatives and job placement.