NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Oak Hill is the largest private provider of services to the disabled in the state of CT.
Oak Hill provides services people with all kinds of disabilities, at all ages. State funding has remained flat for over 10 years. Oak Hill has a shortfall of between $4 – 6 million each year which is only made up by donations from the public, grants and corporate gifts. Donate today by heading to www.OakHillCT.org
In 1888, Emily Wells Foster formed the nation’s first nursery school for blind children in her home in Hartford. Through Foster’s efforts an institution grew and changed forever the lives of hundreds of blind Americans and their families. In 1893, it would become known as the Connecticut Institution and Industrial Home for the Blind, then the Connecticut Institute for the Blind.
By the mid 1960s, important changes in federal law concerning the education of children with disabilities (Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act) freed up considerable grant money for expanded special education curriculum. In 1976, Oak Hill began providing services for people with multiple disabilities (Public Law 94-142, Section 504 of the Vocational Rehabilitation Act) which guaranteed all children free, appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment possible. In 1978, Oak Hill opened its first group home in the community. By 1986, Oak Hill School amended its articles of incorporation and bylaws to enable the school to officially serve people with disabilities which did not necessarily include visual impairment. Expanding the school’s mission more accurately reflected the changing needs of society.
Today, Oak Hill has over 1400 employees, 17 distinct programs which are provided at 116 program sites throughout 56 towns in CT.