Using its person-centered approach, ACORD takes pride in its ability to keep the goals, desires, and abilities of the person first, while striving to find the best match between a person’s career choice and an employer’s need for productive, effective employees. Support services are provided to enable each individual to function as independently as possible within the workplace.


Transition from School to Work


Planning for the future can be intimidating.  ACORD works with public school systems to gradually acclimate students to career and recreation options following graduation. 
  • Small, peer-group, supported living arrangements from Bridgeport, through New Haven County and into Middlesex County.
  • Skill building activities and programs including household maintenance, self-care, meal preparation, transportation, community awareness, health services, communication, money and budgeting skills, and social behavior.
  • Specialized services tailored to meet the unique needs and preferences of each individual.
  • Person-centered planning, individual assessments, and ongoing evaluation and adjustment.
  • Integration of age-appropriate offerings for learning, recreation and leisure, including community involvement where feasible.




A provider qualified by the CT Dept. of Developmental Services.

ACORD Inc.

7 Barnes Industrial Road South Wallingford, CT 06492
Phone: (203) 269-3599

Contact Us


Executive Director

FrancinePangaro ​acordfran@sbcglobal.net

​(203) 269-3599 ext. 13

​Director of Administration
Karen Zajac 

acordkaren@sbcglobal.net
203) 269-3599 ext. 12

Day or Residential Services
CONTACT:

Evalina Askew
acordevalina@att.net
​(203) 269-3599 ext. 19


Quality Assurance
Jackie French
QA Coordinator
QACoordinator@acordinc.org 
(203) 269-3599 ext. 11


Using its person-centered approach, ACORD takes pride in its ability to keep the goals, desires, and abilities of the person first, while striving to find the best match between a person’s career choice and an employer’s need for productive, effective employees. Support services are provided to enable each individual to function as independently as possible within the workplace.


  • In competitive employment,  we assist individuals we serve to obtain and maintain mainstream employment.   For example, some of our competitive employment participants work in stores handling inventory, packing groceries, cleaning, and stocking shelves.
  • Supported employment differs, in that it involves a team approach to complete jobs secured for the workers by ACORD.  For example, some employees work as part of a landscaping crew – mowing lawns and tending flower beds.  Some others replenish periodicals in local stores. ​

Competitive and Supported Employment Services