On Thursday, May 9th, Congressman George Miller (D-CA), ranking member of the House Education & Workforce Committee and Congressman Gregg Harper (R-MS) introduced the Keeping All Students Safe Act, HR 1893, a bill to protect all students nationwide from restraint and seclusion. Learn more about KSSA>>
To examine the impact of existing federal regulations and legislation on the successful transition from school to work of youth with disabilities, a free, public online dialogue will be held May 13-27, 2013. The U.S. Departments of Labor, Education, Health and Human Services and the Social Security Administration will host the event and invite policymakers, service providers, advocates, youth with disabilities and others to join this online dialogue to improve transition outcomes for youth with disabilities. Make sure your voice is heard. Learn more about how to participate>>
Public Forums/Hearings Regarding Child Care and Development Fund Plan and Proposed Office of Early Childhood
The Connecticut Department of Social Services (DDS), in collaboration with the Governor's Early Childhood Planning Office, the Early Childhood Education Cabinet and the state's Child Day Care Council, will hold public forums/hearings to provide Connecticut's parents, service providers and advocates an opportunity to comment on child care services in Connecticut including the proposed Office of Early Childhood and CT's draft Child Care and Development Fund draft Plan. The hearings will be held on May 16th in Hamden and on May 30th in Middletown. Learn more>>
Did you know that the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) has an online community, called StrenthOfUs, which is designed to inspire young adults impacted by mental health issues to think positive, stay strong and achieve their goals through peer support and resource sharing? Visit the website to learn more and connect>>
On July 1, 2013, revisions to the Connecticut special education regulations that were approved on January 22nd will go into effect in Connecticut schools. Read more about the revised regulations>>
The Connecticut State Department of Education has released its Annual Report on the Use of Physical Restraint and Seclusion in Connecticut for the 2011-2012 school year. Read the report here>>
If your child has special needs... We are here to help!
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth to 26.
All of CPAC's Services are FREE for families. Contact us at 1-800-445-2722 or email@example.com.
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Thank you to the McCray, Fahey, Olko, Chavarro and Gallagher families for sharing your experiences and participating in our new video about students with disabilities and self-advocacy!
Featured Lending Library Resource
Mental Health Disorders in Adolescents: A Guide for Parents, Teachers and Professionals by Eric P. Hazen, Mark A. Goldstein and Myrna Chandler Goldstein provides information to help find effective ways to identify and treat psychiatric disorders that many teens face. The book is designed to help caregivers navigate the often confusing adolescent mental health system. Readers will find comprehensive information about when and how to seek help and the kinds of treatments that are available. To borrow this book, or other books in our Lending Library, please contact CPAC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-445-2722.
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