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Director's Corner

This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in our sister organization, AFCAMP’s Youth Summit. Dozens of young people from Hartford and surrounding communities participated in workshops and discussions on a number of topics. I was there to facilitate two groups discussing bullying and bias against students with disabilities. As always when I am with groups like this I am pretty sure I learned more than the students did. Our conversations focused on bullying, and I thought I should share what I learned. Learn more>

Special Education Concerns Rise As School Districts Grapple With State Cuts

The state's budget crisis is hitting Connecticut schools hard, and special education programs might also be feeling the pain, even though these services are protected by federal law. Paraprofessionals across the state say that schools are not fully staffing these positions, which are often used in the classroom to aid students with disabilities. And that could violate students’ rights to a free and appropriate public education, which is codified in federal law. Read the full article>>

August 2017 E-Newsletter Correction

Correction: Our August e-news included an article from Disability Scoop entitled “Feds Find Fewer States Meeting Special Ed Obligations.” The article included a list of states that had received a letter from the U.S. Department of Education stating they had met their obligations to students with disabilities. The list incorrectly did not include Connecticut. View the corrected list provided by the Office of Special Education Programs.

Congressional Internship Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities

Established by Rep. Gregg Harper in 2010, the Congressional Internship Program for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities is a unique program designed to give students with varying intellectual disabilities an opportunity to gain congressional work experience. Learn more about this internship>>

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