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Artists Needed

Are you an artist looking for an opportunity to get your work noticed? Do you know someone who is an artist and might be interested in getting their work noticed? For the past 15 years, the Institute on Disability (IOD) at the University of New Hampshire has produced a calendar featuring 13 original works of art. The IOD is currently inviting artists to submit artwork to be considered for its 2015 Calendar. Learn more>>

Share Your Feedback With Your District

Each year, the Bureau of Special Education conducts a survey of parents of students receiving special education services, ages 3 through 21 in a sampling of school districts throughout the state. The survey collects information on family satisfaction and parent involvement in their children’s special education program and is used to gather parent input on whether or not school districts are encouraging parent involvement to improve services and results for children with disabilities (monitor progress in improving special education services in Connecticut). Your participation is important! View the districts chosen to participate in this year's survey.

Education Bills in Connecticut

Looking for a complete listing of education bills passed this year? Visit the Educational Commission of the States website to view state specific information>>

Resources to Support Students in Foster Care

The U.S. Department of Education recently released resources to emphasize and support the needs of students in foster care. In addition to new guidance, ED has launched a dedicated web page, Students in Foster Care, and issued a joint letter with the U.S. Department of Health Human Services to education authorities about increasing educational stability for children and youth in foster care. Read more>>

Office for Civil Rights New Guidance for Charter Schools

On Wednesday, May 14, the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights released new guidance to emphasize that the federal civil rights laws that prohibit discrimination in education on the basis of race, color, and national origin; sex; and disability apply to all public schools — including charter schools. Read more>>

Report on CT's Interdistrict School Choice Programs

CT Voices for Children recently published a report on CT's interdistrict school choice programs. Choice Watch: Diversity and Access in Connecticut's School Choice Programs by Robert Cotto, Jr., Ed.M. and Kenneth Feder examines the impact of the programs on the state's goals of providing an equal educational opportunity for every child - the opportunity to attend a well-resourced school with an integrated learning environment that prepares students (1) to engage in a democratic society and (2) to access gainful employment or higher education. Read more>>.

U.S. Department of Education School Discipline Guidance

The U.S. Department of Education (ED), in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), released a school discipline guidance package that will assist states, districts and schools in developing solutions to enhance school climate, and improve school discipline policies and practices.Read the guidance package>>

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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 cpac@cpacinc.org.

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New Self-Advocacy Guide for Middle and High School Students
Stepping Forward - Front Cover

We are thrilled to announce a new document for students with disabilities! Stepping Forward: A Self-Advocacy Guide for Middle and High School Students (formerly known as An Educational Journey from Self Discovery to Advocacy) is intended to help middle and high school students develop self-advocacy skills and plan for the transition from school to adult life. Click here to view the guide.

Featured Lending Library Resource
Sitting Still Like a Frog

Sitting Like a Frog: Mindfulness Exercises for Kids (and Their Parents) by Eline Snel is a great resource to help children deal with anxiety, improve concentration, and handle difficult emotions. The book features exercises that are geared for a variety of ages and needs and can be adapted to fit each situation and comes with a CD to guide readers through the exercises. Much of the book focuses on finding a way to not just be quiet, but to experience quiet and to turn the brain/mind on mute for a little bit. To borrow this book, or other books in our Lending Library, please contact CPAC at cpac@cpacinc.org or 1-800-445-2722.

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