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Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

On Tuesday, July 22, 2014, President Obama signed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) which updates the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and maintains a focus on supporting the nation's workforce development, job training and employment services system while expanding the role of state and local workforce boards to better match job-seekers with employment needs, in addition to boosting programs aimed at those with disabilities. Learn more>>

Student Data Collection

The U.S. Department of Education recently announced new guidance for schools and districts on how to keep parents and students better informed about what student data is collected and how it is used. In the guidance issued by the Department’s Privacy Technical Assistance Center, schools and districts are urged to be proactive in communicating how they use student data. Information should be available to answer common questions before they are asked. Learn more>>

Q&A Related to Inclusion of English Learners with Disabilities

A new document released by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services answers questions and offers guidance on the inclusion of English Learners with disabilities in English language proficiency assessments. Learn more>>

Celebrate the ADA

July 26th marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Celebrate the anniversary by learning more about the ADA and spreading awareness.

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.

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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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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