In September 2014, the Connecticut Department of Education issued guidance on the topic of Technical Edits that can be made to a student’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) document. Additionally the state has provided a highlighted version of the IEP to further clarify where these technical edits are allowed. Learn more>>
The Legislative Program Review and Investigators Committee (PRI) is conducting a survey on Transitional Services for Youth and Young Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The purpose of the study is to find out the needs of individuals with ASD, and what services are available to help them. Learn more about the survey>>
The UCONN Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEED) is conducting a survey regarding parent's experiences at their child's Individualized Education Program (IEP) Meeting. If you child has an IEP, in a Connecticut Public School and was in grade 3rd, 4th or 5th this past year, you are encouraged to fill out this survey Learn more about the survey>>
In April 2014, AASA, The School Superintendents Association, and the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) partnered to survey 500 school superintendents to determine the state of district-wide school discipline policies and practices. It examined how and why districts use out-of-school suspension (OSS), the revision and parameters of districts’ discipline policies, the outside partners districts seek in improving school discipline, and the efforts being made to create more positive school climates to reduce discipline disparities. Learn more about the survey>>
The Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) administers two federal laws that provide parents and students with certain privacy rights: the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment (PPRA). The new FPCO website provides resources and information regarding FERPA and PPRA including links to the regulations, guidance documents, policy letters, topic briefs, webinars, videos and a robust list of frequently asked questions. Visit the FPCO website at familypolicy.ed.gov.
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>>
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>>
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>>
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Dads of Disability: Stories For, By and About Fathers of Children who Experience Disability (and the Women who Love Them!) by Gary Dietz is a collection of 41 essays and poems that illustrate a father's perception of, and reaction to, being a father of a child who experiences disability. From before through birth, to diagnosis, to the workplace, to serious medical or behavioral issues, to fathers' support circles, and much more—including aging and death—many inflection points are explored by the fathers themselves as well as the mothers and children in their lives. To borrow this book, or other books in our Lending Library, please contact CPAC at email@example.com or 1-800-445-2722.
- October 18, 2014Fragile X Society of Connecticut Conference(Farmington, CT)
- October 18, 2014NAMI Connecticut State Conference(Meriden, CT)
- October 18, 2014Self-Advocacy Training Workshop(Wallingford, CT)
- October 22, 2014Resource Fair(Enfield, CT)
- October 23, 2014Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference 2014(Wilton, CT)
- October 23, 2014Connecting Faith, Families and Schools for Student Success(Middletown, CT)
- October 23, 2014Transition Expo(East Hartford, CT)
- October 23, 2014Celebrating Life with Down Syndrome(New Britain, CT)
- October 25, 2014Families for Families: Creating a Better Future(Meriden, CT)
- October 29, 2014Transition 101: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Success After High School(East Hartford, CT)
- November 5, 2014Partners in Learning: Supporting Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing(Webinar)
- November 5, 2014The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education(New London, CT)
- November 6, 2014Getting and Keeping the First Job(East Hartford, CT)
- November 8, 2014Navigate to Advocate(Hartford, CT)
- November 10, 2014Dyslexia Awareness Training(Hartford, CT
- November 13, 2014Self-Advocacy Skills: What Students and Families Need to Know(East Hartford, CT)