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Revisión de Documentos del Programa de Educación Individualizado
Durante el año pasado, la Oficina de Educación Especial del estado de Connecticut ha estado revisando el documento del IEP (Programa Educativo Individualizado) para facilitar su uso y comprensión. El borrador del documento del IEP publicado está disponible para comentarios públicos hasta el 31 de agosto de 2019. Haga clic en el siguiente enlace para acceder al documento en español:

Para leer la transcripción traducida al video en el borrador del IEP, use este enlace: Read more>>

CPAC's Review of Bills from the 2019 Legislative Session
Another session of the Connecticut State Legislature has come to an end. All in all we think that a number of bills favorable to students with disabilities were passed by both the House and Senate and as of this writing are waiting for the Governor’s signature. We want to give highlights from some of the bills we found most important. Read more>>

Jake’s Juxtaposition – “Leaders are built, not born”
"Leaders are built, not born". With this said, let me explain, when you're leading it is assumed that you know where you're headed. So to successfully lead yourself and others who may be following you you've got to have a clear picture of where you want to be. Read more from Jake>

Individualized Education Program Document Revision Process – by Bureau Bulletin
The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) is currently in the process of revising the State’s individualized education program (IEP) document. An essential component to the provision of a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities, the IEP document is the official record of a planning and placement team’s decisions regarding a student’s special education eligibility identification and program. As federal and state requirements have changed over the years, the document currently in use in the state has required multiple updates since its origination. As a result, the Bureau of Special Education (BSE) has determined that a more holistic revision of the IEP document is warranted. Our goal is to design an IEP document that is less complicated for practitioners to use and easier for parents and students to understand. Read more here>

Jakes Juxtapositions - “Summertime”
Hello, this is Jake again. As summer approaches, I find myself wanting to be out an about in a leisurely manner more and more and just breathe in the fresh salty air near the shoreline or the deep earthy fragrance of a nature trail or park. I've got a few of my favorites for you for this summer, so check it out. Read more from Jake>

Jakes Juxtapositions - “This blog is dedicated to you”
Sundays are my favorite days. This past weekend made me think of who my pillars are and the importance of my supporters, family, friends, peers and teachers that I don’t think I acknowledge enough. Read more from Jake>

April 2019 - Directors Corner
A lot of the information in this month’s e-News concerns Prior Written Notice. PWN is one of the most important parts of the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and one of the most important parts of your student’s IEP. Changes are coming in the form that is used to record those IEPs and I wanted to discuss a little bit about why this is so important and what you can do to help make it better. Read more from our Executive Director>

Jakes Juxtapositions - “Oh, The Places You’ll go”
Hello Friends, this’s Jake again, and this blog is focused on the accessibility of the places that should be accessible, but are they? Have you always wanted to go to a place, then you realize the physical boundaries that limit the accessibility to it? Well, let’s talk a bit about accessibility to some popular attractions and other places, like restaurant, every day appointments and gathering joints that often tickle my brain. You may already know, I am Foodie, so local restaurants play critical roles in my life. Read more from Jake>

Jakes Juxtapositions
This is Jake, CPAC’s new intern. I am a TBI (traumatic brain injury) survivor, an advocate and a Public Speaker. There was a recent article in the New York Times Opinion section on how “Students learn from people they love”. This was a very interesting article, so I thought I put my two cents in this topic as it personally affected my past education and as much shaping my future. When it comes to special education or general education, there is no difference on positive, harnessing approaches between students and teachers. Read more from Jake>

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