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Map of 6 RESC regions of Connecticut

Region 2: Fairfield County Region 6: Litchfield County Region 3: Hartford County Region 5: Windham and Tolland Counties Region 4: Middlesex and New London Counties Region 1: New Haven County

AIM (Advocate Inspired Motivation) (Deep River – Region 4)

AIM is a special needs informational support group which helps families navigate the road ahead.  They welcome all special needs families and specialize in ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders).  AIM’s mission is to support parents in helping create positive outcomes for families by getting involved.  They connect with other support groups statewide so that they can utilize a more cohesive support network.  They facilitate a resource library and hold all of their meetings at Tri Town Family Services Bureau in Deep River, Connecticut.  Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month.  Please contact Joy Orr for any additional information at 860-212-0564 or joyorr@comcast.net.

All Abilities Koffee Klatch (Plainfield – Region 5)

All Abilities Koffee Klatch is held at Victorian House located at 159 Norwich Road in Plainfield.  The group meets the third Friday of the month at 9:30 a.m.  For more information contact Heather Graveline at 860-546-9289 or graavelineh@yahoo.com or contact Renee Toper at 860-230-0196 or renee9901@yahoo.com.

Apraxia Resource Center of Connecticut (ARCC) (All Regions)

The Apraxia Resource Center of Connecticut is nonprofit organization and support network open to all parents and caregivers of children with apraxia of speech.  They support families from all regions in Connecticut and have several support group meeting locations in northeast Connecticut, the Hartford area, and Fairfield &New Haven counties. For a complete schedule of meetings and more information about the organization, visit www.apraxiact.com at or contact Michele Wasikowski at 203-521-6112 or by email at michelewaz@gmail.com.

Aspergers/PDD-NOS Support Group (Killingly – Region 5)

The Aspergers/PDD-NOS Support Group is facilitated by the CT Family Support Network Northeast.  The group is for parents of children with Aspergers Syndrome or Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified (PDD-NOS).  Meetings are held the fourth or fifth Monday of every month at Killingly Public Library located at 25 Wescott Road in Danielson, Connecticut as well as various other northeastern Connecticut locations.  For information on specific meeting topics, or to be added to the group’s listserv, please contact Northeast Regional Coordinator, Peter Szruba at 860-481-9663 or pszruba@ctfsn.org.

Autism Parent’s Club (Wilton – Region 2)

Parents with children on the Autism Spectrum in Fairfield County, CT. Join us for a great evening out and meet other parents with children on the Autism Spectrum (Autism, PDD-NOS, Aspergers, Atypical Autism).  Parents are encouraged to share stories, learn about area resources and events, discover different interventions and learn to advocate for their child from from other experienced parents. The group meets fat 7:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of the month at John’s Best Restaurant located at 1 Danbury Road in Wilton, Connnecticut. For more information, contact Patti Sylvia at 203-761-0248, or email pattisylvia@aol.com.

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) Support Groups (Statewide)

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) facilitates support groups for parents of children on the autism spectrum and families members throughout the state.  For more information, visit www.ct-asrc.org, email ct-asrc@sbcglobal.net or call 203-265-7717.

Bloomfield Support Group (Bloomfield – Region 3)

The Bloomfield Support Group is a support group for parents of children of all ages and disabilities. The group is co-sponsored by the JP Vincent Family Resource Center in Bloomfield, the African & Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP) and Family Advocacy Organization for Children’s Mental Health (FAVOR). Meetings are held during the school year on the fourth Monday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Laurel Elementary School in Bloomfield, Connecticut. All are welcome. Dinner and childcare are provided. For more information please contact AFCAMP at 860-297-4358 or JP Vincent Family Resource Center at 860-769-5518 or 860-286-2640 x112.

Brain Injury Support Group  (New London – Region 4)

The Brain Injury Support Group is a support group for people who have experienced brain injury, their families and friends.  The purpose of this group is to provide support and enlightenment for people whose lives have been affected by the hidden disability of brain injury.  The group meets 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month in conference room #1 at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital 365 Montauk Avenue in New London, Connecticut.  The first meeting of the year will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on September 28th.  For more information please contact Tammy Rowan at 860-271-4204.

The Center for Growth and Development Parent Support Group (Wilton – Region 2)

The Center for Growth and Development is starting a new parent support group on Wednesday, November 6, 2013.  Meetings will be held on Wednesday mornings at the Center located at 84 Danbury Road in Wilton, Connecticut.  Lorraine Morley, L.M.S.W., Family Coordinator at the Center, will facilitate the group.  The group will share resources and stories with a sense of warmth and humor.  For more information, contact Lorraine at 203-563-9360 or 203-856-6191.

Child and Adolescent Network Support Group (Dayville – Region 5)

Child and Adolescent Network Support Group is a support and information group for parents, families and friends of children, youth and adults with mental health challenges.  Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at United Services located at 1007 North Main Street in Dayville, Connecticut.  For more information, contact Lorna at 860-573-0689 or grivois620@comcast.net.

Children’s Therapy Services Parent Networking Support Group (Waterbury – Region 1)

Children’s Therapy Services Parent Networking and Support Group is for parents of children with any disability or special health need.  Meetings are held the first Wednesday of the month from  6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Children’s Therapy Services located at 1389 West Main Street, Suite 225 in Waterbury, Connecticut.  Childcare is available with advanced request.  For more information or to RSVP, contact Cindy Jackson at 203-271-3288 or jackcts01@yahoo.com or Tracey Blackman at tracey89@charter.net.

Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress (CDSC) (Statewide)

CT Down Syndrome Congress is a special interest group that advocates for persons with Down Syndrome and their families. The group is comprised of over 350 parents, numerous professionals and over 20 advocacy groups statewide. They provide support to members through their annual convention, by co-sponsoring conferences for parents and professionals andby  hosting numerous local and state-wide activities (e.g. picnics, playgroups, mom’s night outs, holiday parties, etc.). For more information call 888-486-8537 or visit their website at www.ctdownsyndrome.org.

Connecticut Family Support Network (Statewide)

The Connecticut Family Support Network holds monthly meetings in various areas.    For more information, please contact the following:

Interim Executive Director: Tesha Imperati  203-710-3041  timperati@ctfsn.org

North Region: Amy McCoy  860-430-9370  amccoy@ctfsn.org

Southeast Region: April Dipollina 860-271-4371 adipollina@lmhosp.org

North Central Region: Pam Scott-Ashe 860-548-9959 pscottashe@afcamp.org

South Central Region: Deborah Pagano-Finkle 203-430-0242  dpagano@ctfsn.org

Northwest Region: Trish Butler 203-826-9739  tbutler@ctfsn.org

Southwest Region: Karleen Craddock 203-400-0105  kcraddock@ctfsn.org

Bi-Lingual Family Support: Maggy Morales 860-679-1527  mmorales@ctfsn.org

Deaf and HH Advocacy Coordinator: Patti Silva 860-529-7766  psilva@ctfsn.org

Connecticut Family Support Network Coffee Klatch Parent’s Group (Plainfield – Region 5)

The CT Family Support Network Coffee Klatch Parent’s Group is open to parents who have children with disabilities and special health care needs.  The group meets on the second Thursday of every month at 9:30 a.m. at the Victorian House located at 159 Norwich Road (Route 12) in Plainfield, Connecticut. For more information, contact Peter Szruba at 860-481-9663 or pszruba@ctfsn.org.

Connecticut Family Support Network – Southeastern CT (New London – Region 4)

The Southeast area support group for parents of children with any disability and/or special health care needs, meets on the first Wednesday evening of the month at 6 p.m. in Conference Room 3 at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital  located at 365 Montauk Avenue in New London, Connecticut. They share frustrations, solutions and leave feeling just a little stronger. The group also offers workshops and trainings and  provide a constant update of information for people with disabilities in Connecticut. The group does not meet in July or August. For more information please contact April Dipollina at: 860-271-4371 or email her at adipollina@lmhosp.org.

Connecticut Grandparent Caregiver Support Group Listing

The Department of Social Services Aging Services Division offers a comprehensive listing of support groups for grandparent caregivers in Connecticut.  View the listing on their website to find contact information for each support group: Grandparent Caregiver Support Group Listing

Danbury Area Autism Parent Group (Bethel – Region 6)

The Danbury Area Autism Parent Group is a  support group for parents and caregivers of youth with autism spectrum disorders.  The group meets the second Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel.  For more information contact Trish Butler at tbutler@ctfsn.org or 203-826-9739.

Epilepsy Parent Support Group (Bethel- Region 6)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT warmly invites parents and adults with epilepsy to attend this support group. The group meets at Ability Beyond Disability located at 4 Berkshire Boulevard in Bethel, Connecticut. Meetings are held from 6:15 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Tuesday of the month.  For more information please contact the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 800-899-3745 or efct@sbcglobal.net or Marita Ferguson at 203-748-4897.

Epilepsy Parent Support Group (Groton- Region 4)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT invites parents and adults with epilepsy, to join them on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Fairview located at 235 Lestertown Road in Groton, Connecticut.  For more information please contact Liz at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 860-346-1924 or email efct@sbcglobal.net.

Epilepsy Support Group (Hartford – Region 3)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT holds a support group at Hartford Hospital, located at 80 Seymour Street in Hartford, Connecticut, in the Jefferson Building in the Community Relations Room from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the last Thursday of every month.  For more information, contact Allison at allison@epilepsyct.com or call the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 860-346-1924.

Epilepsy Parent Support Group (Middletown- Region 1)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT warmly invites parents of children with epilepsy to attend this support group. The group meets at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT office building on the 2nd floor located at 386 Main Street in Middletown. Meetings are held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.on the forth Wednesday of the month.  This group is exclusive to parents who have children with autism. For more information please contact Megan at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 800-899-3745 or email efct@sbcglobal.net.

Epilepsy Parent Support Group (Milford- Region 1)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT warmly invites parents and adults with epilepsy to attend this support group. The group meets in Auditorium C at the Milford Hospital located at 300 Seaside Avenue in Milford, Connecticut. Meetings are held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. For more information please contact Peg at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 800-899-3745 or email efct@sbcglobal.net.

Epilepsy Support Group (Stamford- Region 2)

The Epilepsy Foundation of CT invites parents and adults with epilepsy, to join them on the second Thursday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the second floor at the Stamford Government Center located at 888 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, Connecticut.  For more information please contact Marty at the Epilepsy Foundation of CT at 800-899-3745 or efct@sbcglobal.net.

Fairfield SEPTA (Fairfield – Region 6)

The Fairfield SEPTA, Inc. (Special Education PTA) is a group of parents, teachers and community professionals and supporters striving to improve the education and social interactions and recreational opportunities of children with special needs.  SEPTA provides the parents of special education students with support and resources.  The group offers informative, monthly meetings.  For more information, visit www.fairfieldsepta.org.

Ferguson Library (Stamford – Region 2)

The Ferguson Library in Stamford has a Special Needs Center with a collection of books, videos and magazines for parents of children with special needs. This public library has also been awarded an LSTA grant to expand services to children with disabilities. Please visit their webpage to see what resources they offer at www.fergusonlibrary.org, Click on the Kids link, then on Special Needs Center.

Food Allergy Support Team (FAST) (Statewide)

The mission of the Food Allergy Support Team (FAST) is to build a strong, collaborative support team for parents of children who live with food allergies.  FAST meets monthly for mutual support and practical advice, occasionally hosts guest speakers, advocates for children and educates the local community.  For more information about meetings, please contact FAST by phone at 860-265-3122, by email admin@justbreathect.com or online at www.justbreathect.com.

Friends of Autistic People (Greenwich – Region 2)

Friends of Autistic People (FAP) is a parent support group dedicated to raising awareness of services and supported living arrangements needed for autistic adults and searching for help within public, private and state organizations. FAP sponsors support meetings, lectures by experts in the field and recently produced a Connecticut Access TV special on the needs of adults with autism. Participation is encouraged by families of children of all ages, professionals within the field and other supporters of the cause are invited to join as well. For more information, please call 203-661-8510, email fap.autismct@gmail.com or visit www.autisticadults.net.

Hearts, Hands and Homes Parent Support Group (Oakdale – Region 4)

This parent support group is open to foster, adoptive and kinship families and their children.  Parents are encouraged to come together to discuss common concerns and build a network of support.  The group meets the fourth Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Fair Oaks Community Center located at 836 Old Colchester Road in Oakdale, Connecticut.  The group is sponsored by Hearts, Hands and Homes Community Collaborative. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alana at alana@heartshandsandhomes.org.

Hearts, Hands and Homes Parent Support Group (Groton- Region 4)

This parent support group is open to foster, adoptive and kinship families and their children.  Parents are encouraged to come together to discuss common concerns and build a network of support.  The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Groton City Fire Department located at 416 Benham Road in Groton, Connecticut.  The group is sponsored by Hearts, Hands and Homes Community Collaborative. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alana at alana@heartshandsandhomes.org.

Hearts, Hands and Homes Parent Support Group (Norwich- Region 4)

This parent support group is open to foster, adoptive and kinship families and their children.  Parents are encouraged to come together to discuss common concerns and build a network of support.  The group meets the third Wednesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Waterford Country School located at 2 Clinic Drive in Norwich, Connecticut.  The group is sponsored by Hearts, Hands and Homes Community Collaborative. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alana at alana@heartshandsandhomes.org.

Hearts, Hands and Homes Parent Support Group (Willimantic- Region 5)

This parent support group is open to foster, adoptive and kinship families and their children.  Parents are encouraged to come together to discuss common concerns and build a network of support.  The group meets the third Tuesday of each month from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Community Health Resources located at 1491 West Main Street in Willimantic, Connecticut.  The group is sponsored by Hearts, Hands and Homes Community Collaborative. For more information or to RSVP, contact Alana at alana@heartshandsandhomes.org.

High Functioning Autism and Developmental Delays Support Group (HiFADD) (West Hartford – Region 3)

HiFADD is run by The Family Resource and Development Center, LLC in West Hartford, Connecticut.  The group meets the first Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Family Resource and Development Center located at 41 N. Main Street, Suite 303, in West Hartford.  The group is for parents, other adult family members, as well as caregivers who are in need of support due to the unique demands of helping to raise children and/or adolescents with high functioning autism or other developmental delays that affect their social and emotional functioning and well being.  Groups consist of open discussion, as well as occasional guest speakers to discuss specific topics and address questions about a variety of issues.  Meetings are facilitated by Daniel Weiner, MA LPC.   Membership is available but not required to attend meetings.  For more information, contact Dan Weiner at 860-677-0028 or weinertherapy@gmail.com.

Litchfield County Autism Spectrum Association Parent Support Group (LACASA) (Winsted- Region 6)

Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC), in Winsted, Connecticut, offers an evening support group for parents and caregivers of children with autism. The group is facilitated by Sharon Cable (parent) and Dr. Robert Beck (NCCC faculty member and director of the Behavioral Studies program in the college). The group meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of every month. Participation is free and is open to anyone who cares for children with autism. For more information, please contact Sharon Cable at 860-693-9128 or Robert Beck at 860-738-6386 or visit www.autismsupportct.org.

NAMI-CAN (Child and Adolescent Network)  Support Group (Waterbury- Region 3)

NAMI CAN (National Alliance on Mental Illness Child and Adolescent Network) Support Group,  sponsored by NAMI Waterbury, meets on the third Wednesday of the month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at 969 West Main Street, Lower Level in Waterbury, Connecticut.  For more information please call Kim at 203-758-5844.

NAMI Valley Shore Affiliate Support Group (Old Lyme – Region 4)

The NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness Child and Adolescent Network) Valley Shore Affiliate support group for families of individuals with psychiatric disabilities meets from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on the fourth Monday of every month (except July and December) in the Church Hall at St. Agnes Church in Niantic.   For more information please contact Joan Lazar at 860-739-8822.

National Spinal Cord Injury Association, CT Chapter (Statewide)

The National Spinal Cord Injury Association provides a variety of support groups to people suffering from spinal cord injuries throughout the state of Connecticut. Their support groups allow individuals the opportunity to discuss a variety of topics with other people who also have a spinal cord injury. Support group meetings are held at many area hospitals and independent living centers throughout the state. Support groups are organized and run by NSCIA CT Chapter member volunteers.  For support group locations, dates and times please visit www.sciact.org/services.asp#support.

Next Steps Parent Support Group (Southington – Region 3)

The Next Steps Parent Support Group is for parents of children with special needs in the Southington area. The group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month at 6 p.m. at The Summit in Plantsville. The Bristol/Farmington Collaborative sponsors this support group. For more information about the Collaborative visit www.gbfvcc.org. For more information about the support group, contact Tina Frappier at tfrap128@hotmail.com or Lori at stevelori@cox.net.

North Central Community Collaborative Parent and Sibling Support Group (West Suffield – Region 3)

The NCCC Parent and Sibling Support group is open to families whose lives have been touched by children, adolescents and young adults with behavioral, social, anxiety, attention, communication or mental health challenges.  The NCCC serves the following towns: Bloomfield, East Granby, East Windsor, Enfield, Granby, Somers, Strafford Springs, Suffield, Windsor and Windsor Locks.  The group meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6 p.m. (light dinner) to 8 p.m. in room 221 at Suffield High School located at 1060 Sheldon Street in West Suffield, Connecticut. For more information, contact Doriana Vicedomini at 504-259-4327 or Diane Reynolds at 860-668-6005 or sbdreynolds@cox.net.

North Star  -  Support Group for Parents of Children With Autistic Spectrum Disorders or Developmental Delays (Ansonia – Region  1)

The North Star Support Group is a support and resource organization for families who have children with disabilities. Meetings are held on the fourth Wednesday of every month from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at the First Congregational Church of Derby. Please call ahead to verify meeting times and locations.  For more information call Cathy Adamczyk at 203-751-2417 or Natalie DiDente at 203-305-2468.

Not-So-Typical Autism Support Group (Hartford – Region 3)

This group focuses on the well-being of parents and caregivers of children with autism.  The group is based on the principle that being the parent of a child on the autism spectrum requires new perspectives, and that in order to provide the best for your child, you must provide the best for yourself.  The group is interactive and focuses on teaching parents the tools and experiences that refresh, honor and uplift them in a positive and nourishing environment.  Offered by Hope 4 Autism, Inc in partnership with Wild Heart Coaching, LLC the group meets on the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30 p/m. to 8 p.m. in the Bank of America Room in the Hartford Public Library located at 500 Main Street in Downtown Hartford.  Registration is preferred and can be done online at: www.hope4autism.org/wellness_center/not_so_typical_autism_support_group.

Parent Chat (Guilford- Region 4)

Parent Chat is a shoreline support group for families of children with special needs. This group meets Tuesdays from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at The Women and Family Life Center, 96 Fair St.in Guilford, Connecticut. Child care is provided. Parents share ideas, concerns and information related to providing the best support and environment for their children. Educational materials and resources are available. This group provides a great opportunity to meet and talk with other parents and have fun. The group is facilitated by Deborah Pagano of the CT Family Support Network. For more information, or to register please contact Kathy Fadel of the KIDSTEPS Family and Children’s Center at 203-453-7592 ext.2 or kidsteps-fcc@sarah-inc.org.

PEAKS: Parents of East Hampton Area with Kids with Special Needs (East Hampton – Region 4)

PEAKS: Parents of East Hampton Area with Kids with Special Needs is a group that provides parents with an opportunity to share information and make connections.  For more information visit the PEAKS Facebook page: www.facebook.com/groups/PEAKS.

Pizza Moms (Darien – Region 2)

Pizza Moms is a group of moms of children with special needs in the Fairfield County area.  Meetings are held at 7:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of every month. The meetings are informal and  pizza, salad and beverages are served. For more info email Nanette at nanette618@gmail.com.

Plainfield Support Group (Plainfield – Region 5)

Anyone raising a child with special needs is invited to join this support group.  The Plainfield Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month (except July and August) at 6:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Church on Route 14A in Plainfield, Connecticut.  For more information, contact Peter at 860-564-6400.

Ryan Woods Autism Foundation Parent Support Group (Middletown – Region 1)

The Ryan Woods Autism Foundation Parent Support Group meets the third Saturday of every month from 10 a.m. to noon at 100 Riverview Center, Suite 102 in Middletown, Connecticut. Participation is free. Parents are encouraged to come share their experiences, get support and listen and learn about autism and autism spectrum disorder. Seating is limited. RSVP to rwaf@comcast.net. For more information, contact Brenda Wilson at rwaf@comcast.net or 860-346-8777.  The group does not meet in July or August.

The Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Connections Support Group (Clinton – Region 4)

The Sensory Processing Disorder Parent Connections Support Group is a network that provides support, information, and understanding to anyone who lives with a child who has SPD or wants to learn more about these developmental disorders.  The group meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Clinton Police Station Community Room 101 located at 170 East Main Street in Clinton, Connecticut.  For more information, please contact Kristin Cafferty at KLCafferty@sbcglobal.net or 860-227-6378.

Shoreline CT Down Syndrome Support Group  (Madison – Region 4)

The Shoreline CT Down Syndrome Support Group is a casual and relaxed support group of individuals who share a common bond as parents, siblings and friends of children with Down Syndrome. They gather informally and periodically to discuss current issues and support each other. For more information, please contact Ellen Nixon at 203-421-3591 or by email at rmancuso02@snet.net.

Special Dads Group (Greenwich – Region 2)

The Special Dads Group is a group for dads of children with special needs in Fairfield county and surrounding areas.  The group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Pizza Post Restaurant located at 522 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information contact Michael Beloff at michael@beloff.org or visit the website, http://groups.yahoo.com/group/specialdads/.

Special Needs Advocacy for Parents (SNAP) – (Somers – Region 3)

SNAP is a group that offers a chance to exchange wisdom and ideas among one another.  Parents are invited to join to learn how to advocate as one group and understand how to better help their children and themselves.  For more information about meetings in Somers, please contact the group by phone at 860-265-3122, email at Admin@JustBreatheCT.com or visit their website www.JustBreatheCT.com.

SPED*NET New Canaan (New Canaan – Region 2)

Special Education Network of New Canaan, Ltd. (SPED*NET New Canaan) is organized exclusively to educate the public on special education and disability-related issues.  They strive to empower parents, professionals, and students to become more effective advocates in their schools and communities, particularly in New Canaan, Connecticut, and its neighboring towns.  They serve as a resource for disability-related information, and as a parent-to-parent support and advocacy network for families of children with individual education programs (IEPs) and Section 504 Plans.    Visit www.spednet.org to learn about parent resources available in Southwestern Connecticut.

SPED*NET Wilton (Wilton – Region 2)

SPED*NET, Special Education Network of Wilton, Ltd., is a not-for-profit corporation organized exclusively to educate the public about special needs, special education and disability-related issues. SPED*NET Wilton serves as an advocacy and supportive network for Connecticut families of children with special needs, especially families of children with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Section 504 Plans.  Their yearly speaker series, free and open to the public, provides information on the latest therapies, strategies and research in the educational, medical and social realms.  Their Guide to Special Services in Connecticut, Bringing Knowledge to the Table: How to be an Effective Advocate for Your Child, presents information in a user-friendly format and in easy-to-understand language, detailing the special education process and linking readers to current websites, forms and resources.  Visit www.spednetwilton.org for more information.

Southeastern CT Special Education PTA (SETPA) (New London – Region 4)

Southeastern CT SEPTA is a PTA for parents of children with special needs as well as special education staff.  It functions like a regular PTA with the focus on students who are receiving support through an Individualized Education Program (IEP) or Section 504 Plan.  For more information about meeting times, dates and locations, contact Maureen Shea at moshea867@ct.metrocast.net.

Spanish-Speaking Support Group for Parents of Children with Disabilities (Danbury – Region 6)

CT Partners in Policy Making is sponsors a support group for Spanish-speaking parents of children with disabilities to learn about special education and advocacy, share concerns and ideas and learn about resources available to help. The group is facilitated by Mio Galarza, Facilitator, Social-Community Psychologist and advocate. For more information contact Mio at 203-778-1555 or miozotisg22@yahoo.com.

Stratford SEPTA (Stratford – Region 2)

Launched in 2010, the mission of Stratford SEPTA is to support, educate and inspire.  The group aims to bring together parents, families and educators to share their experiences and perspectives, provide parents with information on navigating the special education system, increase the community’s understanding of exceptional children’s abilities to reach their full potential, and enrich the lives of children and their families through education and social opportunities.   The group is open to anyone who cares about a child with any kind of individual difference that poses challenges in school and beyond.  Stratford SEPTA also has a Parent Resource Library which features books and activities available for borrowing.  View the collection at stratfordlibrary.blogspot.com. For more information, visit www.stratfordsepta.org, connect on Facebook “Stratford SEPTA” for the latest updates, or email info@stratfordsepta.org.

St. Vincent’s Developmental Services Program (Region 2)

St. Vincent’s Developmental Services provides children and teen social skills groups, sibling groups, parent support groups and parent workshops.  In addition, the Center’s multi-disciplinary team offers diagnostic testing and evaluation, clinical counseling, community resource coordination and educational support.  Insurance accepted for clinical and evaluation services: Aetna, Anthem BCBS, Cigna, Coventry First, MHN, multi-plan, Oxford, United Behavioral Health and POMCO. For a complete schedule of meetings and more information about the programs please contact Annemarie Callagy, LCSW, 203.341.4501 or acallagy@stvincents.org, or visit www.stvincentsbehavioralhealth.org.

Success SEPTO  (Willington – Region 5)

The mission of Success SEPTO is to work within local communities to encourage school districts, legislators, and families to work together. The organization strives to understand, support, and enhance education, and provide greater opportunities for children with special needs.  The group serves Ashford, Mansfield, Stafford, Tolland, Willington and other surrounding towns in Northeast Connecticut.  Meetings are held at 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at the Willington Public Library. All meetings are open to the public.  New members and visitors are welcome.  For more information visit their Facebook pagewww.successsepto.org or email info@successsepto.org.

Support Group for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (Wallingford – Region 1)

This group, sponsored by the Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC), is intended for adults with Aspergers Syndrome, High Functioning Autism or PPD who are 15 years of age or older. Participants do not need a formal diagnosis.  Meetings are held on the second Friday of every month, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at ASRC located at 101 North Plains Industrial Road in Wallingford. The group also has several social activities, such as hiking, board games and DVD nights each month.  Dave Tipping, an adult with Aspergers, facilitates this group.  For more information, please contact Dave Tipping at 203 484-2937 or nz1j@juno.com.

Support Group for Children and Families living with high functioning Autism  and Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) (Mansfield – Region 5)

Natchuag Hospital facilitates support groups for children with PPD, their parents and siblings to provide support and education to parents and families raising children with PPD-NOS.  The group will connect parents with similar concerns, help families understand the needs of children with PPD, develop strategies to parent and education children with PDD, support family members who live with a child with PPD and support the children identified with having PDD.  The group meets from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on September 18th, October 16th , November 20th, December 18th, January 15th and February 12th at Natchaug Hospital located at 189 Storrs Road in Mansfield, Connecticut.  For more information or to register, contact Stan Hospod at 860-886-4850 x323 or stanley.hospod@hhchealth.org or Carleigh Hannah at 860-886-4850 x319.

Support Group for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (Waterford – Region 4)

Waterford Youth Services hosts this group which meets from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the first Thursday of the month.  Free dinner and childcare are provided.  For more information, contact Waterford Youth Services at 860-444-5848.

Support Group for Parents of Children with Down Syndrome (Danbury – Region 6)

A support group for parents of children with Down Syndrome is held on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the  Brookfield YMCA.  Attendees do not need to be members of the YMCA to attend.  The group provides an opportunity for children to play and for parents to talk.  Siblings are also welcome to attend.  To participate in a meeting, please contact Jen Netter at 631-804-5806.

Support Group for Parents of Children who Struggle with Behavioral Challenges (Killingworth – Region 4)

This support group is for parents of children who struggle with behavioral challenges, frustration, and inflexibility.  The group meets during the school year from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the third Wednesday of the month at the Killingworth Library located at 301 Route 81 in Killingly.  The group is led by a former teacher skilled in the Collaborative Problem Solving Model articulated in the book The Explosive Child by Dr. Ross Greene.  All who could benefit from the support and encouragement of others experiencing similar challenges are welcome.  For more information, call Divinna at 860-876-0236.

Support Group for Parents of Special Needs Children — Sharing and Caring (Middletown – Region 1)

This support group is for parents of children with special needs. They meet on the first Thursday of every month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church, Fellowship Room, located at 1055 Randolph Road in Middletown, Connecticut.  From more information, contact Nancy Geromin at 860-345-7397 or 860-345-8205.

SWAN Parenting Programs Support Group For Children with ADHD (South Windsor – Region 3)

SWAN Parenting Programs offer a monthly support group for parents who have children with ADHD. This facilitated group offers a non-judgmental place for parents and other caregivers to share the joys and challenges of raining a child with ADHD. They meet on the last Thursday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Charles Enes Community Center in South Windsor, Connecticut.  Registration is not necessary and all parents are welcome. For more information please call Parenting Educator, Ginny Molleur at 860-648-6361 ext. 314.

Talk About Curing Autism (TACA) Connecticut Chapter (Statewide)

TACA CT aims to support families affected by autism by hosting educational meetings on various topics, informal coffee talks and fun family outings. TACA CT provides a supportive community, as well as information on a wide range of treatments and programs so parents can help their children with autism thrive, reach their highest potential, and improve their quality of life.  The group is open to families affected by autism, ADD/ADHD, and sensory processing disorders.  For more information visit www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/northeast/connecticut.

“Think Differently” Support Group (Killingworth – Region 4)

The “Think Differently” Support Group is for parents and caregivers of explosive/implosive children.  The group is run by a Think Kids certified mentor and focuses on the Collaborative Problem Solving approach.  The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month (except during the summer) from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Killingworth Library located at 301 Route 81.  For more information, visit www.thinkkids.org or contact Divinna Schmitt, M.Ed. at divinna@comcast.net or 860-876-0236.

Tolland Family Resource Center PCS Group (Tolland – Region 5)

Tolland Family Resource Center PCS Group (Parents of Children with Special Needs) offers meetings bi-monthly on various topics for parents. For more information and dates of meetings contact Laurel Leibowitz at 860-870-6750, ext 5.

Welcome to My World – Autism (New Britain – Region 3)

Welcome to My World – Autism is a support group for families of children with autism.  The group provides information on social/emotional issues and recreation needs for families.  They meet in the media center at Pulaski Middle School located at 757 Farmington Avenue in New Britain, Connecticut every third Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the school year.  For more information, contact Stephen or Livia Arasimowicz at 860-259-5790 or welcometomyworldautism@yahoo.com.

West Haven Local System of Care, Parent Support Group (West Haven – Region 1)

The West Haven Local System of Care Parent Support Group invites parents, grandparents, caregivers and friends of children with special needs to  join them at  parent support group meetings held on the second Monday of every month.  The meetings take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the basement of  West Haven City Hall located at 355 Main Street in West Haven, Connecticut.  Child care is provided at all support group meetings with advance notice and registration.  For more information or to register please call 203-937-3633 or email karenmmuro@aol.com or visit www.whinc.org.

West Haven SEPTA is a Special Education Parent Teacher Association (West Haven – Region 1)

West Haven SEPTA is a Special Education Parent Teacher Association.  SEPTA brings together people who are interested in special education and children with special needs and promotes an understanding of special education and strives to enrich the lives of children with special needs. West Haven SEPTA is open anyone in West Haven or surrounding Connecticut towns including (but not limited to) New Haven, Orange, Milford, Derby, Ansonia, and Woodbridge.  West Haven SEPTA meets the fourth Tuesday of each month with a couple exceptions due to holidays. The meetings take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Library of Seth G. Haley School located at 148 South Street in West Haven, Connecticut.  For more information on meeting dates and workshops, or any other questions please contact Kelly Nealy, West Haven SEPTA President, at whseptaproject@att.net or visit the SEPTA website at www.westhavensepta.wordpress.com.

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