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Helpful Resources

Information and Resources Available at CPAC

  • Trainings for Parents and Professionals
    • Least Restrictive Environment: A World of Options and Opportunities – This session will provide participants with information regarding IDEA. LRE, and the P.J. ET AL v STATE OF CT, BOARD OF EDUCATION, ET AL Settlement Agreement. It includes information regarding current initiatives in CT that support families and school districts in their efforts to education students with disabilities in the least restrictive environment.
    • Supporting Young Children
      This presentation will explore the legal, practical and positive implications of including young children who have disabilities with typical peers in early childhood settings. Parents and professionals will learn about the research that supports inclusive programs and how Connecticut is putting this research into practice. Practical strategies and reasonable accommodations will be discussed.  Information on existing resources for providers and families will also be available.

For more information, or to schedule a workshop, please contact us at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org.

Additional Resources

Organizations and Websites

  • AccessAbility Easter Seals and the American Library Association (ALA) developed the AccessAbility at your library reading initiative for people of all ages. This website includes a list of ALA recommended books for all ages featuring characters with disabilities.
  • ARC of Connecticut The Arc of Connecticut is an advocacy organization committed to protecting the rights of people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and to promoting opportunities for their full inclusion in the life of their communities.
  • CT State Department of Education
  • Including Samuel Project “Including Samuel” is a DVD documentary by Dan Habib.  The website features many resources and much information on inclusion.
  • Inclusive Schools Network This website offers ideas and activities for school staff on how to promote inclusion in schools.
  • Michael Giangreco – University of Vermont Michael Giangreco is a research professor at The University of Vermont (UVM) whose professional interests focus on how to plan, adapt, coordinate, implement, and evaluate educational programs and services for students with disabilities who are included in general education classrooms.
  • National Inclusion Project The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them.
  • Project Participate Project Participate provides families, educators, administrators and therapists with simple strategies to increase the active participation of students with disabilities in school programs.
  • SERC The State Education Resource Center (SERC) offers information for families and professionals as well as professional development training and workshops.
  • SWIFT Schools SWIFT (Schoowide Integrated Framework for Transformation is a national K-8 center that provides academic and behavioral support to promote the learning and academic achievement of all students, including students with disabilities and those with the most extensive needs.
  • TASH TASH is an international association of people with disabilities, their family members, other advocates and professionals fighting for a society in which inclusion of all people in all aspects of society is the norm

Preschool Inclusion Websites

  • The Center on Inclusion in Early Childhood The Center on Inclusion in Early Childhood’s mission is to share knowledge, foster skills, and encourage attitudes that promote inclusion as a ore component of excellence in early childhood.
  • Division for Early Childhood The Division for Early Childhood is an organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with disabilities.
  • Head Start Center for Inclusion The Head Start Center for Inclusion is a federally funded grant from the Department of Health and Services Office of Head start with the overarching goal of increasing the competence, confidence and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities.
  • National Association for the Education of Young Children National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) promotes excellence in early childhood education.

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