Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships: Preventing, Resolving, and Moving Beyond Disputes
On Monday, April 2, 2015, CADRE will host a webinar presented by Ann Turnbull entitled, “Trusting Family-Professional Partnerships: Preventing, Resolving, and Moving Beyond Disputes.” The webinar will be held from 2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
Presenter Dr. Ann Turnbull will be discussing her experience being a parent of a son with multiple disabilities and a special education faculty member in terms of preventing disputes, if at all possible, and resolving and moving beyond disputes when necessary. She will emphasize the power and synergy of reciprocal trusting partnerships that withstand the test of time and produce quality of life for people with disabilities and their families.
For more information or to register, visit the event website.
Special Education Parent Training
On Monday, April 2, 2015, the Western CT Association for Human Rights (WeCAHR) will host free workshop for parents of children with disabilities entitled “Special Education Parent Training.” The workshop will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the ARC Conference Room located at 2 Crosby Street in Danbury, CT.
Participants will learn about the special education process, laws, IEP’s, 504 Plans, the intervention process, classroom modifications, accommodations and more.
For more information or to register, contact WeCAHR at 203-792-3540.
Autism Connecting the Dots
On Monday, April 2, 2015, the State Education Resource Center (SERC) will host a day of free workshops for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder, their families and educators in honor of World Autism Awareness Day entitled “Autism Connecting the Dots.” The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at SERC located at 25 Industrial Park Rd, Middletown, Connecticut.
Featured workshops will address the phases and challenges facing educational teams and families. Topics will include transitioning a student with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) into adult life and some of the workshops will also be streamed live and will be made available online for later viewing.
Registration is required. For more information, to register, or to view the schedule of events contact SERC at the event website.
Developing the IEP
On Monday, April 6, 2015, Plainfield Public Schools will host a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities and educators entitled, “Developing the IEP.” The workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 651 Norwich Road in Plainfield, Connecticut.
This training will focus on how parents can be actively and effectively involved in the development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Participants will learn the key components of an IEP and will become familiar with the Connecticut IEP forms. The workshop will offer guidance about developing measurable goals and tips for monitoring a student’s progress.
Using “Soft Skills” to Successfully Advocate for Your Special Education Student
On Tuesday, April 7, 2015, Bristol SEPTO will host a workshop for parents of children with disabilities entitled, “Using “Soft Skills” to Successfully Advocate for Your Special Education Student.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Bristol Library located at 5 High Street in Meeting Room 3 in Bristol, Connecticut.
Participants will learn certain “soft skills” in order to advocate for their children at PPT (Planning and Placement Team) meetings. These “soft skills” include personal habits, leadership abilities, communication practices and attitudes.
For more information, contact Audra Talbot, SEPTO President at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nuts and Bolts of Special Education
On Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Plainfield Public Schools will host a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities entitled, “The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education.” The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at 651 Norwich Road in Plainfield, Connecticut.
Families of children with disabilities are encouraged to attend to learn how to become more active participants in their children’s education. The workshop will include information on laws related to special education, preparing for meetings at school and the special education referral process.
Mental Health Issues
New London, CT
On Monday, April 13, 2015, The Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN) Southeast Parent’s Group will host a free presentation entitled, “Mental Health Issues.” The workshop will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital located at 365 Montauk Avenue in New London, CT
Guest speakers will include Lorna Grivois from FAVOR, a statewide family advocacy organization for children mental and behavioral health and Thomas Burr from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).
Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact April Dipollina at email@example.com or 860-271-4371.
Week of the Young Child 2015: Celebrating Our Youngest Learners
New London, CT
On Sunday, April 12, 2015, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) will host the “Week of the Young Child 2015: Celebrating Our Youngest Learners.”
The Week of the Young Child focuses on the needs of young children and their families and recognizes the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs.
For more information about the weeks’ events visit NAEYC.
Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism, Asperger’s and Learning Differences for College
New Haven, CT
On Sunday, April 19, 2015, the Yale Child Study Center will be sponsor an all-day workshop for high school students, parents and teachers entitled “Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism, Asperger’s and Learning Differences for College.” The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Yale University in the Harkness Auditorium located at 333 Cedar Street in New Haven, Connecticut.
Guest speakers will include Jane Thierfield Brown, EdD, Director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Michael Storz, MBA, President of Chapel Haven and Dr. Ernest Van Bergeijk, MSW, Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Vocational Independence Program.
For more information, to view to full list of scheduled events or to register, contact the Yale Child Study Center . For questions about registration contact Yale Conferences & Events at 203-432-0465 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children
On Thursday, April 23, 2015 Adelbrook will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children.” The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Adelbrook located at 42 Prospect Street in Manchester, Connecticut.
This workshop will help participants change the way they view and react to their children’s challenging behavior. Participants will learn what their children’s behavior is communicating, how to use positive behavior supports to encourage the development of new communication skills, and practical tips for promoting children’s success.
Assistive Technology and the IEP
On Monday, April 27, 2015, SPED*NET Wilton, Norwalk SPED Partners and Norwalk Public Schools will sponsor an presentation for parents and educators by Stacy Lacey-Castelot, an educational and assistive technology consultant, entitled “Assistive Technology and the IEP.” The workshop will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at West Rocks Middle School in the Auditorium located at 81 West Rocks Road in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Ms. Lacey-Castelot will be discussing a variety of topics related to Assistive Technology (AT) and how it can improve learning in students with special needs.
For more information or to register, contact SPED*NET Wilton at RSVP@spednetwilton.org
Preparing for the PPT and Developing the IEP
On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Watertown Special Services will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Preparing for the PPT and Developing the IEP.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at John Trumbull Primary School Library located at 779 Buckingham Street in Oakville, Connecticut.
This training focuses on preparing for the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting. Parents will explore the roles and responsibilities of both parents and professionals. It will include information on futures planning, the importance of record-keeping and strategies for creating team relationships and having successful meetings. Parents will learn how to be actively involved in the PPT and the development of the Individualized Education Plan. Participants will learn the key components of an IEP. The workshop will offer guidance about developing measurable goals and tips for monitoring a student’s progress.
For more information or to register, contact Kate Weingartner at 860-945-2788 or email@example.com.
Special Education: Obtaining Initial & Independent Evaluations
West Hartford, CT
On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Decoding Dyslexia, Smart Kids with LD and Literacy How will host a free presentation for parents of children with any type of disability by entitled, “Special Education: Obtaining Initial & Independent Evaluations.” The presentation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Noah Webster Library located at 200 Main Street in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Presenter Diane Willcutts, director of Education Advocacy, LLC, and member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates will be discussing the process of getting your child an evaluation either by school staff or an independent evaluator and “the rules” about what districts are required to provide.
For more information or to register, please visit the event website.
“No More Meltdowns”
On Friday, May 1, 2015, The Light House will host its 9th Annual Autism Education Conference where they will be sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Jed Baker entitled, “No More Meltdowns.” The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Great Neck Country Club located at 28 Lamphere Road in Waterford, Connecticut.
Dr. Baker will discuss how to prevent challenging behaviors, how to teach social skills and help reduce bullying.
Fee for registration is $65.00-$75.00. For more information or to register, contact The Light House at www.lhcampus.com and click on the registration link.
“Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate”
On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, MES PTO Special Education Committee in Regional School District 14 will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate: Tips and Tools for Advocating for Your Child with a Disability.” The workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Media Center at Nonnewaug High School located at 5 Minortown Road in Woodbury, Connecticut.
Parents of children with disabilities are invited to attend to learn how to effectively communicate with their children’s school and advocate for their children’s appropriate education. Participants will learn tips on preparing for meetings with teachers, clearly communicating questions and goals, and how to foster positive relationships with their children’s teachers.