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Upcoming Events


November 1, 2014

Preschool and Kindergarten Information Night

(Hartford, CT)

On Saturday, November 1, 2014, there will be an resource fair entitled “Preschool and Kindergarten Information Night” held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Pope Park Arroyo Recreation Center located at 30 Pope Park Drive in Hartford, Connecticut.

This resource fair will provide information to families to help assist in navigating the program options that are available for preschool and kindergarten age children.

This resource fair is open to Hartford residents only. For more information, please contact Ann Gaulin at Ann.Gaulin@ct.gov or 860-713-6544.

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November 5, 2014

Partners in Learning: Supporting Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Webinar

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech will present a free webinar for professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families entitled, “Partners in Learning: Supporting Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.” The webinar will take place from noon to 1 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit www.clarkeschools.org/webinars or email webinars@clarkeschools.org.

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November 5, 2014

The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education

New London, CT

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the CT Family Support Network Southeast will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center for parents of children with disabilities and educators entitled, “The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education.” The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital located at 365 Montauk Avenue in New London, Connecticut.

Families of children with disabilities are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn how to become more active participants in their children’s education. The workshop will include information on laws relating to special education, preparing for meetings at school and the special education referral process.

Registration is required. Visit www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration or contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org for more information or to register.

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November 5, 2014

Special Education Resource Fair

East Hartford, CT

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, East Hartford Public Schools Pupil Personnel Services Department will host a resource fair entitled “Family Connections: Special Education Resource Fair.” The resource fair will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the East Hartford Middle School cafeteria located at 777 Burnside Avenue in East Hartford, Connecticut.

The fair will include information for families on counseling, speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy, legal services, health, Birth to Three and Autism. Refreshments and entertainment will be provided.

The resource fair is free to attend. For more information, please contact Pupil Personnel Services at 860-622-5112.

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November 6, 2014

Getting and Keeping the First Job

East Hartford, CT

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will host a free workshop for students with disabilities, their parents and educators entitled, “Getting and Keeping the First Job.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at East Hartford Community Cultural Center located at 50 Chapman Place in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Students with disabilities will hear straight talk about employment and how to prepare to get and maintain a job. Information about accommodations, disclosure and interviewing will be shared as well as information from the employer’s perspective.

Registration is required. Visit www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration or contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org for more information or to register.

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November 8, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

Hartford, CT

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT SEPTO Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Navigate to Advocate.” The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at NEAT at Oak Hill located at 33 Coventry Street in Hartford, Connecticut.

Participants will learn how to navigate the complexities of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system to help in advocating for their young adult children. The workshop will address the following questions:

  • What is a Medicaid Waiver and how will it support my child?
  • How do I complete the Level of Need (LON) tool and why is it so important?
  • What is the role of the DDS case manager and how can I work with them to get the best outcomes for my child?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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November 10, 2014

Dyslexia Awareness Training

Hartford, CT

On Monday, November 10, 2014, Learning Ally will host a free workshop entitled “Dyslexia Awareness Training.” This workshop will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at NEAT Center at Oak Hill located at 120 Holcomb Street in Hartford, Connecticut.

The workshop will cover topics including: appropriate identification, interventions and accommodations, we well as assistive technology for students with dyslexia.

Registration is open to general education teachers, special education teachers and all other school staff. For more information or to register, visit the event website .

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November 12, 2014

Potty Training 101

Stamford, CT

On Wednesday, November 12, 2014, the Lower Fairfield County Local Interagency Coordinating Council will sponsor a workshop entitled “Potty Training 101.” This workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Harry Bennett Library located at 115 Vine Road in Stamford, Connecticut.

Parents, guardians, caregivers and service providers of children with developmental disabilities who need support in potty training are invited to attend. The workshop will be presented by Ashley Hickey, a leading potty training expert who has worked with children with a variety of disabilities including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy and Down Syndrome.

Dinner which will also include a meet and greet with other parents, will be served at 5:30 p.m. with the training beginning at 6:00 p.m. Deadline for registration is November 7th. For more information or to register contact Deborah Mastronardi at deborahmastronardi@theracare.com or 888-355-3255 ext. 2003.

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November 13, 2014

Self-Advocacy Skills: What Students and Families Need to Know

East Hartford, CT

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will host a free workshop for students with disabilities, their parents and educators entitled, “Self-Advocacy Skills: What Students and Families Need to Know.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at East Hartford Community Cultural Center located at 50 Chapman Place in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Attendees will learn why it is important for young adults to advocate for themselves and will learn about the tools available to help students develop self-advocacy skills. Participants will hear from successful self-advocates in school, work, and a variety of other settings.

Registration is required. Visit www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration or contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org for more information or to register.

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November 15, 2014

PANS/PANDAS Conference

Norwalk, CT

On Saturday, November 15, 2014, the Northeast PANS/PANDAS Parent Association of Connecticut will host a conference featuring local area PANS/PANDAS experts. The conference will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Norwalk Community College Pepsico Theater located at 188 Richards Avenue in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Speakers will include:

  • Denis A. Bouboulis, M.D.
  • Judith G. Leventhal, Ph.D.
  • Nancy O’Hara, M.D.
  • Rosario Trifiletti, M.D., Ph.D.

For more information visit the conference website or contact Gabriella True or Katie Zigmond at ctpandaspans@gmail.com.

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November 17, 2014

Promoting Collaborative Partnerships: The Key to Removing Academic and Social Barriers for Students with ADHD

Stratford, CT

On Monday, November 17, 2014, Stratford SEPTA will be hosting a presentation entitled “Promoting Collaborative Partnerships: The Key to Removing Academic and Social Barriers for Students with ADHD.” The event will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p. m. at the David Wooster Middle School cafeteria, located at 150 Lincoln Street, Stratford, Connecticut.

Presenter Dr. Deborah Edelman, an Associate Professor and Director of Special Education in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at Fairfield University, will discuss her work on motivation and academic and behavioral interventions for students with ADHD. She will also discuss her research on how training non-ADHD peers to be models for students who have ADHD, can promote academic success.

For more information, contact the Stratford SEPTA at info@stratfordsepta.org.

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November 18, 2014

Family Transition Night: Transition from School to Adult Life for Students with Disabilities

South Windsor, CT

On Thursday, November 18, 2014, South Windsor and Vernon Public Schools will be hosting an event entitled “Family Transition Night: Transition from School to Adult Life for Students with Disabilities.” The panel along with breakout sessions will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p. m. at the South Windsor Public Library (Friends Room), located at 1550 Sullivan Avenue, South Windsor, Connecticut.

Deadline for registration is November 10th and seating is limited. For more information or to register, contact Liz Rafalowsky at erafalowsky@swindsor.k12.ct.us or 860-648-5000 ext. 3112.

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November 19, 2014

Parent Leadership and Advocacy Training Program

Stamford, CT

On Thursday, November 19, 2014, The UCONN Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEED) will be hosting a free training series entitled “Parent Leadership and Advocacy Training Program.” The series will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p. m. at the Board of Education Room (5th Floor), at the Stamford Government Building located at 888 Washington Boulevard in Stamford, Connecticut.

The goal of the Parent Leadership and Advocacy Training (PLAT) is to develop parent leaders who can improve the lives of children with disabilities in Connecticut. PLAT helps parents learn how to advocate for their child’s needs as well as improve the quality of life for other children and families. The series will include six different modules and each module will be six hours long. Dates for this series will extend through April 2015.

For more information or to register, visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SD5QY9V or contact Anne Marie Davidson at adavidson@uchc.edu or 860-679-1589.

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November 20, 2014

Decoding Evaluations: Appropriate Reading Evaluations and How To Understand Them

Branford, CT

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, Decoding Dyslexia-CT and Smartkids with LD will be hosting a workshop entitled “Decoding Evaluations: Appropriate Reading Evaluations and How To Understand Them.” The workshop will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p. m. at the Willoughby Wallace Memorial Library located at 146 Thimble Islands Road in Branford, Connecticut.

Presenter Margie B. Gillis, Ed.D., and President and Founder of Literacy How, will help participants to understand what assessments and recommendations should be included in an appropriate reading evaluation, as well as explain the importance of using the diagnostic results in order to determine your students’s individual profile and to help make recommendations for appropriate interventions.

For more information or to register, please visit the event website.

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November 20, 2014

Developing the IEP

Colchester, CT

On Thursday, November 20, 2014, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will be presenting a free workshop entitled “Developing the IEP.” The workshop will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p. m. at the Cragin Memorial Library located at 8 Linwood Avenue in Colchester, Connecticut.

This training focuses on how parents can be actively and effectively involved in the development of the Individualized Education Program. 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.

Registration is required. Visit http://www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration/ or contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org for more information or to register.

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November 22, 2014

Special Edcucation Clinic

Hartford, CT

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities will be sponsoring a free workshop entitled “Special Education Clinic.” The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p. m. at the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities located at 60B Weston Street in Hartford, Connecticut.

Participants will be able to speak with an experienced advocate regarding their child’s educational needs as well as become better informed about decision making.

For more information or to register, contact the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities at 800-842-7303 or 860-297-4381. Information is also available in Spanish at 860-297-4381.

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December 2, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Bristol, CT

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Families for Families: Creating a Better Future.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bristol Library located at 5 High Street in Bristol, Connecticut.

Participants will learn they can join with other families who are working successfully to change public policy and create a support system that works for all people with I/DD. The following questions will be addressed:

  • My child is transitioning from school into adult services, why does it feel like we are going over a cliff? Why aren’t services guaranteed to adults with I/DD who need them?
  • DDS says there is no funding for residential supports? Does that mean my child or loved one will live with me until I die? Who will be there for them after I die?
  • My child or loved one has an IQ of 70 but needs supports. Why can’t we access any DDS services?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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January 14, 2015

Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Fairfield, CT

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Fairfield SEPTA will host a free workshop for parents and educators presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP).” The workshop will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McKinley School located at 60 Thompson Street in Fairfield, Connecticut.

This training focuses on how parents can be actively and effectively involved in the development of the Individualized Education Program. 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.

Registration is required. Visit www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration or contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org for more information or to register.

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February 18, 2015

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: What You Need to Know

Willington, CT

On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Willington Success SEPTO will host a free workshop for parents and educators presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: What You Need to Know.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Willington Public Library located at 7 Ruby Road in Willington, Connecticut.

Families will be introduced to a new way of thinking about their children’s behaviors and about the need to advocate for behavioral supports. The workshop will provide an overview of functional behavioral assessments and positive behavior interventions.

Registration is required. Visit www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration or contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org for more information or to register.

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