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September 2, 2014

Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child with a Learning Disability

Bristol, CT

On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, Bristol Special Education PTO will host a presentation by Michele Pierce Burns from Ramapo for Children entitled, “Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child with a Learning Disability.” The presentation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bristol Library located at 5 High Street in Bristol, Connecticut.

The workshop is for parents and caregivers of children with learning disabilities and will provide specific skills and ideas for supporting the success of children at home and school. Participants will learn:

  • techniques for communicating with children who learn differently
  • strategies for preventing and reducing difficult behaviors, anticipating problems and reducing stress
  • skills and ideas for advocating effectively for their child’s needs in school and in the community

For more information or to register, contact Bristol SEPTO President, Audra Talbot at atalbot@bristolsepto.org.

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September 4, 2014

Preparing for the Transition from School to Adult Life: The Basics

Danielson, CT

On Thursday, September 4, 2014, CT Family Support Network – Northeast will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Preparing for the Transition from School to Adult Life: The Basics.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Cornerstone Baptist Church located at 247 Broad Street in Danielson, Connecticut.

Students with disabilities, their parents and educators are invited to attend to gain a better understand transition planning and how they can become more active participants in the process. Participants will gain knowledge of the legal requirements of IDEA, the availability of adult service agencies, and options for what lies ahead after high school.

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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September 10, 2014

Resource Fair

Andover, CT

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 ,the CT Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will host a resource fair and family forum open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Channel 3 Kids Camp, located at 73 Times Farm Road in Andover, Connecticut.

Community resource providers and vendors will be in attendance to offer information about topics including respite, health and medical, social and recreational opportunities, estate planning, assistive technology, in home supports, special education, family networks, DDS services, special needs camps and more.

For more information, contact Marty Zaugg, DDS Employment Specialist at 860-263-3596, Patricia Cymbala, DDS Employment Instructor at 860-263-2462 or Amy Blazawski, DDS SD Director at amy.blazawski@ct.gov.

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September 10, 2014

Back to School: Supporting Students with Hearing Loss in Mainstream Classrooms

Webinar

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech will present a webinar for professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families entitled, “Back to School: Supporting Students with Hearing Loss in Mainstream Classrooms.” The webinar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.clarkeschools.org/webinars or email webinars@clarkeschools.org.

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September 10, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

Stamford, CT

On Wednesday, September 10, 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 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Stamford Jewish Community Center located at 1035 Newfield Avenue in Stamford, 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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September 11, 2014

What You Need to Know About Special Education

Hartford, CT

On Thursday, September 11, 2014, SpEd Connecticut will begin a 12-week training program entitled, “What You Need to Know About Special Education.” Each session will be held from 9:30 a.m. to noon at SpEd Connecticut located at 999 Asylum Avenue, Suite 404 in Hartford, Connecticut.

Topics covered will include:

  • how to read and understand the IEP document
  • developmental language and communication disorders
  • psycho-educational evaluations
  • reading disabilities: myths, realities and research-based instruction
  • independent neuropsychological evaluations
  • academics and executive function
  • secondary transition planning
  • ADHD – the modulation of attention and impulse control
  • assistive technology in the IEP
  • a new model of intervention – SRBI
  • procedural safeguards – complaints, mediation and hearings
  • behavioral interventions

For more information or to register, contact SpEd Connecticut at 860-560-1711.

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September 12, 2014

Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership Conference

New Britain, CT

On Friday, September 12, 2014, NAMI Connecticut will be one of 12 partners to sponsor the 2nd annual Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership Conference. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. at Central Connecticut State University in New Britain, Connecticut.

This year’s conference focuses on successful service outcomes achieved by providers across settings while reducing restraints and seclusion, and the common challenges programs face in servicing at risk populations of all ages. The day-long, free conference will feature presenters from the public school, residential treatment and juvenile detention facility, state hospital, and adult incarceration settings.

Initiative partners include: CT Judicial Branch Court Support Service Division (CSSD); Department of Children and Families (DCF); Department of Correction (DOC); Department of Developmental Services (DDS); Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS); Department of Public Health (DPH); Individuals with Lived Experience; National Alliance on Mental Illness – CT (NAMI-CT); Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) ; Office of Early Childhood (OEC); Office of Protection and Advocacy (OPA); State Department of Education (SDE).

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

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September 13, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

Meriden, CT

On Saturday, September 13, 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 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Arc of Meriden Wallingford located at 200 Research Parkway in Meriden, 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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September 15, 2014

Starting the New School Year Off On the Right Foot

Norwalk, CT

On Monday, September 15, 2014, SPED*NET Wilton, Norwalk SPED Partners and Norwalk Public Schools will host a presentation by Amy Vatner, Esq. entitled, “Starting the New School Year Off On the Right Foot.” The presentation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the auditorium at West Rocks Middle School located at 81 West Rocks Road in Norwalk, Connecticut.

The event will be a forum for discussing ideas and developing strategies for children with special needs, and general and special education and Section 504 issues. Amy Vatner, Esq. will offer guidance for parents of children receiving services under an IEP or a Section 504 Plan, as well as for parents whose children may be eligible for services.

For more information or to register, email RSVP@spednetwilton.org.

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September 17, 2014

Preparing for the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) Meeting

East Lyme, CT

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, East Lyme Area Special Education PTO (SEPTO) will host a free workshop for parents and educators presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Preparing for the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) Meeting.” The workshop will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at East Lyme Senior Center located at 37 Society Road in Niantic, Connecticut.

Parents and professionals are invited to attend this training focusing on preparing for the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting. Participants will explore the roles and responsibilities of both parents and professionals and will learn information on the importance of record keeping, strategies for creating team relationships and having successful meetings.

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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September 17, 2014

Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child With a Learning Disability

Madison, CT

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Ramapo for Children will present a workshop hosted by SARAH in Action entitled, “Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child With a Learning Disability.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at SARAH in Action located at 51 Boston Post Road in Madison, Connecticut.

The “Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child with a Learning Disability ” workshop will provide parents and caregivers of children with learning challenges with specific silks and ideas for supporting the success of their child at home and in school. Participants will learn:

  • Techniques for communicating with children who learn differently by using visuals, non-verbal cues, and step-by-step instructions.
  • Strategies for preventing and reducing difficult behaviors, anticipating problems, and reducing stress.
  • Skills and ideas for advocating effectively for their child’s needs in their school and community

For more information or to register, contact Kathy Fadal at 203-453-7592 x2 or kidsteps-fcc@sarah-inc.org. Registration is required.

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September 17, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

North Haven, CT

On Wednesday, September 17, 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 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Arc of Greater New Haven located at 528 Washington Avenue (Route 5) in North Haven, 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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September 22, 2014

Is Your ASD Student Ready for College?”>

Wallingford, CT

On Monday, September 22, 2014, Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) will host a presentation by Jane Thierfeld-Brown, Ed.D. entitled, “Is Your ASD Student Ready for College?” The presentation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ASRC located at 101 N. Industrial Plains Road in Wallingford, Connecticut.

Participants will learn about the real tools and skills students with ASD need to be successful in college.

Jane Thierfeld-Brown is Director of Disability Services at the UCONN School of Law
and Assistant Clinical Professor at Yale Child Study. She has worked in Disability
Services for 35 years. She co-authored, “Students with Asperger’s: A Guide for
College Professionals,” and “The Parent’s Guide to College for Students on the
Autism Spectrum.” Dr. Brown consults with colleges, students and families around
the country on issues for students with autism spectrum disorders.

For more information or to register, contact ASRC at 888-453-4975 or info@autismconnecticut.org.

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September 23, 2014

The Transition Process: From Birth to Three to Special Education

Manchester, CT

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, ECHN Family Development Center will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “The Transition Process: From Birth to Three to Special Education.” The workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Conference Rooms A, B & C, located at 71 Hayes Street in Manchester, Connecticut.

Families of children enrolled in CT’s Birth to Three System will increase their understanding of the transition process from Birth to Three services and will gain knowledge of the key components of special education services under IDEA. Participants will learn about their role as an equal partner in the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) and ways that they can effectively advocate for their children and communicate with schools.

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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September 23, 2014

Federal Opportunities Career Fair

Cromwell, CT

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, the Bureau of Rehabilitation Services and the Board of Education and Services for the Blind will present a Federal Opportunities Career Fair. Registration will take place from 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m. and the fair will run from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at The Crowne Plaza located at 100 Berlin Road in Cromwell, Connecticut.

There has been an increased awareness and interest in hiring qualified job seekers with disabilities by both Federal Agencies and Federal Contractors. This event is a forum to bring these specific CT Employers and BRS and BESB Job Seekers together to learn about available careers and interview for currently available opportunities.

Visit http://www.ct.gov/brs/cwp/view.asp?a=3890&Q=460758&PM=1 to register. Fo rmore information contact your Vocational Counselor.

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September 27, 2014

DDS Parent Workshop

West Hartford, CT

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, the Connecticut Association for Behavior Analysis and The University of Saint Joseph Institute for Autism and Behavioral Studies will sponsor a BCBA workshop and parent workshop presented. The event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to noon in the AV rooms on the 2nd floor of Bruyette Athenaeum at the University of Saint Joseph located at 1678 Asylum Avenue in West Hartford, Connecticut.

The BCBA workshop will be presented by Kathy Whitbread, Ph.D. who will present, “Post-Secondary Transition: Planning a Positive Future.” Robin Wood and Jennifer Bogin (DDS) will present the parent workshop on the future of DDS and the autism waiver.

The registration fee is $50 for members, $30 for parents and $10 for students. For more information or to register, visit www.ctaba.org.

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September 27, 2014

Parent Leadership Training Conference

East Hartford, CT

On Saturday, September 27, 2014, the Connecticut Special Education PTO Alliance will present the “Parent Leadership Training Conference.” The conference will be held from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Tastebuds Banquet Facility located at 1450 Main Street in East Hartford, Connecticut.

This conference is for parents, families, caregivers and anyone who wants to sharpen
their advocacy skills and learn more about special education. Leaders (and future
leaders) of parent support groups will find this conference especially useful. All conference attendees will receive a folder of information and resources, including the new 2015 edition of Special Education’s Greatest Hits from the Connecticut
SEPTO Alliance. Coffee, muffins and bagels will be served in the morning. Luncheon
will be served at midday with time to network, connect and make new friends.

The keynote presentation is entitled, “The Power of Parent to Parent Support for Families of Children and Youth with Special Needs” by Carmina Cirioli and Nanfi Lubogo, Co-Executive Directors of PATH Parent to Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut.

Conference topics will include:

  • Parent involvement in special education
  • Keeping students with disabilities safe from bullying
  • How to influence the laws and policies that affect our children
  • New ways to prepare for the transition from school to adult life

Registration is $30 per person or $20 for SEPTO Alliance members. A limited number of scholarships are available. For more information or to register, email info@septoalliance.org.

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October 1, 2014

Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

West Hartford, CT

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, West Hartford SEPTO 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 Whiting Lane School located at 47 Whiting Lane in West Hartford, 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 off er 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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October 4, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Hartford, CT

On Saturday, October 4, 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 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at HARC located at 900 Asylum Avenue in Hartford, 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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October 7, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

Bristol, CT

On Tuesday, October 7, 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 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. at Bristol Library located at 5 High Street in Bristol, 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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October 8, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Norwalk, CT

On Wednesday, October 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, “Families for Families: Creating a Better Future.” The workshop will be held from 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. at STAR, Inc. located at 182 Wolfpit Avenue in Norwalk, 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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October 18, 2014

Fragile X Society of Connecticut Conference

Farmington, CT

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Fragile X Society of Connecticut will host their annual conference entitled, “Understanding and Managing Hyperarousal Throughout the Lifespan.” The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Connecticut Health Center located at 263 Farmington Avenue in Farmington, Connecticut.

The conference will feature internationally renowned Fragile X experts including Sarah Scharfenaker, MA, CCC-SLP, Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR, Sharyn Lincoln, MS, CGC and Jonathan Picker, MBChB, PhD.

View the Fragile X Conference Brochure 2014 for more information or contact Tammy or Andy Salinger at 860-233-1904 or CentralCT@fragilex.org or xfamily@aol.com.

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October 18, 2014

NAMI Connecticut State Conference

Meriden, CT

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, NAMI Connecticut will host their state conference entitled, “Transitioning to Recovery.” The conference will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Four Points Sheraton in Meriden, Connecticut.

Patrick Corrigan, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will present the keynote address, “Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness: What Says the Dodo Bird.”

View the conference agenda for more information or call NAMI CT at 800-215-3021.

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October 21, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

New Haven, CT

On Tuesday, October 21, 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 Chapel Haven located at 1040 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, 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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October 23 2014

The ABC’s of ABA

Wallingford, CT

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) will host a presentation by Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, entitled, “The ABC’s of ABA.” The presentation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ASRC located at 101 N. Industrial Plains Road in Wallingford, Connecticut.

This preenation will explain why behavior analysts make suggestions and help you to understand why your child behaves the way he/she does. The presentation will be followed by practical tips to consider when selecting a provider. Handouts including a jargon buster list will be provided.

For more information or to register, contact ASRC at 888-453-4975 or info@autismconnecticut.org.

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October 23 2014

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference 2014

Wilton, CT

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Advocate with Faith will host the Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference 2014. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wilton Congregational Church located at 70 Ridgefield Road in Wilton, Connecticut.

This year the focus of the Wrightslaw Conference will be OHI, Allergies, Mental Health, ADHD & Dyslexia in addition to an overview of IDEA, ADA, 504, & NCLB. This conference is geared towards parents of children with special needs. All 3 Wrightslaw books are included. Morning coffee, a boxed lunch & afternoon snack will be provided.

Visit the event website for more information or to register.

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October 23 2014

Connecting Faith, Families and Schools for Student Success

Middletown, CT

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, CT PIRC, CT Department of Education, and CT SERC will sponsor the Connecting Faith, Families and Schools for Student Success Conference. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Weslyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

The conference will feature Bill Strickland, author of “Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary.”

The fifth annual Connecting Faith, Families & Schools Conference is an opportunity for faith and worship leaders, educators, and families to come together to discuss critical issues affecting student success. Participants will share ideas about the practices that help families support student learning and hear about various research and activities that can be incorporated into the rich fabric of the faith and worship community. This year’s conference will focus on Chronic Absenteeism.

For more information or to register, visit the event website or contact Yolanta Garcia, SERC, at 860-632-1484 ext. 264 or garcia@ctserc.org.

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October 25, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Meriden, CT

On Saturday, October 25, 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 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Arc of Meriden Wallingford located at 200 Research Parkway in Meriden, 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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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 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. The webinar is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.clarkeschools.org/webinars or email webinars@clarkeschools.org.

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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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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 off er 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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