Upcoming Events

September 29, 2016

Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Bristol, CT

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, Community of Practice: Family Mentoring & Leadership Committee is sponsoring a free workshop presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) entitled “Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP).” The workshop will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Chapter 126 located at 47 Upson Street in Bristol, 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 the 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.

Information is relevant for students of all ages. Contact CPAC at 860-739-3089 or for more information or to register at workshop-registration.

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October 5, 2016

Sensory Friendly Day at the Connecticut Science Center

Hartford, CT

On Wednesday, October 5, 2016, the Connecticut Science Center will be hosting a sensory friendly day for all students and families of children with autism or sensitivity to light and sound. The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Connecticut Science Center located at 250 Columbus Boulevard in Hartford, Connecticut.

The Connecticut Science Center will be lowering the volume and diming the lights for this event. Families are invited to enjoy all of our 165 hands-on exhibits, and their newest exhibit, Leonardo da Vinci: Machines in Motion.

Tickets are $12.00 in advance or $14.95 at the door.

For more information check out their website.

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October 6, 2016

Help! My Child is Struggling in School

Brookfield, CT

On Thursday, October 6, 2016, the Brookfield SEPTA will be hosting a workshop presented by Connecticut Science Center entitled “Help! My Child is Struggling in School.” The workshop will be taking place from 6:45 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Whisconier Middle School located at 17 Whisconier Road in Brookfield, Connecticut.

This training will explore general education strategies used to support having children having academic or behavioral difficulty. Participants will gain understanding Scientific Research-Based Interventions (SRBI) an approach to supporting all children in school. The session will conclude with a review of the special education referral process.

Registration is required. Please register at For more information,, contact the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at 1-800-445-2722 or via email at

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October 7, 2016

Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference with Pete Wright, Esq.

Sturbridge, MA

On Thursday, October 7, 2016, the HMEA’s Autism Resource Central will host a conference entitled “Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference with Pete Wright, Esq.” The conference will begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 4:30 p.m. and will take place at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center located at 366 Main Street in Sturbrige, Massachusetts.

Participants will learn:

  • How to ask and receive evaluations and services that address speech, occupational therapy, psychological, neuropsychological, academic deficiencies
  • The federal laws that give parents the rights to request services for their child
  • How parents can use key words to ignite action by teams of educators on behalf of your child
  • How to have the school district provide and pay for services for your child’s needs
  • Smart IEPs
  • How to build health working relationship with school personnel

Cost of registration is $175 for non HMEA’s Autism Resource Central members and $125 for members. Registration includes text books, continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information visit

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October 14, 2016

Raising Resilient Children

To Be Determined

On Friday, October 14, Help Me Grow will host a workshop for providers working with parents of children ages 2-12 entitled “Raising Resilient Children.” The workshop time and location are still to be determined.

Learn about 6 building blocks for children becoming emotionally resilient and learn how to help parents and families help their children cope with everyday feelings, strong emotions and stressful situations and events.

Registration is required and participants are asked to bring their own brown bag lunch.

For more information or to register, contact Luz Rivera at 860-713-5812 or via email at

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October 14, 2016

American Job Center’s 4th Annual Resource Fair

Hartford, CT

On Friday, October 14, The American Job Center will host its 4th Annual Resource Fair. The resource fair will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the American Job Center located at 3580 Main Street, 2nd Floor in Rooms 2A and 2B in Hartford, Connecticut.

This resource fair is for unemployed or under employed, those receiving Social Security Disability and are considering work, those who rely on public transportation, are interested in learning how assistive technology can help and are unsure of your legal rights in the workplace.

There will be a special workshop for CTHires at 9:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

All are welcome to come and learn about the available resources in the North Central Region such as free employment services, transportation, legal rights, assistive technology & more.

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October 17, 2016

Next Steps Fall 2016

New Haven, CT

Beginning on Monday, October 17, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will be hosting an eight series intensive series is designed to help parents and professionals gain the skills and knowledge necessary for them to be effective members at the Planning and Placement Team meeting (PPT) as well as prepare them for a variety roles at the school, district, regional or state level. The upcoming series will be held in New Haven, Connecticut. The training will be held on Monday evenings beginning at 6:00 p.m. in October, November and December 2016 and will be divided into four topical areas.

Laying the Foundation: Educational Laws and their Impact on Students with Disabilities
Developing an Appropriate IEP
The Parent’s Role at the Table: Planning and Progress Monitoring
Reaching Agreement by Working Together

Participants will learn about the law related to education as well as state and federal level initiatives that impact students with disabilities and their education. It is a chance to learn how and where to give a voice to the needs of families of students with disabilities. Ultimately our goal is for participants to become active, collaborative team members in an effort to support student success.

October 17th, 24th
November 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
December 5th, 12th

Participation at all eight sessions is encouraged. Click here for the application. Deadline to apply: October 7, 2016. For more information or questions about the application process, please call the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at 1-800-445-2722 or email Jane at

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November 2, 2016

Transition From School to Adult Life

Stamford, CT

On Wednesday, November 2, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, co-sponsored by: SCOPES/PT Council of StamfordSE4A – Stamford Education 4 Autism will host a free presentation entitled “Transition From School to Adult Life.” The workshop will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Westhill High School in the Media Center located at 125 Roxbury Road in Stamford, Connecticut.

This presentation will offer an overview of the secondary transition process for students who receive special education services. Participants will learn about transition planning including the value of student participation, legal requirements, and transition planning in the Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Contact CPAC at 860-739-3089 or for more information or to register at workshop-registration.

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November 14, 2016

ADHD: New Strategies and Approaches by Attorney Robert Tudisco

Westport, CT

On Monday, November 14, Smart Kids and the Westport Library will be hosting an event entitled “ADHD: New Strategies and Approaches by Attorney Robert Tudisco.” The event will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Westport Library located at 20 Jesup Road in Westport, Connecticut.

Attorney Tudisco is a nationally recognized disability community leader and motivational speaker. Dedicated voice for children and adults with disabilities in school, in the courtroom, and in the halls of congress. Proven track record in fundraising, board development, and coalition building.

For more information, contact Jane Ross at

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