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Upcoming Events


February 17, 2016

Sensory Issues in the Classroom and at Home: What Do We Do Now?

Willington, CT

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Willington Success SEPTO will be hosting a presentation by Kristen Powers from the Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN) entitled “Sensory Issues in the Classroom and at Home: What Do We Do Now?” The presentation will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Willington Library located at 7 Ruby Road in Willington, Connecticut.

Ms Powers, who is certified in sensory integration, is the Coordinator of Rehabilitative Services at CCSN and is the co-director of the feeding clinic to address oral-motor deficit and food sensitivity in children with autism.

For more information or to register, contact Success SEPTO at info@successsepto.org or contact Cathy Britschock at 860-429-8333.

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February 18, 2016

Transition 101: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Success After High School

Terryville, CT

On Thursday, February 18, 2016, Plymouth SEPTA will host a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) entitled “Transition 101: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Success After High School.” The workshop will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Eli Terry Jr. Middle School in the Upper Library located at 21 North Main Street in Terryville, Connecticut.

This workshop 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).

Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or via email at cpac@cpacinc.org. To register online, visit http://www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration/.

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February 22, 2016

Developing the IEP

Enfield, CT

On Wednesday, February 22, 2016, Enfield Family Resource Center will be hosting a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities entitled “Developing the IEP.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Enfield Street School located at 1318 Enfield Street in Enfield, Connecticut.

This workshop 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 measurable foals and tips for monitoring a student’s progress.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or at cpac@cpacinc.org. To register online visit http://www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration/.

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February 24, 2016

The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education

Newington, CT

On Wednesday, February 24, 2016, Special Education Alliance of Newington is hosting a workshop for families of children with disabilities presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled “The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Transition Center at Newington Town Hall located at 131 Cedar Street in Newington, Connecticut.

Attendees will learn how to become more active participants in their child’s education. They will also learn about information on the laws regarding special education, how to prepare for school meetings and the learn about the special education referral process.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or at cpac@cpacinc.org. To register online visit http://www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration/.

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February 27, 2016

A Saturday Seminar Series: Autism Parents Bootcamp: Transition OMG!

Newington, CT

On Saturday, February 27, 2016, Autism Services and Resources Connecticut and Autism Families CONNECTicut will host the first session of four in their bootcamp series for parents, caregivers, guardians and grandparents of children with autism and other disabilities entitled “A Saturday Seminar Series: Autism Parents Bootcamp: Transition OMG!” The sessions will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Autism Families CONNECTicut located at 600 North Mountain Road in Newington, Connecticut.

  • Session 1: Saturday, February 27, 2016: General Overview of Transition: Planning for When the School Bus Stops Coming; Transition and the IEP; Common Core Standards; The Adult Services System
  • Session 2: Saturday March, 12, 2016: Transition to Adulthood: Legal and Financial Issues: What Happens When Your Teen Becomes an Adult; Estate Planning; State and Federal Benefits; Guardianship; Conservatorship; How the Adults System Works
  • Session 3: Saturday, April 23, 2016: Issues in Transition Specific to Teens with ASD: Vocational, Community Access, Secondary Transition and Independent Living
  • Session 4: Saturday, May 7, 2016: Interactive Planning Workshop (Participants will work in small groups with a transition consultant to help create personal “to do” lists that can be implemented immediately to begin the journey to adulthood)

Limited seating, registration required. For more information or to register contact ASRC at 203-265-7717 or at sara@autismconnecticut.org.

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March 2, 2016

Summer Camps and Recreational Activities for Children with Special Needs

New London, CT

On Wednesday, March 2, 2016, the Connecticut Family Support Network will be hosting a free presentation to discuss summer camps and recreational activities for children with special needs. The presentation will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the Baker Auditorium at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital located at 365 Montauk Avenue in New London, Connecticut.

The presentation will offer parents an opportunity to meet with representatives from local camps and share information with other parents to discuss funding resources.

Registration is required by February 26, 2016. For more information or to register, contact April Dipollina, Connecticut Family Support Network’s Southeast Region Coordinator at 860-271-4371 or via email at adipollina@lmhosp.org

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March 16, 2016

Transition Expo

Groton, CT

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, LEARN will be hosting a free resource fair for students with disabilities, parents, guardians and educators. The fair will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Marine Science Magnet High School located at 130 Shennecosssett Road in Groton, Connecticut.

Participants will learn about community resources including adult service agencies as well as options beyond high school. Representatives from colleges, community supports, assistive technology vendors and state and federal agencies will be on hand to answer questions and provide resources for preparing for life after high school.

For more information, contact Lois Eldridge at 860-434-4800 ext. 182 at via email at ledridge@learn.k12.ct.us.

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March 16, 2016

Working with Complex Behavior Problems

Willington, CT

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Success SEPTO with the Center for Children with Special Needs will host a presentation by Dr. Mark Palmieri, Psy D. from the Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN) entitled “Working with Complex Behavior Problems.” The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Willington Library located at 7 Ruby Road in Willington, Connecticut.

This talk will be focused on a function-based approach to understanding complex challenging behavior, as well as common intervention procedures and behavior support plans.

For more information, contact Success SEPTO at info@successsepto.org.

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March 16, 2016

Next Steps Parent Leadership Training Series 2016

Cromwell, CT

Beginning on Wednesday March 16, 2016 the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will host a training series for parents entitled “Next Steps Parent Leadership Training Series 2016.” The training will take place at 6:00 p.m. in Cromwell, Connecticut.

This intensive eight parent series is designed to help parents gain skills and knowledgse necessary for them to become effective team members at the Planning and Placement meetings (PPT) as well as prepare them for a variety of roles at the school, district, regional and state level.

The series will take place on the following Wednesday evenings:

  • March 16, 23 and 30
  • April 6, 13, 20 & 27
  • May 4

Attendance at all eight sessions is encouraged. For more information or to register, contact the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at cpac@cpacinc.org or via phone at 1-800-445-2722.

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March 22, 2016

Transition Resource Expo

Trumbull, CT

On Tuesday, March 22, 2016, Cooperative Educational Services (CES) will host a transition resource fair for parents, students and educational staff. The fair will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at CES located at 25 Oakview Drive in Trumbull, Connecticut.

Participants will learn about services and programs available for individuals with disabilities as they transition from school.

For more information contact Terri Garrity at 860-365-8869 or via email at garrity@ces.k12.ct.us or contact Margot Sheldon at 860-365-8877 or via email at sheldonm@ces.k12.ct.us.

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March 28, 2016

What is Self-Determination and Why is it Important in the Education of Students with Disabilities?

Farmington, CT

On Monday, March 28, 2016, the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities will host a workshop entitled “What is Self-Determination and Why is it Important in the Education of Students with Disabilities?” The workshop will take place at 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Farmington Marriott located at 15 Farm Springs Road in Farmington, Connecticut.

Dr. Michael Wehmeyer and Dr. Karrie Shogren, from the Univeristy of Kansas’ Beach Center on Disability, will be highlighting their work on self-determination. Specifically, they will be defining self-determination and discussing strategies for developing self-determination in students with disabilities.

Registration will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. To register, visit the event website. For more information about the workshop, contact Nick Gelbar at 860-679-1541.

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March 31, 2016

Transition Resource Expo 2016

Meriden, CT

On Thursday, March 31, 2016, Meriden Public Schools and Hamden Public Schools will host an transition expo. The expo will take place at 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Four Points by Sheraton located at 275 Research Highway in Meriden, Connecticut.

Participants are encouraged to come listen, ask questions, meet other parents and gather information about transitioning to adulthood.

For more information contact Stephanie Critch, Transition Coordinator at Hamden Public Schools at 203-407-2040 ext. 5559 or via email at scritch@hamden.org or Deborah Kohan, Transition Coordinator at Meriden Public Schools at 203-235-7962 ext. 154 or via email at debbie.kohan@meridenk12.org.

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April 1, 2016

Achievement Through Technology Conference

Cromwell, CT

On Friday, April 1, 2016 CT Tech Act Project and Partner Agencies will host the 2nd Annual Achievement Through Technology Conference. The conference will take place at 8:00 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. at the Cromwell Crowne Plaza located at 100 Berlin Road in Cromwell, Connecticut.

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

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April 6, 2016

23rd Annual Together We Will Early Childhood Conference

Cromwell, CT

On Wednesday, April 6, 2016, the State Education Resource Center (SERC) in collaboration with several other organizations will be hosting a conference for early childhood professionals, parents and caregivers entitled the “23rd Annual Together We Will Early Childhood Conference.” The conference will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel located at 100 Berlin Road in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Participants will learn about supporting families of children who experience circumstances such as child and maternal trauma, substance abuse, and unstable housing, as well as supporting children with developmental delays. Throughout the day, national and local experts will engage participants in meaningful discussion and dialogue and share respectful practices and resources geared toward improving the health, education, and well-being of children from birth to 5.

Registration fee waivers are available for parents and other family members. A limited number of $40.00 stipends are available through SERC.

For more information or to fill out an application, visit the event website.

For questions regarding registration contact Nattaneal Wilson, Education Services Specialist at SERC at 860-632-1485 ext. 268 or via email at wilson@serc.org.

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April 17, 2016

Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism, Asperger’s and Learning Differences for College

New Haven, CT

On Sunday, April 17, 2016, the Child Study Center of Yale University will be hosting a one day conference for students (grades 9-11), their parents and professionals entitled “Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism, Asperger’s and Learning Differences for College.” The conference will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Mary S. Harkess Auditorium located at 333 Cedar Street in New Haven, Connecticut.

Students will spend their time in a series of sessions devoted to issues focused on selecting college, challenges and opportunities in college and a series of smaller workshops aimed at providing practical strategies and information valuable to students.

Parents and professionals will participate in a series of presentations that will include topics such as transition issues, accessing services, self-advocacy and life skills, coping with bullying and strategies for academic and personal success, time management and organizational skills. Transitional programs and alternative pathways to college will also be discussed along with mental health challenges and supports.

Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. Cost is $100 for 1 parent and 1 child, $130 for two parents and one child and $135 for professionals. Continental breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack/coffee break will be provided.

Click here to register online.

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May 6, 2016

The 10th Annual Autism Education Conference (AEC)

Waterford, CT

On Friday, May 6, 2016, The Light House will host its 10th Annual autism Education Conference (AEC) for educators, service providers and caregivers. The conference will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Langley’s Great Neck Country Club located at 28 Lamphere Road in Waterford, Connecticut.

Participants will get to take part in an all-day interactive workshop on Social Thinking with award-winning educator Robin Fox and Dr. Barbara Hughes, a licensed professional counselor and marriage and family therapist.

Lunch will be provided. Registration is required. Click here to register.

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