Upcoming Events

June 2-4, 2017

Camp Erin

Meriden, CT

From June 2-4, 2017, the Cove Center for Grieving Children will host a free weekend for children and families who hav experienced the death of a loved one.

This free, weekend long support camp is designed to help children and teenagers aged 6-17 who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or someone close to them.

Camp Erin combines traditional, fun camp activities with grief education and emotional support facilitated by grief counselors and trained volunteers. Through interactions with other children and adults, campers learn that they are not alone in their grief. Camp Erin provides a relaxed, safe and supportive setting for children to express their emotions, share their grief and learn positive coping skills.

For more information on Camp Erin, please contact Camp Coordinator by email at or by phone at 203-634-0500 ext. 15. Information is also available at

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June 3, 2017

Parent Mentor and Leadership Training

Waterford, CT

On June 3, 2017, the Connecticut Family Support Network will host a free training series entitled “Parent Mentor and Leadership Training.” Both parts of the series will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Camp Harkness located at 301 Great Neck Road in Waterford, Connecticut.

This training will prepare parents/caregivers of special needs children to offer support, guidance, information and leadership to other parents raising children with special needs and shared experiences.

Registration is required, space is limited. To register, please email or call April Dipollina at or 860-271-4371 or Heather Graveline at or 860-546-9289.

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June 20, 2017

Dietary Therapy for Adults


On June 20, 2017, the Epilepsy Foundation will host a free webinar entitled “Dietary Therapy for Adults.” The webinar will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

This workshop will be presented by Ilisa Nussbaum, Ketogenic Diet Clinic Coordinator of Yale New Haven Hospital. The workshop will discuss a dietary approach to help control seizures, usually in conjunction with seizure medications. This webinar will focus on the most common diets used to treat epilepsy.

Registration is required, 5 people must register in order for the webinar to take place. For more information or to register, contact 860-346-1924 or

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June 21-22, 2017

Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium: Transition to College & Careers

New Haven, CT

From June 21-22 2017, the CT Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the CT Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS),the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE),the State Education Resource Center (SERC), and the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) are hosting the 3rd Annual Symposium focused on helping school districts improve their secondary transition practices. The symposium will take place on June 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on June 22, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Gateway Community College located at 20 Church Street in New Haven, Connecticut.

For the first time, the Symposium will include sessions just for students making college and career choices, as well as for families and professionals.

There will be a wide range of topics included over the two-day Symposium (e.g., strategies for preparing for college, employment options, secondary transition legal issues, IEP clinics for parents & students, transition- only services, and many more). In addition to student/family and adult agency panels, there will be a special session by Spectrum Unplugged.

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

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June 23, 2017

2nd Annual Family Health and Wellness Resource Fair

Norwich, CT

On June 23, 2017, the Southeast Mental Health System of Care (SEMHSOC) along with Three Rivers Community College, will host an opportunity for providers, community members and families to network and connect for the well-being of all! The resource fair will take place from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Three Rivers Community College located at 574 New London Turnpike located in Norwich, Connecticut.

Family friendly activities, games and a movie at 6:00 p.m. will be provided to participants.

For more information, contact Jean Alberghini, Provider Co-Chair, SEMHSOC at 860-333-1623 or at

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June 24-25, 2017

2017 National Sibling Leadership Network Conference

Hartford, CT

From June 24-25, 2017, the Sibling Leadership Network will host the “2017 National Sibling Leadership Network Conference.” The conference will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 24th and will end at 12noon on Sunday, June 15th and will be taking place in Hartford, Connecticut.

This is an opportunity to connect with other adult siblings of people with disabilities and those who care about siblings. Hear from national experts on the latest in sibling services and supports, learn about new research initiatives, and participate in sibling and disability advocacy efforts. You will have an opportunity to learn about resources, share stories, network and gain insight on sibling experiences. We are excited to again partner with and hold the SLN Conference in conjunction with AAIDD (American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities).

Conference is $125 and includes three meals. Scholarships for admission are available however, scholarship preference will be given to adult siblings of a person with disabilities. For more information about conference registration scholarships, contact contact Donna Devin at 860-418-8737.

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

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