Upcoming Events

October/November 2018

Open Forum for Parents of Students with Disabilities


Open Forum for Parents of Students with Disabilities

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE)
and the RESC Alliance invite parents of students with
disabilities to participate in regional forums to obtain
feedback and input on special education systems,
processes, and services. The CSDE is committed to
ensuring that students with disabilities receive access to
the services and supports that they are entitled to under
the law. These regional forums will provide parents with
the opportunity to share their experiences with the Special
Education Bureau Chief in a structured environment to
discuss the most pressing needs of the special education
community in Connecticut.

The parent forums will consist of group conversations
facilitated by special educators from Connecticut’s Regional
Education Service Centers (RESCs). The forums were
planned with the intent of being responsive to the needs of
the participants, however facilitators may ask for feedback
on specific special education issues in order to inform the
State Advisory Committee on Special Education (SAC) and
the CSDE’s Bureau of Special Education. The forums will
also serve as an opportunity for parents to shape future
training activities. While the forums will not necessarily
address circumstances specific to individual students and
families, Parent Consultants from The CT Parent Advocacy
Center (CPAC), and other experts will be on-hand to offer
guidance and suggestions.

There will be a morning (9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
and an evening (6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.) session for each forum.

Oct. 3 — LEARN
44 Hatchetts Hill Rd.
Old Lyme, CT 06371

Oct. 4 — ACES
ACES Staff Development
205 Skiff St.
Hamden, CT 06517

Oct. 15 — EASTCONN
376 Hartford Turnpike
Hampton, CT 06247

355 Goshen Road
Litchfield, CT 06759

Nov. 7 — CREC
Hosted by CREC at the Chrysalis Center
255 Homestead Avenue
Hartford, CT 06112

Nov. 8 — C.E.S.
25 Oakview Drive
Trumbull, CT 06611


To register for the Spanish Parent Forums:

October and November 2018

Parent Focus Groups


You’re invited!
Parent Focus Groups
Do you know if your school or district has the resources it needs
to fulfill the goals of your child’s IEP?
We’re here to listen!
A parent meeting is coming to your region so we can hear directly from you about
your experience, your concerns, and whether you have access to the information you
need to advocate for your child.
Join us and be a part of this unique opportunity to have your voice heard!

Follow the links below to register for a session.

A collaboration between
the CT Parent
Advocacy Center
the State Education
Resource Center

Meet Other Parents

Light Refreshments

Childcare Stipends

Transportation Stipends

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
CES, Trumbull

Thursday, October 25, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
ACES, Hamden

Friday, October 26, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
EdAdvance, Litchfield

Monday, October 29, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
CREC, Hartford

Monday, November 5, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
LEARN, Old Lyme

Friday, November 9, 2018
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Registration Questions? Bianca Irizarry, SERC,
860-632-1485, ext. 216 or
Content Questions? Stephen Proffitt, SERC,
860-632-1485, ext. 322 or

October 11, 2018

Next STEPs Training Series – Support and Training for Educators and Parents

Manchester, CT

Next STEPs Training Series

Support and Training for Educators and Parents

This eight-session 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). This training series will prepare participants for a variety of roles at the school, district, regional or state level. 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. This training is an opportunity to learn how and where to give a voice to the needs of families of students with disabilities. Our goal is for participants to become active and collaborative team members in an effort to support student success. The training covers special education and related topics such as:

• The Parent’s Role at the Table: Planning and Progress Monitoring (fix bullet)
• Developing an Appropriate IEP
• Laying the Foundation: Educational Laws and their Impact on Students with Disabilities
• Reaching Agreement by Working Together
• Transition to Adult Life and Self-Advocacy
• Supporting Other Families
• Effective Communication Strategies

FALL 2018

This series will be held on Thursday Evenings, beginning at 6pm starting October 11th through December 6, 2018. Deadline for application is September 30, 2018.
Application is required for all.

Participation at all eight sessions is highly encouraged. Click here for the application. For more information or questions about the application process, please call the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at 860-739-3089 or email Jane at

October 13, 2018

DS ACT Annual Convention 2018

The Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, Rocky Hill, CT

DS ACT Annual Convention

Power Up!

Everything You Need to Know About Best Practices and Down Syndrome

8:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Schedule of the Day

8:30 am-3:30 pm
Self-Advocates Session: Who Am I?

8:30-9:45 am

A. Common Down Syndrome Foot Conditions

B. Special Needs Planning

C. Planning for Student Transitions Through the Years

10:30-11:45 am

D. Moving Out and Making It: Life After High School

E. Music Toolkit: Using Music to Support Development ages birth-5

F. On the Verge of Research Breakthroughs: Why We Should be Excited and Rally NOW

12:15-2:00 pm


Annual Business Meeting

Keynote Speaker: Dr. David Stein

2:15 – 3:30 pm

G. Adolescents and Anxiety/Mood Issues

H. Department of Developmental Services

I. What Does a Good Academic Evaluation Look Like

Admin Only Registration code required
DS ACT Member – $55.00
Those who hold current family, individual or professional memberships.
Educator – $54.00
Non-DS ACT Member – $90.00
Those who do not hold current membership in the CDSC.
Pre-Approved Full Waiver Registration code required
Pre-Approved Partial Waiver – $25.00 Registration code required
Individuals with Down syndrome who are 16 years or older and will be attending the Self-Advocates Strand.

**Limited to 15 participants

If you encounter problems registering or require assistance, please email Shanon McCormick,

October 15, 2018

Parents in a Community Workshop about Special Education Rights and Advocacy

Nathanael B. Greene Community Center in the Faulkner Room, located at 32 Church Street in Guilford, CT

The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC Engages Parents in a Community Workshop about Special Education Rights and Advocacy


October 2, 2018

Guilford, Conn.—- The Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC announces a FREE workshop for parents of children with special needs titled “Back to School and Beyond: How to Navigate Your Child’s Special Education Journey”

The speakers are Lawrence W. Berliner, Special Education Law Attorney, and Dr. Shelley Pelletier, Neuropsychologist and School Psychologist, who will offer their expert perspectives.

This workshop will take place on October 15, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Nathanael B. Greene Community Center in the Faulkner Room, located at 32 Church Street in Guilford, Conn. It is free and open to the public.

Parents will learn strategies to navigate the special education and the evaluation process.

Topics will include:
• • The Turning Point: What to do when your child is struggling and the school is not responding to your child’s needs.
• Your child’s basic educational rights.
• Demystifying the role of the Neuropsychologist.
• The evaluation process: School evaluation and the parents’ right to an IEE (Independent Educational Evaluation).
• Social /emotional and cognitive/learning issues.

Lawrence Berliner is a statewide special education and disability rights law attorney with offices in Guilford, Conn and Westport, Conn. Attorney Berliner has been representing children with disabilities and their families for 35 years and founded the Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC in 2011.

Shelley Pelletier is a pediatric neuropsychologist and school psychologist in private practice in Old Saybrook, Conn. Dr. Pelletier works with children ages 3-21 and their families in situations that present a wide range of social-emotional, physical, cognitive, and learning issues.

To register for the workshop, please contact Rachel Berliner, Public Relations Assistant at Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC at (203)-255-0582 or .

For more information, please visit

About the Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC: Attorney Lawrence Berliner has dedicated his law practice to helping parents pursue their child’s educational rights. With 35 years of experience representing and advocating for children, adults, and families with special needs, Attorney Berliner focuses his practice exclusively on special education law, disability rights law, Section 504, bullying and expulsion related to special education, and practices throughout the state of Connecticut. He is based in Guilford, Conn. and Westport, Conn.

Press contact: Rachel Berliner, Public Relations Assistant at Law Office of Lawrence W. Berliner, LLC. Phone number: (203)-255-0582. Email address: .

October 19, 2018

NEAT 6th Annual Resource Fair

33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT

6th Annual Resource Fair
In recognition, of Disability Employment Awareness Month

October 19, 2018


33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT
9:00 am – 12:00 pm

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, education & more!
(Please let us know if you need an accommodation – 860-899-3446)

LifeBridge will be providing Sign Language Interpreting for this event.
• Unemployed or under – employed
• Receiving Social Security Disability & are considering work
• Rely on public transportation
• Interested in learning how assistive technology can help
• Unsure of your legal rights in the workplace

October 26, 2018

Parent-Provider Discussion

95 Merritt Blvd, Trumbull, CT

Parent-Provider Discussion

Friday, October 26, 10:00am

Do you have a loved one with Developmental Disabilities who has significant medical complexities?

Department of Developmental Services Director of Clinical Services,

Dr. Valencia Bagby-Young and Department of Developmental Services Director of Family Support Strategies and Advocacy, Robin Wood will discuss and answer questions about:

· Existing community health and clinical services for individuals with intellectual disabilities

· Health and clinical services provided by DDS

· Partnerships DDS has developed to help enhance the health and clinical needs of individuals with IDD

Please join us for community and conversation

Feroleto Child Development Center

Recreation Room

St Vincent’s Special Needs Services

95 Merritt Blvd

Trumbull, CT

Please enter thru the main door in the front of the building and sign in with the receptionist.

***RSVP required:St Vincent’s Special Needs Family Center, 203 386 2743 or

*In the event of School Cancellation or serious weather event, we will not meet.

October 27, 2018

ASRC Annual Resource Fair 2018

The Dome at the Oakdale Theater Complex, 95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT

Save the Date for The Autism Community’s Premiere Resource Event!
Saturday, October 27, 2018
Exhibit Hall Hours: 9:00 am – 3:30 pm
The Dome at the Oakdale Theater Complex
95 South Turnpike Road, Wallingford, CT 06492

This event has historically drawn hundreds of attendees. Over 120 autism venders attend to share their resources to the CT autism community.
This event brings parents/caregivers, extended family, educators, school support staff and special service providers, professional intervention/service providers, and members of the general public.

Doors will be open from 9:00am through 3:30pm, with concurrent workshops held throughout the day. Registration is requested for workshops; event parking and attendance is free.

Exhibitor area has concessions available for exhibitor and attendee refreshments.


November 3, 2018

National Fragile X Foundation Connecticut Chapter

University of Connecticut Health Center, Keller Auditorium, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT

ITeaching Pro-Social Behaviors, Motivating Learning and Exploring Future Independence Strategies for All Ages

Saturday, November 3, 2018
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
University of Connecticut Health Center
Keller Auditorium
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, Connecticut

Featuring Internationally Renowned Fragile X and
Autism Spectrum Disorder Experts

Marcia L. Braden, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

Sharyn Lincoln, MS, CGC
Boston Children’s Hospital

Jonathan Picker, MBChB, PhD
Boston Children’s Hospital
$60 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch and a conference binder.
CEU credit & Attendance Certificate available on request.
Copy and paste:

Please register by October 20, 2018

In lieu of Online Registration, pay by Check, made payable to “NFXF”
and mail to Tammy and Andy Selinger at the address below

What will be presented?

Fragile X syndrome (FXS): the most common cause of inherited mental impairment.
Fragile X-associated disorders (FAD), which result from a mutation of a single gene within the X chromosome.
Recent clinical trial results and upcoming new trials.
Recognizing how developmental delays affect social development.
Identifying ways to teach pro-social skills acknowledging developmental levels.
Formulating strategies to redirect and maintain focus using preferred interests.
Creating academic materials that incorporate high interest.
Identifying how engaged students gain learning momentum.
Recognizing ways to foster independence in the home, school and community
Assessing barriers that might affect efforts to gain independence at home, school or in the community.

Agenda, speaker biographies and other information available on the registration form.

Printable Registration Form
For additional information call or email:
Tammy and Andy Selinger 860-233-1904;
Copy and paste:

Possible Accomodations:
Farmington Inn, 827 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT
Deluxe Room Rate – $93
Room block available until 10/9, then as available.
Call 800-648-9804 or visit, click where it says Add Code, on the drop-down menu, select Group Attendee and then enter Group# 4134

November 8, 2018

After the Cap & Gown

Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce, 333 Kennedy Dr #101, Torrington, CT

After the Cap & Gown
How to prepare for the future for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)

Thursday, November 8, 2018
6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Northwest CT Chamber of Commerce
333 Kennedy Dr #101
Torrington, CT

This workshop is for parents and caregivers of teens and young adults, age 13-21, who meet the eligibility criteria for the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) and will be seeking DDS services upon high school graduation.

Topics covered will include:
What services will be available to young adults when they transition from school to adult services?
When should families start planning?
What services should families apply for and when?
Will there be funding for adult services when new graduates turn turn 21?
How to advocate for funding for your child or loved one with with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Presenter Marina Derman is a parent activist who has two young adult sons with autism and intellectual disabilities. In addition to having 15 years experience as a special education advocate, Marina is a member of the CT ABLE Act Committee, the ID Partnership and the Westport Commission on Persons with Disabilities.

“Before this presentation I felt like I was on my own. It was so helpful to have a parent who knows what I am going through give me advice and good information on how to advocate for my daughter’s future. ”
~Nicole Consiglio, parent of a 16 year old daughter with I/DD ~

All are welcome! Please feel free to share!
Click here for printable flyer.

For more information contact Shannon Jacovino at

November and December 2018

Open Forums with the Department of Developmental Services’ Commissioner Jordan Scheff


Open Forums with the
Department of Developmental Services’
Commissioner Jordan Scheff

Commissioner Scheff will be available to hear about what is working and what is not.

Tuesday November 13, 2018 – Wallingford
35 Thorpe Avenue, 3rd Floor

Monday November 19, 2018 – East Hartford
155 Founders Plaza / 255 Pitkin Street

Tuesday November 27, 2018 – Torrington
Torrington Center, Alvord Park Road

Monday December 3, 2018 – Danbury
Danbury Center, 400 Main Street

Monday December 10, 2018 – Norwich
Uncas on the Thames Campus, Campbell Building
401 W. Thames Street, Unit 202

Monday December 17, 2018 – Willimantic
90 South Park Street

All meetings are scheduled from 6:00 p.m – 8:00 p.m.

RSVP to Dianne Gill at or 860-418-6091

March 29, 2019

2019 Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

Hartford Hilton, 315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT

2019 Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference

Presented by CT Tech Act Project with the support of EASTCONN Assistive Technology and Transition Services
Connecticut Tech Act Project EASTCONN Where Learning Comes to Life
March 29, 2019
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

Hartford Hilton
315 Trumbull St, Hartford, CT 06103 (MAP)
Phone: (860) 728-5151

Early bird pricing of $125.00 now through January 18, 2019. Registration ends on March 15, 2019.
Thanks to Our Conference Sponsors

Visit our Sponsorship Options page for more details.
Conference participants will enjoy:

Full day participation in workshop sessions, designed into 3 strands: AT and Employment; Education; and Independent Living;
Dedicated conference time to meet with exhibitors and learn the latest about Assistive Technology;
Exhibitor Scavenger Hunt, with chances to win door prizes;
Networking with colleagues, making new contacts in the field; and
LEARNING how AT can enhance the lives of individuals with disabilities, from K-12 and through the adult lifespan.

There will be 25 Exhibitors and 20 Sessions scheduled to run throughout the day.
Schedule at a Glance

8:00 – 9:00 Registration & Vendors
9:00 – 9:45 Opening Remarks & Keynote
10:00 -11:00 Session 1 (4 concurrent sessions)
10:00-11:45 Session 1 (2 concurrent sessions)
11:00 -12:15 Vendors
11:15 – 12:15 Session 2 (4 concurrent sessions)
12:15 – 12:45 Lunch and Vendors
12:30 – 1:15 Vendors
1:00 – 2:00 Session 3 (4 concurrent sessions)
1:15 – 3:00 Session 3 (2 concurrent sessions)
2:00 – 3:15 Vendors
2:15 – 3:15 Session 4 (4 concurrent sessions)
3:15 3:30 Closing Remarks &Door Prizes
The official hashtag for the Achievement Through Assistive Technology Conference 2019 is #ATinCT19

Follow both @CTtechact and #ATinCT18 to stay up to date on conference planning, activities, sessions and more!

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