Upcoming Events

August 12, 2015

Back to School Resource Fair

Hartford, CT

On Wednesday, August 12, 2015, the Institute of Living Child and Adolescent Services will host resource fair for families of children with disabilities. The fair will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Institute of Living Campus Green between Donnelly and Braceland buildings located at 200 Retreat Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut.

Parking is available at the Golf Lot at the Institute of Living. In case of inclement weather, the fair will be held inside at the the Hartford Room, 2nd Floor in the Commons Building.

For more information, please contact Nelis Bido-Jimenez at or 860-545-7035.

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August 18, 2015

Accessible Educational Materials: Just in Time Basics for Families and Educators


On Tuesday, August 18, 2015, CAST will host webinar for families and educators entitled “Accessible Educational Materials: Just in Time Basics for Families and Educators.” The webinar will take place from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT.

The webinar will include a session with an overview of legal issues, the changing language of Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), a decision making process for determining which students need AEM, and steps to take to address their needs. The second half of the session will be devoted to addressing questions and comments from participants.

Visit CAST for more information or to register.

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September 1, 2015

Next Steps Parent Leadership Training Series 2015

New Britain, CT

Beginning on Tuesday, September 1, 2015, the CT Parent Advocacy Center will host an eight part training series entitled “Next Steps Parent Leadership Training Series 2015.” The series will be held each Tuesday and Thursday evening in September 2015 in New Britain, Connecticut.

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.

The training is divided into four topical areas. Each topical area will feature one three hour training session (Tuesdays) and one 90 minute follow up activity and discussion (Thursdays).

Tuesdays: September 1, 8, 15, 22 held from 6-9pm
Thursdays: September 3, 10, 17, 24 held from 6:30-8pm

Week 1: Laying the Foundation: Educational Laws and their Impact on Students with Disabilities
Week 2: Developing an Appropriate IEP
Week 3: The Parent’s Role at the Table: Planning and Progress Monitoring
Week 4: Reaching Agreement by Working Together

Click here for an application. Deadline to apply: Monday, August 17, 2015.

For more information about the series, please call 1-800-445-2722 or email

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September 16, 2015

Building Successful Partnerships

Willington, CT

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, Success SEPTO will be hosting a presentation for parents of children with disabilities entitled “Building Successful Partnerships.” The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Willington Library located at 7 Ruby Road in Willington, Connecticut.

Presenter Kevin Daly, of Daly Consulting will help participants learn how to build successful partnerships with their child’s school team and local community organizations.

For more information, contact Success SEPTO at or Cathy Britschock at 860-429-8333 or Brenda Stenglein at 860-429-1059.

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October 2 and 3, 2015

Building a Great Life: Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA and the 40th Anniversary of the IDEA

Farmington, CT

On Friday, October 2 and Saturday, October 3, 2015, a collaboration of state agencies and family organizations will sponsor a conference for families, self-advocates and professionals entitled “Building a Great Life Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the ADA and the 40th Anniversary of the IDEA.” The conference will take place at the Farmington Marriott located at 15 Farm Springs Road in Farmington, Connecticut.

Sessions will include:

  • Supporting Families through the Lifespan
  • Early Childhood to Adulthood: The Education Community Across the Lifespan
  • Self-Advocacy and Leadership
  • Creating Inclusive Communtiies Where We Live, Work and Play

The conference will also include a include a Youth Summit.

Please note there is a fee for registration and the deadline is September 11, 2015. For more information, contact Donna Devin at 860-418-8737. More information will be coming soon.

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October 17, 2015

A Saturday Seminar Series: Parent Advocacy Boot Camp

Willington, CT

Beginning on Saturday, October 17, 2015, Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) and Willington Success SEPTO will host a four part training series for parents, caregivers, guardians and grandparents of children with disabilities. This training series will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Willington Public Library in the Community Room, Lower Level located at 7 Ruby Road in Willington, Connecticut

  • Session 1: Saturday, October 17, 2015: Special Education- The Basics
  • Session 2: Saturday, October 24, 2015: Learn the IEP
  • Session 3: Saturday, November 14, 2015: Transition to Adulthood Part 1
  • Session 4: Saturday, January 16, 2016: Transition to Adulthood Part 2

Fee for each session is $25 or register for all four for $75.

For more information or to register, call ASRC at 203-265-7717 or contact Sara Reed, Director of Advocacy and Family Services at

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