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Upcoming Events


August 25, 2014

Planning for Success: How You Can Make a Difference in Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Webinar

On Monday, August 25, 2014, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will present a free webinar for parents of children receiving special education services entitled, “Planning for Success: How You Can Make a Difference in Your Child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP).” The webinar will be held from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Back to school is right around the corner! Start the year off right by learning how to help in planning your child’s special education program. This webinar will provide an overview of the purpose of the Individualized Education Program (IEP) and how parents can make a difference and be actively involved in the planning and implementation of their children’s program.

Registration is required. This webinar will be hosted by ReadyTalk. Webinar access information will be provided via email after your registration is confirmed. Please note that this webinar is limited to 20 participants. Click here to register.

For more information, contact CT Parent Advocacy Center at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org.

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September 2, 2014

Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child with a Learning Disability

Bristol, CT

On Tuesday, September 2, 2014, Bristol Special Education PTO will host a presentation by Michele Pierce Burns from Ramapo for Children entitled, “Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child with a Learning Disability.” The presentation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bristol Library located at 5 High Street in Bristol, Connecticut.

The workshop is for parents and caregivers of children with learning disabilities and will provide specific skills and ideas for supporting the success of children at home and school. Participants will learn:

  • techniques for communicating with children who learn differently
  • strategies for preventing and reducing difficult behaviors, anticipating problems and reducing stress
  • skills and ideas for advocating effectively for their child’s needs in school and in the community

For more information or to register, contact Bristol SEPTO President, Audra Talbot at atalbot@bristolsepto.org.

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September 10, 2014

Resource Fair

Andover, CT

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014 ,the CT Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will host a resource fair and family forum open house from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Channel 3 Kids Camp, located at 73 Times Farm Road in Andover, Connecticut.

Community resource providers and vendors will be in attendance to offer information about topics including respite, health and medical, social and recreational opportunities, estate planning, assistive technology, in home supports, special education, family networks, DDS services, special needs camps and more.

For more information, contact Marty Zaugg, DDS Employment Specialist at 860-263-3596, Patricia Cymbala, DDS Employment Instructor at 860-263-2462 or Amy Blazawski, DDS SD Director at amy.blazawski@ct.gov.

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September 10, 2014

Back to School: Supporting Students with Hearing Loss in Mainstream Classrooms

Webinar

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech will present a webinar for professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families entitled, “Back to School: Supporting Students with Hearing Loss in Mainstream Classrooms.” The webinar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.clarkeschools.org/webinars or email webinars@clarkeschools.org.

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September 10, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

Stamford, CT

On Wednesday, September 10, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Navigate to Advocate.” The workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Stamford Jewish Community Center located at 1035 Newfield Avenue in Stamford, Connecticut.

Participants will learn how to navigate the complexities of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system to help in advocating for their young adult children. The workshop will address the following questions:

  • What is a Medicaid Waiver and how will it support my child?
  • How do I complete the Level of Need (LON) tool and why is it so important?
  • What is the role of the DDS case manager and how can I work with them to get the best outcomes for my child?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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September 13, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

Meriden, CT

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Navigate to Advocate.” The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Arc of Meriden Wallingford located at 200 Research Parkway in Meriden, Connecticut.

Participants will learn how to navigate the complexities of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system to help in advocating for their young adult children. The workshop will address the following questions:

  • What is a Medicaid Waiver and how will it support my child?
  • How do I complete the Level of Need (LON) tool and why is it so important?
  • What is the role of the DDS case manager and how can I work with them to get the best outcomes for my child?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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September 15, 2014

Starting the New School Year Off On the Right Foot

Norwalk, CT

On Monday, September 15, 2014, SPED*NET Wilton, Norwalk SPED Partners and Norwalk Public Schools will host a presentation by Amy Vatner, Esq. entitled, “Starting the New School Year Off On the Right Foot.” The presentation will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the auditorium at West Rocks Middle School located at 81 West Rocks Road in Norwalk, Connecticut.

The event will be a forum for discussing ideas and developing strategies for children with special needs, and general and special education and Section 504 issues. Amy Vatner, Esq. will offer guidance for parents of children receiving services under an IEP or a Section 504 Plan, as well as for parents whose children may be eligible for services.

For more information or to register, email RSVP@spednetwilton.org.

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September 17, 2014

Preparing for the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) Meeting

East Lyme, CT

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, East Lyme Area Special Education PTO (SEPTO) will host a free workshop for parents and educators presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Preparing for the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) Meeting.” The workshop will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. at East Lyme Senior Center located at 37 Society Road in Niantic, Connecticut.

Parents and professionals are invited to attend this training focusing on preparing for the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting. Participants will explore the roles and responsibilities of both parents and professionals and will learn information on the importance of record keeping, strategies for creating team relationships and having successful meetings.

Registration is required. Visit www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration or contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org for more information or to register.

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September 17, 2014

Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child With a Learning Disability

Madison, CT

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, Ramapo for Children will present a workshop hosted by SARAH in Action entitled, “Parents as Leaders: Supporting Your Child With a Learning Disability.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at SARAH in Action located at 51 Boston Post Road in Madison, Connecticut.

The “Parents as Leaders: Suporting Your Child with a Learning Disabilty ” workshop wil

provide parents and caregivers of children with learning chalenges with specifc skils and

ideas for suporting the suces of their child at home and in schol. Participants wil learn:

  • Techniques for communicating with children who learn differently by using visuals, non-verbal cues, and step-by-step instructions.
  • Strategies for preventing and reducing difficult behaviors, anticipating problems, and reducing stress.
  • Skills and ideas for advocating effectively for their child’s needs in their school and community

For more information or to register, contact Kathy Fadal at 203-453-7592 x2 or kidsteps-fcc@sarah-inc.org. Registration is required.

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September 17, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

North Haven, CT

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Navigate to Advocate.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Arc of Greater New Haven located at 528 Washington Avenue (Route 5) in North Haven, Connecticut.

Participants will learn how to navigate the complexities of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system to help in advocating for their young adult children. The workshop will address the following questions:

  • What is a Medicaid Waiver and how will it support my child?
  • How do I complete the Level of Need (LON) tool and why is it so important?
  • What is the role of the DDS case manager and how can I work with them to get the best outcomes for my child?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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September 23, 2014

The Transition Process: From Birth to Three to Special Education

Manchester, CT

On Tuesday, September 23, 2014, ECHN Family Development Center will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “The Transition Process: From Birth to Three to Special Education.” The workshop will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Manchester Memorial Hospital in Conference Rooms A, B & C, located at 71 Hayes Street in Manchester, Connecticut.

Families of children enrolled in CT’s Birth to Three System will increase their understanding of the transition process from Birth to Three services and will gain knowledge of the key components of special education services under IDEA. Participants will learn about their role as an equal partner in the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) and ways that they can effectively advocate for their children and communicate with schools.

Registration is required. Visit www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration or contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or cpac@cpacinc.org for more information or to register.

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October 4, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Hartford, CT

On Saturday, October 4, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Families for Families: Creating a Better Future.” The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at HARC located at 900 Asylum Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut.

Participants will learn they can join with other families who are working successfully to change public policy and create a support system that works for all people with I/DD. The following questions will be addressed:

  • My child is transitioning from school into adult services, why does it feel like we are going over a cliff? Why aren’t services guaranteed to adults with I/DD who need them?
  • DDS says there is no funding for residential supports? Does that mean my child or loved one will live with me until I die? Who will be there for them after I die?
  • My child or loved one has an IQ of 70 but needs supports. Why can’t we access any DDS services?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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October 7, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

Bristol, CT

On Tuesday, October 7, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Navigate to Advocate.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. at Bristol Library located at 5 High Street in Bristol, Connecticut.

Participants will learn how to navigate the complexities of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system to help in advocating for their young adult children. The workshop will address the following questions:

  • What is a Medicaid Waiver and how will it support my child?
  • How do I complete the Level of Need (LON) tool and why is it so important?
  • What is the role of the DDS case manager and how can I work with them to get the best outcomes for my child?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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October 8, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Norwalk, CT

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Families for Families: Creating a Better Future.” The workshop will be held from 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. at STAR, Inc. located at 182 Wolfpit Avenue in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Participants will learn they can join with other families who are working successfully to change public policy and create a support system that works for all people with I/DD. The following questions will be addressed:

  • My child is transitioning from school into adult services, why does it feel like we are going over a cliff? Why aren’t services guaranteed to adults with I/DD who need them?
  • DDS says there is no funding for residential supports? Does that mean my child or loved one will live with me until I die? Who will be there for them after I die?
  • My child or loved one has an IQ of 70 but needs supports. Why can’t we access any DDS services?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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October 21, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

New Haven, CT

On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Families for Families: Creating a Better Future.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Chapel Haven located at 1040 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut.

Participants will learn they can join with other families who are working successfully to change public policy and create a support system that works for all people with I/DD. The following questions will be addressed:

  • My child is transitioning from school into adult services, why does it feel like we are going over a cliff? Why aren’t services guaranteed to adults with I/DD who need them?
  • DDS says there is no funding for residential supports? Does that mean my child or loved one will live with me until I die? Who will be there for them after I die?
  • My child or loved one has an IQ of 70 but needs supports. Why can’t we access any DDS services?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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October 23 2014

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference 2014

Wilton, CT

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Advocate with Faith will host the Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference 2014. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wilton Congregational Church located at 70 Ridgefield Road in Wilton, Connecticut.

This year the focus of the Wrightslaw Conference will be OHI, Allergies, Mental Health, ADHD & Dyslexia in addition to an overview of IDEA, ADA, 504, & NCLB. This conference is geared towards parents of children with special needs. All 3 Wrightslaw books are included. Morning coffee, a boxed lunch & afternoon snack will be provided.

Visit the event website for more information or to register.

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October 25, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Meriden, CT

On Saturday, October 25, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Families for Families: Creating a Better Future.” The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Arc of Meriden Wallingford located at 200 Research Parkway in Meriden, Connecticut.

Participants will learn they can join with other families who are working successfully to change public policy and create a support system that works for all people with I/DD. The following questions will be addressed:

  • My child is transitioning from school into adult services, why does it feel like we are going over a cliff? Why aren’t services guaranteed to adults with I/DD who need them?
  • DDS says there is no funding for residential supports? Does that mean my child or loved one will live with me until I die? Who will be there for them after I die?
  • My child or loved one has an IQ of 70 but needs supports. Why can’t we access any DDS services?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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November 5, 2014

Partners in Learning: Supporting Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Webinar

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech will present a webinar for professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families entitled, “Partners in Learning: Supporting Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.” The webinar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.clarkeschools.org/webinars or email webinars@clarkeschools.org.

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November 8, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

Hartford, CT

On Saturday, November 8, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Navigate to Advocate.” The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at NEAT at Oak Hill located at 33 Coventry Street in Hartford, Connecticut.

Participants will learn how to navigate the complexities of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system to help in advocating for their young adult children. The workshop will address the following questions:

  • What is a Medicaid Waiver and how will it support my child?
  • How do I complete the Level of Need (LON) tool and why is it so important?
  • What is the role of the DDS case manager and how can I work with them to get the best outcomes for my child?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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December 2, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Bristol, CT

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, The CT Down Syndrome Congress, Fragile X Society of Connecticut, ABILIS, Chapel Haven, Inc., STAR, Inc., The Arc of Greater New Haven, The Arc of Meriden Wallingford, HARC, Inc., Oak Hill and the CT Septo Alliance will sponsor a workshop entitled, “Families for Families: Creating a Better Future.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Bristol Library located at 5 High Street in Bristol, Connecticut.

Participants will learn they can join with other families who are working successfully to change public policy and create a support system that works for all people with I/DD. The following questions will be addressed:

  • My child is transitioning from school into adult services, why does it feel like we are going over a cliff? Why aren’t services guaranteed to adults with I/DD who need them?
  • DDS says there is no funding for residential supports? Does that mean my child or loved one will live with me until I die? Who will be there for them after I die?
  • My child or loved one has an IQ of 70 but needs supports. Why can’t we access any DDS services?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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