Upcoming Events

July 23, 2017

French Farm Family Fun

Greenwich, CT

On Wednesday, July 23, 2017, Friends of Autistic People (FAP) will host an afternoon of family summer fun at French Farm located at 516 Lake Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut.

This event will include family activities including: face painting, a musical interactive storytelling experience at 2 p.m., and animals including sheep, peacocks and chickens! Pack a picnic lunch and a blanket and enjoy this wonderful place.

To RSVP call 203-661-8510.

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August 10, 2017

Evening for Families with Children on the Autism Spectrum

Mystic, CT

On Thursday, August 10, 2017, the Mystic Aquarium will be hosting an event for families with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing challenges. This event is taking place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Mystic Aquarium located at 55 Coogan Blvd Mystic, Connecticut.

This evening event is completely free for families or groups with children on the autism spectrum or with sensory processing challenges. The event will feature a quiet area, outdoor “free play” zone, supportive staff, and access to select aquarium exhibits. The outdoor aquarium exhibits- beluga whales, seals and sea lions, penguins and the outdoor free play zone will be open from 5:30pm-7:45pm. The indoor exhibits including the main exhibit gallery and the Exploration: Wild exhibit will be open from 5:30pm-8:00pm.

The following exhibits will not be open: Sting Ray Touch, Foxwoods Marine Theater, Birds of the Outback, 4-D Theater, National Geographic Theater.

This free event is only for this 5:30p.m. to 8:00p.m. If you are interested in visiting Mystic Aquarium before 5:30pm regular aquarium admission rates will apply.

Documentation of diagnosis is not required.

Registration is required for each member of the party, ages 2 and above. You must present the confirmation of your registration by printed tickets, or on your phone, at the check-in table in order to enter the event. Click here to register.

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October 2, 2017

Next Steps Parent Leadership Training Series Fall 2017

Waterbury, CT

Beginning on Monday, October 2, 2017, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center in collaboration with the Waterbury ARC will host an eight-session intensive series 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 them for a variety 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 will be held on Monday evenings starting on October 2nd, continuing through the end of November. Sessions will be held in Waterbury, each session beginning at promptly 6:00 p.m. The training covers special education and related topics such as:

• The Parent’s Role at the Table: Planning and Progress Monitoring
• 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

October 2, 16, 23, 30
November 6, 13, 20, 27

Participation at all eight sessions is encouraged. Click here for the application. Deadline to apply: September 18. For more information or questions about the application process, please call the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center at 860-739-3089 or email Jane at

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