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Upcoming Events


April 19, 2015

Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism, Asperger’s and Learning Differences for College

New Haven, CT

On Sunday, April 19, 2015, the Yale Child Study Center will be sponsor an all-day workshop for high school students, parents and teachers entitled “Moving On: Preparing Students with Autism, Asperger’s and Learning Differences for College.” The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Yale University in the Harkness Auditorium located at 333 Cedar Street in New Haven, Connecticut.

Guest speakers will include Jane Thierfield Brown, EdD, Director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law, Michael Storz, MBA, President of Chapel Haven and Dr. Ernest Van Bergeijk, MSW, Associate Dean and Executive Director of the Vocational Independence Program.

For more information, to view to full list of scheduled events or to register, contact the Yale Child Study Center . For questions about registration contact Yale Conferences & Events at 203-432-0465 or conferencesandevents@yale.edu.

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April 22, 2015

Your Dependent with Special Needs: Making Their Future More Secure

South Windsor, CT

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, the MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning will be sponsor a free workshop for families who have children with disabilities entitled “Your Dependent with Special Needs: Making Their Future More Secure.” The workshop will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Charles Enes Community Center located at 150 Nevers Road in South Windsor, Connecticut.

Presenter Stuart Hawkins., of MetLife Center for Special Needs, will discuss issues such as special needs trusts, protecting government benefit eligibility, guardianship and conservatorship, financial security, funding options and letters of intent.

For more information, contact Stuart Hawkins at shawkins@hartford.nef.com

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April 22, 2015

Support for Families Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Stamford, CT

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Jewish Family Service (JFS) will be sponsor a free presentation for families entitled “Support for Families Living with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” The presentation will be held at 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Jewish Family Service located at 733 Summer Street, 6th Floor in Stamford, Connecticut.

JFS will conduct an informational presentation addressing some of the specific challenges as well as unique opportunities parents and siblings face when living with a loved one on the spectrum.

For more information or to register, contact Candy Murias at cmurias@ctjfs.org or 203-921-4161.

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April 23, 2015

Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children

Manchester, CT

On Thursday, April 23, 2015 Adelbrook will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children.” The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Adelbrook located at 42 Prospect Street in Manchester, Connecticut.

This workshop will help participants change the way they view and react to their children’s challenging behavior. Participants will learn what their children’s behavior is communicating, how to use positive behavior supports to encourage the development of new communication skills, and practical tips for promoting children’s success.

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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April 23, 2015

Positive Behavioral Support: Listening To and Learning From Individuals with Challenging Behavior

West Hartford, CT

On Thursday, April 23, 2015, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center and the CT Down Syndrome Congress will host a free presentation by Judy Itzkowitz, Ph.D. entitled, “Positive Behavioral Support: Listening To and Learning From Individuals with Challenging Behavior.” The presentation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Noah Webster Library in Meeting Room A, located at 20 South Main Street in West Hartford, Connecticut.

The presentation will focus on positive behavioral support and interventions (PBIS) and proactive and preventative strategies to address challenging behavior. Sensory challenges will also be discussed. This interactive session will allow time to discuss real-life situations.

Dr. Judy Itzkowitz has been an educational consultant for 27 years working to support individuals with diff ering learning styles to have access to the same opportunities and experiences as individuals without disabilities.

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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April 27, 2015

Assistive Technology and the IEP

Norwalk, CT

On Monday, April 27, 2015, SPED*NET Wilton, Norwalk SPED Partners and Norwalk Public Schools will sponsor an presentation for parents and educators by Stacy Lacey-Castelot, an educational and assistive technology consultant, entitled “Assistive Technology and the IEP.” The workshop will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at West Rocks Middle School in the Auditorium located at 81 West Rocks Road in Norwalk, Connecticut.

Ms. Lacey-Castelot will be discussing a variety of topics related to Assistive Technology (AT) and how it can improve learning in students with special needs.

For more information or to register, contact SPED*NET Wilton at RSVP@spednetwilton.org

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April 27, 2015

Meaningful Inclusion Benefits All Students

Darien, CT

On Monday, April 27, 2015, Darien SEPAC and the Darien Library will sponsor an presentation by William Henderson, Ed.D. The presentation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. at the Darien Library in the Parker Berry Community Room located at 1441 Post Road in Darien, Connecticut.

Dr. Henderson, author of “The Blind Advantage: How Going Blind Made me a Strong Prinicpal and How Including Children with Disabilities Made the School Better for Everyone,” will present strategies for developing successful inclusive schools. He will also talk about approaches to developing a culture for inclusion, to provide instruction with universal design and specialized supports and build a community that collaborates and problem solves.

This presentation will be divided into a public session and an educators only session. The public session of the presentation will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and you may register here. The educators only session will take place from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. and you may register here.

For more information or to register, please contact Darien SEPAC.

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April 28, 2015

Preparing for the PPT and Developing the IEP

Watertown, CT

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Watertown Special Services will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Preparing for the PPT and Developing the IEP.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at John Trumbull Primary School Library located at 779 Buckingham Street in Oakville, Connecticut.

This training focuses on preparing for the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting. Parents will explore the roles and responsibilities of both parents and professionals. It will include information on futures planning, the importance of record-keeping and strategies for creating team relationships and having successful meetings. Parents will learn how to be actively involved in the PPT and the development of the Individualized Education Plan. Participants will learn the key components of an IEP. The workshop will offer guidance about developing measurable goals and tips for monitoring a student’s progress.

For more information or to register, contact Kate Weingartner at 860-945-2788 or weingartnerka@watertownps.org.

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April 28, 2015

Anxiety in Children and Teens

Glastonbury, CT

On Tuesday, April 28, 2015, Glastonbury SEPTA will host a presentation by Jill Bromley entitled, “Anxiety in Children and Teens.” The presentation will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Glastonbury High School in the library located at 330 Hubbard Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

Presenter Jill Bromley, is a Licensed Professional Counselor, a Certified School Psychologist and the Director of Clinical Programs at Bromley Kings Farm. She will be discussing the causes of anxiety, how to help children manage anxiety in daily life along with an introduction to animal assisted therapy for anxiety.

For more information or to register, contact the Amy of Glastonbury SEPTA at glastonburysepta@yahoo.com.

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April 30, 2015

Special Education: Obtaining Initial & Independent Evaluations

West Hartford, CT

On Thursday, April 30, 2015, Decoding Dyslexia, Smart Kids with LD and Literacy How will host a free presentation for parents of children with any type of disability by entitled, “Special Education: Obtaining Initial & Independent Evaluations.” The presentation will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Noah Webster Library located at 200 Main Street in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Presenter Diane Willcutts, director of Education Advocacy, LLC, and member of the Board of Directors of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates will be discussing the process of getting your child an evaluation either by school staff or an independent evaluator and “the rules” about what districts are required to provide.

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

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May 1, 2015

“No More Meltdowns”

Waterford, CT

On Friday, May 1, 2015, The Light House will host its 9th Annual Autism Education Conference where they will be sponsoring a presentation by Dr. Jed Baker entitled, “No More Meltdowns.” The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Great Neck Country Club located at 28 Lamphere Road in Waterford, Connecticut.

Dr. Baker will discuss how to prevent challenging behaviors, how to teach social skills and help reduce bullying.

Fee for registration is $65.00-$75.00. For more information or to register, contact The Light House at www.lhcampus.com and click on the registration link.

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May 7, 2015

Open House: Ben Bronz Academy

West Hartford, CT

On Thursday, May 7, 2015, Ben Bronz Academy will host an open house. The open house will be held from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Ben Bronz Academy located at 141 North Main Street in West Hartford, Connecticut.

Attendees will be able to observe the Mediated Learning experience, sit in on classes that demonstrate how students with learning differences can excel and see methods at work that produce effective learners.

For more information, please contact Ben Bronz Academy.

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May 18, 2015

Parenting a Child with Special Needs: How Internet Technology Can Help Build Your Network of Support and Knowledge

Webinar

On Saturday, May 18, 2015, the Center on Technology and Disability and The Coffee Klatch will sponsor a webinar presenter by Marianne Russo, founder of special needs radio. The webinar will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. EST.

Participants will learn about how to purposely and ethically use social media, blogs and the web to build a network a support and parenting knowledge to help enrich their child’s well being. Tips and resources for growing assistive technology networks will also be discussed.

This webinar will also be followed by a one hour TweetChat #CTDTechTalk on Thursday, May 21st from 7:00p.m. to 8:00 p.m. faciliated by the presenter regarding topics discussed in the webinar.

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

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May 20, 2015

I Love Potty Training

(South Windsor, CT)

On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, South Windsor & Neighbors (SWAN) will sponsor a free presenation for families entitled “I Love Potty Training.” The presenation will be help from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the South Windsor Community Center located at 150 Nevers Road in South Windsor, Connecticut.

Presenter Ashley Hickey specializes in working with children on the Autism Spectrum and potty trains children of all abilities. This presentation will be focused on typically developing children as well as children with all types of disabilities.

Seating is limited. For more information about Ashley visit her website. For more information or to register, contact Ginyn Milleur at 860-648-6361 ext. 314 or SWAN.

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May 27, 2015

Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate

Woodbury, CT

On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, MES PTO Special Education Committee in Regional School District 14 will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate: Tips and Tools for Advocating for Your Child with a Disability.” The workshop will be held from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Library Media Center at Nonnewaug High School located at 5 Minortown Road in Woodbury, Connecticut.

Parents of children with disabilities are invited to attend to learn how to effectively communicate with their children’s school and advocate for their children’s appropriate education. Participants will learn tips on preparing for meetings with teachers, clearly communicating questions and goals, and how to foster positive relationships with their children’s teachers.

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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June 6, 2015

Family & Community Expo

Willimantic, CT

On Saturday, June 6, 2015, Windham Public Schools will host a free community expo for families. The event will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Jillson Square located on the corner of Main Street and Jackson Street in Willimantic, Connecticut.

The event will bring together a wide variety or organizations and businesses that have programs, services or products for families. Entertainment throughout the day will include balloon artists, musical performances, dance demonstrations, a moon bounce and crafts and games.

For more information, contact Maria Nazario at 860-465-2386 or Rosie Hernandez at 860-465-2354.

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