Upcoming Events

June 1, 2016

Healing Without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia and Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively

Danbury, CT

On Wednesday, June 1, Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights (WeCAHR) will host a presentation by author Jennifer Giustra-Kozek. The presentation will take place from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. followed by WeCAHR’s Annual Meeting: Board an Nominations/Awards and will take place at the Elks Club located at 36 Sugar Hollow Road (Route 7) in Danbury, Connecticut 06810.

National speaker and award winning author, Jennifer Giustra-Kozek will discuss her book: Healing Without Hurting: Treating ADHD, Apraxia, Autism Spectrum Disorders Naturally and Effectively Without Harmful Medications.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. Registration will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

For more information or to register, contact WeCAHR at 203-792-3540 or via email at

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June 2, 2016

Birth to Three Transition to School

New Haven, CT

On Thursday, June 2, the Connecticut Down Syndrome Congress will host a free workshop presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) entitled “Birth to Three Transition to School.” The workshop will take place form 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the New Haven Free Public Library Wilson Branch located at 303 Washington Avenue in New Haven, Connecticut.

This workshop is to support parents whose children are currently transitioning from the Birth to Three System into school. The focus will be on coaching parents on how they can describe their child’s needs and how that translated to the school. Participants will also receive an overview on language, special education documents, key terms and rights under IDEA.

Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit or contact CPAC via phone at 1-800-445-2722.

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June 8, 2016

Job Fair Preparation Workshops

New London, CT

On Wednesday, June 8, 2016 Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. along with several other organizations will host free job fair preparation workshops taking place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and then again from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the B.P. Learned Mission located at 40 Shaw Street in New London, Connecticut.

The workshops will include topics such as resume building, dressing for success and interview tips.

All participants who register by Thursday, June 2nd will receive five printed copies of their resume, a portfolio, headphones, a cell phone charger and other items that will help on the road to finding a job.

For more information, visit:

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June 9, 2016

Job Fair

New London, CT

On Thursday, June 9, 2016 Child & Family Agency of Southeastern Connecticut, Inc. in collaboration with several other organizations will host a job fair. The job fair will take place from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at in the New London High School Gym located at 490 Jefferson Avenue in New London, Connecticut.

Employers will include, Foxwood Resort Casino, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Pfizer, TVCCA, the U.S. Navy and many more.

For more information, visit:

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June 15, 2016

Technology Training

Southbury, CT

On Friday, April 29, 2016 the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will host a presentation for people with intellectual or developmental disabilities, their family members and DDS stakeholders. The training will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Southbury Training School Pavilion located at 1461 South Britain Road in Southbury, Connecticut.

The presentation is designed to increase personal communication. enhance communication among team members, make learning easier and faster and help people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to become more independent at home, at work, at school and while recreating in their local community.

For more information about the presentation please contact Dianne Gill at

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June 22 & 23, 2016

2nd Annual Summer Symposium Series: Secondary Transition

West Hartford, CT

Beginning on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) and the State Education Resource Center will be hosting a symposium focused on helping school districts improve their secondary transition practices. The symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on June 22nd at the UCONN Greater Hartford Campus located at 1345 Trout Brook Drive in West Hartford, Connecticut.

On Thursday, June 23, 2016, the symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at UCONN Greater Hartford Campus as well.

Topics include

  • Transition Assessment
  • Person-Centered Planning
  • Creating Effective Transition IEPs
  • Assistive Technology
  • Self Advocacy/Soft Skills
  • Employment Options
  • Working with Adult Service Agencies
  • Transition for Individuals with ASD
  • WIOA

Deadline for registration is June 10, 2016. Cost for registration is $50.00 for this two day event.

Please visit the event link for more information or to register.

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September 3, 2016

Bye Bye Birdie

East Haddam, CT

On Saturday, September 3, 2016, the Goodspeed will host an autism friendly performance of “Bye Bye Birdie.” The performance will take place at 3:00 p.m. at The Goodspeed located at 6 Main Street in East Haddam, Connecticut.

This performance will be performed with a special audience in mind, people with sensory processing issues. This family friendly performance is designed and intended for those who are on the autism spectrum or who have other sensory related issue such as PTSD. The theater environment will be altered providing a safe, friendly, comfortable and judgement-free zone that is welcoming for all.

For questions regarding the performance contact Kate Micari at 860-873-8664 x. 316.

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September 3, 2016

Sturbridge, MA

On Thursday, October 7, 2016, the HMEA’s Autism Resource Central will host a conference entitled “Wrightslaw Special Education and Advocacy Conference with Pete Wright, Esq.” The conference will begin with registration at 8:00 a.m. and will end at 4:30 p.m. and will take place at the Sturbridge Host Hotel & Conference Center located at 366 Main Street in Sturbrige, Massachusetts.

Participants will learn:

  • How to ask and receive evaluations and services that address speech, occupational therapy, psychological, neuropsychological, academic deficiencies
  • The federal laws that give parents the rights to request services for their child
  • How parents can use key words to ignite action by teams of educators on behalf of your child
  • How to have the school district provide and pay for services for your child’s needs
  • Smart IEPs
  • How to build health working relationship with school personnel

Cost of registration is $175 for non HMEA’s Autism Resource Central members and $125 for members. Registration includes text books, continental breakfast and lunch.

For more information visit

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