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Upcoming Events


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 info@successsepto.org or Cathy Britschock at 860-429-8333 or Brenda Stenglein at 860-429-1059.

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September 16, 2015

Back to School Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Student’s Special Education Needs for the School Year and Beyond

Guilford, CT

On Wednesday, September 16, 2015, co-sponsors Shoreline Office-Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and the Law Office of Attorney Lawrence Berliner, LLC will be hosting a free workshop for parents of children with disabilities entitled “Back to School Roadmap: How to Navigate Your Student’s Special Education Needs for the School Year and Beyond.” The workshop will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Shoreline Office of Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, Lighthouse Square (business building in back of complex) located at 705 Boston Post Road in Guilford, Connecticut.

Presenter Attorney Lawrence Berliner, will discuss the following topics:

  • Back-to-school strategies to set the stage for your child’s school year
  • Your child’s educational rights
  • 5 questions to ask at your next PPT meeting
  • The IEP: Understanding Goals and Objectives
  • Taking a proactive approach to parent advocacy
  • Q&A: To email your questions ahead of time, use the email: lwb.esq@gmail.com

For more information or to register, contact Deborah Berliner, Director of Community Outreach at deborah@berlinerspecialedlaw.com or at 203-255-0582.

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September 29, 2015

Parents as Leaders: Helping Your Child with Learning Differences

Danielson, CT

On Tuesday, September 29, 2015, Ramapo for Children will be hosting a free workshop for parents and caregivers of children with learning challenges entitled “Parents as Leaders: Helping Your Child with Learning Differences.” The workshop will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Killingly Library located at 25 Westcott Road in Danielson, Connecticut.

Participants will learn techniques for communicating with children who learn differently by using visuals, non-verbal cues, and step by step instructions. They will also learn strategies for preventing and reducing difficult behaviors, anticipating problems and reducing stress along with the skills necessary to advocate effectively for their child’s needs in the school and in the community.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Mona Tremblay at 860-774-7501 ext. 2014 or at mtremblay@genhealth.org.

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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 Communities 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. To register, visit the event website. For any questions regarding registration and content, contact Ashley Coleman at acoleman@ctserc.org or 860-632-1485 ext. 295.

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October 9-11, 2015

Research and Retreat Weekend

Fitchburg, MA

On Friday, October 9 to Sunday, October 11, 2015, the International Mosaic Down Syndrome Association (IMDSA) will be hosting a weekend retreat at the Great Wolf Lodge located at 150 Great Wolf Drive in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Friday workshop presenters include:

  • Dr. Debbie Fiddler from Colorado State University
  • Dr. Colleen Jackson-Cook from Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Dr. Ruth Brown from Virginia Commonwealth University

Registration for the event is $125 for families and $60 for individuals. Registration includes a family reunion pizza party and entry into all of the workshops and IMDSA’s scheduled activities for families.

To make reservations, contact the Great Wolf Lodge at 866-678-9653 and use the group code 1510IMDSAI, reservations must be made by September 9th.

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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 sara@autismconnecticut.org.

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November 18, 2015

Building Independence in Adolescents and Young Adults with High Functioning Autism

Willington, CT

On Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Success SEPTO with the Center for Children with Special Needs will host a presentation by Dr. James Loomis, Ph.D., entitled “Building Independence in Adolescents and Young Adults with High Functioning Autism.” The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Willington Library located at 7 Ruby Road in Willington, Connecticut.

Presenter Dr. Loomis is a child and family psychologist and is the director of adult services at Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN). He specializes in autism spectrum disorders, developmental disabilities and pediatric illness.

For more information, contact Success SEPTO at info@successsepto.org.

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February 17, 2016

Working with Complex Behavior Problems

Willington, CT

On Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Success SEPTO with the Center for Children with Special Needs will host a presentation by Dr. Mark Palmieri, Psy D., BCBA-D entitled “Working with Complex Behavior Problems.” The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Willington Library located at 7 Ruby Road in Willington, Connecticut.

Presenter Dr. Palmieri is a licensed psychologist, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and is the Director of the School Board Consultation Services. He is also an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center at the Yale School of Medicine.

For more information, contact Success SEPTO at info@successsepto.org.

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March 16, 2016

Sensory Issues in the Classroom and at Home: What Do We Do Now?

Willington, CT

On Wednesday, March 16, 2016, Success SEPTO with the Center for Children with Special Needs will host a presentation by Kristen Powers, M.S., OTR/L entitled “Sensory Issues in the Classroom and at Home: What Do We Do Now?” The presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Willington Library located at 7 Ruby Road in Willington, Connecticut.

Ms. Powers has been a practicing Occupational Therapist for over 20 years and is the Director of Rehabilitative Services at the Center for Children with Special Needs (CCSN). She is also the co-director of the Feeding Clinic to Address Oral Motor Deficits and Food Selectivity in Children with Autism and Other Disabilities.

For more information, contact Success SEPTO at info@successsepto.org.

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