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Upcoming Events


November 22, 2014

Special Edcucation Clinic

Hartford, CT

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities and the Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities will be sponsoring a free workshop entitled “Special Education Clinic.” The workshop will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p. m. at the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities located at 60B Weston Street in Hartford, Connecticut.

Participants will be able to speak with an experienced advocate regarding their child’s educational needs as well as become better informed about decision making.

Participants are encouraged to bring educational records from the past three years. Appointments are required. For more information or to make an appointment, contact the Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities at 800-842-7303 or 860-297-4381. Information is also available in Spanish at 860-297-4381.

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November 22, 2014

Understanding the Special Education Process

West Haven, CT

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, the University of New Haven will be hosting a workshop series presented by SpEd Connecticut entitled “Understanding the Special Education Process.” The workshop will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p. m. at the University of New Haven, Education Department located at 600 Saw Mill Road, West Haven, Connecticut.

The series will include three sessions entitled “Before the PPT,” “During the PPT,” and “After the PPT.”

Registration fee is $10 and the deadline for registration is November 18th. For more information or to register contact Shane Smith at sasmith@newhaven.edu or 203-479-4271.

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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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December 2, 2014

Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate

Watertown, CT

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, Watertown Special Services will be hosting a free workshop presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center for parents of students with disabilities entitled, “Becoming Your Child’s Best Advocate.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Polk Elementary School, Library Media Center located at 435 Buckingham Street in Watertown, Connecticut.

Attendees will learn how to effectively communicate with their child’s school and advocate for their child’s appropriate education. Participants will also learn tips on preparing meetings with teachers, clearly communicating questions and goals and how to foster positive relationships with their child’s teacher.

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

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December 2, 2014

Self-Advocacy Skills: What Students and Families Need to Know

Norwich, CT

On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will be hosting a free workshop for students with disabilities and their parents entitled, “Self-Advocacy Skills: What Students and Families Need to Know.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Dime Bank located at 290 Salem Turnpike in Norwich, Connecticut.

Participants will learn why it is important to for young adults to advocate for themselves and will also learn about the tools available to students to help develop self-advocacy skills. Participants will hear from successful self-advocates in school, work and a variety of other settings.

Registration is required. Visit http://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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December 13, 2014

Holiday Gathering

Waterford, CT

On Saturday, December 13, 2014, the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance of Connecticut will be hosting a holiday gathering from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Charter Oak Federal Credit Union located at 1055 Hartford Turnpike in Waterford, Connecticut.

This meeting will provide an opportunity for individuals and families in Connecticut and surrounding areas, to get together for a relaxed time with friends and enjoy a presentation by guest speaker by Nancy B. Prescott, Executive Director at the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center. She will discuss the services that the agency provides and share tips on how to best advocate for your child with disabilities.

Crafts and beverages will be provided. Bring you favorite holiday cookie to share. For more information or to register, contact Jen Waldron at jaw81879@yahoo.com or 860-235-4700.

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January 14, 2015

Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Fairfield, CT

On Wednesday, January 14, 2015, Fairfield SEPTA will host a free workshop for parents and educators presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP).” The workshop will take place from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at McKinley School located at 60 Thompson Street in Fairfield, Connecticut.

This training focuses on how parents can be actively and effectively involved in the development of the Individualized Education Program. Participants will learn the key components of an IEP and will become familiar with the Connecticut IEP forms. The workshop will offer guidance about developing measurable goals and tips for monitoring a student’s progress.

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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January 27, 2015

Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

Glastonbury, CT

On Tuesday, January 27, 2015, Glastonbury SEPTA will host a free workshop for parents and educators presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP).” The workshop will take place from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Glastonbury High School Library located at 33 Hubbard Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut.

This training focuses on how parents can be actively and effectively involved in the development of the Individualized Education Program. Participants will learn the key components of an IEP and will become familiar with the Connecticut IEP forms. The workshop will offer guidance about developing measurable goals and tips for monitoring a student’s progress.

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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February 18, 2015

Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: What You Need to Know

Willington, CT

On Wednesday, February 18, 2015, Willington Success SEPTO will host a free workshop for parents and educators presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports: What You Need to Know.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Willington Public Library located at 7 Ruby Road in Willington, Connecticut.

Families will be introduced to a new way of thinking about their children’s behaviors and about the need to advocate for behavioral supports. The workshop will provide an overview of functional behavioral assessments and positive behavior interventions.

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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