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Upcoming Events


September 28, 2017

Care for the Caregiver

Litchfield, CT

On Thursday, September 28, 2017 the Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN) will host a workshop for parents and caregivers that are raising or supporting someone with disabilities and special healthcare needs entitled “Care for the Caregiver.” The workshop will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at EdAdvance located at 355 Goshen Road in Litchfield, Connecticut.

This event will be an open discussion about self-care, light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

For questions, please call 203-826-9739 or RSVP to workshop@ctfsn.org.

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September 28, 2017

Charting the LifeCourse

Bristol, CT

On Thursday, September 28, 2017 the Special Eduation PTO Network will host a free workshop presented by Stuart Hawkins, financial advisor and also a parent of a child with special needs, for parents of children and young adults with special needs entitled “Charting the LifeCourse.” This workshop will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8″00 p.m. at Chapter 126 Sports and Fitness Center located at 47 Upson Street in Bristol, Connecticut.

This educational workshop is designed to educate families on the importance of planning for the future for their child or dependent with special needs.

Seating is limited, please RSVP by September 27th to Sheri Romblad at sromblad@pathct.org or Carmina Cirioli at ccirioli@pathct.org. Child care will be provided at no cost by Chapter 126 staff.

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October 2, 2017

NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program

Ridgefield, CT

On Monday, October 2, 2017 the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will start its “Family to Family Education Program” for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The class till take place from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at First Congregational Church located at 103 Main Street in Ridgefield, Connecticut.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free, 12-session education program for family, partners, friends and significant others of adults living with mental illness. The course is designed to help all family members understand and support their loved one living with mental illness, while maintaining their own well-being. The course includes information on illnesses such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, major depression and other mental health conditions. Thousands of families describe the program as life-changing. The program is taught by trained teachers who are also family members and know what it is like to have a loved one living with mental illness.

For more information or to register, contact Marc at 203-940-2516.

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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 jhampton@cpacinc.org.

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October 11, 2017

Honoring and Embracing All Children, Youth and Families: Working with Educators and Community Partners

Rocky Hill, CT

On Wednesday, October 11, 2017 CREC will host its 2nd Annual Family and School Engagement Conference entitled “Honoring and Embracing All Children, Youth and Families: Working with Educators and Community Partners.” The conference will take place from 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Hartford South Hotel located at 100 Capitol Boulevard in Rocky Hill, Connecticut.

The shared responsibility of engaging families is needed now more than ever, especially with the lingering threat of some families being separated by deportation. By equipping professionals and parents with information to enhance our engagement, they will be better able to support and embrace one another in our common goals.

For more information view the event flyer or click here to register for the conference.

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October 25, 2017

Care for the Caregiver

Waterbury, CT

On Wednesday, October 25, 2017 the Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN) will host a workshop for parents and caregivers that are raising or supporting someone with disabilities and special healthcare needs entitled “Care for the Caregiver.” The workshop will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Silas Bronson Library located at 267 Grand Street in Waterbury, Connecticut.

This event will be an open discussion about self-care, light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

For questions, please call 203-826-9739 or RSVP to workshop@ctfsn.org.

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October 27, 2017

2017 NAMI Connecticut State Conference

South Windsor, CT

On Friday, October 27, 2017 the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will host the “2017 NAMI Connecticut State Conference.” The conference will take place at Maneeley’s Banquet and Catering located at 65 Rye Street in South Windsor, Connecticut.

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

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November 16, 2017

2nd Annual Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium

Hartford, CT

On Thursday, November 16, 2017CREC, the Connecticut State Department of Education School Paraprofessional Advisory Council and UCONN will sponsor the “Second Annual Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium” which will be taking place from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Legislative Office Building located at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut.

This symposium will include professional development seminars on
math, social emotional learning, school climate, self-regulation as well as guided tours of the Connecticut Capitol building and information about how to advance your career and further your education.

For more information, contact Jeannette Estrada at 860-524-4038, or jestrada@crec.org. To register, visit www.crec.org/tabs/events

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