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Upcoming Events


October 1, 2014

Developing the Individualized Education Program (IEP)

West Hartford, CT

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, West Hartford SEPTO 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 Whiting Lane School located at 47 Whiting Lane in West Hartford, 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 off er 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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October 1, 2014

Special Needs Parents Information Session

Meriden, CT

On Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Kristen Williams, a special education parent consultant, will host a workshop entitled “Special Needs Parents Information Session.” The workshop will be held from 6 p.m to 8 p.m. at the Meriden YMCA located at 110 West Main Street in Meriden, Connecticut.

This workshop is focused on helping parents of children with special needs clarify and understand the Individualized Education Program (IEP), the Planning and Placement Team Meeting (PPT) and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The registration fee is $15. For more information or to register, contact Kristen Williams at 203-530-2069 or via email at kristenwilliamsadvocate@gmail.com.

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October 4, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Hartford, CT

On Saturday, October 4, 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 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at HARC located at 900 Asylum Avenue in Hartford, 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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October 7, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

Bristol, CT

On Tuesday, October 7, 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, “Navigate to Advocate.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. 8 p.m. at Bristol Library located at 5 High Street in Bristol, Connecticut.

Participants will learn how to navigate the complexities of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system to help in advocating for their young adult children. The workshop will address the following questions:

  • What is a Medicaid Waiver and how will it support my child?
  • How do I complete the Level of Need (LON) tool and why is it so important?
  • What is the role of the DDS case manager and how can I work with them to get the best outcomes for my child?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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October 8, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Norwalk, CT

On Wednesday, October 8, 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 7 p.m. 8:30 p.m. at STAR, Inc. located at 182 Wolfpit Avenue in Norwalk, 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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October 8, 2014

The Power of Parent Connections: Raising a Child with Special Needs

Cromwell, CT

On Wednesday, October 8, 2014, Connecticut Family Support Network will host their 4th Annual “One Voice” Conference for Parents. This year’s conference is entitled, “The Power of Parent Connections: Raising a Child with Special Needs.” The conference will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Courtyard by Marriott located at 4 Sebethe Drive in Cromwell, Connecticut.

Dr. Pam Deiter-Sands will be the keynote speaker and will present “The Special Needs of Special Parents.” Pam Deiter-Sands, PhD is a CT clinical psychologist, mother of five children, and member of a family with many special needs and abilities. With honesty and humor, Pam will help us recognize and manage daily stresses, find courage and discover strategies to support ourselves along this journey.

The conference is free. For more information, call 203-430-0242. Visit the conference website to register.

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October 9, 2014

Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children

Westbrook, CT

On Thursday, October 9, 2014, SARAH, Inc., KIDSTEPS and the Westbrook Early Childhood Council will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center entitled, “Understanding Challenging Behavior in Young Children.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Westbrook Public Library located at 61 Goodspeed Drive in Westbrook, Connecticut.

Participants are invited to attend to learn:

  • how to change the way they view and react to challenging behavior
  • how to understand what their children’s challenging behavior is communicating
  • how to use positive behavior supports to encourage the development of new communication skills
  • practical strategies 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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October 10, 2014

Dyslexia and the Common Core

Westbrook, CT

On Friday, October 10, 2014, the Dyslexia Society of Connecticut will host their annual conference entitled this year, “Dyslexia and the Common Core.” The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Water’s Edge Resort and Spa located at 1525 Boston Post Road in Westbrook, Connecticut.

The keynote speakers will be Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, co-directors of the Yale Center for Dyslexia. Other presentations will include:

  • Balancing Common Core Requirements and Dyslexia Intervention for Older Students” – Jule McCombes-Tolis, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Special Education at the University of St. Joseph “
  • “Understanding the Common Core: Implications for Dyslexic Students” – Louise Spear-Swerling, Ph.D., Professor, Southern CT State University
  • Panel presentation: “Addressing the Common Core in Public Schools – Successes and Lessons Learned”

The conference fee is $135 for non-members and $110 for members. For more information or to register, visit www.dsylexiasocietyct.org/register.html.

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October 11, 2014

Autism and Adolescence: The Dual Diagnosis

Willington, CT

On Saturday, October 11, 2014, Autism Spectrum Resources Connecticut (ASRC) will being a four session workshop series entitled, “Autism and Adolescence: The Dual Diagnosis.” The sessions will be held on October 18, November 8, and December 13 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Willington.

The workshops will cover topics including: autism and adolescence, the IEP document, and two sessions on transition from school to the “real world.”

Each session costs $25 or register for all four and pay $75. For more information or to register, email sara@autismconnecticut.org.

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October 18, 2014

Fragile X Society of Connecticut Conference

Farmington, CT

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, the Fragile X Society of Connecticut will host their annual conference entitled, “Understanding and Managing Hyperarousal Throughout the Lifespan.” The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the University of Connecticut Health Center located at 263 Farmington Avenue in Farmington, Connecticut.

The conference will feature internationally renowned Fragile X experts including Sarah Scharfenaker, MA, CCC-SLP, Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR, Sharyn Lincoln, MS, CGC and Jonathan Picker, MBChB, PhD.

View the Fragile X Conference Brochure 2014 for more information or contact Tammy or Andy Salinger at 860-233-1904 or CentralCT@fragilex.org or xfamily@aol.com.

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October 18, 2014

NAMI Connecticut State Conference

Meriden, CT

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, NAMI Connecticut will host their state conference entitled, “Transitioning to Recovery.” The conference will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. at Four Points Sheraton in Meriden, Connecticut.

Patrick Corrigan, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the Illinois Institute of Technology, will present the keynote address, “Erasing the Stigma of Mental Illness: What Says the Dodo Bird.”

View the conference agenda for more information or call NAMI CT at 800-215-3021.

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October 18, 2014

Self-Advocacy Training Workshop

Wallingford, CT

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, ASRC will host a presentation by Jesse Saperstein, Autism Advocate and Motivation Speaker on the topic of self-advocacy. The presentation will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Wallingford Parks and Recreation located at 6 Fairfield Boulevard in Wallingford, Connecticut.

For more information or to register, call 203-265-7717, email info@autismconnecticut.org or visit www.autismconnecticut.org.

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October 21, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

New Haven, CT

On Tuesday, October 21, 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 Chapel Haven located at 1040 Whalley Avenue in New Haven, 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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October 22, 2014

Resource Fair

Enfield CT

On Wednesday, October 22, 2014, CT Family Support Network and the CT Department of Developmental Services (DDS) will host a resource fair for individuals and families to secure resources related to developmental disabilities. The fair will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Asnuntuck Community College located at 170 Elm Street in Enfield, Connecticut.

Community resource providers and vendors will provide information related to:

  • respite
  • health and medical
  • social and recreation opportunities
  • estate planning
  • assistive technology
  • in home supports
  • special education
  • family networks
  • DDS services
  • special needs camps

For more information contact Marty Zaugg, DDS Employment specialist at 860-263-2596 or martin.zaugg@ct.gov, Amy McCoy, CT Family Support Network at amccoy@ctfsn.org or Amy Blazawski, DDS SD Director, at amy.blazawski@ct.gov.

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October 23, 2014

The ABC’s of ABA

Wallingford, CT

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC) will host a presentation by Melissa Olive, Ph.D., BCBA-D, entitled, “The ABC’s of ABA.” The presentation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ASRC located at 101 N. Industrial Plains Road in Wallingford, Connecticut.

This presentation will explain why behavior analysts make suggestions and help you to understand why your child behaves the way he/she does. The presentation will be followed by practical tips to consider when selecting a provider. Handouts including a jargon buster list will be provided.

For more information or to register, contact ASRC at 888-453-4975 or info@autismconnecticut.org.

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October 23, 2014

Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference 2014

Wilton, CT

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, Advocate with Faith will host the Wrightslaw Special Education Law and Advocacy Conference 2014. The conference will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Wilton Congregational Church located at 70 Ridgefield Road in Wilton, Connecticut.

This year the focus of the Wrightslaw Conference will be OHI, Allergies, Mental Health, ADHD & Dyslexia in addition to an overview of IDEA, ADA, 504, & NCLB. This conference is geared towards parents of children with special needs. All 3 Wrightslaw books are included. Morning coffee, a boxed lunch & afternoon snack will be provided.

Visit the event website for more information or to register.

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October 23 2014

Connecting Faith, Families and Schools for Student Success

Middletown, CT

On Thursday, October 23, 2014, CT PIRC, CT Department of Education, and CT SERC will sponsor the Connecting Faith, Families and Schools for Student Success Conference. The conference will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Weslyan University in Middletown, Connecticut.

The conference will feature Bill Strickland, author of “Make the Impossible Possible: One Man’s Crusade to Inspire Others to Dream Bigger and Achieve the Extraordinary.”

The fifth annual Connecting Faith, Families & Schools Conference is an opportunity for faith and worship leaders, educators, and families to come together to discuss critical issues affecting student success. Participants will share ideas about the practices that help families support student learning and hear about various research and activities that can be incorporated into the rich fabric of the faith and worship community. This year’s conference will focus on Chronic Absenteeism.

For more information or to register, visit the event website or contact Yolanta Garcia, SERC, at 860-632-1484 ext. 264 or garcia@ctserc.org.

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October 25, 2014

Families for Families: Creating a Better Future

Meriden, CT

On Saturday, October 25, 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 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at The Arc of Meriden Wallingford located at 200 Research Parkway in Meriden, 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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October 29, 2014

Transition 101: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Success After High School

East Hartford, CT

On Wednesday, October 29, 2014, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will host a free workshop for students with disabilities, their parents and educators entitled, “Transition 101: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Success After High School.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at East Hartford Community Cultural Center located at 50 Chapman Place in East Hartford, Connecticut.

This presentation will offer an overview of the secondary transition process for students who receive special education services. Participants will learn about transition planning including the value of student participation, legal requirements, and transition planning in the Individualized Education Program (IEP).

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. Please bring a copy of your IEP document if you have one.

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November 5, 2014

Partners in Learning: Supporting Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Webinar

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech will present a webinar for professionals working with children who are deaf and hard of hearing and their families entitled, “Partners in Learning: Supporting Parents of Infants and Toddlers Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing.” The webinar will take place from noon to 1 p.m. The webinar is free of charge. For more information or to register, visit www.clarkeschools.org/webinars or email webinars@clarkeschools.org.

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November 5, 2014

The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education

New London, CT

On Wednesday, November 5, 2014, the CT Family Support Network Southeast will host a free workshop presented by Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center for parents of children with disabilities and educators entitled, “The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education.” The workshop will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital located at 365 Montauk Avenue in New London, Connecticut.

Families of children with disabilities are encouraged to attend this workshop to learn how to become more active participants in their children’s education. The workshop will include information on laws relating to special education, preparing for meetings at school and the special education referral process.

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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November 6, 2014

Getting and Keeping the First Job

East Hartford, CT

On Thursday, November 6, 2014, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will host a free workshop for students with disabilities, their parents and educators entitled, “Getting and Keeping the First Job.” The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at East Hartford Community Cultural Center located at 50 Chapman Place in East Hartford, Connecticut.

Students with disabilities will hear straight talk about employment and how to prepare to get and maintain a job. Information about accommodations, disclosure and interviewing will be shared as well as information from the employer’s perspective.

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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November 8, 2014

Navigate to Advocate

Hartford, CT

On Saturday, November 8, 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, “Navigate to Advocate.” The workshop will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at NEAT at Oak Hill located at 33 Coventry Street in Hartford, Connecticut.

Participants will learn how to navigate the complexities of the Department of Developmental Services (DDS) system to help in advocating for their young adult children. The workshop will address the following questions:

  • What is a Medicaid Waiver and how will it support my child?
  • How do I complete the Level of Need (LON) tool and why is it so important?
  • What is the role of the DDS case manager and how can I work with them to get the best outcomes for my child?

For more information or to register, contact Shannon Jacovino of The Arc Connecticut at sjacovino@thearcct.org.

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November 13, 2014

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

East Hartford, CT

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center will host a free workshop for students with disabilities, their parents and educators 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 East Hartford Community Cultural Center located at 50 Chapman Place in East Hartford, Connecticut.

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

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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conference website or contact Gabriella True or Katie Zigmond at ctpandaspans@gmail.com.

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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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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 off er 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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