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Upcoming Events


November 14, 2017

Creating Independence for Individuals with Disabilities Across the Lifespan

Hartford, CT

On Tuesday, November 14, the Connecticut Autism Coalition will present an open forum entitled “Creating Independence for Individuals with Disabilities Across the Lifespan.” The forum will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at at the Legislative Office located in Room 2C located at 300 Capitol Avenue in Hartford, Connecticut.

Questions will include:

What is Assistive Technology? Low Tech-Mid Tech-High Tech
What are some of the Assistive Technology resources in CT?
How are people, across ALL abilities & at any age/stage of life, using AT?

Presenters: CT Tech Act, SERC, NEAT Center, Dept of Rehabilitation Services, UCONN UCEDD, Dept of Education, DDS, DSS, Dept of Aging, & more!

Please contact Lis Phillips: CT.ATForum@gmail.com.

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November 15, 2017

Finding Your Voice as a Parent

Stamford, CT

On Wednesday, November 15, Villa Maria School will present a workshop by Attorney Lawrence Berliner, Special Education Law and Marcia Eckerd, Ph.D., Psychologist entitled “Finding Your Voice as a Parent.” The workshop will take place from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Villa Maria School located at 161 Sky Meadow Drive in Stamford, Connecticut.

Attorney Berliner’s talk will include the following focus:
• Student’s basic educational rights
• Strategies for the IEP incorporating executive function goals
• Annual Review for the following meetings: Planning and Placement Team Meeting (PPT, Connecticut) / Committee on Special Education (CSE, New York)/Committee on Preschool Education (CPSE, New York)

Dr. Eckerd’s talk will include the following focus:
• Demystifying Executive Function (planning, prioritizing and organization, etc.)
• How Executive Functions are embedded into the academic workload- from
reading to writing to math etc.
• How to write executive functions into the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) Goals and Objectives

To register: contact Stephen Bennhoff, Assistant Head of School for Admissions and External Relations, (203) 322-5886 extension 104 or e-mail sbennhoff@villamariaedu.org.

For more information, visit www.villamariaedu.org or www.berlinerspecialedlaw.com

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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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November 28, 2017

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

East Lyme, CT

On Tuesday, November 28, 2017, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) will host a free workshop entitled “Transition 101: Preparing Students with Disabilities for Success After High School.” The workshop will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at East Lyme High School Library located at 30 Chesterfield Road in East Lyme, 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 IEP.

For more information to register visit the event website.

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December 6, 2017

How Parents Can Assist Their Child’s School Team to Successfully Support Their Child With Anxiety

Old Lyme, CT

On Wednesday, December 6, 2017, LEARN will host a parent/family workshop entitled “How Parents Can Assist Their Child’s School Team to Successfully Support Their Child With Anxiety.” The workshop will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at LEARN located at 44 Hatchetts Hill Road in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

It is hard to be a parent of an anxious child. In this session parents will learn how to use their knowledge of their child to help the school team create a success plan for their child. Parents will gain skills and strategies to increase communication with their child’s school team around the topic of anxiety.

All LEARN parent/caregiver workshops are open to families in the LEARN region. Workshops are FREE. Registration is required. Follow us on Facebook for more info and details. Register Online or by Phone: www.learn.k12.ct.us 860-434-4800 x.134.

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January 11, 2017

Using Visual Supports at Home to Support Your Child’s Independence

Old Lyme, CT

On Thursday, January 11, 2017, LEARN will host a parent/family workshop entitled “Using Visual Supports at Home to Support Your Child’s Independence.” The workshop will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at LEARN located at 44 Hatchetts Hill Road in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Presented by a team of educators, parents will learn how to use visual schedules, reminders and supports to help their child with transitions, allow parents to introduce new activities into routines, and help students learn to be more flexible.

All LEARN parent/caregiver workshops are open to families in the LEARN region. Workshops are FREE. Registration is required. Follow us on Facebook for more info and details. Register Online or by Phone: www.learn.k12.ct.us 860-434-4800 x.134.

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January 28, 2018

Sensory Friendly Day at the Connecticut Science Center

Hartford, CT

On Sunday, January 28, 2018, the Connecticut Science Center will be hosting a sensory friendly day where they will be lowering the volume and dimming the lights to accommodate groups and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Visitors will be able to enjoy tons of activities, arts & crafts, as well as LIVE Gallery Science demonstrations all without the usual loud sounds and bright lights.

Tickets are $14 online in advance or $16.95 at the door. 1:1 aides are always free. For more information, contact Brit Montmeat at (860) 520-2112.

Buy tickets here.

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February 12, 2017

Desensitization: Helping Your Child Navigate Doctor, Dentist, and Haircut Appointments

Old Lyme, CT

On Monday, February 12, 2017, LEARN will host a parent/family workshop entitled “Using Visual Supports at Home to Support Your Child’s Independence.” The workshop will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at LEARN located at 44 Hatchetts Hill Road in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Many students with sensory challenges have difficulty with routine appointments for medical and personal hygiene visits. In this session, participants will learn strategies to help their child get ready for and attend personal appointments.

All LEARN parent/caregiver workshops are open to families in the LEARN region. Workshops are FREE. Registration is required. Follow us on Facebook for more info and details. Register Online or by Phone: www.learn.k12.ct.us 860-434-4800 x.134.

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March 27, 2018

Sensory Friendly Day at the Connecticut Science Center

Hartford, CT

On Tuesday, March 27, 2018, the Connecticut Science Center will be hosting a sensory friendly day where they will be lowering the volume and dimming the lights to accommodate groups and families with children on the autism spectrum or with other developmental disabilities. Visitors will be able to enjoy tons of activities, arts & crafts, as well as LIVE Gallery Science demonstrations all without the usual loud sounds and bright lights.

Tickets are $14 online in advance or $16.95 at the door. 1:1 aides are always free. For more information, contact Brit Montmeat at (860) 520-2112.

Buy tickets here.

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April 5, 2017

Strategies for Supporting Your Child’s Speech & Language Development at Home

Old Lyme, CT

On Thursday, April 5, 2017, LEARN will host a parent/family workshop entitled “Strategies for Supporting Your Child’s Speech & Language Development at Home.” The workshop will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at LEARN located at 44 Hatchetts Hill Road in Old Lyme, Connecticut.

Presented by a Speech and Language Pathologist, participants will gain an understanding of communication skills their child may be working on at school and strategies to help caregivers continue their child’s growth and development of these skills at home. Any family whose child receives speech and language supports in school would benefit from this workshop.

All LEARN parent/caregiver workshops are open to families in the LEARN region. Workshops are FREE. Registration is required. Follow us on Facebook for more info and details. Register Online or by Phone: www.learn.k12.ct.us 860-434-4800 x.134.

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