Upcoming Events

September 20 & 21, 2019

5th Annual Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium: Every Voice Matters

New Britain, CT

The Connecticut Secondary Transition Symposium brings students and their families together with educators and other professionals to improve secondary transition programming and services for students with disabilities. The 5th annual symposium, with the theme of “Every Voice Matters”, will continue to build the capacity of educators and other professionals, in partnership with middle and high school students with disabilities and their families, to help ensure successful post-school outcomes.

Participants will learn about a variety of programs and resources to support students transitioning to adult life. The symposium will include sessions specifically for students making college and career choices.

The Symposium is hosted by the CT Department of Developmental Services (DDS), the CT Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC), the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), the State Education Resource Center (SERC), and the University of Connecticut Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD).

Friday is a Focus on Educators, but all are welcome!
Saturday is a Focus on Youth and Families, but all are welcome!

For more information and to register click here.

For content questions, please contact Missy Wrigley, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 397 or
For registration questions, please contact Lauren Johns, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 256 or

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September 24, 2019

Role of the Family in the PPT Process

Glastonbury, CT

On September 24, 2019, Glastonbury SEPTO will host a free workshop for parents and educators presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) entitled, “Role of the Family in the PPT Process.” The workshop will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at Glastonbury High School (Library), 330 Hubbard Street, Glastonbury, CT. Learn the skills of advocacy and how to effectively communicate with your child’s school. Participants will learn tips on preparing for meetings with teachers, clearly communicating questions and goals, and how to foster positive relationships with your child’s teacher. Registration is required. To register click here or call 860-739-3089.

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October 3, 2019

3rd Annual CT APSE Conference

Cromwell, CT

Registration is now open for the 3rd Annual CT APSE Conference being held on October 3, 2019 at the Red Lion in Cromwell, CT. Please join us for this must attend event of learning and networking for the employment services field!

Get ready for over 16 dynamic sessions, with four tracks available on Getting a Job, Keeping a Job, Public Policy, and Management & Supervision.

Click here to register.

Don’t miss this always sold out event- plan ahead and register early!

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October 4, 2019

2019 Neag School Special Education in Connecticut Summit: The Science of Dyslexia and Teaching Reading to Students With Disabilities in Connecticut.

Hartford, CT

Co-sponsored by the Klebanoff Institute and the University of Connecticut Neag School of Education in Hartford, Conn., this daylong summit will provide a unique opportunity for discussion and learning among educators, family/community members, policymakers, and researchers regarding the current state of practice in teaching reading to students with disabilities in Connecticut. Current issues will be discussed, as well as promising instructional practices and research that enhance reading instruction. Space is limited — Register online today. Find more information, including a summit agenda, parking information, and more at

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October 5, 2019

SEEK-CT’s Back-to-School: Special Education Parent Empowerment Conference

New Haven, CT

Don’t Miss Connecticut’s Most Informative Special Education Conference: SEEK-CT’s Back-to-School: Special Education Parent Empowerment Conference on Saturday, October 5 at the Omni Hotel in New Haven. Presentations focus on trending special education issues and must-know advocacy skills to prepare for a successful school year. Parents and professionals should attend.

You can learn more about this important event or buy tickets here:

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October 17, 2019

Canterbury SEPAC Special Education Resource Fair

Canterbury, CT

You are invited to attend for our SEPAC Resource Fair on October 17, 2019 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Canterbury Elementary School, 67 Kitt Road, Canterbury, CT!

Special Education 101: 5:00pm & 6:45pm

Additional resources provided on transition from school to adulthood, networking, local resources, therapies, advocacy, medical, behavioral health, and more!

The Special Education Parent Advisory Council’s primary function is to advise our committees and board on matters pertaining to the education and safety of students with disabilities. We will provide information to parents, family members, caregivers, school professionals, Board of Education and community members relating to special education. The council creates a network to serve as a forum in a supportive, respectful and confidential environment.

Light refreshments provided.

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October 18, 2019

27th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities

Westbrook, CT

The 27th Annual Conference on Serving Adults with Disabilities, sponsored by the CT State Department of Education and EdAdvance, will be held on October 18, 2019 from 8:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Water’s Edge Resort (1525 Boston Post Road, Westbrook, CT). The Annual Conference provides an excellent opportunity for participants to meet with a wide representation of experts and professionals, along with family and friends of individuals with disabilities, and to discuss current strategies and knowledge on the broad spectrum of disabilities. For more information and to register visit

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October 25, 2019

7th Annual Disability Resource Fair

Hartford, CT

In recognition of Disability Employment Awareness Month, the 7th Annual Disability Resource Fair will be held on October 25, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the NEAT Center (33 Coventry Street, Hartford, CT). This resource fair is ideal for those who are:

  • unemployed or under-employed
  • looking to learn about training opportunities
  • transitioning from school to work or higher education
  • receiving Social Security Disability & are considering work
  • relying on public transportation
  • interested in learning how assistive technology can help
  • unsure of your legal rights in the workplace
  • interested in networking opportunity for community providers

To RSVP and to request accommodations call 860-899-3446 by October 4th, 2019.

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October 26, 2019

2019 ASRC Autism Resource Fair

Wallingford, CT

On Saturday October 26th, ASRC will host their Annual Autism Resource Fair at the Toyota Oakdale Theater Complex in Wallingford from 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM. This informational, one day program has served as a major event to benefit the Autism community for over 20 years.

The fair has really grown over the years, usually attracting over 600 attendees and 110 different vendors. Exhibitors come from Connecticut, Upstate New York, Pennsylvania, and even as far as Canada. Attendees receive information on a wide range of topics for those living with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Six workshops are held throughout the day, which covered topics like financial planning, fostering independent life skills, improving communications, and problem solving.

For more information email:, call 203-265-7717, or visit

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