What we do

CPAC is committed to the idea that parents can be the most effective advocates for their children, given the confidence that knowledge and understanding of special education law and its procedures.

how we help

We help families through outreach efforts and referrals from schools, social service agencies and other parents. The number of families that Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center serves has grown dramatically over the past 32 years. We continue to take pride in providing prompt and personal assistance to all who contact us. CPAC is staffed by parents of children with disabilities who have training in, and personal experience with, the law and disability issues.

Online Learning Opportunities

Online Learning

Webinars, Videos and

Hot Topics


Technology, school climate & bullying, inclusion, literacy, and more.

Newsletter and Other CPAC Publications

Newsletters &

Newsletters from CPAC and a Guide to Educational Terms (in English and Spanish).

Special Education

Education 101

Communication, eligibility, evaluation, legal rights, and more.

Key Resources


Parent Support, Connecting Connecticut, Disability Specific and more

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked

Answers to some frequently asked questions.

State & Federal Information

State & Federal

State and Federal Laws Supporting Students with Disabilities

Parent & School Collaboration

Families & Schools
Working Together

Practices and Tools for Schools and Families

upcoming events

October 21, 2019
SECTION 504 or an IEP?

Wallingford, CT

6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
100 South Turnpike Rd
Wallingford, CT
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Hosted by Wallingford PPS PTAC and presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center.

The group will discuss the basic principles of special education and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) covers eligible children from birth to 21 years of age. Section 504 applies to individuals of all ages identified as having a disability that negatively impacts a life activity. It is important to understand the difference to advocate effectively.

Light refreshments will be served.

Registration is Required
Call: (860) 739-3089
Email: cpac@cpacinc.org
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Kristen's Story

Learning, Caring and Having Fun: One Mom's Advice for a New Parent of a Child with a Disability. A huge thank you to Kristen for sharing her experiences raising a child with many disabilities and offering advice for other parents of young children.