Our Mission

The mission of the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center is to educate, support, and empower Connecticut's diverse families of children and youth with disabilities, chronic conditions ages birth to 26, and the professionals who serve them.

Our Vision

All families will have the confidence, knowledge and understanding they need to effectively advocate for their children and to partner with professionals to ensure the children and youth grow and learn to their full potential.

how we help

Every day, CPAC's Parent Consultants provide individual training, support and empowerment for parents and professionals who reach out to us with questions about the education of their children and students. We provide training programs at no cost to families and educators across the state. We make available a wide range of accessible online training and information on our website and through social media. We work with a wide range of partners to reach out to families, youth and educators to find and address the issues in the education and transition of students and young people from birth through age 26. 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

Special Education Law and Advocacy Workshop:
Engaging Parents in their Child’s Educational Journey

Presented by Norwalk SPEDPartners
Speaker: Lawrence Berliner, Special Education Law Attorney

Monday, November 25, 2019, 7-9PM

SoNo Branch Library, Community Room
South Norwalk
10 Washington Street
Norwalk, CT 06854
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Discover What Every Parent Needs to Know

  • Your child’s basic educational rights
  • How to navigate the PPT and create an IEP as a framework for success
  • Turning Point: What to do when your child is struggling and the school is not responding to your child’s needs
  • School Refusal and Anxiety Issues
  • How to re-engage your child in a supportive learning environment
  • The role of the lawyer in the special education process

The workshop is FREE and open to the public.
To register, please contact Melissa Perisanidis at Norwalk SPEDPartners at: norwalkspedpartners@gmail.com
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more events

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.