October 16, 2019
The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education

Wethersfield, CT

7:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Wethersfield Community Center
30 Greenfield St
Wethersfield, CT
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Hosted by Wethersfield SEPTO and presented by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center.

Parents of children with disabilities will learn how to become more active participants in their children’s education. This session will include information on evaluations, Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and the principles of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Registration is Required
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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.

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.

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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
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October 23, 2019
4th Annual Family, School, & Community Engagement Conference

Rocky Hill, CT

When ALL Means ALL:
The call for full, equal, and equitable partnerships between families, schools, and communities.

Registration: 8:00 - 8:30 am
Event: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
$125 per attendee, includes light breakfast and lunch
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Keynote Speakers:

Maysa Akbar, Ph.D., ABPP
Founder and CEO of Integrated Wellness Group
Dr. Maysa Akbar is a groundbreaking psychologist, author, and healer. Her work in defining the existence of Urban TraumaTM, a framework developed by Dr. Akbar, unpacks how people of color are existing in a state of crisis due to oppressive societal systems. Resulting in feelings of anger, rage, and hopelessness. Defining Urban TraumaTM allows for new healing paths that empower diverse communities in unearthing liberation and freedom while creating a new legacy.

Dr. Akbar is an engaging and dynamic speaker on Urban TraumaTM; Restorative Practices; Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion particularly in the area of Philanthropy and Independent Schools. She brings wisdom, courage, and passion to both the learned community and a wider audience.

Anne T. Henderson
Senior Consultant, National Association for Family, School, and Community Engagement
Anne’s specialty is the relationship between families and schools. Since 1981, she has steadily tracked research and effective practice on how engaging families can improve student achievement, especially in diverse and low-income communities. In addition to her best-selling book, Beyond the Bake Sale: The Essential Guide to Family-School Partnerships, written with Karen L. Mapp et al. (The New Press, 2007), Anne has written a small library of readerfriendly reports, materials, policy papers, and books. Anne and Karen are working on the fifth edition of their Evidence series, on the effects of family-school partnerships on student learning and development, to be published by Scholastic in 2019.

Anne is a founder and senior consultant with the new National Association for Family, School and Community Engagement (NAFSCE) and serves as Vice-Chair of the NAFSCE board. She works across the country with parent and community groups, foundations, school districts, and state education agencies.

For additional information, contact Betsy LeBorious at or Francisco Baires at

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.

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

October 26, 2019
NFXF Connecticut Chapter Learning Series
Changing Behaviors and Optimizing Learning Through Integrated Intervention

Farmington, Connecticut

8:00 am - 4:30 pm
University of Connecticut Health Center
Keller Auditorium
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, Connecticut
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Featuring Internationally Renowned Fragile X and Autism Spectrum Disorder Experts
Tracy Murnan Stackhouse, MA, OTR/L, Developmental FX
Ruth Meissner, MA, CCC-SLP, Developmental FX
Sharyn Lincoln, MS, CGC, Boston Children's Hospital
Jonathan Picker, MBChB, PhD, Boston Children's Hospital

$60 per person, which includes breakfast, lunch and a conference binder.
CEU credit & Attendance Certificate available on request.
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What will be presented?

  • Fragile X syndrome (FXS): the most common cause of inherited mental impairment
  • Fragile X-associated disorders (FAD), which result from a mutation of a single gene within the X chromosome
  • Recent clinical trial results and upcoming new trials
  • The “biological realities” of FXS, particularly hyperarousal and anxiety, attentional difficulties, atypical language profile, social drive associated with social anxiety, gestalt learning, and sequential processing deficit with motor planning and neuromotor difficulties
  • How to address the response to internal drives that result from the “biological reality” created from FXS
  • When these “biological realities” are understood by an individual's team, the primary constraint can be addressed and will result in fewer and less maladaptive behaviors

October 28, 2019
How Do I Know if My Child is Making Progress?

Coventry, Connecticut

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
George Hersey Robertson School
227 Cross Street
Coventry, Connecticut
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This workshop will introduce participants to the importance of reviewing data provided by the school to determine whether or not a child is making progress. Participants will learn how to use the IEP and other tools to determine what data should be collected and how to utilize it to ensure that a child is making continuous progress.

Registration is Required
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October 29, 2019
Understanding Challenging Behaviors

Cromwell, Connecticut

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cromwell Middle School
6 Captain James Mann Memorial Drive
Cromwell, Connecticut
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This workshop will help participants change the way they view and react to their children’s challenging behavior. Participants will learn what their children’s behavior is communicating, how to use positive behavior supports to encourage the development of new communication skills, and practical tips for promoting children’s success.

Registration is Required
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