What's New

Stress: Family Caregivers of Children with Disabilities by Bureau Bulletin

Family caregivers play an essential role within the national health care system. Read this important brief from the Collaboratory on School and Child Health regarding stress and family caregivers.
  Read the brief

Connecticut Family School Partnerships (CFSP)

The goal of the Connecticut Family School Partnerships (CFSP) is to improve student social, emotional and academic outcomes through strong family, school, and community partnerships.
CPAC has partnered with the African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP), Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and State Education Resource Center (SERC) to form this Statewide Family Engagement Center.
  Visit the ct-fsp.org website

New Guidance on Timelines for Evaluations

The Bureau of Special Education is issuing updated guidance on the timeline for initial special education evaluations in the state of Connecticut. The December 21, 2018 guidance memorandum titled Timelines for Initial Evaluation is rescinded and effective immediately is being replaced with the following: This guidance is being issued to clarify the requirements for the initial evaluation timeline. Conducting timely evaluations is an integral part of our commitment to each student’s right to a free and appropriate public education.
  Download the updated guidance

Education Committee Roundtable on Equity in Special Education

The Education Committee held a roundtable to discuss equity in special education. CPAC was invited to be part of this important conversation.
Watch the discussion here.
  Watch the discussion here

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
Opportunities

Webinars, Videos and
Modules.

Hot Topics

Hot
Topics

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

Newsletter and Other CPAC Publications

Newsletters &
Publications

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

Special Education

Special
Education 101

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

Key Resources

Key
Resources

Parent Support, Connecting Connecticut, Disability Specific and more

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked
Questions

Answers to some frequently asked questions.

State & Federal Information

State & Federal
Resources

State and Federal Laws Supporting Students with Disabilities

Parent & School Collaboration

Families & Schools
Working Together

Practices and Tools for Schools and Families

upcoming events

TRANSITION 101: PREPARING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES FOR LIFE AFTER HIGH SCHOOL

February 18, 2020, 6:00 - 8:00 pm

SPONSORED BY THE WALLINGFORD SPECIAL EDUCATION PTAC
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 Individualized Education Program (IEP). It is NEVER too early to learn about transitioning to adult life. This event is FREE.

Location:
Board of Education
100 South Turnpike Road
Wallingford, CT 06492
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» Register Online for this Event

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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.