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.

What's New

Updated Guidance Regarding A.R. v. CT State Board of Education
A recent memorandum from the Connecticut State Board of Education contains important information related to school districts’ responsibilities related to the June 10, 2020 United States District Court ruling that extended student’s IDEA eligibility, who have not received a regular high school diploma, until their 22nd birthday.
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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

SpEdConnecticut: Seminars for Parents and Professionals

September 22, 2020 through December 8, 2020

Every year, SpEdConnecticut gathers some of the most admired professionals in their fields to speak about special education law and practices. This year our presenters will be speaking via Webinars. Please see the list of our presenters below. If you cannot make the presentation most will be recorded for you to access. The only presentation that has to be attended live is the Developmental Language and Communication Disorders due to its interactive nature. All presentations will allow for a question/answer period at the end where participants can ask questions.

» Register for all Training Sessions $225
» Register for Individual Classes $25
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» Vist SpEdConnecticut to learn more

You will receive an email with details of how to log onto each class about a week before the class and then 24 hrs before the class. A link to review the recording of the class will be sent out within 24 hours of the class occurring except where the presentation will only be live.

Oct 6 10am-12pm Adrienne Smaller, Ph.D
Psych Evals: What do the numbers mean?

Oct 13 4:30pm-6:30pm Dr. Katrina Gutman
ADHD: Diagnosis, Treatments and Strategies

Oct 20 10am-12pm Richard Zipoli, CCC-SLP, MSPT
Developmental Language & Communication Disorders

Oct 27 10am-12pm Sheryl Knapp, M.Ed., C/AOGPE, C
Research-Based Reading Interventions

Nov 10 6pm-8pm Randy Ewart
Math Disabilities: Assessments, Goals, Strategies

Nov 17 6pm-8pm Erik Mayville PhD, BCBA-D
Autism identification and intervention methods

Nov 24 10am-12pm John Molteni, Ph.D., BCBA-D
Emotional Disorders and their impact on learning

Dec 1 10am-12pm Ron Samul & Jennifer Sullivan
Executive Functioning strategies for home & school

Dec 8 10am-12pm Attorney Melanie Dunn
Understanding Procedural Safeguards

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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.