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 any disability or chronic conditions, ages birth to 26, and the professionals who serve them.

CPAC is committed to diversity, equity, inclusion, and language access for Connecticut families and youth with disabilities. We advocate at the federal, state, and local levels to help remove barriers that families and youth face when advocating for appropriate supports and services.
 

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

Join us for our Next STEPs Parent Leadership training as we discuss learning how to advocate for individuals participating in Special Education.

Next STEPs is an 8 week course and will be in person in Torrington, Connecticut. Please contact Lisa Opert with any questions at [email protected].



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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
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

New Individualized Education Program (IEP)

NEW Individualized
Education Program (IEP)

The IEP is the foundation for a student's education.

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

Money Values and SMART Goals

How to Identify and Accomplish your Goals for Students and Youth
Thursday, February 29, 2024
5:00-6:30pm
No cost

Hosted in collaboration with CT Money School

This presentation explores the “Why” behind how participants spend their money. This module also helps participants identify, prioritize and set S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-Based) goals that can help you be successful with follow-through and achievement of their goals.

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