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.


2023 Next Steps Training- English and Spanish

Registration is now open for our 2023 Next Steps intensive parent training in English and Spanish...

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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

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

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 Round Table Webinar

Wednesday, June 7, 2023
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. EST
No cost

Finding Your Voice as a Parent: Special Education Law and Advocacy

Webinar Date: Wednesday June 7th 7:00 p.m. EST

Register here on Zoom: https://bit.ly/3o4j9Gj

Co-hosted online with the Stamford JCC (Stamford, CT)


Lawrence Berliner, Connecticut Special Education Law Attorney

Jane Faherty, Stamford JCC JumpStart Executive Director and Special Education Advocate

Allie Grafman, Special Education Advocate at ABC Advocacy LLC

Marla Wayne, Special Education Advocate

Taking Ownership of your Child’s Educational Journey

A Discussion of parents’ end of the year concerns and beyond:
• Understanding your child’s basic special education rights
• Addressing parents’ observations, input and concerns as the year comes to a close
• Preparing your child for the transition to a new school
• ESY - Extended School Year Services / Summer Camp & Related Services
• Preparing for the End of the Year Annual Review PPT
• Planning Ahead to the new school year - Fall 2023
• Turning Point: Next Steps… What to do if your child is struggling and the school is not responding to your child’s needs

Questions? Please email Rachel Berliner, Public Relations at [email protected]

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