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.

CPAC IS HIRING A YOUTH COORDINATOR!

CPAC is in search of a Youth Coordinator to add to our Youth and Transition Team. See full job posting here:
» Youth Coordinator Position

What's New

UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities needs to hear from families of young children (aged Birth to 5) so they can understand their needs during the COVID -19 pandemic and what they might need when this is all over as we all recover from these challenges.
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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

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

20-21 Person-Centered Planning: LifeCourse Planning Tools

Multiple dates from January through July, 2021

Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, is a tool to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life. Participants in this session will understand the importance of person-centered/futures planning, become familiar with the LifeCourse tools, and how to use them to support the development of the IEP and Transition Planning.

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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.