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.


Restraint and Seclusion: A Three – Part Series by The CT Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) and the CT State Department of Education (CSDE)

This dual-capacity series was designed to provide accurate and objective information to all stakeholders about the current Connecticut laws regarding restraint and seclusion in schools, documentation requirements, effective family-school communication, and supporting student behavior. Featuring speakers from the Connecticut State Department of Education’s Bureau of Special Education and Performance Office, Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Office of the Child Advocate, and a local education agency (LEA), the series brings a variety of perspectives together to discuss this range of topics.

The recordings to all three sessions will be available on this playlist.

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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

Learning Support in College

Tuesday, April 30, 2024
8:00pm to 9:00pm
This is a no cost event

This presentation features:
Lauren Yost - Author
Jennifer Sullivan - Author & Owner of Fast Forward College Coaching

This presentation will discuss:
How to navigate the accommodation request process in college, documentation required, typical college accommodations and variations among colleges across the country & a sample accommodation letter will be shared

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