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.

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

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

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

Special Education during COVID-19: Resources, Supports and Best Practice Strategies

March 2, 2021 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Changes in instructional delivery models (Inperson, Hybrid, Remote) have been particularly challenging for families whose children receive special education services. This session will provide answers to families' frequently asked questions about special education and educational programming for children with disabilities during COVID-19.

The CSDE will be sharing information along with best practice strategies and resources from the CT Parent Advocacy Center.

Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director, CSDE
Andrea Brinnel, Early Childhood Consultant & IDEA 619 Part B Manager, CSDE
Jane Hampton-Smith, Co-Executive Director, CT Parent Advocacy Center

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