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.


CPAC is looking for a Youth Coordinator to join our team! For more information click on the job posting below:
» Youth Coordinator Job Posting


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

Finding Your Voice as a Parent: College & Postsecondary

Wednesday, March 29, 2023
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
No cost

Transitions: Finding Your Student’s Academic Path After High School

Webinar Date: Wednesday March 29th 7:00 p.m. EST

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

Register here on Zoom: https://bit.ly/3ycmy76

This webinar is part of the Finding Your Voice as a Parent Webinar Series

Lawrence Berliner, Connecticut Special Education Law Attorney

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

Stephanie Mitchell, Independent College Consultant/Owner, Grapevine Educational Consulting and College & Transition Advising Affiliate, The Bertram Group

Helping parents and students with learning differences find the right placement in pursuing postsecondary academic settings

We will help families understand:

• Postsecondary transition planning for students with learning differences
• How to select the appropriate college option or transition program
• Finding a setting that fits a student’s strengths and individual needs
• Qualities and characteristics needed to ensure a successful transition
• Seeking support and accommodations in college
• Guiding parents through the process

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

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