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.


January Pyramid Pages - Connecticut Office of Early Childhood

Sharing is caring…for you and for me! 
In the January Pyramid Pages, learn the importance in teaching children skills on how to share with others.

Compartir es cuidarme y cuidarte En las Páginas del Modelo Pirámide de enero, aprenderás sobre la importancia de enseñarles a los niños a compartir.

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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

Finding Your Voice as a Parent: IEE Webinar

Tuesday, February 7, 2023
7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
No cost

Finding Your Voice as a Parent – The IEE: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Webinar Date: Tuesday February 7th at 7:00 p.m. EST

Register here on Zoom: https://bit.ly/3J9gVNF

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

Lawrence Berliner, Connecticut Special Education Law Attorney

Jane Faherty, Stamford JCC JumpStart Program Executive Director & Special Education Advocate

Dr. Michael S. Cohen, PhD., ABPP, FAACP, Psychologist, Fairfield CT
Aubrey Schmalle, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist at Sensational Achievements (Stamford, CT).

The IEE Process: A Collaborative Effort
How to Initiate an IEE and more…If Your Child is Struggling in School

• Your child’s rights to request an IEE under the IDEA

• The differences between a school district evaluation and a private independent evaluation

• Learning why, where and when, to request an IEE

• The Trained Psychologist and Neuropsychologist … Conducting evaluations measuring skills, testing for weaknesses and evaluating mental health and psychiatric concerns which may impact a student’s educational performance

• The Occupational Therapist – Evaluates sensory processing, motor, visual motor, and handwriting skills impacting self-regulation and school participation

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

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