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.



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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: Understanding Dyslexia

Tuesday, December 6, 2022
7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
No cost

Finding Your Voice as a Parent: Setting the Stage for Understanding Dyslexia

**Due to the expected inclement weather in Connecticut and the Northeast this evening, November 30th, we have decided to postpone the dyslexia webinar. The new date will be Tuesday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m.**

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

Register here on Zoom: https://bit.ly/3D5ih7L

Lawrence Berliner, Connecticut Special Education Law Attorney (Westport, CT) 

Jane Faherty, Stamford JCC JumpStart Director and Special Education Advocate (Stamford, CT) 

Susanne Bailey-Rice, CIT/OGA, Owner, Shoreline Learning (Madison, CT) 

A Starting Point of Conversation:
• Definition of Dyslexia… and what is decoding?
• Common characteristics that can indicate dyslexia
• Five Pillars of Reading
• Identifying a dyslexic learner: Comprehensive Evaluation
• How to help your child at home
• Types of reading instruction to assist the student
• Advocacy

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

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