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.



CPAC has created and shared the following information for directors of special education and other school staff to help support trusting relationships between schools and families....

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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

Parent’s Space Support Group

Thursday, October 6, 2022
4:00 p.m.
No Cost

CPAC is offering Parent’s Space Support group!

This support group is dedicated to all our parents out there. Our goal is for us to engage, inspire, and support one another and to celebrate our children’s successes, milestones, and the little things they do that others might take for granted. We created this judgment-free space so that we can speak freely, feel valued, and respected! Please join us and meet other parents who “get it.”
Parent Space Support group is open to families currently enrolled
in our Family Connections Program.

Parent Space will meet weekly on Thursdays at 4:00 PM.

For questions please contact Adriana Fontaine at [email protected] or Lisa Opert at [email protected]

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