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Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) - How to File a Complaint

The Department’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently released a technical assistance videoHow to File a Complaint, to help parents, families, students, and stakeholders better understand how they can file a complaint with OCR. This resource provides clear and concise direction on how an individual may bring incidents of potential discrimination to the attention of OCR and includes information on deadlines, ways to provide the required information to OCR, and potential outcomes of complaint investigations.

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. Connecticut is the recipient of a grant that will focus on the resiliency of very young children and their families. Your help in filling out this survey will help CT providers have better tools, materials and programs to help meet the needs identified in this survey of CT families. We hope you will take the two minutes it will take to fill out the survey to help serve families in CT. Thank you for your time and help.
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Updated Guidance Regarding A.R. v. CT State Board of Education

A recent memorandum from the Connecticut State Board of Education contains important information related to school districts’ responsibilities related to the June 10, 2020 United States District Court ruling that extended student’s IDEA eligibility, who have not received a regular high school diploma, until their 22nd birthday.
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Return to Learning Playlist to Communicate for Students and Families

This playlist can prepare students and families for the return to learning by engaging in flexible, online and offline resources provided by three CSDE partners; CT Public Television, Wide Open School and Yale University Department.
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Frequently Asked Questions re Covid-19

For Families: Frequently Asked Questions About Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
CPAC compiled this document with the most frequently asked questions from families at this time. The document will be updated as new information becomes available.
» Download Frequently Asked Questions for Families

Informational update for week three of school closure

As we begin the third week of statewide school classroom closure, here is some updated information:

Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Bryan Klimkiewicz, Special Education Division Director for the CT Department of Education has released new guidance to school districts related to the provision of special education during this health emergency. Please note that it is a working document and will be updated regularly as things change. CPAC will be discussing this guidance with Bryan online on Friday. Check in to our facebook page for updates on timing. In the meantime, please feel free to send any questions you may have to [email protected] and we will do our best to get you answers. Our parent consultants are also available at (860) 739-3089. Be well.
» Guidance Presentation re Covid-19

COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Update

COVID-19 ("Coronavirus") Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel. Please visit the U.S. Department of Education website for the latest updates and resources: https://www.ed.gov/coronavirus.

For the latest from the Connecticut check https://portal.ct.gov/coronavirus for important and up-to-date information on Connecticut's response efforts in regard to COVID-19.

CPAC is Requesting Your Feedback

Have your voice heard!
As Connecticut’s Parent Training and Information (PTI) Center we are here to serve families with children with disabilities, youth with disabilities, and professionals in the field by offering a variety of services. We regularly ask for feedback regarding the services we provide so we are sure that we are meeting the needs of families, youth, and professionals in Connecticut. Please complete the following four question survey and have your voice heard at the CPAC planning table. Results are anonymous. We thank you for your support!
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Bristol, Spring 2020

THE NEXT STEPS TRAINING WILL BE HELD ONLINE ON TUESDAY EVENINGS BEGINNING MARCH 17TH, THROUGH MAY 12TH, 2020. EACH SESSION BEGINS PROMPTLY AT 6:00 P.M. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATION IS MARCH 15. APPLICATION IS REQUIRED FOR ALL AND PARTICIPATION AT ALL EIGHT SESSIONS IS HIGHLY ENCOURAGED. FOR MORE INFORMATION OR QUESTIONS ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS, PLEASE CALL THE CONNECTICUT PARENT ADVOCACY CENTER AT (860) 739-3089 OR EMAIL LISA AT [email protected].
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Stress: Family Caregivers of Children with Disabilities by Bureau Bulletin

Family caregivers play an essential role within the national health care system. Read this important brief from the Collaboratory on School and Child Health regarding stress and family caregivers.
Read the brief

Connecticut Family School Partnerships (CFSP)

The goal of the Connecticut Family School Partnerships (CFSP) is to improve student social, emotional and academic outcomes through strong family, school, and community partnerships.
CPAC has partnered with the African Caribbean American Parents of Children with Disabilities (AFCAMP), Capitol Region Education Council (CREC), Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and State Education Resource Center (SERC) to form this Statewide Family Engagement Center.
Visit the ct-fsp.org website

New Guidance on Timelines for Evaluations

The Bureau of Special Education is issuing updated guidance on the timeline for initial special education evaluations in the state of Connecticut. The December 21, 2018 guidance memorandum titled Timelines for Initial Evaluation is rescinded and effective immediately is being replaced with the following: This guidance is being issued to clarify the requirements for the initial evaluation timeline. Conducting timely evaluations is an integral part of our commitment to each student’s right to a free and appropriate public education.
Download the updated guidance

Education Committee Roundtable on Equity in Special Education

The Education Committee held a roundtable to discuss equity in special education. CPAC was invited to be part of this important conversation.
Watch the discussion here.
Watch the discussion here

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.

Presenters:
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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