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Building A Bridge [PDF]

Connecticut State Department of Education

Helpful CT Resources for Families (2008) [PDF]  Spanish

IEP Guide for Parents

Overview of Special Services [RHHS] [GMS] [Stevens/West Hill] [Speech & Language]

PPT Checklist  [PDF

Rocky Hill Public Schools Guidelines for IEE

Transition Bill of Rights - For Parents of Students Receiving Special Education Services


A Family Guide: Connecticut's Framework to RTI 

This booklet reviews what scientific research-based interventions (SRBI) are and includes questions to ask your child’s school to learn more about how they are using SRBI as a framework to improve teaching and learning.


Parent Support Groups for Parent’s of Children on the Autism Spectrum

CT Autism Spectrum Resource Center East of the River Parent Support Group serves parents of children ages 12 and under on the autism spectrum.  The group meets on the second Monday of every month at 7 pm at First Church, Congregational, 2183 Main St. in Glastonbury.  For more information, please contact Susan at 860-657-1150 or Jennifer at 860-657-2155.

The Autism Parent Support Group sponsored by East of the River Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut meets the second Monday of the month beginning at 7:00 pm at the Manchester Memorial Hospital in Manchester, CT. For more information please contact Geneva Bajorek at 860-645-1940 or please visit:

The Farmington Valley Aspergers Network (FAVAN) is a not-for-profit, parent-run support group for parents, caregivers and families of children on the "mild" end of autism spectrum.  Their mission and goal is to provide education about current resources available to parents, emotional support and a safe environment for social networking with other families in the same situation.  For more information about monthly meetings please contact Shawn and Lee McFadden at 860-589-0097, by email at: or visit them on the web at:


Local/State/National Resources For Parents
These resources are being provided to help you understand more about your child’s disability and places to seek assistance in understanding special education. You should feel free to contact your child’s classroom/special education teacher, building principal, or Director of Pupil Services (860-258-7705) for assistance in resolving any issues pertaining to your child. There are also social service organizations affiliated with state and national advocacy groups which can also be of assistance.

Parent Information/Advocacy 

Connecticut Coalition for Inclusive Education (CCIE)
The CCIE is an organization committed to advocating for inclusive education for students with disabilities.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
CPAC is a statewide non-profit organization that offers information and support to parents of children with disabilities and the professionals who work with them. The staff primarily consists of parents of children with disabilities who assist other parents in understanding how to participate more effectively in their children’s education.

Connecticut State Department of Education
The Connecticut State Department of Education can be an important source of information concerning clarification of your rights as they pertain to your individual situation. They will also intervene on your behalf if you feel your rights have been violated. All requests for intervention must be done in writing. If you decide to pursue a due process, your attorney must file with this agency.

NICHCY is the national information and referral center that provides information on disabilities and disability-related issues for families, educators, and other professionals. Our special focus is children and youth (birth to age 22).

State Education Resource Center (SERC)
From the Connecticut State Department of Education. Request a free resource package for parents of children with special needs, including CT Special Education Statutes and commentary; plus a newsletter with new materials in the SERC library and upcoming workshops.

State Agency for the Legally Blind and Visually Impaired

State of Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
The Office of Protection and Advocacy seeks to protect the rights and to advocate for people with disabilities. They do this by providing information, referral services, case advocacy services, abuse investigation, protective interventions and community development activities. (This program is Federally and State funded and services are, for the most part, free of charge)



Autism Society of America

Autism Society of Connecticut (ASCONN)

Cerebral Palsy
United Cerebral Palsy is the leading source of information on Cerebral Palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of persons with any disability. An additional resource is


Cerebral Palsy Group -


Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
CHADD is an active, effective advocacy organization for those with Attention Deficit Disorders. The CHADD website includes substantial amounts of information. Check for regional support groups.

Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (CACALD)
Non-profit organization committed to helping children and adults with learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder.

Downs Syndrome
Link to the Connecticut Downs Syndrome organization 

International Dyslexia Association     
The IDA is a non-profit organization dedicated to research and advocacy for individuals with dyslexia, a reading (or language learning) disability. Both regional and national groups offer conferences, a variety of publications and information.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA)
In addition to national and regional conferences, the LDA offers parent assistance services, booklists, and publications. Membership in the national LDA includes enrollment in the state chapter.

Arc of Connecticut
Arc of Connecticut is an advocacy organization committed to protecting the rights of people with intellectual, cognitive, and developmental disabilities and to promoting opportunities for their full inclusion in the life of their community.

Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA)
A non-profit organization dedicated to research, education, and advocacy for non-verbal learning disorders.
Includes subject indexes to learning disabilities resources, offers e-mail responses to individual questions.

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
This national non-profit organization publishes a newsletter for parents of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders offering current, authoritative information from experts; encouragement and practical guidance from parents; and inspiration via profiles of people who overcome learning disabilities on the way to outstanding achievement. 

Speech and Hearing
CT Speech-Language-Hearing Association website



U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services Links to other resources for teachers and parents.

Council for Exceptional Children

Special Education Resources on the Internet (SERI) is a collection of internet resources for those interested in special education. Includes general disability information, parent and teacher resources, etc.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)

Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders

Federation for Children with Special Needs

Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)

Office for Civil Rights  home page. Information on Section 504 and other topics

Center for Effective Collaboration (CECP)
Supports collaboration at local, state and national levels to improve services for children and youth with emotional and behavioral problems 


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