LOCAL/STATE/NATIONAL RESOURCES FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
These resources are being provided to help you understand more about your child’s disability and places to seek assistance in understanding your rights. You should feel free to contact your child’s classroom/special education teacher, building principal, or Office of Special Services (658-3873) 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.
- Special Services staff, Department Supervisor, Assistant Principals and Building Principals are available to assist you with any questions.
- Parent and Student Guide in Special Education (Principal’s Office, Special Services Web Site on Simsbury Public Schools web page).
- Special Education Parent-Teacher Organization (SEPTO). Contact person: Diana Yeisley.
Simsbury School Guidelines for Independent Educational Evaluations [pdf]
Connecticut Lifespan Respite Coalition
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.
CT Parent Information and Resource Center
Connecticut Special Education Parent Teacher Association Council
A family advocacy organization for children's mental health
The New England Assistive Technology Center (NEAT)
National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (Nichcy)
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 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 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)
Statewide Legal Services
Wrightslaw- Special Education Law
Thousands of articles, case studies and free resources about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.
Autism Society of Connecticut (ASCONN)
Brain Injury Association of CT (BIAC)
Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program
Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center (ASRC)
Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDAA)
Nonverbal Learning Disorders Association (NLDA)
Non-profit organization dedicated to research, education and advocacy for non-verbal learning disorders.
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 and encouragement and practical guidance from parents.
Speech and Hearing
Board of Education and Services for the Blind (BESB)
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS)
Connecticut Commission of the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
Department of Development Services
Special Education Resource Center (SERC)
Council for Exceptional Children
National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD).
Federation for Children with Special Needs
Families and Advocates Partnership for Education (FAPE)