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.
A Parent's Guide to Special Education in Connecticut is a 2007 publication that provides information for parents, guardians, and other family members about the laws, regulations and policies affecting special education programs and services. Spanish version
Special Education Parent Teacher Organization (SEPTO) information is available on our Family Resources/PTO page.
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Special Education Resources on the Internet
- National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD)
- Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
- Federation for Children with Special Needs
- Office for Civil Rights
- 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
- 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.
- FAVOR A family advocacy organization for children's mental health
- The New England Assistive Technology Center (NEAT)
- National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHY) 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)
- Cerebral Palsy
- Children and Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD)
- Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs Program
- Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center (ASRC)
- Connecticut Coalition for Inclusive Education (CCIE)
- Downs Syndrome
- 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.
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