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SpEdConnecticut Special Education Training - 12 weeks - Hartford - Wednesdays on September 18 through December 14

posted Aug 18, 2019, 4:57 PM by Diane Willcutts

This annual training is for parents, advocates, attorneys, and other professionals.  It meets weekly, and people can attend all sessions or one or anywhere in between.  And Diane is presenting on September 18!

from 9:30am – 12:30pm

75 Charter Oak Avenue
Bldg 2 Suite 206
Hartford, CT 06106

09/18 – Diane Wilcutts Education Advocate – Special Education overview
09/25 – Bogdan Zamfir – Assistive Technology
10/02 – Sheryl Knapp Reading interventions
10/09 – TBA
10/16 – Randy Ewart – Math interventions
10/23 – Adrienne Smaller  – Scientific Based Research Interventions
10/30 – Judy Rosenfield – Speech, Language, Communication Disorders
11/06 – Shelley Pelletier – Neuropsych Evaluations
11/13 – Attorney Melanie Dunn – Special Education Law
11/20 – Joe Prignano – Transition Planning
12/04 – Karina Gitman – ADD/ADHD
12/14 – Caley Schwartz  – Autism

To register, go here.

2019 Special Education Institute - UConn and Klebanoff Institute - Hartford - September 20

posted Aug 13, 2019, 1:58 PM by Diane Willcutts

When:  Friday, September 20, 2019 from 8:30-2:00.

Where:  Hartford Marriott Downtown

Fee:  $35

This summit will provide a unique opportunity for discussion and learning among educators, family/community members, policymakers, and researchers regarding the current state of practice in teaching reading to students with disabilities in Connecticut. Current issues will be discussed, as well as promising instructional practices and research that enhance reading instruction. The day will feature a keynote presentation, an interactive panel, and breakout sessions that include practitioners, advocates, and researchers.

The event will be open to a wide audience with an interest in special education services in Connecticut, including families, advocates, persons with disabilities, legislators, and education professionals.

The focus of this year's program is reading and dyslexia.  For more information and to register, go here.

WRIGHTSLAW - Special education law and advocacy training - Nashua, NH - April 2, 2020

posted Aug 8, 2019, 9:27 AM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Aug 8, 2019, 9:40 AM ]

           When:      Thursday, April 2, 2020 from 9-4:30 (registration starts at 8 a.m.)

   Sky Meadow Country Club 
                6 Mountain Laurels Drive 
                Nashua, NH 03062

Program Description

Pete Wright is the speaker for this program.  Pete is a nationally-renowned attorney who won a landmark Supreme Court Decision in Florence v. Carter.  He has trained thousands of parents, attorneys, and advocates in special education law and advocacy.

One-day special education law and advocacy programs focus on four areas:

  • special education law, rights and responsibilities
  • tests and measurements to measure progress & regression
  • introduction to tactics & strategies for effective advocacy
Wrightslaw programs are designed to meet the needs of parents, educators, health care providers, advocates and attorneys who represent children with disabilities regarding special education. The program is not disability specific.

For more information, go here.

Back to School IEP Clinic - SPEDCONNECTICUT - Hartford - August 20 or September 11

posted Jul 27, 2019, 10:37 AM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Jul 27, 2019, 10:39 AM ]

Are you struggling to understand your child's IEP?

Please join SpEdConnecticut at one of our FREE IEP clinics. First hour will be a brief overview of the IEP.

Second hour will be 1:1 time with a parent advisor to discuss your child's IEP. 

Space is limited please RSVP.

Tuesday, August 20th, 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Wednesday, September 11th, 10am to 12pm 

Please RSVP to Goviana Morales via 
phone at 860.560.1711 or email at

SEEK-CT Conference on Special Education - New Haven - October 5

posted Jun 28, 2019, 2:24 PM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Aug 15, 2019, 5:31 PM ]

The conference will provide important training to parents to help them more effectively navigate the special education process, to understand appropriate assessment and instruction for students with disabilities, to learn more about transition to adulthood and access to government supports, and more.  (Diane will be presenting on how to obtain independent educational evaluations!)

The conference will be held on Saturday, October 5, at the Omni Hotel in New Haven.

Fee:  $65.  

This is a full-day conference and includes light breakfast and lunch.    

So who is SEEK?  Special Education Equity for Kids is an organization of parents, attorneys, advocates, and other professionals who support the more than 70,000 students with disabilities throughout Connecticut.  SEEK was created to identify barriers in special education and to SEEK solutions through changing policy and legislation.

To register for the conference, go here.

To sponsor the conference, go here.  

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