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The Nuts and Bolts of Special Education - Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) - FREE - Hebron - April 4

posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:31 PM by Diane Willcutts

Parents of children with disabilities will learn how to become more active participants in their children’s education. This session will include information on evaluations, record keeping, Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meetings, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), Section 504 and dispute resolution.

Thu, April 4, 2019

5:30 PM – 7:30 PM EDT

Gilead Hill School

580 Gilead Street 

Hebron, Connecticut 06248

Register here.

¿Cómo entender la evaluación de su hijo: ¿Qué significan todos esos números? - GRATIS - Norwalk - 9 de Abril

posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:23 PM by Diane Willcutts   [ updated Feb 17, 2019, 2:40 PM ]

Presentaciones gratuitas de educación especial en español

Martes, 9 de Abril 


Cena española gratis

presentación gratis;

cuidado de niños gratis

South Norwalk Branch Library, 10 Washington Street, Norwalk

Spanish Supper: 6:00pm 

Workshop: 6:30-8:15pm

Por favor, háganos saber si or call 203.899.2790 ext. 15902

More presentations in Spanish are here.

Autism Services and Resources Connecticut - Bridging Communities Conference - New Haven - March 23

posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:10 PM by Diane Willcutts

Bridging Communities Conference
Saturday, March 23, 2019
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

» Location: Southern Connecticut State University | Adanti Student Center | 345 Fitch Street, New Haven, CT
» Date: March 23, 2019
» Featured Keynote: – John Elder Robison, Author “Look me in the eye”
» Featured Presenter: –
Kari Dunn Buron, Author of “The Incredible 5 Point Scale"
» Box Lunch Included

» Signature Sponsor: Kearns & Kearns PC, Attorneys at Law

For more information, go here.

Effective Reading Instruction and How To Get It (FREE PROGRAM) - Westport - April 3

posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:02 PM by Diane Willcutts

Wednesday, April 3, 2019
7:00 - 8:30 pm
Westport Woman's Club
44 Imperial Avenue 
Westport, CT 06880

Students who struggle to learn to read require explicit, systematic instruction, targeted toward their specific areas of strength and weakness, using an evidence-based methodology. Sheryl Knapp, founder of The Literacy and Learning Assessment Center of CT, will describe the components of a comprehensive literacy evaluation, and their implications for providing each student with effective interventions. She will comment on specific instructional programs and methodologies, including suggestions regarding what to request. Special Education Attorney Anne Treimanis will discuss how to obtain appropriate, school-based services that address each child’s unique needs.

Co-sponsored by the Westport Library 

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) - Annual Conference - New Orleans - March 7-10

posted Feb 17, 2019, 2:00 PM by Diane Willcutts

The COPAA conference includes training from the best of the best special education attorneys and advocates from around the country.  Tracks for parents, attorneys, and advocates.  (And especially great for those who are training to become advocates!) 

COPAA members work in the trenches every day to assure that IDEA, Section 504, The ADA and other federal and state laws are implemented as intended. We have experienced, time and time again, the full synergistic force of effective IEP teams; where parents and students are equal members, the team works collaboratively, and the resulting individualized program gives the student a real shot at life enrichment as the result of receiving a meaningful, quality education. 

The Annual COPAA Conference is your opportunity to learn, face-to-face, effective strategies from the COPAA network. Learn information and approaches to support each student through the spirit and letter of the law to be as independent, self-sufficient, self-advocating as possible; enforcing their civil right to equal opportunity.

March 7-10, 2019, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel.

For more information, go here.

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