Links to special education resources

  • CT Sped Forum is a private email list of Connecticut attorneys, advocates, and parents who are committed to protecting the educational civil rights of children with disabilities by sharing information about legislative events, advocacy resources, and more.  Join us!
  • The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is a national non-profit organization that includes over 1,000 members, including parents, attorneys, and advocates.  COPAA’s web site includes a directory of  attorneys/advocates by state; sample letters and other advocacy and legal materials; legislative updates relevant to children with disabilities; and much more.  
  • Wrightslaw is an excellent source of reader-friendly information about special education law, research-based instruction, assessment, and effective advocacy.
  • The Connecticut Bureau of Special Education web site includes lots of publications to download, including guidelines for identifying and instructing children with disabilities, guidelines for the training and support of paraprofessionals, and more.  A link to due process hearing decisions is also here.
  • READ THE BUREAU BULLETIN!  These publications are the CT Bureau of Special Education's main way of notifying the public about anything significant.  There is important information here that is found nowhere else.
  • The Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center is our statewide parent training information center (PTI) and offers free information and phone support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, ages birth through 26.
  • Connecticut Strategic School Profiles.  These detailed reports are prepared annually by each school district and include town and school demographics, the number of students in each disability “category”, Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) and Connecticut Academic Performance Test (CAPT) scores, district efforts to support at risk students, graduation and dropout rates, number of school staff, and more.
  • Connecticut Mastery Test data.  The CMTs are administered annually to assess school progress in educating students, in order to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind law. Users of this site can generate their own reports, customizing these to include state data, individual districts, subgroup information, etc.  Note that the state is no longer requiring districts to administer the CMT but has moved to a different test, SBAC.  The CMT data is still available here.  Unfortunately, SBAC data has not yet been reported.
  • The Center for Children’s Advocacy site provides legal resources.  This is a non-profit organization at the University of Connecticut, supporting the legal rights of children.  The above links to their education legal resources page, which includes the special education state and federal regulations, resources for families, information about restraint and seclusion in our schools, truancy, and discipline.
  • Records Retention Schedules for Connecticut towns, municipalities, and boards of education.  Includes retention schedule for education records.
  • CT Special Education Lawyer's blog.  Attorney Jen Laviano writes an informative and entertaining blog, including lots of tips for parents and her take on "ridiculous comments" made at school meetings.
  • The Advocacy Institute.  Candace Cortiella, a leading advocate for high-quality education of children of disabilities, runs this website.  The site includes reader-friendly reports on key special education topics (e.g., mediation, universal design, parent guide to IDEA), webinars for advocates, legislative information, and more.  
  • YOUR SPECIAL EDUCATION RIGHTS.  This site includes many, many engaging videos designed to educate parents in all aspects of the special education process.  Not to be missed!
  • Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities.  Smart Kids is a Connecticut-based organization that offers a comprehensive website (lots of good articles!), blog, free email newsletter, and events for parents of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.  Smart Kids seeks to inspire and empower parents to become effective advocates for their children.  Check them out!










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