March E-News 
Connecticut Parent 
Advocacy Center
March 2011
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Spring has sprung!  We hope you've all made it through the winter and are ready to transition to a new season!  This month, we have important information for you on the procedural safeguards for students with disabilities in Connecticut as well as information on bullying.  Please check out this month's great resources and upcoming events.  If you have questions, or need additional support, contact us Monday through Friday at 1-800-445-2722 or at cpac@cpacinc.org.

Connecticut Special Education Updates
The CT State Department of Education is interested in public inspection and comment on revisions to the Procedural Safeguards for students with disabilities in Connecticut and for the Annual State Application for Federal Fiscal Year 2011 under Part B of the IDEA.  Both documents and information about two upcoming public hearings, can be viewed on our website: www.cpacinc.org.  
Let your voice be heard!

Bullying
The Connecticut Commission on Human Rights and Opportunities (CHRO) has sent a letter to all Connecticut schools on the issue of bullying and harassment. This letter follows an earlier letter sent by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE), Office for Civil Rights (OCR). The Connecticut civil rights agency and the federal OCR have dramatically stepped up their efforts to protect students being bullied and harassed. Read the U.S. DOE letter here. You can also view the U.S. DOE, OCR Background, Summary and Fast Facts regarding the information in the letter that was sent.

Read more about bullying and students with disabilities in a report from AbilityPath.org.  "Walk A Mile In Their Shoes" is a report and guide developed following interviews with experts, educators and parents of children with disabilities.

Online Training Videos
Don't forget to check out our online training videos!  View "The IEP: A Basic Overview" video series as well as our archived webinars: "My Child was Diagnosed with ADHD: What Does That Mean?" and "The Transition Process from Birth to Three to Special Education."  Let us know what you think after you watch them by completing the survey under each video.
www.cpacinc.org/materials-publications/training-videos

 

Upcoming Events

Featured CPAC Events:

Developing the IEP
April 6, 2011
6 pm to 8 pm
Coventry

Help! My Child is Struggling in School
April 12, 2011
7 pm to 8:30 pm
Stamford

For more information, contact CPAC at 1-800-445-2722 or register online at www.cpacinc.org/workshop-registration.

Together We Will: Create Positive Early Learning Experiences for Young Children

April 7, 2011
8 am to 3:30 pm
Cromwell
Visit the CT SERC website for more information or to register.

To view other events in CT, visit www.cpacinc.org/upcoming-events.

Helpful Resources and News

Evaluating Children for Disability (Available Spanish: La Evaluación Gratuita de Niños)- A publication from NICHCY (The National Dissemmination Center for Children with Disabilities) which explains the evaluation process for special education 

Augmentive and Alternative Communciation Resource Guide for Teachers
- Published by the CT State Education Resource Center (SERC), the guide provides resources, tips and strategies to help teachers use AAC effectively and efficiently with their students.

What Works for Acting Out Behavior: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Interventions - A Child Trends Fact Sheet written by Mary Terzian, Ph.D., M.S.W., Katie Hamilton, M.S., and Thomson Link, M.A.

Healthnet News - The University of Connecticut Health Center's Healthnet News features great information and resources.  This winter's issue focuses on bullying, epilepsy and mental health.

Epilepsy and My Child Toolkit: A Resource for Parents With a Newly Diagnosed Child - An extensive, free online toolkit developed by the Epilepsy Foundation 

CT Disability Connections Website - This site has been developed and maintained by a parent in CT and offers information and resources on a variety of issues facing parents of children with disabilities.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc.,
1-800-445-2722
www.cpacinc.org
cpac@cpacinc.org
(860) 739-3089
338 Main Street, Niantic, CT

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