​   ​​The New England Consortium  on Deafblindness  (NEC)

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont

CPAC's State Department of Education Complaint Project Continues
As many of you may have heard, the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) has begun a project to collect copies of formal complaints filed with the State Department of Education and the responses that parents have received. In the past few weeks, many of you have responded and we wanted to say thank you! However, we do need more. 


Types of Tests: Inside the Evaluation Process
Many types of tests are used to evaluate children for learning and attention issues. The areas where your child is having trouble will help to determine which particular ones might be given. Check out this article from Understood.org to find out more information about tests and assessments used in the evaluation process. 
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The IEP Meeting: An Overview
Does your child have an IEP? You and the rest of the team will meet at least once a year to sit down and make sure your child's IEP is meeting their needs. This article will provide insight on who is supposed to attend the IEP meeting, what is supposed to be discussed and how to wrap it up.  
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Considering Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) in Placement Decisions
Least restrictive environment or LRE is one of the several vital components in the development of a child's IEP and plays a critical role, influencing where a children spends their time at school, how services are provided and the relationships the child develops within the school community. 
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Connecticut CORE Transition Skills Updated 
The Connecticut CORE Transition Skills document contains a list of 16 key areas that were determined to be critical to the post-school success of any student with a disability. The Connecticut State Department of Education feels that if these key CORE skills are addressed, all students with disabilities will be significantly better prepared to meet their post-school goals after exiting from high school. The document was recently revised and is available on our website. 

Featured Resource: 
Raising Caring, Confident, Capable Children

This brochure shares what parents and caregivers need to know about social and emotional learning (SEL) and why it deserves your support in school and at home. The benefits of social and emotional learning are listed and are identifiable as being key to student success in school, work and life. This work was done in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Education. 
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Dear Parent Consultant
In our Dear Parent Consultant section, we'll be answering some of your most frequently asked questions.

Dear Parent Consultant, 

We just held our annual PPT for my son Jake and when I received the IEP in the mail, my request for an independent evaluation was not recorded anywhere within the IEP. I'm confused as to why it is not recorded there as I thought that we have decided we would be moving forward with this? I feel strongly that this is important information for us to collect in order to plan for the most important program for Jake. What should I do?

Jake's Mom
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Educational Term of the Month
Independent Educational Evaluation (IEE): An evaluation performed by a certified and/or licensed professional examiner who is not employed by the school system responsible for the education of the child.
Learn the definition of other educational terms by viewing our Guide to Educational Terms (in English and Spanish).