​   ​​The New England Consortium  for Deafblind Technical Assistance And Training (NEC)

                                                       A Deafblind Community of Practice

                              Serving Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire



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. 
Learn more about CPAC's complaint clearinghouse

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. 
Learn more

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.  
Learn more about the IEP meeting

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. 
Learn more about LRE>>

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. 
Read the full brochure

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
 
Click here to read the answer.



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).


Upcoming Events


March 31, 2016
Transition Resource Expo
Meriden, CT 

April 1, 2016
Achievement Through Technology Conference
Cromwell, CT

April 6, 2016
23rd Annual Together We Will Early Childhood Conference 
Cromwell, CT 

April 6, 2016
Developing the IEP
Hartford, CT

April 6, 2016
Autism Awareness Day
Hartford, CT

 
View a full list of upcoming special education related events in Connecticut by visiting:
www.cpacinc.org/
upcoming-events.



CPAC is a statewide non-profit organization providing information and support to families in Connecticut who have children, ages birth to 26, with any disability or chronic illness. We believe that parents can be the most effective advocates for their children given the confidence that knowledge and understanding of special education laws can bring.


Spanish Materials
Many of our fact sheets and resources are available in Spanish. Visit www.cpacinc.org  and click on "En Espanol" in the top right corner of the page.


Lending Library CPAC has a lending library of books, CDs and DVDs on various topics related to special education. View the Lending Library online and contact us at cpac@cpacinc.org  to borrow a book.