Early Childhood Resources
Birth to Three
The Birth to Three System assists and strengthens the capacity of families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities.
Sparkler Mobile App
Download Sparkler for free today to check in on the development your 0-5 year old's heart, mind, body, and words with the Ages & Stages Questionnaires and to find fun ways to learn through play together!
School Planning Resources
A Guide to Educational Terms
This guide from the Connecticut Parents Advocacy Center was created to help parents understand the language used in Special and General Education.
CPAC IEP Guide
This guide from the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center is designed to assist you in understanding the Individualized Education Program (IEP) document and the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) process
IEP Manual and Forms
An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program designed to meet a child's individual needs. Every child who receives special education services must have an IEP. Use this guide from the Department of Education for the rules pertinent in the state of CT.
CT Department of Developmental Services
DDS partners with individuals and their families to support lifelong planning, and to join with others to create and promote meaningful opportunities for individuals to fully participate as valued members of their community.
CT Parent Advocacy Center
Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth to 26.
CT State Department of Education Bureau of Special Education
Provides information and links to various programs, departments and their contacts in the Bureau of Special Education.
Fostering Trauma Sensitive Practices in Schools Training Modules
This six-part webinar includes an overview of foundational knowledge in the area of trauma and describes a variety of trauma sensitive practices that can be implemented in school settings to support student success.
Helpful Connecticut Resources for Families
This is a listing of resources to help connect families to local community-based resources.
Parents’ Guide to Special Education in CT
Information for parents, guardians and other family members about Connecticut laws, regulations, and policies affecting special education programs and services.
Students with Disabilities & Parental Choice in CT
By offering parents and students choices among a range of educational programs and settings, the State Board of Education believes our educational system will maximize the opportunity for each student to achieve her/his highest potential.
Building A Bridge - A Resource Manual for High School Students
A handbook for parents and students regarding self-advocacy, employment, college, training, independent living, and community participation.
Bureau of Rehabilitation Services Transition Resource Brochure
The Bureau of Rehabilitation Services (BRS) often works with youth and young adults while they are still in high school. The links below will provide you with information about BRS Transition Services as well as provide you with tools and information to start planning for postsecondary education and employment.
CT Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS)
DORS Level Up provides a full range of services for high school students with disabilities ages 16-21, and helps them to prepare for employment, post-secondary education and life after high school.
Transition Bill of Rights
A written bill of rights from the Connecticut's Department of Education for distribution to parents at the Planning and Placement Team (PPT) meeting.