School Years - Citizenship & Advocacy

School Years - Advocacy & Rights
Citizenship and Advocacy
Questions Your Child Will Want You to Ask:  Is there someone you can talk to that will understand your concerns and feelings?  Are you telling loved ones or friends about your concerns for me and my health/development?  How do you respond to others’ concerns about me?  How do you make sure your concerns about me are being acknowledged?  Do you know other parents who have been in a similar situation or had similar concerns?  Do you know how to connect with other parents?  Are you taking time to enjoy being my parent?  Are you trying to find a balance between your needs, the family’s needs and mine? Are you taking a friend or other parent to my IEP meetings?  Have you joined the school PTA?  What are my family rights and my rights regarding education?  Do you know about procedural safeguards and what it means for me and for you as an advocate?  Do you know where you can get help from educational and/or health advocates?

Self Advocacy
Kids as Self Advocates CT KASA, 860-418-8709  –  (national website)
Talking to Others
The Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN) exists to help families raising children with disabilities and special health care needs.  phone:  877-376-2329
Parents Opening Doors (Latino Family Supports) Group teaches Hispanic parents how to advocate for special education services for their school-aged children with disabilities.  860-297-4391
AFCAMP-Trains parents of children with disabilities from every school district in Hartford to become advocates within their schools, and assists them with training other parents to become advocates.860-297-4358
Parent to Parent of CT (PATH)- is a network of families providing informational and emotional support to others who have a child with developmental or health related needs.
Find the Community System Collaborative That Serves You

Network of Care– This website will help link families with groups who are concerned about the mental health of people with disabilities.


Preparing for IEP Meetings –Helpful Resources

Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys go to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities. See more at:

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.  860) 739-3089 V/TDD • Toll Free 1-800-445-2722

Special Education Resource Center—provides professional development and dissemination in the latest research and best practices to educators, service providers and families throughout the state, as well as job-embedded technical assistance and training within schools, programs, and districts.

Special Education website

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) -is a law ensuring educational services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. This website provides useful information about how IDEA ensures that  states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities
Parent’s Guide to Special Education –this document provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations, and policies affecting special education programs and services.
The "IEP Guide - Page by Page" is an easy to read review of the Individual Education Program (IEP) document, presented to you in a page by page format.  This resource may help one better understand each page of the IEP and prepare for a successful Planning and Placement Team meeting (PPT).
When School Refuse Services/Due Process-
Right to Obtain an Independent Evaluation
Procedural Safeguards - A handbook created by the State Department of Education on Procedural Safeguard information.