February 2007 - New Look! New Listings!
Due to the enormous growth in listings for the Autism in Connecticut Blog, we've made some changes that we hope will make this resource more helpful and easier to navigate. The blog is now broken down into THREE sections. The first section, Autism Announcements, continues to be a listing of annoucements of research projects, multi-date classes and workshops and other items of interest. The second section is a listing of support groups (both specifically for autism spectrum disorders and those that are cross disability). Rather than a separate posting of each date that the group meets on the calendar of events, this section of the blog will provide a listing for ongoing groups that meet regularly (i.e. the first Monday, the third Thursday, etc) each month. Individual meetings dates that are events or speakers will continue to be listed in addition on the calendar of events. The third section will remain the Calendar of Events with programs, workshops, legislative hearings, speakers, conferences, etc. So feel free to scroll down to the listing section that is of interest to you.
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Looking for Families: Some parents in Fairfield County are looking to start a therapuetic program for their children after they graduate from school. If you are interested in working on this project, contact Stenore@optonline.net.
SERC announces space still available for the March 5 presenation for families: An Introduction to Floortime with Dr. Richard Solomon. An evening session desgined to provide families with an introduction to the Develpmental Individualized, Relationship-Based theory (DIR) and play techniques, also known as "Floortime". Register by February 13. Go to www.ctserc.org for information.
Sibling Support Group for Girls who have brothers or sisters on the spectrum. Bi-weekly on Saturday mornings, March thru June. For girls only between ages 11-13. Faciliated by Julie Wolf, PhD. Sponosred by ASRC. Contact ASRC at 203-248-5222 or www.ct-asrc.org for more information and registration.
Research Project: The Simons Baby-Sibs Project of Social Neuroscience in Infancy. Purpose: to examine the early development of basic social skills in infants targeting children that are developing typically as well as children who are experiencing various developmental delays and ASD's. Criteria: newborns with older siblings were diagnosed with ASD, or newborns with significant complications of pregnancy or birth or newborns without significant complications during pregnancy or birth. For complete project information visit http://info.med.yale.edu/chldstdy/autism/babysibs. Contact Irene Zilber at 203-785-6237 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Research Project: Early Social Cognition in Typically Developing Children and in Children with Autism and Related Disorders. Purpose: to examine the early development of basis social skills in young children. Observing how children with various developmental delays and typical development look at people and perceive speech. Criteria: 10-24 month old children with developmental delays including ASD or 10-24 month old typically developing children. For complete project information visit http://info.med.yale.edu/chldstdy/autism/socialcognition.html. Contact Suzanne Macari at 203-764-9178 or e-mail email@example.com for more information.
Research Project: Attitudes about Autism - Behaviors, Treatments and Outcomes. Research study to find out more about what parents and teachers feel are the most important behaviors associated with autism, as well as view on treatments. Survey based research. You can complete the survey online at www.surveymonkey.com/s.asp?u=52442488413 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for a hard copy of the survey.
Research Project: For a graduate student writing a thesis in treatment efficacy for ASD. Questionnaire based study designed to evaluate progress based on parent reports about how their children are generalizing skills learned at school to the home environment. For more information and to participate e-mail email@example.com.
Raising Readers Parents Series. Series of parent workshops for children ages birth - eight who are differently abled. Help foster your child's successful literacy development. Six Thursday evenings, starting March 1. At KIDSTEPS - SARAH, Inc., 51 Boston Post Rd., Madison. Facilitated by Marian Roy, Family Support Coordinator, KidSteps and Lynne Malone, Diriector, Braford Family Resource Center and School Readiness Childcare Program. Fee. Registration required. Call Marian Roy at 203-318-3692.
NAMI Family to Family Education Program - Free Education and Support for Famlies With Relatives with Brain Disorders and Mental Illness. Free 12-week course. Quinebaug Valley Community College, 742 Upper Maple Street, Danielson. Classes start Thurs. Feb. 15 6:00 p.m.m - 8:30 p.m. Call Ralph and Ginny Oriola at 860-774-3690 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
CT Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education announces the 2007 version of a Parent's Guide to Special Education in Connecticut is now available. Go to www.sde.ct.gov/sed/lib/sde/PDF/DEPS/Special/Parents_Guide_SE.pdf to download a copy.
2007 TASH Teleconference Series: Inclusive Educations: Strategies for Success. 90 minutes once a week from your home, office, anywhere. Starts Feb. 15 - April 3, 2007. 8 - week series on Inclusive Education, learn what the leading experts know about adpating schoolswork and classrooms, advocating for inclusive classrooms, communicating, teamwork and the latest IDEA regulations. For complete session information and registration, www.TASH.org.
Workshop for Children with Special Needs, Inc., announces therapeutic physical exericse programs for children with special needs. Individualized programs are geared twoards improving muscle strength, coordination, motor skills, aerobic fitness and overall health. Contact Karim Ibrahim, CPT, 908-447-462 or email@example.com. Trumbull and New Haven.
Children need great outdoor places to play and KaBoom! and Home Depot will make this happen for 14o communities around in the US in 2007 with their Challenge Grant program. Each grant provides $5000 which can be used towards the cost of building a new playground or refurbishing an exiting one. Applications accpeted until Feb. 28. www.kaboonm.org for more information and to download the application.
New Resources from the State Department of Education: check out the new "Bureau Blogs" that appear each month at the CT State Deparment of Education website for helpul resources.
DMR Pilot Program. Applications still being accepted. New towns being added. Contact Kathryn Reddington, DMR Autism Coordinator at 860-418-6026 or go to www.dmr.state.ct.us/AutismPilot/index.htm for more information.
Looking for special needs daycare in Killingworth? Check out Pansy Patch Day Care. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Can't find a group near you? Interested in starting a group? Send a posting with your inquiry to firstname.lastname@example.org and include contact information. Looking for a group? Check the inquiries and see if someone near you is interested in starting a group and contact them directly. If you need help in starting a group, contact the Autism Society of Connecticut at email@example.com.
Fathers with Children with Special Needs invites you to join their group. Call Carlo Lucatino at 203-687-0868 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rev. Audrey Scanlan of Rhythms of Grace is looking to start a new special needs church services on the third Sunday of the month in Plainville at Church of our Savior. Looking to start in April. Contact Rev. Scanlan at email@example.com.
First Sunday of the month: Rhythms of Grace: monthly church services for children with special needs and their families/caregivers. Trinity Episcopal Church, Torrington from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. All are welcome. Contact Rev. Audrey Scanlan at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
First Monday of the month: Wilton Parent Advocacy Team (WPAT) 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. For Wilton parents only. Forum for parents of children with special needs in Wilton who advocate to improve pograms within the school and community. At the Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton, RSVP to email@example.com.
First Monday of the month: Fairfield County Autism Support Group. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Frenchtown Elementary School, 30 Frenchtown Road, Trumbull. Sponsored by ASRC. Call Lois Rosenwald at 203-248-5222 for more information.
Every Tuesday morning: Parent Chat: A shoreline support group for families with special needs children birth - eight. 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Kidsteps - SARAH, Inc., 51 Boston Post Road, Unit 9, Madison. Children invited! Call Marian Roy, Family Support coordinator - Group Facilitator for registration information at 203-318-3682.
First Tuesday of the month: Pizza moms in Darien! 7:30 p.m. Post Corner Pizza in Darien. www.geocities.com/nanette618/pizzemoms.html. Pizza moms is a group of moms who have children with special needs in the Fairfield County arae. We get together informally and have pizza, salad and beer in Darien. Everyone is welcome. This is a place where moms can talk with other moms who are having similar experiences. If you are interested, contact Nanette Jordan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Thursday of the month: Families united Network - Northeast. A family support and advocacy group. 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. United Services, Wauregan. Call Families United at 860-537-6125 and ask for Lorna.
First Thursday of the month: Family Support and Networking Group for Parents Raising Children who have Disabilities. Sponsored by the Southwest Family Support Network and the Family Center at St. Vincent's Special Needs Services. 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at St Vincent's Special Needs Services Family Center, 95 Merritt Blvd., Trumbull. Pizza, conversation and networking. Contact Lisa Sheppard, email@example.com, 203-556-7317, SW Regional Coordinator, CT Family Support Network, or Donna Kennedey, firstname.lastname@example.org, 203-386-2790.
Second Monday of the month: Parent Support Group for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorders. 7:00 p .m. Manchester Memorial Hospital. Sponsored by the East of the River Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call Carolyn Schwartz at 860-644-0524 or http://www.autismsocietyofct.org/ for more information.
Second Monday of the month: Parent Support Group. West Haven City Hall. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. For parents of special needs children. More information call Karen Muro at 203-937-3565 or e-mail KarenMMuro@aol.com.
Second Tuesday of the month: Wilton Parent Advocacy Team (WPAT). For Wilton parents only. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Forum for parents of children with special needs in Wilton who advocate to improve the programs within the schools and community. RSVP to email@example.com.
Second Wednesday and Fourth Wednesday of the month: Parent Support Group for children diagnosed with an ASD. 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. At Westbrook Youth and Family Services. 1163 Boston Post Road, Westbrook. Call 860-399-9239 for more information.
Second Thursday of the month: Parent Support Group. 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. For parents and caregivers of children with an ASD. Walnut Hill Commuity Church, Bethel. Sponsored by ASRC. Parent facilitator: Shannon Vanderheiden, 203-770-8669 (returns calls after 8:00 p.m.). Call Lois Rosenwald at 203-248-5222 for more information.
Second Saturday and Fourth Saturday of the month: Play for All! A playgroup for children of all abilities. Special needs play group giving parents an opportunity to talk, support and encourage each other, while allowing their children time to play and socialize. 10:30 a.m. 12:00 noon. Children's Programming Room, Lucy Robbins Wells Library, Newington. Sponsored by the Library and Newington UNICO. Call the library at 860-665-8720 for more information.
Third Monday of the month: Buiding Blocks Support Group. 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m . Multi-Purpose Room, Colchester Elementary School. A support group for parents or caregivers of children with social or emotional challenges aged birth - five. For more information contact: Dana at 860-434-4890x349 or Rachel at x311. Sponsored by Families United for Children's Mental Health and Building Blocks Social Emotional Wellness for Young Children.
Third Tuesday of the month: Parent Support Group for parents, grandparents and caregivers of children with an ASD. 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Groton Public Library. Call Danielle Greene at 860-445-9765 for more information.
Third Tuesday of the month: Tamale Tuesday. 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. SPED*NET, Special Education Network of New Canaan, Ltd., invites all parents and guardians of students who receive special education services in the New Canaan Public Schools to the Tequila Mockingbird restaurant on 6 Forest St., New Canaan. Please join us to share strategies on negotiating the special education maze. RSVP to Judi Anders at 203-801-0784 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Wednesday of the month: Pizza Moms, Greenwich! Held at Bella Nonna's in Cos Cob, 371 East Putnam Ave. www.geocities.com/nenette618/pizzamomsg.html for more information. Pizza moms is a support group for moms who have children with special needs in the Fairfield County area. 7:00 p.m. We get together informally for food, drink and networking. Everyone is welcome. Please contact Philippa Orszulak at 203-531-6471 or email@example.com.
Third Thursday of the month: Parent Support Group for parents and caregivers of a child with ASD. Preston Public Library. 6:30 p.m. Contact Joan Bachelder at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Fourth Monday of the month: Parent Support Group for parents and caregivers of a child with ASD. 7:00 p.m. Sterling House Community Center, Main St., Stratford. Sponsored by the Stratford Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Contact Kim Wardlow at email@example.com fo more information.
Last Tuesday of the month: Autism Parents Club. A group of parents (dad's too!) of children on the autism spectrum. Open to parents from all over CT. 7:30 p.m. at Francesco's Restaurant, Rte 7 in Wilton. For more information, contact Patti Sylvia at 203-761-0248 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last Tuesday of the month: Farmington Valley Asperger's Network. Parent support group for parents or extended family members or professionals wotkig with a child with an ASD. Discussions and networking meetings. Lending Library. Farmington Senior/Community Center, 321 New Britain Ave, Unionville. FAVAN. Call Lee McFadden at 860-589-0097 or www.favan.org.
Last Wednesday of the month: Families Uninted Network - Plainfield. A family support and advocacy group. For families of children with behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Holiday Inn Express, Plainfield. Exit 87 of I-395. For more information contact Lorna at Families United for Children's Mental Health at 80-537-6125 or email@example.com.
Last Thursday of the month: Parent Support group for parents and caregivers of children with an ASD. 7:00 p.m. Unitarian Universalist Society, Boston Post Rd., Madison. Sponsored by the Shoreline Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Call 888-453-4975 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. (Note - Feb meeting is Thursday, March 1.)
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Mon. Feb. 12, 2007: Regulation: The Basis for Social Interaction. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Presented by Dr. Nancy Schwartz. Relatedness is based upon a person's ability to regulate and adjust within a social interaction. For children on the spectrum, adults instead of peers typically faciliate these regulations and adjustments. Consequently, many children on the spectrum look markedly better when interacting with adults. Dr. Schwartz will discuss the focus of RDI: to teach children on the spectrum to regulate within a dynamic system thereby empowering them to be competent within any social interaction. The Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Road, Wilton. Spsonored by SPED*NET Wilton. RSVP Eve Kessler at 203-761-0680.
Mon. Feb. 12, 2007: Postive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. A presentation by CPAC. Sponsored by the East of the River Region, Autism Society of Connecticut. Manchester Memorial Hospital. Call Carolyn Schwartz at 860-644-0524 for more information.
Tues. Feb. 13, 2007: Policy Change for Persons with ASD. Come learn how to part of the solution. SPonsored by the Autism Coalition of Connecticut. With Lois Rosenwald, ASRC, Sara Reed, ASCONN and Leslie Simoes, SEIU. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. HARC, 900 Asylum Ave, Hartford. Free, but registration required. call 888-453-4975 or 203-248-5222.
Wed. Feb. 14, 2007: Legislative Meet & Greet - CT Family Support Council: Topic: Family Supports for Families Raising Children with Disabilities. Legislative Office Building 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Come meet your local legislators and support issues that affect your family. Families willing to tell their stories needed. Call your local legislator and tell him or her to meet you there! For more information call Karen Zrenda, co-chair, CT Family Support Council at 888-842-1937.
Thurs. Feb. 15, 2007: The Keys to Success at the Next Level. An informational presentation on services and supports for student with disabilities at the college level. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Fairfield Ludlowe High School Lecture Hall Library, 785 Unquowa Rd, Fairfield. Everyone, including students, invited to attend. Sponsored by the Fairfield Public Schools. For more information, please call or e-mail Barbara Ruby at 203-255-7360 or BRuby@fairfield.k12.ct.us.
Fri. Feb. 16, 2007: What Every Parent Should Know About Neuro-Psych Evaluation. With Dr. Mark Zola, PhD. Clinical Neuro-Psychologist. Presented by AFCAMP. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. HARC, 900 Asylum Ave, Hartford. Call 860-297-4358.
Tues. Feb. 20, 2007: Keeping Kids Home: Support for Families with Children with Special Health Care Needs. Room 1C Legislative Office Building, Hartford. A legislative forum sponsored by the Council on Developmental Disabilities. Presentations by Julie & Katie Beckett, Family Voices; The Catalyst Center, BU; Molly Cole, CT Birth to Three; and Jeanne Milstein, CT Child Advocate. For more information go to www.uconnucedd.org or contact Jessica Jagger at email@example.com.
Thurs. Feb. 22, 2007: AD/HD: Ten Things Parents Should Knonw Before Seeking a Diagnosis of AD/HD. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 .m. Presented by Dr. David Keller, Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UMass Medical School. Sponosred by ARCHES. Thompson Public Library. RSVP to Suzanne Witkowski, ARHCES coordinator at 860-923-3458 or ARCHES@teegonline.org.
Fri. Feb. 23, 2007: Family Fun Night and Resource Fair. Sponosred by the Greater Danbury Child and Family Network. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Mill Ridge Primary School, Danbury. Free. Call 203-797-8088 for more information.
Mon. Feb. 26, 2007: Positive Behavioral Supports. A presentation by CPAC. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. At the Waterbury ARC, Waterbury. For more information or to register, call Alice Buttwell at 860-350-6025 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Mon. Feb. 26, 2007: Educational Advocacy: Advocacy Strategies and Best Practices: An Overview. 8:30 a.m. - 10:oo a.m. UCONN School of Law, Starr Hall, Room 204, Hartford. Speakers: Howard Klebenoff, Esq., Klebenoff and Alfano and Andrea Spencer, PhD., Educational Consultant, Center for Children's Advocacy. Atty Klebenoff will present an overview of the law dealing with educational advocacy and disciplinary issues, including tips for attorneys who represent children in special education cases. Dr. Spencer will discuss the red flag issues that identify children with special education needs, allowing timely initial evaluations and determinations of eligibility. Other topics include: Legislative Advocacy, 2007 Legislative Session, Recent Developments in Child Law and Changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Sponsored by the Center for Children's Advocacy, UCONN School of Law. To RSVP or for more information e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon. Feb. 26, 2007: Community Partnerships That Really Work For Inclusion. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Institute of Technology and Business Development, Central Connecticut State University, 185 Main Street, New Britain. Presented by Mike Green, Asset Based Community Development Institute, Northwestern University. Targeted particularly to parents and their neighbors, family and parent organizations and their advocates, self-advocates and their neighbors, organization of people with disabilities and advocacy organizations. This workshop is about how to create a powerful citizen-centered movement that solves problems, welcomes all and results in an inclusive community of genuine care. Sponsored by the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities in conjunction with the Center for Public Health and Health Policy, UCONN and the Social Role Valorization Project, Worcester, MA. Free, but seating is limited. Advance registeration required. Call Ed Preneta at 860-418-6157 or Ed.Preneta@po.state.ct.us.
Mon. Feb. 26, 2007: PPT 101 for Parents in the CT Birth to Three System and Parents New to Special Education: Understanding the Basics for the Planning and Placement Team Meeting. Crowne Plaza, Southbury. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Promoting School Success Series. Sponsored by DMR, CT State Department of Education in collaboration with CPAC and the ARC of CT, and SERC. For questions and registration call Holly King at 860-632-1485x242. For a full listing of the Promoting School Success Series go to http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/deps/PJ/Promoting_School_Success.pdf.
Mon. Feb. 26, 2007: Using Successful Social Strategies for the Workplace. Presented by Linda Grimm, PhD. 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m. Go to www.ct-asrc.org for more information and registration details. Fee. ACES Staff Building, Hamden.
Mon. Feb. 26, 2007: Mock IEP. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Facilitated by Atty Anne Eason and led by a cast of educators, consultants, attorneys and advocates. Presented by NorwalkSEEKS. At the ShopRite Supermarket Meeting Room, Connecticut Ave, Norwalk. RSVP to RSVPFeb26@NorwalkSEEKS.org.
Tues. Feb. 27, 2007: Transition Services: Everything a Parent Should Know About How They are Provided in the New Canaan Public Schools. 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., East Elementary School, New Canaan. For New Canaan parents. RSVP Judi Anders at 203-801-0794.
Tues. Feb. 27, 2007: Get Creative about Respite! Sponsored by the Respite Collaborative. 5:30 p.m. ARC, Youth Division Office, 132 East Putnam Ave, Greenwich. RSVP to Luis Velazquez at 203-629-1880, ext 328, e-mail Velazquez@arcgreenwich.org.
Wed. Feb. 28, 2007: Sensory Integration. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Speaker: Rae Suba. At Waveny House, Waveny Park, New Canaan. Sponsored by SPED*NET New Canaan. RSVP to Judi Anders at 203-801-0794 or e-mail email@example.com.
Wed. Feb. 28, 2007: Emotional and Respite Resources for Families with Special Needs Children. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Speakers will include Linda Snell, STAR; Freida Hecht, Circle of Friends; Tracy Flood, CLASP and Paula Nizzardo, the Kennedy Center. Coleytown Middle School Cafeteria, 225 North Ave., Westport. Sponsored by the Westport SEPTA. RSVP to Janis Fox at 203-222-8485 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wed. Feb. 28, 2007: Safety in the Community and the Individual With Special Needs. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. with Sara Locke. What does it mean to be safe? How can we keep the special people in our lives safe? This presentation will offer practical tips, a to-do list, models of effective strategies and the chance to design safety teachings that work for your child. First Conregational Church of Derby, 137 Derby Ave., Derby. Sponsored by NorthStar. Call Cathy Adamczyk at 860-869-6021 for more information.
Thurs. March 1, 2007: CT Expert Advisory Panel. 10:00 a.m - 12:00 noon. CT State Department of Education invites parents, professionals and other interested parties to address the EAP at Rensselaer University, Hartford. The EAP was established to help the Department implement the PJ settlement. Contact Marlene at 860-713-6929 for more information.
Thurs. March 1, 2007: Supporting Young Children. Plymouth Town Hall, Terryville. 7:00 p.m. A workshop sponsored by the Plymouth Special Education PTA. Presented by CPAC. Explore the legal, practical and positive implications of including young children who have disabilities with typical peers in community based settings. Pratical strategies and reasonable accomodations will be discussed as well as information on existing resources. Contact Kim Cook at 860-589-2708 or email@example.com
Fri. March 2, 2007: Biomedical Approaches to the Assessment and Treatment of Children and Adults with Special Needs. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. With Nancy O'Hara, M.D., M.P.H. a board certified pediatrician with a masters in public health and a consultant for families of children with special needs. Discussion of holistic treatment including biomedical interventions through diet, supplements, medication, chelation, detoxification and educational and alternative therapies. Presented by SPED*NET Wilton. RSVP Eve Kessler at 203-761-0680. The Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Rd, Wilton.
Sat. Mar. 3, 2007: Puzzlethon! (tm). A unique social and fundraising event! 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m., Hall High School, West Hartford, CT. Watch for more details. Sponsored by the Autism Society of Connecticut, http://www.autismsocietyofct.org/ or 888-453-4975. or http://www.puzzlethon.org/.
Sat. March 3, 2007: Navigating Your Child's Path Through Special Education Law and Dignostic Evaluations. 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Presented by Attorney Phillip J. Cohn, Cohn & Associates, LLC and Michael S. Cohen, PhD, licensed psychologist with a professional practice for children and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. Wilton Public Library, 137 Old Ridgefield Rod, Wilton. Reservations suggested call 203-984-5513 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sat. Mar. 3, 2007: Social and Language Skills Parents Can Foster at Home. With Jerriann Mitchell. 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.mm., Spring Glen United Church of Christ, Hamden. Sponsored by ASRC. Call 203-248-5222 or http://www.ct-asrc.org/ for more information.
Mon. March 5, 2007: Making the PPT Process More Effective for Your Child. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Courtyard Marriott, Rocky Hill. Sponsored by the Promoting School Success Series. For registration and questions call Holly King at 860-32-1485x242. For the full brochure go to: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/deps/PJ/Promoting_School_Success.pdf
Tues. Mar. 6, 2007: Panel Presentation on DMR services, who qualifies, how to apply, what is covered. With Nancy Taylor. 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., HARC, 900 Asylum Ave., Hartford. Babysitting provided at cost. Sponsored by the Harford Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut. Contact Beth Katten at email@example.com for more information.
Tues. Mar. 6, 2007: Help! My Child is Struggling! 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Wallingford. Presented by the CT Parent Advocacy Center. The workshop will help participants gain an understanding of the pre-identification strategy called Response-to-Intervention (RTI), learn why intervention is important and become familiar with the special education referral process. Light dinner and childcare provided. Sponsored by the People Empowering People and the Discovery Initiative. Contact Robin Drago at 860-233-4701 for more information.
Wed. Mar. 7, 2007: Fitting the Pieces of the Autism Puzzle Together: An Exploration of the Resources Available to Help Your Child. 7:00 p.m. A panel presentation. At the Greater Hartford Jewich Community Center, 335 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford. Co-sponsored by Jewish Family Services, the Greater Hartford JCC and the Autism Society of Connecticut.
Wed. March 7. 2007: Discipline: Rights and Options for Students with Special Needs. Vincent Mauro Magnet School, New Haven. 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. CPAC will present this workshop. Call CPAC at 800-445-2722 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Wed. March 7, 2007: PPT 101 for Parents in the CT Birth to Three System and Parents New to Special Education: Understanding the Basics for the Planning and Placement Team Meeting. Marriott, Rocky Hill, CT 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Promoting School Success Series. Sponsored by DMR, CT State Department of Education in collaboration with CPAC and the ARC of CT, and SERC. For questions and registration call Holly King at 860-632-1485x242. For a full listing of the Promoting School Success Series go to http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/deps/PJ/Promoting_School_Success.pdf.
Wed. March 7, 2007: Promoting School Success for Your Child with a Disability. Courtyard Marriott, Norwalk. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Promoting School Success Series. Sponosred by DMR, CT State Department of Education in collaboration with CPAC and the ARC of CT and SERC. For questions and registration call Holly King at 860-632-1485x242. For a full listing of the Promoting School Success Series go to http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/deps/PJ/Promoting_School_Success.pdf.
Wed. March 7, 2007: Transition from School to Adult Life. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Presented by CPAC. Sponsored by HARC, 900 Asylum Ave, Hartford. For more information and registration call Arlene Smith at 860-218-6035 or email@example.com.
Wed. March 7, 2007: Mock IEP. Sponsored by STEPS of Darien. Facilitated by Attorney Anne Eason and led by a cast of educators, consultants, attorneys and advocates. Contact STEPS at YWCAStepsDarien@optonline.net or 203-655-2535x27.
Thurs. Mar. 8, 2007: Estate Planning for Families of Individuals with Disabilities. 7:00 p.m. A talk with Anthony Recck, MetDESK Specialist. UCP of Eastern Connecticut, 42 Norwich Road (Rte 32) Quaker Hill, CT. Call Cheryl at 860-443-3900X11.
Thurs. March 8, 2007: How Can Jason Take Algebra When He Can't Add? A presentation by Linda Rammler, M.Ed., PhD. 7:00 p .m. - 9:00 p.m. Windsor High School, Windsor. This presentation will include meaningful modification to content courses at the secondary level. Since inclusion means raising the academic bar for all students from high school and beyond, individualized approaches are needed to enable all students, regardless of individual skill level or needs, to have meaningful access to general education curriculum across all content areas. This session will overview those approaches using Algebra as an example. For registration and information, contact Pat Gray at 860-258-3400 or Pat.Gray@cafap.com.
Thurs. March 8, 2007: ADHD: Tools for All Aspects of Life. 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. or 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Presented by Liane Leedom, M.D., Total Learning and Therapy Center, Trumbull. Call 203-268-8852.
Sat. March 10, 2007: Navigating Your Child's Path Through Special Education Law and Dignostic Evaluations. 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Presented by Attorney Phillip J. Cohn, Cohn & Associates, LLC and Michael S. Cohen, PhD, licensed psychologist with a professional practice for chilren and young adults with neurodevelopmental disorders. Shelton Public Library, 65 Wooster St, Shelton. Reservations suggested call 203-984-5513 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mon. March 12, 2007: Promoting School Success for Your Child with a Disability. Crowne Plaza, Southbury. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Promoting School Success Series. Sponosred by DMR, CT State Department of Education in collaboration with CPAC and the ARC of CT and SERC. For questions and registration call Holly King at 860-632-1485x242. For a full listing of the Promoting School Success Series go to http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/deps/PJ/Promoting_School_Success.pdf.
Mon. March 12, 2007: First We Learn to Read: Then We Read to Learn. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. A presentation by Kristen Viesselman, Director, Lindamood-Bell Learning Processes. Discussion of literacy skills for school success. In this workshop she will examine three sensory-cognitive functions that affect oral language comprehension and written language: concept imagery, phonemic awareness and symbol imagery. Students with reading, spelling and/or comprehension difficulties may exhibit weaknesses in any or all of the above areas. At the ShopRite Supermarket Meeting Room, Connecticut Ave., Norwalk. Sponsored by NorwalkSEEKS. RSVP to RSVPMar12@NorwalkSEEKS.org. www.norwalkseeks.org for more information.
Tues. March 13, 2007: Know Your Child - What Do Tests Say? CACLD's Let's Talk Series. At CACLD offices, 25 Van Zant St., Norwalk. 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. With Rena Schine, Ph.D, School Psychologist/Advocate. Contact CACLD at 203-838-5010 or e-mail email@example.com.
Tues. March 13, 2007: "Unstrange Minds: Remapping the World of Autism". Is there an autism "epidemic" or have we just learned to see autism better? Book reading, signing and discussion with Roy Richard Grinker, Professor of Anthropology and autism parent. 7:00 p.m. New Canaan Public Library. Co-sponsored by the Autism Society of Connecticut and the New Canaan Public Library. Free. Call 203-594-5003 to register.
Wed. March 14, 2007: Policy Change for Persons with ASD. Come learn how to part of the solution. SPonsored by the Autism Coalition of Connecticut. With Lois Rosenwald, ASRC, Sara Reed, ASCONN and Leslie Simoes, SEIU. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Spring Glen Church, 20 Glen Parkway, Hamden. Free, but registration required. call 888-453-4975 or 203-248-5222.
Sat. March 17, 2007: Play at Home - Helping Kids with ASD Have Fun (ages 3-10). 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Spring Glen United Church of Christ, Hamden. Sponsored by ASRC. With Meghan McCoullough, Play and Communication Specialist and Academic Coordinator at Giant Steps, Southport. Ms. McCullough will help families understand the importance of play, the barriers to play for kids with ASD, how to choose and modify age-appropriate games for success and how to structure play dates and activitis to gain companions. Fee. To register call ASRC at 203-248-5222.
Mon. March 19, 2007: Making the PPT Process More Effective for Your Child. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Courtyard Marriott, Norwich. Sponsored by the Promoting School Success Series. For registration and questions call Holly King at 860-32-1485x242. For the full brochure go to: http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/deps/PJ/Promoting_School_Success.pdf
Tues. March 20, 2007: Know the Law - What Do Federal and State Laws Mandate? CACLD's Let's Talk Series. At CACLD offices, 25 Van Zant St., Norwalk. 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon. With Rena Schine, School Psychologist/Advocate. Call CALCD at 203-838-5010 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thurs. March 22, 2007: Promoting School Success for Your Child with a Disability. Marriott, Rocky Hill. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Promoting School Success Series. Sponosred by DMR, CT State Department of Education in collaboration with CPAC and the ARC of CT and SERC. For questions and registration call Holly King at 860-632-1485x242. For a full listing of the Promoting School Success Series go to http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/deps/PJ/Promoting_School_Success.pdf.
Sat. March 24, 2007: Autism Resource and Recreation Expo. 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Education Connection, 355 Goshen Road, Litchfield, CT. Sponsored by Education Connections. For more information or to participate, contact Vina McDermott at 860-567-0863x220 or email@example.com.
Tues. Mar. 27, 2007: Understanding the new IDEA regulations, including LRE. 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. With Terry DeFrances, CT State Department of Education. Sponsored by We Belong - Inclusion in Fairfield County. Westport Library, Arnold Berhard Plaza, 20 Jesup Rd, Westport. For more information contact Eva Greenwald at (203) 554-4462 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tues. March 27, 2007: Positive Behavioral Supports: Setting Limits to Improve Behavior. With Linda Grimm, Director, Benhaven Learning Network. 7:00 p.m. IDEA Training Center, 20 Washington Ave., North Haven. Free, but registration is required, call 203-734-7401. Sponsored by the South Central Region of the Autism Society of Connecticut.
Wed. Mar. 28, 2007: Successful High School Inclusion. 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. Kathleen Whitbread, PhD, Assistant Professor and Associate Director, UCONN Center on Disabilities. This seminar is designed to help parents and professionals design educational programs that enable students with disabilities to be successfully educated in their neighborhood high schools. The session will inclue resources and hands-on activities to enable participants to practice techniques and strategies for providing access to the general education curriculum for students of all abilities. Fee. Norwalk Inn and Conference Center, 99 East Ave., Norwalk. Co-sponsored by SPED*NET New Canaan, STAR, Lighting the Way and The CT Down Syndrome Congress in cooperation with the New Canaan Public Schools. CEU's available. For more information and registration contact Anne Eason at email@example.com or www.spednet.org/HS_Inclusion.htm.
Wed. Mar. 28, 2007: If Your Child with Special Needs Wants to go to College . . . There's a College for Everyone. 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Panel presentation on transitioning students from high school to college. Coleytown Middle School Cafeteria, 225 North Ave., Westport. Sponsored by Westport SEPTA. Reservations suggested, call Janis Fox at 203-222-8485 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. \
Thurs. March 29, 2007: Know the School - How Can I Be Sure the School is Meeting My Child's Needs? CACLD's Let's Talk Series. At CACLD offices, 25 Van Zant St., Norwalk. 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. With Rena Schine, School Psychologist/Advocate. Call CACLD at 203-838-5010 or email email@example.com.
Fri. Mar. 30, 2007: How Our Children Learn Best: Successfully Modifying Curricula for Students with Special Needs. 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon. With Lynne Guilmette, M.Ed. behavioral consultant and clinical supervisor of Behavioral Development and Educational Services, Trumbull. The Greens at Canondale, 435 Danbury Rd, Wilton. Sponsored by SPED*NET Wilton. Contact Eve Kessler at 203-761-0680.
Sunday, April 1, 2007: Come Celebrate the first day of Autism Awareness Month at the Sound Tigers! Game at 4:00 p.m. Sound Tigers vs. Albany River Rats, Arena at Harbor Yard, Bridgeport. Sponsored by CES, ASRC and ASCONN. For more information and ticket order forms call Christine Peck at CES at 203-365-8842 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Rob Kirsch, Sound Tigers at 203-334-4625 x316.