SAVE THE DATE 2022 Candidates’ Forum on Disability Issues

August 8, 2022

A non-partisan forum with candidates (or their surrogates) running for Governor, Lt. Governor, Attorney General, Secretary of the State, and United States Congress. Candidates will answer questions from Diane Smith on disability topics that include employment, transportation, housing, health care and other related issues.

Wednesday, October 12, 2022
In Person or on Zoom
3:00-7:00 PM
Reception from 7:00-8:00 PM



July 7, 2022

The Connecticut State Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education (BSE), is planning to implement a new Individualized Education Program (IEP) document and the Special Education Data System (CT-SEDS) in the 2022-23 school year.   This webpage will provide up-to-date information, documents and tools to assist in the roll-out of the new IEP. 


Inspiring Leaders

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The participants of the Aspiring Leaders in Special Education Academy had a wonderful day of learning at Avon Old Farms Hotel. Aspiring Leaders is a yearlong competency based academy and this was their first in person session! The cohort had the opportunity to hear from leaders across the state on monitoring and implementing special education laws, polices, procedures and regulations in CT.


COVID-19 Parent Surveys

March 31, 2021

Two different surveys were conducted that focused on the needs of families with children with disabilities as a result of COVID-19, as well as concerns parents had about the impact of COVID-19 on their child’s development. (more…)

ABLE Guide by SARTAC Fellow Chris Blake

February 24, 2021

ABLE accounts give people with disabilities or their families the ability to have tax free savings accounts that will not affect their eligibility to get or stay on government assistance. In addition, they let you make your own decisions about how to spend your money, without getting permission from a special trust. Overall, an ABLE account allows a person with a disability to set up and manage their own funds. This guide will explain the basics of ABLE accounts and will provide a state-by-state comparison. (more…)

I-3 Prep Training Program for Special Education & School Psychology

November 12, 2020

I-3 PREP is a master’s training program offered by the University of Connecticut through funding provided by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education. The goal is to increase the number of master’s trained special educators and school psychologists with the capacity to provide high-quality integrated services for school-age students with developmental disabilities, such as autism, who have high-intensity behavioral needs. (more…)

REV UP! Register Educate Vote Use Your Power

July 22, 2020

Have you registered to vote?
If not, why are you hesitating?
Are you unsure of the eligibility requirements to vote in Connecticut?
Do you think that you’re already registered to vote?

Here is some information to help answer these questions: (more…)