Upcoming Training: Protecting Children with Disabilities from Sexual Abuse

Upcoming Training: Protecting Children with Disabilities from Sexual Abuse

I am thrilled to partner with Connecticut Alliance to End Sexual Violence, Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN), and Oak Hill to offer an upcoming training to parents and caregivers on the prevention of sexual abuse. One in 10 children will be sexually abused. Children with disabilities are three times more likely to be sexually abused. This training, “Protecting Children with Disabilities from Sexual Abuse,” will provide parents with information they need to help protect their children, including understanding why abuse happens, strategies for prevention and intervention, and the role of special education.

What Parents/Caregivers Need to Know About Risk, Protection, and the Role of Special Education

How can we work together to help every person be healthy and safe in their relationships?
How can parents and teachers reduce risks for children with disabilities?
What is the role of special education in sexual health education and prevention of sexual abuse?

Join us for answers to these questions and more.

Topics include:

  • Attractions and dating;
  • Managing feelings;
  • Qualities of a healthy relationship;
  • Internet safety;
  • Red flags; and
  • Sexual education.

This workshop is designed for parents and caregivers of children and young adults with disabilities. The training will be held on June 1, 2019 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Chapter 126 Sports & Fitness located at 47 Upson Street, Bristol, CT 06010. Registration begins at 9:30. Childcare is available and lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Please visit the link for registration here.

Back to School IEP Clinic

SpEdConnecticut will soon be holding two FREE IEP clinics. The first hour will be a brief overview of the IEP. The second hour will be 1:1 time with a parent advisor to discuss your child’s IEP.

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQA) Youth in School

While June was officially Pride Month, the importance of creating safe, supportive and inclusive school environments for all children including LGBTQA students must a year-round effort. Evidence suggests that a school’s failure to provide a safe, supportive and non-discriminatory environment for transgender and gender non-conforming students can result in significant harm to the child.

Welcome Emilee Guerrera!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the addition of Emilee Guerrera to my office. Emilee is an experienced paralegal with a strong educational background. She earned her Certificate in Legal Studies from Naugatuck Valley Community College before transferring to Central Connecticut State University where she is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree.