Welcome Emilee Guerrera!

By |2019-08-30T15:32:38-04:00January 9th, 2019|child advocate, Education, Special Education Services, Uncategorized|

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.

Can my child’s paraprofessional come to the PPT meeting?

By |2019-08-30T15:36:23-04:00April 7th, 2016|child advocate, Disability Discrimination, Education, Special Education|

Yes! Parents of children with special education needs often wonder if they can invite the paraprofessional working with their child to the PPT meeting. In Connecticut, parents can not only ask for paraprofessionals to participate in the PPT, they have a right to it! In 2015, the Connecticut legislature amended the law to make it clear that parents the right to have the school paraprofessional assigned to the student attend the PPT meeting

DOJ Continues to Enforce the Right of Children to Bring Service Dogs to School

By |2019-08-30T15:37:24-04:00October 27th, 2015|child advocate, Disability Discrimination, Education, Service Animals, service dogs, Special Education, Students with Disabilties, Uncategorized|

More and more children with disabilities are benefiting from service dogs. Some children have service dogs who alert them to the presence of allergens. Some service dogs alert to an oncoming seizure. Still other service dogs are trained to interrupt self-injurious behavior, provide stability for children with mobility impairments, or prevent the child from running away. Service dogs help children with disabilities develop independence they would not otherwise have. When children use service dogs, the law allows them to be accompanied by their service dog, even in school

Why Service Dogs Matter

By |2019-08-30T15:40:11-04:00October 27th, 2015|child advocate, Disability Discrimination, mental health, Service Animals, service dogs, Students with Disabilties, Uncategorized|

I think it is important for people to understand why service dogs matter. Service dogs help people with disabilities live with more independence than they otherwise would. They help in ways that those of us who live without disabilities and without the need for service animals can't fully understand and appreciate

Enough is Enough: End Unnecessary Restraint and Seclusion Now

By |2019-08-30T15:41:48-04:00September 16th, 2015|child advocate, mental health, Restraint and Seclusion|

This week, the Office of the Child Advocate (OCA) released videos of children being restrained and placed in seclusion at the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS), the state’s locked facility for boys, and the Pueblo unit at Riverview Hospital, the state’s locked facility for girls. The videos are a disturbing reminder of how our state fails some of our most vulnerable children

Education Committee to Consider Legislation Closing Loopholes on Teacher Background Checks

By |2019-08-30T15:55:01-04:00February 23rd, 2011|child advocate, Education, Legislation|

The Connecticut legislature’s Committee on Education will hold a public hearing today to consider Raised Bill 6326, An Act Concerning the Response of School Districts and The Departments of Education and Children and Families to reports of Child Abuse and Neglect. If passed, the bill would implement the recommendations of the Child Advocate’s report

Investigation Reveals Numerous System Failures When School Employees Abuse or Neglect Children

By |2019-08-28T18:14:42-04:00July 12th, 2010|child advocate, DCF, Education, Special Education Lawyer|

The Child Advocate and Attorney General recently released a report, Protecting Our Children: Improving Protections For Children When Allegations Are Made That School System Personnel Abused and/or Neglected Children, detailing the results of an extensive investigation into the response of local school districts