Wrightslaw – For parent-friendly information on special education including court decisions, tips, and publications.
U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs – For information on the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), including links to the full text of IDEA and the implementing regulations.
Connecticut State Department of Education – For links to numerous publications related to special education, including helpful guidelines such as:
“A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in Connecticut” – Published by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
“Connecticut Special Education Procedural Safeguards” – Published by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
“Understanding the Laws and Regulations Governing the use of Restraint and Seclusion in Schools” – Published by the Connecticut State Department of Education in July 2019, this document provides updated information on Connecticut’s laws regarding restraint and seclusion in schools.
“Parental Notification of the Laws Relating to the use of Seclusion and Restraint in the Public Schools” – Every parent must be advised of these rights at the initial Planning and Placement Team meeting (PPT) held for their child even if the emergency use of physical restraint or seclusion.
“Revised Disability Identification Process (2017)” – Published by the Connecticut State Department of Education.
“Standards for Educational Opportunities For Students Who Have Been Expelled” – Published by the State Department of Education January 3, 2018.
“Alternative Educational Opportunities: For Student Who Have Been Expelled: Best Practice Guidelines for Program Implementation” – Published by the State Department of Education August 31, 2018.
“Timelines for Special Education Referral/Initial Evaluation Process” – Published by the State Department of Education.
“Before, During & After the PPT Meeting” –Preparing for the PPT Meeting and development of the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Published by the State Department of Education.
“Special Education Dispute Resolution” – Published by State Department of Education.
“State Education Resource Center (SERC)” – A quasi-public agency established under statute to serve the CT State Board of Education in supporting educational equity and excellence.
“Guidance for Independent Educational Evaluations and In-School Observations” – Published by the State Department of Education. Here you will find Guidance for In-School Observations, IEE Flowchart, IEE Memo and Guidance, IEE Frequently Asked Questions, and IEE Definitions.