Laws, Regulation, and Policy

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 Guidelines for Identification and Education of Children and Youth with Autism, Guidelines for Feeding and Swallowing Programs in Schools, Guidelines for Assistive Technology, Guidelines for Identifying Children with Intellectual Disabilities, and Guidelines for Identifying Children with Learning Disabilities.

“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.

“Guidelines for Identifying and Educating Students with Emotional Disturbance” – Published by the State Department of Education.

“Secondary Transition – Planning from School to Adult Life” – Published by the Bureau of Special Education. This web page contains information and resources to assist in secondary transition planning.

General Information

National Dissemination Center For Children with Disabilities – For information on disabilities in infants, toddlers, children, and youth; the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA); No Child Left Behind (as it relates to children with disabilities); and research-based information on effective educational practices.

Learning Disabilities

“Guidelines for Identifying Children With Learning Disabilities” –  Published by the Connecticut State Department of Education.

“Specific Learning Disability and SLD/Dyslexia Frequently Asked Questions” – Published by the Connecticut State Department of Education.

National Center for Learning Disabilities – For information about learning disabilities, research and programs to foster effective learning, and policy advocacy related to learning disabilities.

“Overview of Connecticut ‘s Revised LD Guidelines” – a training video of the State Education Resource Center (SERC), targeted to educators, that provides an overview of Connecticut’s guidelines for identification of learning disabilities.

“Using Scientific Research-Based Interventions: Improving Education for All Students” – Published by the Connecticut State Department of Education, this report outlines Connecticut’s framework for implementing Response to Intervention (RTI), a process from which data may be used as part of the identification procedures for children with learning disabilities.

“Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities” – a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support to parents of children with learning disabilities and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

The UCONN Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities – The Center develops and implements model projects for very young children, school aged children, and adults.  The Center also offers training focused on meeting the needs of persons with disabilities and their families in community based settings.

The National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS) – NDSS is a national organization that advocates for “the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome.”  The NDSS website includes information regarding education, healthcare, research, and resources related to Down syndrome.  Individuals may request information from NDSS by calling their toll free helpline: 1-800-221-4602.

The National Down Syndrome Congress (NDSC) – The NDSC provides “information, advocacy and support concerning all aspects of life for individuals with Down syndrome.”  This website includes general information about Down syndrome as well as information related to speech and language development, healthcare, and education.

Cerebral Palsy Group – An online resource for anyone who has been affected by cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or birth injuries.

“IDA Dyslexia Handbook: What Every Family Should Know” – Published by the International Dyslexia Association.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – For Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) screening checklists, fact sheets, data, research, information on treatments, and more.