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 Disability, 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.

“Guidance Related to Legislation Regarding Restraint and Seclusion in Schools” – Published by the Connecticut State Department of Education in August 2017, this document provides updated information on Connecticut’s laws regarding restraint and seclusion in schools.


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

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 wtih 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.