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

Learning Disabilities Association Holds Special Education Seminars

By |2019-08-30T15:49:34-04:00August 2nd, 2011|Education, Reading, Special Education, Students with Disabilties|

The Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut will soon be holding its annual “What You Need to Know About Special Education Seminar for Parents and Professionals” to educate parents and professionals about special education. This year, as always, the series will be packed with valuable information for anyone interested in special education law, especially parents of children with special education needs