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Web and Local Resources

General Organizations

PACER CENTER, Champions for children with disabilities

Specific Disabilities

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
Autism Society of America
Brain Injury Association
CHADD Children and Adults with ADD
Council for Exceptional Children
Council for Learning Disabilities
Department of Health and Human Services
Hydrocephalus Association
International Dyslexia Association
Learning Disabilities Association of America
National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
National Center for Learning Disabilities
National Center on Stuttering
National Down Syndrome Society
The Epilepsy Foundation of America
United Cerebral Palsy Associations, Inc.


Educational Resources

Assistive Technology
Connecticut State Department of Education
Inclusion Press Homepage
National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE)
Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of America
US Department of Education



School-based groups, such as the PTA and Special Education Parent Reps, cannot provide the disability-specific support we often need. Following is a list of local support groups, recommended by PTA Council SpedParents Committee members.


CT Autism Spectrum Resource Center
CT FEAT (Families for Effective Treatment of Autism)
Autism Society of Connecticut

Learning Disabilities

Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities
Learning Ally (formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)
LDACT (Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut)

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Association of Connecticut

Tourette Syndrome

CT Tourette Syndrome Association

Hearing Impairment

Alexander Graham Bell Association for the Deaf & Hard of Hearing



Helpful to many families is Pizza Moms, an informal information sharing & support group. They meet for supper at 7:30 pm the first Tuesday of every month, at Post Corner Pizza in Darien. Contact Nanette Jordan at

Bookmarked as a favorite website should be Spednet. Locally based and regularly updated with meetings and events, it is an excellent resource.

Lastly, please let us know about organizations that have been useful to you, we'd like to include them on this list. Contact your PTA Special Education school representative, or email us at

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As graduation day approached, about 200 Staples High School seniors took a nostalgic journey back to their elementary school for the district’s first annual “senior walk” last Friday, June 7. This new tradition had soon-to-be graduates walk through the halls of Long Lots, Coleytown, Kings Highway, Saugatuck, and Greens Farms elementary schools to reconnect with the past before stepping into the future.

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