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SpEd Local Meetings & Seminars

Do you have a child or teen with emotional or behavioral difficulties? Register for our free 6-session basics class in Westport on Tuesday mornings starting October 15, from 9-11.45am at the Westport Library. This program is for parents/caregivers of children and teens under 18 with emotional and behavioral difficulties. The class covers facts about mental health conditions and how to best support your child at home, school and when getting medical care. NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, aimed at improving the quality of life for people living with mental health challenges and their families.To learn more or register, please contact Evan (203 273 7226 or epagano@me.com) or Mary (203 536 9486 or maryaduty@gmail.com)

Next STEPs is coming to Norwalk!

Next STEPS is a free 8 week training series for families, educators, community professionals which is held in the evening. It is designed to help families and professionals become more familiar with special education and be prepared to serve on school, district or state level teams working to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. Participants will also be more prepared to support other parents one on one. October 15th, Norwalk City Hall 6-9 pm - It will run every Tuesday for 9 weeks; the first 4 weeks will run from 6-9pm then the second 4 weeks will be 6-8pm. The schedule of topics will be given out on the first day. Click here for the application Contact us for more information - cpac@cpacinc.org or 860-739-3089

Westport Department of Human Services 3rd Annual Mental Health Breakfast for community professionals

Tuesday October 29, 8-10am at the Westport Library, 20 Jesup Road

Adversity’s Impact - Inspiring Resilience. Interactive presentation will initiate a conversation on the impact that adverse childhood experiences has across the lifespan. Keynote speaker Mary Dinee-Elovich, LCSW. Please RSVP by Friday, Oct. 25, 2019.

For addl. info., please contact 203-341-1050 or email


Anxiety in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Two Part Series

Session 1: Wednesday October 23, Session 2: November 20 at the Yale Child Study Center 6.30-8pm, Registration Required. Click here for more information

Procrastination: Why do it now? How to support your child

Wednesday, October 23rd, 9:30am-11:00am

Kristen Ball, MA, Learning Specialist Margot LaPointe, MS Ed, CPC, Learning and Life Coach, Head of Learning Services

Southfield Center, to Register, click here

ARSC Free Autism Resource Fair

October 26, 9-3pm, Wallingford, CT

Connecticut's largest event for national, regional, and state resources for the entire autism community. Schools, programs, camps, service providers, respite care, social skills development, state agencies, therapists and many more resources will be exhibiting, all under one roof! The event is free but you MUST register. Workshops include

Ecosystem Approach to Autism Research and Wellness

Beyond ABA: How Coordinated Care Supports Clients and their Families Living with Autism

Yale Child Study Center 3 Part Workshop

Click here for more information

Westport Public Schools Presents: State of Connecticut Department of Developmental Services DDS-101

October 28, 10am, Saugatuck Elementary School, Library Media Center

Come learn about the application process, eligibility, services and resources available through DDS. Please RSVP to Michelle Pollock, LMSW mpollock@westportps.org

Rising to the Challenge

November 2, 8.30-3pm, Winston Preparatory School, 57 West Rocks Road, Norwalk

Leading experts, including keynote speaker Dr. Peg Dawson, author of acclaimed Smart but Scattered series of books, will share information on everything parents need to empower their kids with LD and ADHD to succeed. Kids 11-17 will attend sessions designed just for them. Click here for more information and to register.

Autism and Trauma: A Workshop for Adults, Parents and Professionals

Saturday, November 16, Best Western Royal Plaza, Marlborough, MA

Due to their unique neurocognitive profile, people with autism are more likely to suffer traumatic events both large and small, but may have fewer skills to understand, process, and recover from these events. This situation is made worse because symptoms of trauma are often overlooked in individuals with autism, particularly those who need greater amounts of support. This workshop will feature an interactive discussion between Dr. Roosa, who specializes in the impact of autism, and Dr. Monaghan-Blout who specializes in the impact of trauma, using cases that feature either or both of these conditions and how their treatment is affected. Click here for more information

SPARK Fall Fest Autism Community Resource Fair

November 16, 10am-2pm, JCC New Haven

Participate in SPARK (Landmark study open to individuals with ASD and their families), Talks and Resource Tables, Fun and Games

Call 203-785-7539 for more information

My Kid's Electronic Gaming is Driving Me Crazy! How to Manage Screen Time

Wednesday, December 3rd, 9:30 am - 11:00 am

Dan Glass, Ph.D., Psychologist

Ethan Rothstein Ph.D., Psychologist

Southfield Center, to Register, click here

Teens to Adult

Transition 101: Preparing Students with Disabilities with Success after High School

Tuesday October 29, 6.30-8.30pm, Fairfield Warde High School

This presentation will offer an overview of the secondary transition process for students who receive special education services. Participants will learn about transition planning including the value of student participation, legal requirements, and transition planning in the Individualized Education Program (IEP). Click here to register

Where will your son or daughter with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) live as an adult?

Thursday, October 24, 2019, Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East, Westport

6:30 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

Sponsored by The Arc CT: Housing After High School

Transition Bootcamp 4-Part Series, Sessions are $35 each or $120 for the series

Session 1: Thursday October 24, 2019: Effective transition planning between home and school

Session 2: Wednesday November 6, 2019: Unique challenges in becoming more independent for those with ASD

Session 3: Thursday November 21, 2019: Legal and financial aspects of planning
Session 4: Thursday December 5, 2019: Next steps: one on one or small group

discussion and planning to assist participants in developing next steps

Click here for more information

Motivation: Driving on the Spectrum

Workshop for parents and teens and/or young adults who are learning to drive. Click here for more information

Circle of Friends

If you or anyone you know is looking for a middle school or high school kid to come play with your SpEd child, Circle of Friends is a free program that provides just that. Please reach out to reach out to freidahecht@gmail.com to sign up.

Westport Public Schools has access to a Transition curriculum called Next Up. As part of parent training Next Up offers several webinars to families to assist with transition. The first webinar is on October 10th at 8pm ET - Assessing and Building your Student's Work Skills at Home. If you know a parent that has a child in high school, please pass along this information to them.

To login to the webinar go to http://nextup.work/

click login on the top right hand corner

User name: StaplesStudent

Password: SHSWreckers1!

Upcoming seminars are as follows

November 7th (7pm Central) – Your Role in Your Student’s Job Search

February 6th (7pm Central) – Is My Student on Track With Transition?

April 2nd (7pm Central) – Helping Determine Your Child’s Transition Goals

May 7th (7pm Central) – Summer Activities to Build Transition Skills

To learn more about Next up, visit the website at http://www.transitioncurriculum.com/ or contact Sharon Halstead (transition coordinator) with any questions.

Of interest

NAA’s Big Red Safety Box® includes:

Educational materials and tools, including NAA’s Be REDy Booklet

Two (2) GE Door/Window Alarms including batteries

One (1) RoadID Bracelet or Shoe ID tag. You will receive instructions in the box to submit your custom personalization order at http://roadid.com/naa

Five (5) Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows

Two (2) Safety Alert Window Clings for car or home windows

One (1) Red Safety Alert Wristband

One (1) Child ID Kit from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children

It's free to parents.


SPARK Autism Study

SPARK is the largest genetic study of autism ever and aims to make important progress possible. SPARK stands for ‘Simons Foundation Powering Autism Research for Knowledge,’ and the mission is simple: we want to speed up research and advance our understanding of autism to help improve lives. We believe that to find answers for you, we need to understand what makes you unique. And what connects you with others. We do this through studying genetic, behavioral and medical information. The study involves collection of saliva samples (3 samples: person on the autism spectrum and both biological parents) and can be completed from your home.

Click here for more information

Intelligent Lives will be broadcast on public television's "America ReFramed" series on the WORLD Channel!

Tuesday night, Oct. 22

8 ET / 7 CT / 10 MT / 9 PT

You can use this broadcast to open doors to inclusive education and employment. Here's how:

  • Mark your calendar to watch with family and friends.
  • Download our engagement guide with links to a social media kit, discussion guide, and more.
  • Spread the news by sharing the broadcast page by email and social media, or using posts and tweets from our social media toolkit.

Intelligent Lives tells the stories of three pioneering young American adults with intellectual disabilities – Naieer Shaheed, Micah Fialka-Feldman, and Naomie Monplaisir – who challenge perceptions of intelligence as they navigate high school, college, and the workforce.

Academy Award-winning actor and narrator Chris Cooper contextualizes the lives of these central characters through the emotional personal story of his son Jesse, as the film unpacks the history and impact of intelligence testing.