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SpEd Local Meetings & Seminars

ADHD, Anxiety or Both? Tonight! Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Anxiety Institute

75 Holly Hill Lane, Suite 300

Greenwich, CT

At this exclusive event, attendees will learn about the similarities and differences in the prevention of ADHD and anxiety, and the reality that sometimes both are present, with each adding to the problems that the other is causing. The speakers will discuss how behaviors associated with ADHD and anxiety may both occur in the same individual, but also can mimic each other, leading to confusion about the best diagnosis and treatment approach. The speakers will be:

  • Tom Weigel, MD - Medical Director and Adolescent Psychiatrist at Anxiety Institute
  • Daniel Villiers, Ph.D - Co-Founder, Director of Admissions at Anxiety Institute

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.


DDS Residential Supports Toolbox: An Overview

Thursday, April 25, 2019
6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Toquet Hall, 58 Post Road East
Westport, CT

DDS Waivers fund all of the following types of community residential supports, but how much do you really know about them? Which is the best one for your loved one with I/DD? Come out to learn more about each of these supports and about the realities of supported living for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) in Connecticut:

  • Community Living Arrangements (CLA)
  • Continuous Residential Supports (CRS)
  • Individualized Home Supports (IHS)
  • Community Companion Homes (CCH)
  • Shared Living

All are welcome, but to reserve your seat, you must RSVP as soon as possible at: thearcct.org/events/lffc-residentialsupportstoolbox

For more information, contact Marina Derman at arclowerfairfield@gmail.com


Independent Educational Evaluations (IEEs): Who? What? Where? Why? How?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Presentation from 10:00 a.m. to noon

Comstock Community Center
180 School Road
Wilton, CT

Parents of kids receiving special education services are often confused about what an IEE is and how the evaluation should be used. Jeffrey L. Forte, Esq., of Forte Law Group, will discuss the laws and guidelines concerning IEEs and address your child's rights to an IEE; what constitutes an IEE; the value of an IEE and why your child may need one; who can conduct an IEE and how it is conducted; and who is financially responsible for an IEE. Attorney Forte is the founding member of Forte Law Group, LLC. He is both a special education lawyer and certified child advocate. His entire practice focuses on representing families and children with special needs. Attorney Forte received his juris doctorate from American University, Washington College of Law and his certification in child advocacy from William & Mary Law School's ISEA program.

ALL Parents and Educators are WELCOME! This event is free and open to the public. Registration is highly recommended. Register: info@spednetwilton.org.

Questions/Comments: info@spednetwilton.org

Forte Law Group has offices in Shelton, Westport and Rocky Hill, CT. For more information, visit fortelawgroup.com.


Western Connection Open House/Info Session: For High School Juniors, Parents and School Personnel who are Interested in Learning about the Western Connection Program.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

8:30am to 10:30am

WCSU Midtown Campus

White Hall

Room 127

Western Connecticut State University

181 White Street

Danbury, CT

This unique transition program is celebrating its sixteenth year serving children with disabilities ages 18-21. Our mission is to help students gain the independent skills needed to be successful in postsecondary education.

Please RSVP to Susan Kernochan by May 10, 2019 by calling 203-837-8218 or emailing KernochanS@wcsu.edu.


Westport District-Wide Special Education Spring Coffee: “Building Resilience for Transition”

Thursday, May 16, 2019
9:30 - 11:00 AM

Toquet Hall
58 Post Road East, Westport

"Resilience is not some magical quality; it takes real mental work to transcend hardship.... There's growing evidence that the elements of resilience can be cultivated. "
(Psychology Today.com)

Join us for a panel discussion on the challenges of traditional academic transitions and learn specific strategies to help your child build resilience for these transitions:
  • Pre-K to Kindergarten
  • 5th grade to 6th grade
  • 8th grade to 9th grade
  • 12th grade to post-secondary education
Panelists will include:

  • Dr. Melissa Sakowich, Stepping Stones school psychologist
  • Dr. Abigail Judge, GFS school psychologist
  • Dr. Kelly Barker, BMS school psychologist
  • Mr. Daniel Cohen, Staples school psychologist
  • Mrs. Rosie Curtis, SpEd Advocate and Parent
Please RSVP to WestportSpedPTA@gmail.com.