Disability In-service Materials


My Child Has a Disability. What Will Her Education Be Like This Year?

New York Times article by Nicole Chung


Public schools are obligated to teach millions of students with disabilities. But as learning moves online, many services that parents fought for are at risk.

"It took years for us to learn the unique push-pull of parental advocacy, the necessity of highlighting her strengths and asking for what she needs. Now we never walk into a meeting without a narrative of our own, a list of every concern and request and tiny victory we want to enter into the record."


Change to Special Education Law in Connecticut

On July 10, 2020, judgment entered in the case of A.R. v. Connecticut State Board of Education. This means the new law in Connecticut is special education eligibility continues until a student turns 22.

What did the Court decide?

  • The Court decided that the State of Connecticut is obligated to extend eligibility for a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) to students with disabilities until they turn 22 and stops the state from terminating FAPE before a student with a disability turns 22.

  • The Court also decided that students whose special education was ended because they turned 21 years old are entitled to compensatory education.


The ARC: For people with developmental and intellectual disabilities

This organization is devoted to advocacy for all people with disabilities.

The Arc is the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. We encompass all ages and more than 100 different diagnoses including autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X syndrome, and various other developmental disabilities.


Camp, Daycare and Aftercare for Children with Disabilities

Event from the Center for Children's Advocacy

Children with developmental, medical or physical disabilities often encounter exclusion from camp programs, day care or after care activities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) says no child with a disability can be excluded from a camp, daycare or after-school program because of that disability.

Protecting Children with Disabilities, Presentations by:
Bonnie Roswig, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, Medical-Legal Partnership, Center for Children’s Advocacy

Ndidi Moses, JD, Assistant United States Attorney, United States Attorney’s Office, Civil Division


WNPR podcast: State Child Advocate: Children With Disabilities Need Better Safety Net

Ten months after the tragic death of Hartford teenager Matthew Tirado — a look at what's being done to safeguard the lives of children with disabilities.

In this podcast we hear about a recent Office of the Child Advocate investigation into the case of 17-year-old Tirado. The report recommends improvements that apply to school districts statewide.