Special Education In-service Materials
Extension of Special Education Services through Age 22
EXPANDED ELIGIBILITY FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION IN CONNECTICUT
The Court, in the class action lawsuit A.R. v. Connecticut State Board of Education, ruled that special education eligibility can no longer end at the end of the school year in which a student turns 21. Now, special education eligibility can continue until a student turns 22. Disability Rights Connecticut (DRCT) represented the plaintiff in A.R. and provides this fact sheet to share information about the Court’s decision with the public. If you are looking for information about how this decision affects you or your child, please contact DRCT at (860) 297-4300, toll free in Connecticut at (800) 842-7303, or via videophone at (860) 509-4992.
The link above is for the Fact Sheet in English; please click here for the Spanish version of the Fact Sheet.
Powerpoint presentation from CAC's 11/16/20 in-service with Birth to Three
This in-service was presented by Koleen Kerski, MSOT, Education Project Coordinator with the Connecticut Birth to Three Program. The training provided an overview of the services offered through Birth to Three, a review of the referral process and an understanding of how services transition to other providers when a child ages out of Birth to Three services.
The mission of the Connecticut Birth to Three system is to strengthen the capacity of Connecticut’s families to meet the developmental and health-related needs of their infants and toddlers who have delays or disabilities.
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.
CAC In-service Materials: Lynn Rule from CT Parenting Advocacy Center (CPAC), focusing on Special Education Services
This CAC In-Service was hosted by Lynn Rule of CT Parenting Advocacy Center (CPAC), and focused on Special Education Services with an in-depth look at the PPT evaluation process and the development of the IEP.
Listing of area resources for special needs children
Some of the programs are inclusive. Others are adapted, making them attainable to those who did not think they could participate. One Wesport resident has compiled a massive database of material.