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The mission of Success SEPTO is to work within our local communities to encourage school districts, legislators, and families to work together. The organization strives to understand, support, and enhance education, and provide greater opportunities for children with special needs.

We serve Ashford, Mansfield, Stafford, Tolland, Willington and other surrounding towns in Northeast Connecticut.

Meetings are held at 6:30pm on the third Wednesday of each month at the Willington Public Library. All meetings are open to the public and we welcome new members and visitors. Please see our calendar for upcoming meetings and events.

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On behalf of Success SEPTO, we'd like to thank everyone for another successful school year!  Thanks especially to all our sponsors, speakers, supporters, and (most of all) our members.  Please visit our website often this summer, as we will be posting our new schedule for 2015-2016.  We wish you a restful summer, and we look forward to seeing you all again in the fall.

Success SEPTO is proud to have received two letters of recognition from the Willington Public Schools Special Education Department.
 Read the 2014 letter here, and the 2015 letter here.


We've posted our meeting dates for the 2015/2016 school year so you can mark your calendars in advance. All meetings will be held at 6:30pm in the Community Room of the Willington Public Library unless specified otherwise. Please note that meetings are subject to change so visiting our website often will keep you informed on the most current information, we are always adding special events and updating meeting details. We have a great year planned with meetings, guest speakers, special events, and many opportunities for you to get involved. Please join us!


You can listen to Success SEPTO President Cathy Britschock's question and Governor Malloy's response on the ''Where We Live" talk radio program for December 23, 2013 by clicking here. It starts at 27 minutes and 40 seconds into the program. Governor Malloy encourages parents to call his office if they are having trouble with their local school districts regarding special education.

Please take the time to read the 114-page  report of the Office of the Child Advocate (State of Connecticut) on the Newtown tragedy. It talks about the many missed opportunities in special education relating to this tragedy.  It also outlines school districts' responsibilities under the federal IDEA law. Click here for the full report.

The final report on the "scream room" investigation at a Middletown school that received much media attention last year is now available.  The report has important information for parents of students who have a behavior intervention plan that allows the use of seclusion.  To read the report, click here.

Success SEPTO invites you to attend "A Conference for Families, Self-Advocates, and Professionals", to be held at the Hartford Marriott in Farmington, CT, on Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015.  Click here for more information, and to register.

Related Events

We like to keep you up to date on upcoming events that are focused on special education topics as well as other relevant activities that may be of interest. We will post information on the website in order to provide you with as many helpful resources as possible. If you have any related events that you would like to share with fellow members, please email us at so we can spread the news.

Yale Autism Program is looking for children and adults diagnosed with ASD between 8 and 40 years old to participate in a brief study. For more information, please click here to view the flier or contact Erin MacDonnell at 203-737-3439 or

Sarah Hope Lincoln, a doctoral student at Harvard, is seeking families willing to help in her research. She is working with both healthy kids and kids who are having a hard time socially and emotionally. She is running a study for kids ages 8 - 13 and their parents, in order to better understand what factors lead to the development of mental illness in kids. She is recruiting kids and families who are having particular struggles (please click here to view more info). They try to keep the study fun for the kids (they receive prizes and gift cards) and parents are reimbursed as well for their time. It can also be helpful for kids who are struggling, as they can offer appropriate referrals with individuals who specialize in working with children with specific struggles. Additionally, they realize that travel can be costly and are happy to reimburse or arrange for transportation to Boston. For more information or if you would like to participate in the research study, please contact Sarah Hope Lincoln at or 559-904-4431.

News Articles about Success SEPTO 

Senator Tony Guglielmo stands with State Rep Sam Belsito. Also in picture is Special Education Attorney David Shaw, Officers of Success SEPTO President Cathy Britschock and Vice President Brenda Stenglein, and members of Success SEPTO.

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, SEPTO welcomed a panel of three-autism-treatments specialists from Creative Interventions LLC.  You can read more about it by clicking here.

On Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2015, Success SEPTO welcomed as its featured speaker, Dr. Barbara Walsh, Clinical Coordinator from the PRIME Research Clinic at Yale.  You can read more about it by clicking here.
On Dec. 17, 2014, Dr. Courtney Cotter, from the Center for Children with Special Needs gave a presentation about "Using Assessments to Identify Appropriate Services for Individuals with Complex Learning Needs."  You can read more about it by clicking here.

On Oct. 15, 2014, Success SEPTO was pleased to host an evening presentation by Dr. Nick Gelbar from UCEDD (UConn Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities) about how to prepare for transitioning special-needs children to life beyond their K-12 education.  You can read more about it by clicking here.   

On Sept. 17, 2014, Success Special Education Parent Teacher Organization held its first meeting of the school year, honoring 3 individuals with Spirit of SEPTO awards, along with a presentation by Kevin Daily (Chair of the CT SEPTO Alliance) on "How to Advocate for Your Special Education Student." You can read more about it by clicking here.

On Wednesday May 21, 2014, Kevin Daly of PATH/Parent-to-Parent/Family Voices of Connecticut presented "What Child Care-Givers Should Know About Autism."  The talk was hosted by Success Special Education Parent Teacher Organization, of which Daly is a member.  You can read more about it by clicking here.

On January 15, 2014, Success SEPTO was pleased to welcome licensed occupational therapists Marie Mancini-Oliveira and Melissa Broxton, of Advanced Therapy Solutions in Wethersfield, to our monthly meeting to speak about Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and the therapies used in both home and school settings to treat the disorder. You can read about the presentation in a summary from The Reminder News by clicking here.

We were honored to have Dr. Michael D. Powers present "Understanding Autism" on November 2, 2013. You can read about his presentation on the diagnosis and treatment for people with autism spectrum disorders by clicking here

On October 19, 2013, Success SEPTO hosted a special event, The Spectrum Unplugged, featuring a panel of autism experts from FOCUS Center for Autism. The Reminder News recap of the event can be viewed by clicking here.

Senator Tony Guglielmo was presented with a Spirit of SEPTO award at our October 16, 2013 meeting for his longstanding support. Please read the article describing his contributions to Success SEPTO by clicking here.

A recap of Success SEPTO's first meeting of the 2013/2014 school year was published by The Reminder News. You can read the article by clicking here

2012 Archive
Success Special Education PTO and Autism Services and Resources Connecticut partnered for a four-Saturday “boot camp” session for parents, caregivers, guardians and grandparents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Reminder News article about the "boot camp" can be viewed by clicking here.

Our first session of the Parent Boot Camp for caregivers of children with autism was featured in The Reminder News. Please read the article here.

Our last session of the Parent Boot Camp was also featured in The Reminder News. For an overview of the fourth and final session, please read the article by clicking here.

Our November 2012 special event featuring a panel of speakers from FOCUS Center for Autism was a great success. The Reminder News summarizes the highlights in an article that you can view by clicking here.

Succes SEPTO is also mentioned in Tolland Patch's article about creating a network of spectrum services in Tolland county. You can read the article here.

You can read the article The Hartford Courant published about State Rep. Bryan Hurlburt's support and involvement with Success SEPTO by clicking here. The Reminder News article highlighting our organization can be viewed by clicking here.

(L-r): Cathy Britschock, president of Success SEPTO; Kevin Daly, chair of the Connecticut Special Education PTO Alliance and treasurer of Success SEPTO; and Brenda Stenglein, vice president of Success SEPTO, seek collaborative change in public schools in support of special needs students. Photos by Lauri Voter, Reminder News.
Pictures from the 2012 Special Education Day event at the State Capitol.