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

We serve primarily Ashford, Mansfield, Stafford, Tolland, Willington and other surrounding towns in Northeast Connecticut, but everyone is welcome.

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 always welcome new members and visitors. Please see our calendar for upcoming meetings and events. Come and get involved!

Click here to visit our Facebook page, and be sure to like us.

Success SEPTO is looking for volunteers to fill the positions of co-president, secretary, treasurer, and fundraiser-coordinator in our organization. These positions involve a commitment for at least one year (contact us for more details).  Help us to help special-education students in your community. The SEPTO officers work closely with each other, so you'll never be alone. Remember, the kid you help the most may be your own. Click here for details.

For more information about us, or to find out more about volunteering, please email us at We encourage your comments, and will do our best to respond to any questions in a timely manner.

Letters of Recognition

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

Success SEPTO has also received a letter from Nancy Pettitt, Early Childhood Special Education Teacher at Center School in Willington.
 Read this letter here.  For photos of the equipment mentioned in the letter, click 1, 2, 3, and 4.


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.

The CT Council on Developmental Disabilities is developing its 5-year plan for 2017-2021, and your help is needed.  Please complete their brief survey by clicking here. If you have any questions, you can email the Director of the CT Council on Developmental Disabilities at .

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.


Are you looking for some fun activity for your special-needs child? Then come join us for All-Star Bowling in Vernon on Thursday evenings from 5 to 6 pm, starting on Jan. 7, 2016.  Registration is required. It's still not too late to join. Click here for more details.

Success SEPTO will have our annual Yankee Candle fundraiser for Willington Special Education in the spring of 2016. This fundraiser is to benefit special-education students in the Willington Public Schools. Get involved and learn how you too can do a fundraiser in YOUR town; email us at for more information.

Some interesting events that will occur in the spring of 2016 are: Special Education Day; Autism Awareness Day.  Both of these annual events are held at the State Capitol in Hartford.  As these get closer, we will put up more information on this website.

ASRC in CT will be sponsoring several interesting events in the current school-year: on Mar. 18-19, 2016: the 26th Annual Northeast Regional Conference on Autism, featuring Carol Gray; and on Sunday, May 1, 2016: the ASRC Walk for Autism. Visit the ASRC website at for more information on these and other upcoming events.

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 flyer, or contact Erin MacDonnell at 203-737-3439 or


Senator Tony Guglielmo receives his Spirit of SEPTO award. Next to him is State Representative Sam Belsito. Also in picture are Special Education Attorney David Shaw, Success SEPTO President Cathy Britschock, Vice President Brenda Stenglein, and members of Success SEPTO.

News Articles about Success SEPTO


On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015, Success SEPTO welcomed Special Education Attorneys Melanie Dunn and Jillian Griswold (from the Feinstein Education Law Group), who gave a presentation on FAPE and parents' rights under the specisl-education laws.  You can read more about it by clicking here.

On Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015, Success SEPTO held its first meeting of the new school year, including our annual awards presentation. The featured speaker was Kevin Daly of the Connecticut SEPTO Alliance. You can read more about it by clicking here.

On Wednesday, April 22, 2015, Success SEPTO welcomed a panel of three autism treatment 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 Daly (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

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 of children with special needs. Please read the article 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
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.

Success 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.

(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.