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TOP Soccer · www.tollandsoccer.com

TOP Soccer is a community-based program for young athletes with mental and physical disabilities, organized by US Youth Soccer Association volunteers. This program is designed to allow these athletes to learn skills and allow participation in recreational soccer, with the emphasis on having fun. Our TOP soccer players come from Tolland and surrounding communities that do not offer TOPS programs. The Connecticut Junior Soccer Association, the state-wide governing body for youth club soccer, recognizes the Tolland TOP soccer program as one of the oldest and largest for club play in Connecticut.


CT Wave Unified Basketball · www.ctwave.net

This is a basketball program for kids with special needs. Once on their website's Home Page, click on Unified Signups, which will bring you to the Special Needs part of their program.

 

The Miracle League of Connecticut · www.miracleleaguect.org

The Miracle League of Connecticut is dedicated to providing recreation and sporting opportunities for children with physical and/or cognitive challenges at accessible facilities.

LOF Adaptive Skiers · www.lofadaptiveskiers.org

LOF Adaptive Skiers builds lasting confidence and fulfillment through recreational and competitive water- and snow-skiing for children and adults with disabilities.


STRIDE Adaptive Sports · www.stride.org

STRIDE's mission is to educate and empower individuals with special needs in life-changing sport and recreation programs to sustain healthy, active, and fun lifestyles.

Bromley Kings Farm · www.bromleykingsfarm.com

Bromley Kings Farm is a small behavioral health agency located on a beautiful horse farm. They offer 1:1 counseling as well as social skills groups and therapeutic riding utilizing evidence-based treatments to enhance personal growth, emotional regulation, and social awareness. Three modalities of services are offered: EAP (Equine Assisted Therapy - which is covered by Husky Health Insurance and Blue Cross Blue Shield), EAL (Equine Assisted Learning), and Therapeutic Riding. To view a brochure, please click here.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC) · www.cpacinc.org

The CT Parent Advocacy Center, Inc. (CPAC) is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to families of children with any disability or chronic illness, age birth through 26.  The Center is committed to the idea that parents can be the most effective advocates for their children, given the confidence that knowledge and understanding of special education law and its procedures can bring.

Dr. Michael D. Powers · click here for a bio

Dr. Michael D. Powers is the Director of The Center for Children with Special Needs in Glastonbury, Connecticut and Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Yale Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Powers specializes in the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities and has published and presented extensively on these topics. He was a guest speaker at a special Success SEPTO meeting in November 2013.

Julie Swanson · www.yourspecialchild.com 

Julie Swanson is a trained professional special education advocate who knows how to navigate Connecticut's Special Education System. She is dedicated to the everyday needs of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities.

Kevin Daly · www.dalyconsulting.net (website under construction)

Are you having trouble with your school district about what's an appropriate education for your child? Then contact Kevin Daly of Daly Consulting at  kevin@dalyconsulting.net or 860-888-3420.  He works with Connecticut parents as a Special Education Consultant and Parent Advocate.

 

Feinstein Education Law Group · www.attorneyfeinstein.com

Do you need more than a special-education consultant or parent advocate to protect your child's rights under special education law? If you want to hire a special-education attorney, then contact the Feinstein Education Law Group at www.attorneyfeinstein.com at (860)572-8585. These attorneys will negotiate on your behalf with school districts, and, if necessary, take legal action to compel them to follow the law.

 

Social Learning Center · www.sociallearningcenter.org

The Social Learning Center LLC in Cheshire, CT is dedicated to learning, applying, and communicating effective methods of social teaching for individuals and those who support them. New groups are forming in the fall.

Willington Parent-Teacher Resource Center · www.willingtonpublicschools.org/pupilservices

The Parent-Teacher Resource Center, established in September 2009, is located in the school libraries at both Center and Hall Memorial Schools. Parents and adult family members are welcome to browse and borrow resources during school hours.  This Center is dedicated to raising awareness and understanding about the care and education of students with disabilities. It features books, brochures, learning resources, and DVDs for parents, teachers, and students on a variety of topics including (but not limited to): ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Behavioral Challenges, Bullying, Discipline, Social-Emotional Issues, Gifted, Internet Safety, Learning Disabilities, OCD, Preschool, Sensory Processing Disorder, Speech and Language, Organization, Homework and Test-taking Strategies, Building Self-esteem, and Academic Assistance.

Kids Cooperate · www.kidscooperate.com

Strengths based social skills groups with a focus on children and teenagers with Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Asperger Syndrome, High Functioning Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and Shyness. Providing social learning through developmental play with a focus on social communication, emotional regulation, and transactional support. Offering groups in Vernon, Tolland, Ellington, Windsor, Mansfield, Willimantic, Hartford, Coventry and Eastern Connecticut.

Interlocking Connections, LLC · www.interlockingconnections.com

Interlocking Connections, LLC is a multifaceted program offering clinical, psychological, behavioral and educational services to individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, their families and providers. They offer in-home, in-school and in-office treatment for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders, as well as other mental health and behavioral conditions which may impact an individual's ability to access all aspects of their life. 

Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center · www.ct-asrc.org

The ASRC is a family-run, non-profit organization in Connecticut that serves individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their family members, and the professionals who work with them.

Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut · www.spedconnecticut.org

LDA of CT is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a positive difference in the educational experience of children with disabilities.

National Institute of Health Asperger Syndrome Fact Sheet · www.ninds.nih.gov

From this site's home page, click on "A" and then on "Asperger Syndrome" to get a definitive summary of this developmental disorder, which is on the high end of the Autism Spectrum.

Yale Child Study Center Autism Study Research Studies · click here for info

The Autism Program at the Yale Child Study Center is currently conducting several research studies on Autism/PDD for children, adolescents, and young adults under the age of 18.  For more information, please click here to view a flyer.


UConn K.I.D.S. (Kids in Developmental Sciences) · www.kids.uconn.edu

Uconn K.I.D.S. is a unique new organization spanning more than 20 child behavioral research labs and 5 departments at the University of Connecticut.

Special Education Guide · www.specialeducationguide.com

An online resource for parents and educators who want to master the terminology, procedures and best practices in special education. Expert writers cover everything from early intervention to ISFPs; IEPs and RTI, inclusion, classroom and behavior management; disability profiles for each category under IDEA and a Special Education Dictionary to master “SPED” jargon.

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Council for Exceptional Children · www.cec.sped.org

The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents. CEC advocates for appropriate governmental policies, sets professional standards, provides professional development, advocates for individuals with exceptionalities, and helps professionals obtain conditions and resources necessary for effective professional practice.

Connecticut Tech Act Project · www.cttechact.com

The Connecticut Tech Act Project's mission is to increase independence and improve the lives of individuals with disabilities through increased access to Assistive Technology for work, school and community living.

Council on Developmental Disabilities ·  www.ct.gov/ctcdd

The Council on Developmental Disabilities is a Governor-appointed body of people with disabilities, family members and professionals who work together to promote the full inclusion of people with disabilities in community life.


Council of Parent Advocates and Attorneys (COPAA) · www.copaa.net

COPAA is a non-profit network of attorneys, advocates, parents, and professionals dedicated to protecting the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.

 

Connecticut State Department of Education · www.sde.ct.gov

Are you having trouble understanding your child's IEP? From the CSDE's homepage, click on Special Education on the Quick Links, then under Resources click on PPT Process and IEP Forms, and then under Helpful Tools click on IEP Guide--Page by Page. The Connecticut State Department of Education is the administrative arm of the Connecticut State Board of Education. Through leadership, curriculum, research, planning, evaluation, assessment, data analyses and other assistance, the Department helps to ensure equal opportunity and excellence in education for all Connecticut students.

 

State Education Resource Center (SERC) · www.ctserc.org

SERC is a nonprofit agency primarily funded by the Connecticut State Department of Education. SERC provides professional development and information dissemination in the latest research and best practices to educators, service providers, and families throughout the state, as well as job-embedded technical assistance and training within schools, programs, and districts.

 

Department of Developmental Services (DDS) · www.ct.gov/dds

The Department of Developmental Services' mission is to join with others to create the conditions under which all the people with mental retardation can experience: presence and participation in Connecticut town life, opportunities to develop and exercise competence, opportunities to make choices in the pursuit of a personal future, good relationships with family members and friends, and respect and dignity.

Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities · www.ct.gov/opapd

OPA is an independent State agency created to safeguard and advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities in Connecticut.  Part of a nationwide network of protection and advocacy systems, the Office operates under both State and federal legislative mandates to: provide information, referral, and advocacy services; pursue legal and administrative remedies on behalf of people with disabilities who experience disability-related discrimination; investigate allegations of abuse and neglect that arise in specific service settings or that affect individuals with particular disabilities; and provide education, information and training on disability rights to policy makers, advocacy groups and members of the public.

ConneCT Kids · www.kids.ct.gov

ConneCT Kids is the Official State of Connecticut website for children.

Office for Civil Rights · www.hhs.gov/ocr

OCR helps to protect individuals from discrimination in certain health care and social service programs.

 

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) · www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/osers/osep

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21 by providing leadership and financial support to assist states and local districts.

U.S. Department of Education · www.ed.gov

The mission of the Department of Education is to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) - http://uconnucedd.org/

The purpose of UCEDD is to combine efforts through research and teachings to improve the living quality for people with disabilities and their families. The organization encourages independence across the different aspects of each person's life within the community.