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Connecticut Resources

Birth to Three
Find out what services are available to help infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities.

Child's Play
This site from the Child's Play clinic in Westport provides information on occupational therapy (OT) and sensory processing disorders.

Connecticut Autism Spectrum Resource Center (ASRC)
A statewide support and advocacy organization that hosts a resource fair, publishes a statewide resource guide and offers numerous programs and trainings for parents and professionals.

Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN)                                                                                                This statewide parents' network helps other parents learn how to find resources and become advocate for their kids with disabilities.

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)
Connecticut's PTI (Parent Training and Information Center) funded by the U.S. Department of Education. Provides a wide range of services to parents of children with disabilities, including telephone consultation, workshops, a newsletter, and a lending library of books and videos (materials can be ordered by phone and received by mail).

Connecticut Lifespan Respite Coalition
Helps those who care for someone with special needs (from birth through the life span) to find quality short term help, so caregivers can have a much needed break.

Connecticut State Department of Education - Special Education and Pupil Services
Full text special education publications, available in Spanish and English, and information on IEP's and due process.

Connecticut State Library - Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped
State residents who cannot read conventional print may be eligible for free mail loans of Braille and recorded books and magazines, and the equipment to play them.

Connecticut Tech Act Project
Part of the State of CT Dept. of Social Services, Bureau of Rehabilitation Services. CTTAP's goal is to increase the independence of individuals by providing access to assistive technology.

Connecting Connecticut Resource Directory
A comprehensive directory of organizations which serve families in Connecticut with children with disabilities, created by the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)

Department of Developmental Services (DDS)
Formerly DMR, Connecticut DDS serves people with mental retardation and offers a pilot program for adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Stamford is in the DDS West region.

Parents Available to Help (PATH)
PATH is a network of parents of premature babies, children with special needs, or who have lost a young child or who experienced a high-risk pregnancy. They help other parents in Connecticut and nearby states with peer counseling and a library of useful materials.

Planned Lifetime Assistance Network of Connecticut, Inc. (PLAN)
PLAN manages special needs trusts and implements Personal Care Plans so that parents of a child with a disability can have the assurance that someone will oversee their child’s services after they die.

Special Education Resource Center (SERC)
SERC is a centralized resource for Connecticut on special education and early intervention. Look at the Library Resources page for bibliographies and information about SERC's large library collections for parents.

State of Connecticut Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
The Office of Protection and Advocacy is federally and state funded. It offers a range of services and publications (mostly free) aimed at protecting the rights of people with disabilities and advocating for them.