Understanding CT’s New IEP

Recording of the April 25 presentation Understanding CT’s New IEP Here: RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE

Click here for the Understanding CT’s New IEP PowerPoint Presentation

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Monday, April 25

7:00 PM, Webinar

Hosted by Darien SEPAC & Darien Library

Please RSVP: CLICK HERE

Connecticut is implementing a new IEP template beginning this Fall for the 2022-23 school year. Please join attorney Anne Treimanis and Special Education Advocate Barbara (Babs) Distinti via Zoom to learn what the major changes are and how to make sure your child’s IEP is formulated to give them what they need to succeed. We will help ensure that this new and improved document assists your planning and placement team (PPT) in navigating the special education process, leading to the development of high-quality IEPs for your student.

Anne Treimanis is an attorney whose law practice is limited to special education, 504, and discrimination issues. She is also an adjunct professor for special education law and the author of several books including Do Not Tweet at an IEP Meeting. Her daughter Eva is an adult with Down syndrome and Type 1 Diabetes. Check Law Office of Anne Treimanis, LLC

Babs Distinti is an advocate for families who know from personal experience how critical it is for ALL students to have appropriate services and supports. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and a Special Education Advocate with Advocacy Allies, LLC. Babs is the president of Special Education Equity Kids of Connecticut (SEEK), the first and only organization made up of parents, educational professionals, special education advocates and attorneys created to influence policy discussion and shape legislative efforts on behalf of students with disabilities in Connecticut. Check Advocacy Allies

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Colleges with Support Services – Remote Panel

Tuesday, March 22nd, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Please RSVP: CLICK HERE

Students with IEPs/504s and parents are invited to attend a remote panel discussion on Tuesday, March 22, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, which will include representatives from colleges and universities offering support services.  The panel will share details about available academic, social and living supports. Meghan Emanuleson, Director of Guidance, Darien High School, will moderate.  Panelists include:

University of Maryland

Tessa Cahill (DiPerri), M.A. Interim Director, Counseling Center, Accessibility and Disability Service

Hobart William Smith

Susan M. Pliner, Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment & Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

Sacred Heart University

Kathy Radziunas, Director, Office of Student Accessibility

Hofstra University

Julie Yindra, Director, Student Access Service 

College STEPS*

Lauren Merritt, Chief Operating Officer

This program is co-sponsored by Darien SEPAC, Darien Library, DHSPA, and SPED*NET Wilton. 

*College STEPS partners with colleges to provide student support in the following locations.

College Planning Resources for Students with IEPs/504s:

Lists/Databases:
 
COLLEGE AUTISM SPECTRUM 
https://collegeautismspectrum.com/collegeprograms/
 
ThinkCollege 
https://thinkcollege.net/college-search
 
Best Value Schools 
https://www.bestvalueschools.com/rankings/students-with-learning-disabilities/

Petersons 
https://www.petersons.com/blog/20-great-colleges-for-students-with-learning-disabilities/


College Consensus 
https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-colleges-for-students-with-learning-disabilities


Top College Consultants
https://www.topcollegeconsultants.com/autism-in-college/

Transition/differences between high school and college:
 
Center on Technology and Disability
https://studentdocs.ucr.edu/sdrc/uc-riverside_student-disability-resource-center_differences-between-high-school-and-college-for-students-with-disabilities.pdf
 
Learning Disabilities Association of America
https://ldaamerica.org/lda_today/modifications-vs-accommodations-high-school-vs-college/
 
Think College
https://www.umass.edu/disability/sites/default/files/pdf/attachment_d_diff_between_hs_college_.pdf

Preparation for College:
 
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
https://transitionta.org/topics/postsecondary-education/

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Moving Past COVID Isolation: Medical Management & Treatment for Anxiety, Depression & Migraine

Monday, Nov. 29

7:30 PM, Darien Library Community Room (45 in-person spaces)

Hosted by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library

Please RSVP to Darien Library (in-person)

Dr. Peter McAllister, a board-certified neurologist, will address best practices for evaluating and treating anxiety, depression, and migraine in school-age children. He will discuss the psychoeducational impact of isolation and insecurity during COVID and available interventions, including medication.

Peter McAllister, MD is Co-Founder and Director of New England Institute for Neurology and Headache, where he sees adults and children (age five and over) and employs a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to diagnosis and treatment. He holds clinical appointments at both Yale University School of Medicine and The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. He is also Chief Medical Officer of New England Institute for Clinical Research and Ki Clinical Research and has authored over 150 articles, book chapters, and posters.

LIMITED IN-PERSON SEATING AVAILABLE. Register for the in-person event above. Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. Rather participate from home? Register for Zoom below. 

Register for the online event via Zoom. Participants will automatically be emailed the link to the Zoom webinar. If you have any questions regarding program registration, please contact Kiera at kparrott@darienlibrary.org. For any questions regarding the program itself, please contact Darien SEPAC at dariensepac@gmail.com!This entry was posted in General on Edit

NEW Outdoor Grit Ninja Buddy Program, 7/19 – 7/23!

Ages 5-11, All Abilities.
If your child, age 5 to 11, would like to participate in the program, please register through Darien Parks and Recreation. Two class options are available:
1:15 – 2:30 register here
1:15 – 4:00 register here


From Grit Ninja:This class is for ninjas of all abilities, middle and high school buddies will provide extra support. We have worked hard to create an environment that is inclusive, values individualism and allows all ninjas to feel a sense of accomplishment regardless of the starting point. This unique athletic offering will help your child reach their goals and feel success on the ninja course! Please note: if your child requires special accommodations – no problem! Just let us know by emailing jgore@darienct.gov

The Grit Ninja has packed up equipment and is ready to turn Cherry Lawn Park into a unique ninja warrior obstacle course! During each action packed day, aspiring ninjas will climb, swing, jump and run on our obstacles which include:
Warped Wall. Our 12-foot adjustable warped wall is a ninja favorite! Get ready to beat that wall regardless of your age!

Upper Body Rig. Our mobile rig can hold many ninja favorites including monkey bars, rings, pipe sliders, and other more challenging ninja holds.
Rock wall. Ninjas will try to traverse across our rock wall on various custom climbing routes.

Speed/Agility Course. Test your speed, agility, and balance as you try to make it through the speed course by jumping over, stepping on, and ducking under our Quad Steps, over/under hurdles, balance logs, stepping stones, and more!
Parkour Stations. Test yourself as you try to get over our multi-sized vault boxes and make precision jumps.

Other Swinging Obstacles. More upper body run in the form of rope swings, giant rings, and pipe sliders.

Balance Games. Get ready for some friendly competition in our many “ninja balance games” including Balance Tic-tac-toe, Floor is Lava, and many more!

Course Runs. Put all the skills together and try to get the fastest time you can!
Ninjas will face new challenges each day!

Our program is designed by The Grit Ninja’s professional coaches – many of whom have competed on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior. Our coaches will guide ninjas as they tackle our fun obstacles that build strength, coordination, agility, balance, problem-solving skills, self-confidence and, most importantly, GRIT! 

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CDSE Report – 07/18/13
CDSE Report – 09/25/13
Special Education Audit Update
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CSDE SPECIAL ED REFERRAL FORM

Form ED621 – Referral to Special Education

DISTRICT SPECIAL EDUCATION INFORMATION

DPS Special Education

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Recording Now Available! Colleges with Support Services

View Recording HERE
From March 22nd Presentation

Students with IEPs/504s and parents attended a remote panel discussion on Tuesday, March 22, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, which included representatives from colleges and universities offering support services.  The panel shared details about available academic, social and living supports. Meghan Emanuleson, Director of Guidance, Darien High School, moderated.  Panelists included:

University of Maryland

Tessa Cahill (DiPerri), M.A. Interim Director, Counseling Center, Accessibility and Disability Service, tdiperri@umd.edu


Hobart William Smith

Susan M. Pliner, Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment & Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, PLINER@hws.edu

Sacred Heart University

Kathy Radziunas, Director, Office of Student Accessibility, radziunask@sacredheart.edu

Laurie Scinicariello, Assistant Director, Office of Student Accessibility, lscincariello@sacredheart.edu


Hofstra University

Julie Yindra, Director, Student Access Service, Julie.A.Yindra@hofstra.edu


College STEPS*

Brya L. Emery, Director of Admissions & Enrollment, admissions@collegesteps.org


This program is co-sponsored by Darien SEPAC, Darien Library, DHSPA, and SPED*NET Wilton. 

*College STEPS partners with colleges to provide student support in the following locations.

College Planning Resources for Students with IEPs/504s:

Lists/Databases:
 
COLLEGE AUTISM SPECTRUM 
https://collegeautismspectrum.com/collegeprograms/
 
ThinkCollege 
https://thinkcollege.net/college-search
 
Best Value Schools 
https://www.bestvalueschools.com/rankings/students-with-learning-disabilities/

Petersons 
https://www.petersons.com/blog/20-great-colleges-for-students-with-learning-disabilities/


College Consensus 
https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-colleges-for-students-with-learning-disabilities


Top College Consultants
https://www.topcollegeconsultants.com/autism-in-college/

Transition/differences between high school and college:
 
Center on Technology and Disability
https://studentdocs.ucr.edu/sdrc/uc-riverside_student-disability-resource-center_differences-between-high-school-and-college-for-students-with-disabilities.pdf
 
Learning Disabilities Association of America
https://ldaamerica.org/lda_today/modifications-vs-accommodations-high-school-vs-college/
 
Think College
https://www.umass.edu/disability/sites/default/files/pdf/attachment_d_diff_between_hs_college_.pdf

Preparation for College:
 
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
https://transitionta.org/topics/postsecondary-education/

Pacer’s National Parent Association on Transition and Employment https://www.pacer.org/transition/resource-library/publications/NPC-42.pdf

Understanding CT’s New IEP

Monday, April 25

7:00 PM, Webinar

Hosted by Darien SEPAC & Darien Library

Please RSVP: CLICK HERE

Connecticut is implementing a new IEP template beginning this Fall for the 2022-23 school year. Please join attorney Anne Treimanis and Special Education Advocate Barbara (Babs) Distinti via Zoom to learn what the major changes are and how to make sure your child’s IEP is formulated to give them what they need to succeed. We will help ensure that this new and improved document assists your planning and placement team (PPT) in navigating the special education process, leading to the development of high-quality IEPs for your student.

Anne Treimanis is an attorney whose law practice is limited to special education, 504, and discrimination issues. She is also an adjunct professor for special education law and the author of several books including Do Not Tweet at an IEP Meeting. Her daughter Eva is an adult with Down syndrome and Type 1 Diabetes. Check Law Office of Anne Treimanis, LLC

Babs Distinti is an advocate for families who know from personal experience how critical it is for ALL students to have appropriate services and supports. She is a member of the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) and a Special Education Advocate with Advocacy Allies, LLC. Babs is the president of Special Education Equity Kids of Connecticut (SEEK), the first and only organization made up of parents, educational professionals, special education advocates and attorneys created to influence policy discussion and shape legislative efforts on behalf of students with disabilities in Connecticut. Check Advocacy Allies

Co-sponsored by Darien Library and Darien SEPAC. 

Colleges with Support Services – Remote Panel

Tuesday, March 22nd, 7 pm – 8:30 pm
Please RSVP: CLICK HERE

Students with IEPs/504s and parents are invited to attend a remote panel discussion on Tuesday, March 22, from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, which will include representatives from colleges and universities offering support services.  The panel will share details about available academic, social and living supports. Meghan Emanuleson, Director of Guidance, Darien High School, will moderate.  Panelists include:

University of Maryland

Tessa Cahill (DiPerri), M.A. Interim Director, Counseling Center, Accessibility and Disability Service

Hobart William Smith

Susan M. Pliner, Dean for Teaching, Learning, and Assessment & Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning

Sacred Heart University

Kathy Radziunas, Director, Office of Student Accessibility

Hofstra University

Julie Yindra, Director, Student Access Service 

College STEPS*

Lauren Merritt, Chief Operating Officer

This program is co-sponsored by Darien SEPAC, Darien Library, DHSPA, and SPED*NET Wilton. 

*College STEPS partners with colleges to provide student support in the following locations.

College Planning Resources for Students with IEPs/504s:

Lists/Databases:
 
COLLEGE AUTISM SPECTRUM 
https://collegeautismspectrum.com/collegeprograms/
 
ThinkCollege 
https://thinkcollege.net/college-search
 
Best Value Schools 
https://www.bestvalueschools.com/rankings/students-with-learning-disabilities/

Petersons 
https://www.petersons.com/blog/20-great-colleges-for-students-with-learning-disabilities/


College Consensus 
https://www.collegeconsensus.com/rankings/best-colleges-for-students-with-learning-disabilities


Top College Consultants
https://www.topcollegeconsultants.com/autism-in-college/

Transition/differences between high school and college:
 
Center on Technology and Disability
https://studentdocs.ucr.edu/sdrc/uc-riverside_student-disability-resource-center_differences-between-high-school-and-college-for-students-with-disabilities.pdf
 
Learning Disabilities Association of America
https://ldaamerica.org/lda_today/modifications-vs-accommodations-high-school-vs-college/
 
Think College
https://www.umass.edu/disability/sites/default/files/pdf/attachment_d_diff_between_hs_college_.pdf

Preparation for College:
 
National Technical Assistance Center on Transition
https://transitionta.org/topics/postsecondary-education/

Pacer’s National Parent Association on Transition and Employment https://www.pacer.org/transition/resource-library/publications/NPC-42.pdf

Moving Past COVID Isolation: Medical Management & Treatment for Anxiety, Depression & Migraine

Monday, Nov. 29

7:30 PM, Darien Library Community Room (45 in-person spaces)

Hosted by Darien SEPAC and Darien Library

Please RSVP to Darien Library (in-person)

Dr. Peter McAllister, a board-certified neurologist, will address best practices for evaluating and treating anxiety, depression, and migraine in school-age children. He will discuss the psychoeducational impact of isolation and insecurity during COVID and available interventions, including medication.

Peter McAllister, MD is Co-Founder and Director of New England Institute for Neurology and Headache, where he sees adults and children (age five and over) and employs a holistic, biopsychosocial approach to diagnosis and treatment. He holds clinical appointments at both Yale University School of Medicine and The Frank H. Netter School of Medicine at Quinnipiac University. He is also Chief Medical Officer of New England Institute for Clinical Research and Ki Clinical Research and has authored over 150 articles, book chapters, and posters.

LIMITED IN-PERSON SEATING AVAILABLE. Register for the in-person event above. Masks will be required regardless of vaccination status. Rather participate from home? Register for Zoom below.

Register for the online event via Zoom. Participants will automatically be emailed the link to the Zoom webinar. If you have any questions regarding program registration, please contact Kiera at kparrott@darienlibrary.org. For any questions regarding the program itself, please contact Darien SEPAC at dariensepac@gmail.com!