Connecticut

Learn more about what Connecticut is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

Continued Educational Opportunities and Special Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: The Connecticut Special Education Division Director released a memorandum which addressed continued educational opportunities and the impact on special education. More specifically, it addresses the access and equity requirements, communication with families and implementation in relation to certain federal special education procedural requirements. 

Operated by: Connecticut Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement, IEP

Reopening Guidance for Educating Students with Disabilities

Summary: The Connecticut Department of Education released a document that shares the requirements and a framework for reopening schools during the 2020–21 school year in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. The document shares a framework for distance learning, IEP provision and transition services.

Operated by: Connecticut Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP, Transition

Resources to Support Distance Learning During School Closures Due to COVID-19

Summary: Connecticut created a document that describes their distance learning plan. This document includes a list of resources for students with disabilities, as well as their families and educators, that can be found on page 24. These include resources to help provide a strong online learning experience and links to important state policies regarding online learning.

Operated by: Connecticut Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

Special Education Guidance and Resources for COVID-19

Summary: The Connecticut Department of Education dedicated a web page to Special Education Guidance and Resources for COVID-19. The web page has sections for families, educators and school district leaders. Resources range from assistive technology, professional development, telehealth, federal guidance and much more.

Operated by: Connecticut Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Family Engagement, Telehealth

Social Emotional Family Resources

Summary: This informational document contains an extensive list of mental health resources for students and their families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, these resources emphasize crisis response, as well as general supports for the emotional well-being of children

Operated by: Connecticut Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Fall Reopening Resource Document for Students with High Needs

Summary: This document discusses special considerations for providing support and services for students with disabilities. It highlights the provision of additional assistive technology for students with disabilities, information for service providers updating IEPs due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and provides information on health requirements for students with disabilities. 

Operated by: Connecticut State Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, IEP

Guidance for Extended School Year (ESY) Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: This document provides instructions for implementing Extended School Year Services on IEPs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It highlights special considerations that may require such services to provide a least restrictive environment for students with disabilities. 

Operated by: Connecticut State Department of Education

Topic: IEP 

Resources for Families

Summary: This web page lists state and federal resources for families attempting to assist with their child’s education during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes mental health resources for children, as well as resources for parents of youth with disabilities.

Operated by: Connecticut State Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, Mental Health

Special Education Guidance for Parents Related to School Reopening

Summary: This document guides families of students with disabilities in determining the best option for their child’s education during the COVID-19 pandemic. It informs parents of IEP considerations, such as choosing between in-person, remote, and hybrid instruction methods. Furthermore, it highlights family considerations for assisting with special education. 

Operated by: Connecticut State Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, IEP

Guidance Regarding Students Exiting Special Education Services during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: This document discusses transition procedures for youth with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. It notes that previous transition plans may be inadequate to accommodate COVID-related transition needs. Consequently, the document provides information on adjusting transition plans through the Connecticut Bureau of Rehabilitation Services.

Operated by: Connecticut State Department of Education

Topic: Transition

Guidance for IEP Progress Reporting during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Summary: This document provides guidance for reporting IEP progress during the COVID-19 pandemic. This procedure ensures that students with disabilities receive IEP services throughout the pandemic.

Operated by: Connecticut State Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Special Education COVID-19 Resources for Educators

Summary: This document provides extensive resources for educators seeking to support youth with disabilities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This support includes communication procedures with families, special education distance learning resources, and various subject specific resources. 

Operated by: Connecticut State Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, Distance Learning 

Special Education COVID-19 Resources for Families

Summary: This document provides extensive resources for families of youth with disabilities seeking to support their student during the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes resources for family involvement practices, secondary transition assistance, distance learning considerations, and mental health resources specific to youth with disabilities. 

Operated by: Connecticut State Department of Education

Topic: Family Engagement, Transition, Distance Learning, Mental Health