The following resources may be useful to our families

If you have another resource that you would like to add, please contact us at 860.228.5302 or email using

Parent Advocacy:

Parent's Guide to Special Education (see attached)

Parents_Guide_Special Education.pdf

ASRC - Autism Services and Resources Connecticut

101 North Plains Industrial Road; Building 1A, Wallingford, CT 06492 * Phone (203) 265-7717

  • Resources (see below for the flyer for the information network groups and recreation groups)
  • Social Skill Group Opportunities: Central Teen Boy Grp/ Teen Girl Grp/ Young Adult (ages 12-15)/ Adult Groups (Wallingford Area)
  • Workshops

Connecticut Family Support Network (CTFSN)

CTFSN is a free service throughout CT that supports families that have children with special healthcare needs and disabilities.

  • They provide monthly local support groups in each region, mentoring and resources by phone and email for parents, caregivers and individuals.
  • Hebron and Andover are in the Northeast region and Marlborough is in the Southeast region.
  • Their website is

Autism Resources (see attached)

husky autism support.pdf
autism recereation or network groups.pdf
autism social group and resoures at Yale.pdf
Project CASY.pdf

Autism Support/Education Group for Parents

  • 3rd Wednesday of Every Month from 6-7:30 pm
  • Hosted by the Institute of Living; 200 Retreat Avenue Hartford
  • See below for flyer
autism awareness group.pdf

Financial Aid for Hearing Aids:

Please see below for a list of resources available for low cost or no cost hearing aid assistance

resources for hearing aids.pdf

Low Cost or Free Legal Services:

Here are Regional School District No. 8, we are committed to your student and ensuring we offer a free and appropriate educational program for all students.

However, at times parents may be interested in obtaining additional guidance outside of calling our office or the advocacy groups available.

In these cases, please see the list of low-cost or free legal service provider's list below.

Free and reduced fee Legal opportunities letter - Region 8 copy.pdf

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Group

338 Main Street, Niantic CT 06357 • (860) 739-3089 V/TDD • Toll Free 1-800-445-2722

See the CT Resource Guide below.

Connecting-CT-2015_resource Guide.pdf

Mindful Parenting Monthly Group

  • Parents are invited to attend a monthly meeting led by Laura Price Wilson, LPC in a discussion about mindful parenting the 2nd and 4th Thursday from 7-8pm at the Noah Webster Library (Storyroom), West Hartford.
  • See attached flyer.
mindful parent monthly meeting.pdf

Adoption Assistance Program hosted by UCONN Health

The Adoption Assistance Program (AAP) is a confidential assessment, education, brief counseling and referral service available to adoptive and guardianship families, and to professionals seeking support for their client families.

The program is staffed by licensed clinical social workers with specialized training and experience working with families formed through adoption and guardianship.

Using an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) model of service delivery, the program offers clients the opportunity to consult with a social worker around any concern that is placing stress on the family.

For more information look below or view or call To speak confidentially with a social worker Call 860-679-4006

adoption assistance program_brochure.pdf

Anxiety Support Group:

  • "Surviving to Thriving" is an inspiring 5-month program that includes 5 parenting support groups and 5 live, online classes that can be accessed by your computer, tablet or phone. Attend all the groups and classes or just drop in. Peace at Home a complete description of the program can be found below.

Parent Support and Learning Groups –

  • 6:00 – 7:30 PM, 2nd Mondays starting on February 12th to June 11th
  • Location: Colchester Pupil Services and Special Education
  • 215 Halls Hill Road, (Jack Jackter Intermediate School Building), Colchester

Live, interactive online classes –

Peace At Home.pdf

Driving Training for Persons with Disabilities is offered by the Department of Rehabilitation Services, but is limited to those with a physical disability.

Easter Seals Mobility Center

158 State Street, Meriden, CT 06450

Easterseals Crossroads does an extensive driver education evaluation, 3 hours long, that looks at all of the following to see if the person is capable of driving:

Our functional disability driver evaluation lasts approximately three hours and includes both a clinical and behind-the-wheel assessment of a consumer’s potential to independently drive a motor vehicle. Our vehicles are equipped with adaptations to closely match an individual’s physical needs allowing a prospective driver the opportunity to operate the adaptive equipment in a controlled, safe environment. At the conclusion of the evaluation, the consumer will receive a written report with recommendations outlining the required training and additional services needed in order to become an independent driver.

The evaluation includes:

  • medical history and current medications
  • driving history and current driving needs
  • visual assessment (vision and visual perception)
  • physical assessment (brake reactions, range of motion, strength,
  • sensation, coordination, balance)
  • cognitive assessment (memory, judgment, insight, multitasking,
  • command following, abstract thinking, mapping, etc.)
  • traffic safety and road rules knowledge
  • behavioral assessment
  • adaptive equipment needs

They also do drivers education classes for individuals and will take them for driving skills learning

Drivers education for those with physical disabilities.pdf

Homework Assistance in an Electronic World

We thought we would share a new tool we found to track homework. It's called myHomework.

    • Students can put homework in, upcoming tests, set reminders, delete tasks as they're done, etc.
    • They can view homework in a list view, or a calendar view.
    • It also syncs across platforms and you can have this accessible online (with their Chromebooks) or using the app on their phones if they don't want to open their Chromebooks to put in the day's homework.

NAMI: National Alliance of Mental Illness:

Other Resources:

Area counselors.pdf
Child FInd.pdf
CTFSN - What We Do.docx