The American School for the Deaf and Soundbridge invite you to attend a discussion and workshop on December 13th related to the required emergency communication plan that includes procedures for alerting the deaf/hard of hearing and deaf/blind child of an emergency situation and ensuring that the specific needs of the child are met during the emergency situation.

NEW: Effective July 1, 2019, Section 3 of Public Act 19-184 extends the LCP requirement to deaf or hard of hearing or deaf/blind students who have 504 Plans as well as IEP’s. The amended legislation also requires that the LCP include an Emergency Communication plan with outlines procedures for alerting the student to emergency situations as well as other specific needs of the student during the course of the emergency.

The LCP is a required document to be completed during planning and placement team (PPT) or 504 Plan meetings while engaging in meaningful discussion to address the special language and communication considerations for students who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind in compliance with federal and state requirements. The LCP must be used to develop or revise the IEP or 504 Plan at least annually or as needed during PPT or 504 Plan meetings.

A revised LCP is posted on the CSDE website that includes the emergency communication plan requirement to address the procedures and specific needs of the student during the course of an emergency. Any child with an identified hearing loss, regardless of whether deafness or hard of hearing is the primary disability category, MUST have an LCP that documents the considerations and/or actions discussed and identified by the child’s PPT or 504 team.

Effective July 1, 2019, the LCP must address:

  • The primary language or mode of communication chosen for the child;
  • Opportunities for direct communication with peers and professional personnel in the primary language or mode of communication for the child;
  • Educational options available to the child;
  • The qualifications of teachers and other professional personnel administering the child’s LCP including the teachers’ or professionals’ proficiency in the primary language or other mode of communication for the child;
  • The accessibility of academic instruction, school services, and extra – curricular activities for the child; and communication and accommodations in the physical environment for the child; and
  • NEW: An emergency communication plan.

REGISTRATION OPEN for CSDE March 11, 2020 Leadership Forum – Engaging in Productive Partnerships at the Planning and Placement Team Meeting


New registrations are being accepted. Those who had already registered for the December 11th forum do not need to re-register in order to attend the rescheduled forum on March 11th.

Target Audience: PreK-Grade 12 Special Education and General Education Administrators

Registration Link:

Wednesday, March 11, 2020
8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. ~ Sheraton Hartford South Hotel, 100 Capital Boulevard, Rocky Hill, CT 06067

This morning training concentrates on providing the specific tools and techniques for IEP meeting participants to improve positive communication, reduce conflict, and focus the meeting on the needs of the student among all team members.

Participants learn to:
• Guide the school and family partnerships in developing appropriate IEP’s for students
• Channel communication to building mutual understanding based on respect
• Develop PPT outcomes based on full participation by all participants
• Generate informed discussions
• Prevent, reduce, and resolve conflict

These instructional outcomes are all delivered in a hands-on, practical application workshop that promotes rapid assimilation and long-term retention of concepts. This workshop prepares participants to successfully conduct effective IEP meetings. The Key2Ed Facilitated training by Doug Little will provide the tools and techniques to participants in how to manage/prevent conflict while ensuring the meeting content and process focuses first and foremost on the needs of the student.

Directors are encouraged to bring general education administrator to this training with them.

During the afternoon session, participants will engage in facilitated conversation with panels of Directors, Parents, Parent Advocates, and General Ed. Administrators around developing effective strategies to build effective school and family partnerships before, during and after the PPT process.

For content questions, please contact Stephen Proffitt, SERC, (860) 632-1485 ext. 322 or
For registration questions, please contact Linda Adorno, SERC, (860) 632-1485, ext. 241 or

2019-2020 CSDE & SERC SLD/Dyslexia Free Online Modules and Courses

The Bureau of Special Education, together with SERC, are offering the following SLD/Dyslexia FREE online courses and archived webinars, which are now available for immediate access.


To learn more about these sessions and/or for information on how to register, please visit 2019-2020 CSDE SERC SLD-Dyslexia Free Online Modules and Courses

CSDE/RESC Alliance LifeCourse Planning Tools 19-20 Registration !

The Bureau of Special Education, together with the RESC Alliance, is offering several sessions for Charting the LifeCourse, a universally-designed person-centered planning framework, to assist individuals and families of all abilities and ages to develop a vision of a good life.

To learn more about these sessions and/or for information on how to register, please visit LifeCourse Planning Tools 19-20 Registration Flyer updated 11.8.2019.

School Occupational Therapy Community of Practice 2019-2020

This community of practice will bring together Connecticut school occupational therapy practitioners to focus on best practices in a workload approach. Through collective critical inquiry and reflection participants will learn, pool knowledge, and share resources. Please visit Corrected CT OT CoP Flyer_ for more details and registration information.

School-Based Speech and Language Pathologist Communities of Practice 2019-2020

Register now to connect with other SLPs and build your capacity to effectively support students receiving school- based speech and language services. Certificates of attendance will be provided to participants. Please visit Speech and Language Community of Practice 2019-2020 Flyer for registration information for each RESC region.

Bureau of Special Education Secondary Transition Webpage Redesigned

We are excited to announce that the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), Bureau of Special Education (BSE) Secondary Transition – Planning from School to Adult Life web page has been redesigned and is available at:

This page is comprised of eight sections:

  • The Main page describes an overview of transition services, including the secondary transition planning process, as well as information and links for secondary transition professional learning opportunities.
  • The Documents/Forms page contains CSDE secondary transition documents/forms in the following areas: Secondary Transition Planning, Transition Assessments, Post-School Outcome Goal Statements (PSOGS) & Annual IEP Transition Goals and Objectives, Self-Advocacy and Self-Determination, Student Success Plans (SSPs), and Summary of Performance (SOP/ED635).
  • The Related Resources page contains additional resources related to secondary transition including information from other state agencies.
  • The Resources for Students and Families page contains secondary transition resources for students and families.
  • The Easing Into Secondary Transition: A Comprehensive Guide to Resources and Services in Connecticut page was developed as a result of a collaborative effort between the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE), the Department of Aging and Disability Services (ADS), the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services (DMHAS), the Department of Developmental Disabilities (DDS), the Regional Educational Service Centers (RESCs), the State Education Resource Center (SERC), and the Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC). The guide may be used as a resource for educators, students, and families throughout Connecticut to identify secondary transition resources and services.
  • The IDEA Part B Indicators: 1, 2, 13, and 14 page contains resources and tools related to IDEA Part B Indicators 1: Graduation, 2: Dropout, 13: Secondary Transition, and 14: Post-School Outcomes and Post-School Outcome Survey (PSOS).
  • The Laws/Regulations page contains federal and state laws and regulations related to secondary transition.
  • The CT Transition Programs page contains a link to a listing of CT Transition Programs (18-21).

We hope you will utilize this valuable tool as you navigate through the secondary transition planning process.

Questions can be directed to Alycia M. Trakas by phone at (860) 713-6932 or by e-mail at

Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium and Recognition of the 2020 District Paraeducators of the Year

The Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium will be a valuable professional learning opportunity for Paraeducators, as well as a time to recognize and celebrate the significant contributions Paraeducators make to the successful education experiences of so many Connecticut students. For more details and registration information please see Paraeducator Development and Leadership Symposium and Recognition of the 2020 District Paraeducators of the Year Flyer.

Upcoming Training Dates on Data Privacy & Technology Needs of Students with Disabilities

With the ever-changing nature of technology, how do we ensure the tools we use with students comply with Connecticut’s data privacy laws? Schools and families should be aware that regardless of privacy requirements, deciding what technology meets the unique needs of a student with an individualized education program (IEP) or 504 plan should lie with the planning and placement team (PPT) or 504 team, NOT with technology directors enforcing privacy laws.

A change to the state’s laws through Public Act 18-125 allows school districts to apply a narrow exception to privacy requirements for students with (IEPs) and 504 plans. This half-day information session will provide guidance to districts on this exception and how to meet reporting obligations on the software or apps used for students with IEPs and 504s.

Register for the event at for the following dates:

Date Location Time
11/13/19 CES Trumbull 12.00-3.00
12/18/19 Double Tree Bristol 12.00-3.00
1/22/20 EdAdvance Litchfield 12.00-3.00
2/26/20 Aces Hamden 12.00-3.00
3/31/20 LEARN Old Lyme 12.00-3.00
4/22/20 EASTCONN Hampton 12.00-3.00