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Request for Proposals: CT Special Education Parent Survey

Request for Proposals: CT Special Education Parent Survey

Seeking competitive proposals that provide EVALUATION SERVICES, including the administration, implementation, and analysis of Year 9 of the Connecticut Special Education Parent Survey.

A Letter from the Executive Director of SERC

A Letter from the Executive Director of SERC

An important message from Marianne Kirner, Ph.D.

Y.E.S for Diversity- Youth Empowerment Summit

Y.E.S for Diversity- Youth Empowerment Summit

The Youth Empowerment Summit is designed to raise awareness about diversity and youth leadership.

Introducing R.E.A.D.

Introducing R.E.A.D.

The Reading Education Assistance Dogs (R.E.A.D) program improves children's reading and communication skills by employing a powerful method: reading to a dog. But not just any dog.

Fostering Resilience

Fostering Resilience

Grade-Schooler Becomes Published Author … and a Resource for Families Facing Cancer

Online Learning Modules from the Transition Initiative

Online Learning Modules from the Transition Initiative

Learn about Assessment in Secondary Transition Services



SERC's new IEP rubric provides educators and families a means to assess the quality of an IEP by shifting the IEP from a mere list of legal or compliance tasks to an instructional tool.

Data Reports from SERC

Data Reports from SERC

SERC's latest published Data Report is an updated look at Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports in Connecticut's schools.

A Family Guide to Assistive Technology in Connecticut

For other Assistive Technology articles and brochures visit our Technology in Education Initiative page.

What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology (AT) is anything that helps a child to perform a skill or participate in an activity. For example, AT can be anything from a simple device such as wristwatch with larger numbers to something more complex such as a computer with specialized software. According to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), an assistive technology device is any item, piece or equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of children with disabilities.

How can assistive technology help my child?
Assistive technology can help children with disabilities be independent within their limitations and participate in social, academic, community, and vocational activities. AT can assist in the areas of:

  • independent living such as eating, dressing, recreation and leisure, home living (cooking, cleaning, etc.)
  • communication
  • mobility
  • vision and hearing
  • reading and writing
  • mathematics
  • computer access
  • recreational activities
  • vocational activities
For more information, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , Consultant, SERC at (860) 632-1485 ext.319

Download the brochure in English

Una Guía Familiar Para Tecnología Asistida En Connecticut (Download in Spanish)

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Check out what's happening with Connecticut's State Personnel Development Grant.


imageConnecticut's Comprehensive System of Personnel Development (CSPD) serves to improve the quality of educational services and programs for children with special needs, and their families, through the ongoing preparation and professional development of educators and services providers.

Just for Parents: CT PIRC


CT Parent Information and Resource Center

State Department of Education

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Visit the Connecticut State Department of Education's homepage.

Fiscal Report

The Fiscal Report provided to the General Assembly of the State of CT, pursuant to Section 3 of Public Act 13-286 and dated January 15, 2014, is available for download here. (5.7mb, pdf)

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It is the policy of the State Education Resource Center (SERC) that no person shall be discriminated against or excluded from participation in any SERC programs and activities on the basis of race, color, religion, age, marital or civil union status, national origin, ancestry, sex/gender, intellectual disability, physical disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Inquiries regarding SERC's nondiscrimination policies should be directed to Alfred P. Bruno, SERC Counsel at bruno@ctserc.org