Parents, teachers, advocates and nonprofit organizations can learn more about the world of special education at a number of upcoming events.

SpEdConnecticut, a more than 50-year-old nonprofit that serves families of children with special needs, announced a 12-week training for individuals and organizations to navigate special education.

The course in Hartford begins Sept. 18 and runs through Dec. 11. Each class, offered every Wednesday, covers a different topic, and those interested can take the entire 12-week course or attend on a week-by-week basis. Topics include assistive technology, reading and math interventions, neuropsychological evaluations, emotional disturbance, special education law and transition planning.

All training sessions will take place at the CT Community Nonprofit Alliance, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Hartford, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The whole series costs $375 for professionals and $350 for parents and nonprofits; individual sessions cost $40 each.

Those interested can sign up at

At 7 p.m. Sept. 26, the Stamford Jewish Community Center Inclusion Department is presenting a hands-on program for parents titled “Special Education Parent Forum: Pursuing a Specialized School Placement.”

Special education attorney Lawrence Berliner will moderate a panel discussion with admissions directors and head of schools for children with special needs at the Stamford JCC at 1035 Newfield Ave. in Stamford.

After the panel, parents can engage in break-out sessions with school representatives and find out how the schools could best fit the needs of their child.

Representatives hail from Eagle Hill School, in Greenwich, the Pinnacle School in Stamford and Winston Preparatory School in Norwalk.

The workshop is free and open to the public. Reservations are strongly suggested. To register, contact Liza Fahey, inclusion/special needs coordinator at the Stamford JCC at 203-487-0946 or

For more information, contact Rachel Berliner, public relations assistant at the law office of Lawrence W. Berliner at or 203-255-0582.

Special Education Equity for Kids CT will host “Back to School: Special Education Parent Empowerment Conference” from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 5 at the Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale. There will be presentations on trending special education issues and must-know advocacy skills, and parents and professionals are invited to attend. Panels will focus on how special education decisions are made and the future of special education, as well as workshops on behavioral challenges, transition planning, reading basics, evaluations, truancy and parent advocacy.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit

The first session in Eagle Hill School’s speaker series for the 2019-20 school year will be Nov. 13. Michael Thompson, a consultant, author and psychologis who has worked nationally and internationally in hundreds of schools, will present “The Pressured Child: Helping Your Child Find Success in School and Life.”

For more information about this and future presentations, visit Contact Cindy Ruiz with any questions.