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CT Due Process
A listing of all CT due process decisions since 1998 is maintained, and regularly updated, by the Connecticut State Department of Education at their website:
CT Special Education Hearing Decisions, www.state.ct.us/sde/deps/special/index.htm
Extended School Years Services (ESY)
The standard in Connecticut for determining whether a child is eligible for Extended School Year Services (ESY) includes both regression/recoupment criteria and nonregression criteria. This Policy Brief by the CT State Department of Education analyzes the criteria which CT schools must apply in determining eligibility for such services. http://www.sde.ct.gov/sde/lib/sde/PDF/DEPS/Special/Topic_Brief_ESY.pdf
Federal and State Reports Concerning Treatment
The US Government has issued Mental Health: A Report by the Surgeon General, validating the research supporting ABA as the leading treatment for autism. The report concludes that "thirty years of research demonstrated the efficacy of applied behavioral methods in reducing inappropriate behavior and in increasing communication, learning, and appropriate social behavior."
Connecticut IEP Guide. This invaluable resource packet describes each page of the IEP and explains what should be on each page.
Connecticut Guidelines for Identification and Education of Children and Youth With Autism (Connecticut State Department of Education, 2005)www.state.ct.us/sde/deps/special/guidelines_autism.pdf.
The New York State Department of Health has issued Clinical Practice Guidelines, Report of the Recommendations on Autism / PDD. The report recommends "a minimum (emphasis in original) of approximately twenty hours per week of individualized behavioral intervention using ABA techniques."
Legal and Advocacy Links
Disclaimer: None of this information is intended as "legal advice" or to endorse any individual or company.
The Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
(better known as "P & A") is an independent state agency, created to
safeguard and advance the rights of people with disabilities. Part of a
nationwide network of P&A systems, it operates under both state and
federal mandates. In some states (like Iowa and Pennsylvania), P&A has
provided legal assistance to parents pursuing ABA services for their
www.mayerslaw.com is maintained by attorney Garry Mayerson, who first became involved with educational rights and developmental disabilities when seeking appropriate educational services for his son. The site contains information about advocacy and due process, as well as descriptions of leading court cases and pertinent statutes.
www.wrightslaw.com is maintained by attorney Pete Wright. His company publishes a broad range of practical and affordable books and other materials pertaining to advocacy for children with disabilities.
The Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA) is an independent non-profit organization of attorneys, advocates, and parents. It was established to improve the quality and quantity of legal assistance for parents of children with disabilities.