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Federal and State Reports Concerning Treatment
The New York State Department of Healthís materials are generally more detailed, up to date, and specific than those produced by similar agencies in CT. Their website provides comprehensive information about autism diagnosis and treatment: https://www.health.ny.gov/community/infants_children/early_intervention/autism
Connecticut IEP Guide. This invaluable resource packet from the state Department of Education describes each page of the IEP and explains what should be on each page. There are also other worthwhile educational materials at the Departmentís website.
Mental Health: A Report by the Surgeon General, validates 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."
Legal and Advocacy Links
Disclaimer: None of this information is intended as "legal advice" or to endorse any individual or company.
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.
Several Statewide Legal Services agencies have collaborated to provide this user friendly, self-help guide to special education law in CT: https://ctlawhelp.org/en/special-education-in-connecticut
www.mayerslaw.com is maintained by Garry Mayerson, a New York attorney who first became involved with educational rights and developmental disabilities as an advocate for a family member. The site contains information about advocacy and due process, as well as descriptions of leading court cases (some of which Mayerson has been involved in) and pertinent statutes.
www.wrightslaw.com is a company, created by attorney Pete Wright, that publishes practical and affordable materials pertaining to advocacy for children with disabilities.