Resources that advocate, support, assist, and empower

Special Education Resources for Families

This website provides information for parents, guardians and other family members about laws, regulations, and policies affecting special education programs and services. These protections, rights and opportunities will best help students with disabilities reach their full potential when parents, families and schools work collaboratively. Setting high expectations for students and high standards for programs will provide the greatest opportunities for a successful adult life.

Creating Opportunities. Protecting Rights. Changing Lives.

COPAA’s mission is to protect and enforce the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families. Our primary goal is to empower marginalized community members to secure high quality educational services and to promote excellence in advocacy.


SERC is a quasi-public agency established under statute to serve the CT State Board of Education in supporting educational equity and excellence. We do this by providing professional development and information dissemination in the latest research and best practices to educators, service providers, and families throughout the state, as well as job-embedded technical assistance and training within schools, programs, and districts.

Connecticut IEP Manual

The Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) has developed a new Individualized Education Program (IEP) document with input from a representative group of stakeholders. The CSDE has required the use of this document for all new IEPs written for students in Connecticut beginning July 1, 2022. The document is supported within the Connecticut Special Education Data System (CT-SEDS). Additional information can be found on the CSDE New IEP Website. The purpose of this manual is to assist planning and placement teams (PPTs) in creating high quality IEPs for students in Connecticut. Please note that not every field in the IEP has a corresponding description included in this manual.