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Connecticut State Flower - The Mountain LaurelConnecticut Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities

We built the Yellow Pages for Kids with Disabilities so people can get reliable information and support. Your state Yellow Pages includes many resources - government programs, grassroots organizations, and parent support groups.

We are adding evaluators, educational consultants, academic tutors, advocates, attorneys, and others who help parents get services for their children.The Yellow Pages are a free service. If you are interested in being added to the yellow pages please send us an email.


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To get the word out about the Yellow Pages, we designed flyers for each state. Please distribute your state Yellow Pages Flyer at schools, day care centers, libraries, doctor's and psychologist's offices, community centers, and hospitals. Get your State Yellow Pages Flyer now!

Note: The groups with a star (*) next to their names sponsored an advocacy training program by Pete and Pam Wright.

ACES – Area Cooperative Educational Services
350 State Street
North Haven, CT 06473
(203) 498-6800
Web:
http://www.aces.k12.ct.us/
ACESis the Regional Educational Service Center for the 26 school districts in south central CT. We offer many programs and services including Adult and Vocational Programs, Children's Services, Magnet Schools, Professional Development and School Improvement and Technology Services.

American Foundation for the Blind
11 Penn Plaza, Suite 300
New York, NY 10001
(212) 502-7600; (212) 502-7662 (TTY)
E-mail: afbinfo@afb.org
Web: www.afb.org

Arc of Connecticut
1030 New Britain Avenue, Suite 102B
West Hartford, CT 06110
(860) 953-8335
E-mail: arcct@aol.com
Web: www.arcct.com

Autism Society of Connecticut
4 Marilyn's Circle
Guilford, CT 06437
203-453-9471
Web: www.geocities.com/HotSprings/Spa/7896/

Law Office of Nora A. Belanger, L.L.C.
Nora Belanger, Esq.
P.O. Box 783
Wilton, Connecticut 06897-0783
or
10 Wall St.
Norwalk, Connecticut 06850
Phone Number: (203) 834-2890
Fax Number: (203) 761-0594
E-mail: nannbelanger@hotmail.com
Description of Service: We are a full-service special education law firm, servicing parents through counseling,
advocacy, mediation, hearings and federal court, if necessary.

Brain Injury Association of Connecticut
1800 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 224
Rocky Hill, CT 06067
(860) 721-8111; (800) 278-8242 (in CT)
E-mail: biacgeneral@biact.org
Web: www.biact.org

Bureau of Rehabilitation Services
Department of Social Services
25 Sigourney Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 424-4848
E-mail: john.halliday@po.state.ct.us
Web: www.brs.state.ct.us

Bureau of Special Education and Pupil Services
Connecticut Department of Education
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT 06457-1543
(860) 807-2020
E-mail: karen.halliday@po.state.ct.us

CT Birth to Three System
Linda Goodman, Part C Director
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106-1308
(800) 505-7000 for referrals and information [not limited to in-state anymore]
Fax: (860) 571-7525
E-mail: linda.goodman@po.state.ct.us
website: www.birth23.org
Supports for families to meet the needs of their infant ortoddler up to age three with a disability or developmental delay

Center for Children with Special Health Care Needs
Connecticut Children's Medical Center
282 Washington Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 545-9230; (877) 743-5515 (in CT)
Web: www.ccmckids.org

Connecticut Association for Children and Adults with Learning Disabilities (CACLD)
25 Van Vent Street, Suite 15-5
East Norwalk, CT 06855-1719
(203) 838-5010
E-mail: cacld@att.net
Web: www.cacld.org

Connecticut Coalition for Inclusive Education [CCIE]
P.O. Box 331053
West Hartford, CT 06133
(860) 953- 8335 Ext 11
Web: www.includeme.org
A statewide advocacy group for inclusion of children with disabilities in public schools.

Connecticut Council on Developmental Disabilities
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106-1308
(860) 418-6160; (860) 418-6172 (TTY)
E-mail: ed.preneta@po.state.ct.us
Web: www.state.ct.us/ctcdd

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center (CPAC)
338 Main Street
Niantic, CT 06357
(860) 739-3089; (800) 445-2722 (In CT)
E-mail: cpac@cpacinc.org
Web: www.cpacinc.org

Connecticut Parent-Teachers Association
Wilbur Cross Commons Building, Suite 12
60 Connolly Parkway
Hamden, CT 06514-2519
(203) 281-6617
E-mail: ctpta@aol.com
Web: www.ctpta.org

Connecticut Speech-Language-Hearing Association
213 Back Lane
Newington, CT 06111-4204
(860) 666-6900
E-mail: CSHA.ASSOC.@snet.net
Web: www.ctspeechhearing.com

Department of Children and Families
505 Hudson Street
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 550-6683
E-mail: karen.andersson@po.state.ct.us
Web: www.state.ct.us/dcf

Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
410 Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 341431
Hartford, CT 06134
(860) 418-7000
Web: www.dmhas.state.ct.us

Department of Mental Retardation
460 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 418-6000
E-mail: dmrct.co@po.state.ct.us
Web: www.dmr.state.ct.us

Developmental Disabilities Advocacy & Consulting, LLC
Wendy L. Van Kirk
160 Founder's Way
Stratford, CT 06614-1680
(203) 375-8156 - Office
(203) 381-9004 - Fax
(203) 394-8711 - Cell
E-mail: ddacllc@vankirk.org
Web: www.vankirk.org
Advocacy and Consulting for children with developmental disabilities, and will assist school districts in improving their special education service delivery for the benefit of children.

Easter Seals Camp Hemlocks
85 Jones Street
P.O. Box 198
Hebron, CT 06248-0198
(860) 228-9496; (860) 228-2091 (TTY)
E-mail: Markk@eastersealsofct.org
Web: www.ct.easter-seals.org

Easter Seals Connecticut
85 Jones Street
P.O. Box 100
Hebron, CT 06248-0100
(860) 228-9438; (800) 832-4409
E-mail: johnq@eastersealsofct.org
Web: www.ct.easter-seals.org

Epilepsy Foundation of Connecticut, Inc.
386 Main Street
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 346-1924; (800) 899-3745 (in CT)
E-mail: efct@aol.com
Web: www.epilepsyct.net

Families United for Children's Mental Health
PO Box 151
New London, CT 06320
(860) 439-0710; Fax: (860) 439-0711
E-mail: ctfederation@aol.com
Web: www.familiesunited.org

Family Voices of Connecticut, Inc.
Molly Cole, Coordinator
Suite 262, The Exchange
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06032
(860)679-1504
(860) 525-3640
E-mail: mcole@nso1.uchc.edu

FORConn (Friends of Retarded Citizens of Connecticut)
35 Robinwood Road
Trumbull, CT 06611-4923
(203) 375-1796
E-mail: bob.wood@snet.net
Web: www.forconn.org

Greater Danbury CHADD
Tel: (203) 790-8654
E-mail: Lorinda Arconti Lorilu725@aol.com
Web: http://www.chaddonline.org/chapters/chadd785.html

Governor John G. Rowland
Governor's Office/State Capitol
210 Capitol Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 566-4840
E-mail: Governor.Rowland@po.state.ct.us
Web: www.state.ct.us/governor/

High Road School of Hamden
2666 State Street
Hamden, CT 06517
(203) 288-5878; Fax: (203) 248-9702
E-mail: CLAWLOR@KIDS1INC.COM
High Road School specializes in serving students with learning problems with accompanying social and emotional challenges. With over a decade of experience in specialized schooling, we know how to help students with chronic "risky" classroom behaviors succeed- in the classroom, at home and in the community. We believe that nothing is as reinforcing in a student's life as success- and we make sure that success is a part of each student's everyday experience.

High Road Student Learning Center
Carol Revill
Admissions/Outreach Coordinator
29 Village Lane
Wallingford, CT 06492
(203) 284-0441; Fax: (203) 265-6335
E-mail: studentlearn.ctr@snet.net
Web: http://www.highrdstudentlearningcenter.prodigybiz.com
We are a state approved non- public special education school for students with learning, language, and social challenges. Grades K- 12 and age out.

Jennifer D. Laviano, P.C.
Attorney At Law
Jennifer D. Laviano, Esq.
77 Danbury Road
Suite C-6
Ridgefield, CT 06877
Phone: (203) 431-4757
Fax: (203) 438-8356
E-mail: lavlaw3@aol.com
Law firm focusing almost exclusively on the representation of disabled children. Representation for PPTs, Mediation, Due Process, and other litigation. Extensive experience in Connecticut.

Learning Disabilities Association of Connecticut (LDA)
999 Asylum Avenue
Hartford, CT 06105
(860) 560-1711
E-mail: ldacassidy@juno.com
Web: www.ldanatl.org/Affiliates/CT/LDAofConnecticut.html

MARC Community Resources
Laura Hastillo, Director of Education and Advocacy
12 Fairview St.
P.O. Box 126
Portland, CT 06480
Phone: (860) 342-0700 ext. 14
Fax: (860) 342-1492
E-mail: marclaurah@hotmail.com
MARC is a private non profit that supports people with cognitive disabilities. We provide support, education and advocacy to families. We also have a Saturday for Kids program ages 6-12.

Mental Health Association of Connecticut
20-30 Beaver Road, Suite 108
Wethersfield, CT 06109
(860) 529-1970
E-mail: MNTLHLTH@tiac.net
Web: www.mhact.org

NAMI-Connecticut
151 New Park Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
(860) 586-2319; (800) 215-3021
E-mail: office@namict.org
Web: www.namict.org

Office of Protection and Advocacy for Persons with Disabilities
60 B Weston Street
Hartford, CT 06120-1551
(860) 297-4300; (800) 842-7303 (In CT)
(860) 566-2102 (TTY)
E-mail: OPA.Information@po.state.ct.us
Web: www.state.ct.us/opapd/

Parent-to-Parent
PATH - Parents Available to Help
P.O. Box 611
Trumbull, CT 06611
(203) 459-4687; (800) 399-7284 (in CT)
E-mail: path03@aol.com

Partners in Policymaking
Family Support Network
University of Connecticut
Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
MC6222 The Exchange, Suite 262
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030
(860) 679-1504
E-mail: mcole@nso1.uchc.edu

Kimberly A. Pisinski, Esq.
PMB 152, P.O. Box 1039
220 Albany Tpk.
Canton, CT 06019
(860) 324-7985
E-mail: kpisinski@justice.com
Representation exclusively for children and adults with disabilities. PPTs, Mediation, DP, Expulsions, DCF, DMR, court. Presentations on disability and legal issues. IEP and Transition consultations

Programs for Children and Youth who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Connecticut Commission on the Deaf and Hearing Impaired
1245 Farmington Avenue
West Hartford, CT 06107
(860) 561-0196 (V/TTY)
E-mail: cdhi@po.state.ct.us
Web: www.state.ct.us/cdhi/index.htm

Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 through 5
Bureau of Early Childhood Education and Social Services
Connecticut Department of Education
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 807-2054
E-mail: maria.synodi@po.state.ct.us
Web: www.state.ct.us/sde

Programs for Children with Special Health Care Needs
CSHCN Unit
Connecticut Department of Public Health
410 Capital Avenue, MS #11 MAT
P.O. Box 340308
Hartford, CT 06134-0308
(860) 509-7833
E-mail: Richard.Melchreit@po.state.ct.us

Regional ADA Technical Assistance Agency
New England ADA and Accessible IT Center
Adaptive Environments Center, Inc.
374 Congress Street, Suite 301
Boston, MA 02210
(617) 695-0085 (V/TTY); (800) 949-4232 (V/TTY)
E-mail: adaptive@adaptenv.org
Web: www.newenglandada.org

Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510-0702
(202) 224-2823
E-mail: senator@dodd.senate.gov
Web: www.senate.gov/~dodd

Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (D)
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510-0703
(202) 224-4041; (800) 225-5605 (in CT)
(202) 224-9750 (Fax)
E-mail: senator_lieberman@lieberman.senate.gov
Web: www.senate.gov/~lieberman

Law Office of David C. Shaw
David C. Shaw, Esq.
Andrew A. Feinstein, Esq.
34 Jerome Avenue
Suite 210
Bloomfield, CT 06002
Phone Number: (860) 242-1238
Fax Number: (860) 242-1507
E-mail: aafein1@attglobal.net
An aggressive law firm concentrating on special education, disability rights and civil rights. We pursue due process hearings, federal court appeals, civil rights damages law suits, and class action litigation on behalf of individuals with disabilities.

Spina Bifida Association of Connecticut
P.O. Box 2545
Hartford, CT 06146-2545
(860) 464-2512; (800) 574-6274
E-mail: mkmbeck@cs.com
Web: http://sbac.org/index.html

State Mediation System
Connecticut Department of Education
Bureau of Special Education and Pupil Services
Due Process Unit
25 Industrial Park Road
Middletown, CT 06457
(860) 807-2017
E-mail: tom.badway@po.state.ct.us

St. Vincents Special Needs Services
Trumbull Corporate Park
95 Merritt Boulevard
Trumbull, CT 06611
(203) 375-6400
E-mail: feroleto.child.dev@snet.net
Web: www.stvincentsspecialneeds.org

Tourette Syndrome Association Inc., Connecticut Chapter
Andrew Vogel
15B Talcott Avenue
Vernon, CT 06066
(203) 912-7310
E-mail: ts@tsact.org
Web: www.tsact.org
Provides services and activities for people affected by Tourette Syndrome, including information, referral, support, recreational events, conferences and speakers.

United Cerebral Palsy of Eastern Connecticut
Shaw's Cove 6, Suite 101
New London, CT 06320
(860) 447-3889
E-mail: united.cerebra.palsy@snet.net
Web: www.ucpa.org

University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
(formerly University Affiliated Programs)
University of Connecticut
A.J. Pappanikou Center for Developmental Disabilities
263 Farmington Avenue, MC6222
Farmington, CT 06030-6222
(860) 679-1500; (860) 679-1502 (TTY)
(866) 623-1315
E-mail: bruder@nso1.uchc.edu
Web: www.uconnced.org

VSA Arts of Connecticut
26 Wintonbury Avenue
Bloomfield, CT 06002
(860) 243-9910
E-mail: ct@vsarts.org

WeCAHR (Western Connecticut Association for Human Rights)
211 Main Street
Danbury, CT 06810
(203) 792-3540
E-mail: advozealot@aol.com
Web: www.wecahr.org

James C. Wing, Jr.
Law Offices of James C. Wing, Jr.
51 Gillett Street
Hartford, CT 060105
(860) 527-0640
E-mail: lojcw@aol.com

Woodhouse Academy
Bob Lepper
P. O. Box 1086
Orange, CT 06477
4 Oxford Road Bldg F
Milford, CT 06460
(203) 877-9121; (203) 877-4453 Fax
E-mail: woodhouseacademy@sbcglobal.net
Woodhouse Academy is a therapeutic country day school (Grades 9-12) designed for youngsters with average and above intelligence who are challenged by emotional and learning problems.

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