The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disturbance and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility documents.

In addition, a class action suit filed on behalf of students with intellectual disabilities was settled in 2002 that impacted the identification and placement of students with intellectual disabilities. See PJ Settlement Synopsis for more information.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, Connecticut reported the following:

  • Autism - 6,957 students, fourth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 2,342 students, seventh highest among disability populations

Emotional/behavioral disorder - 5,242 students, sixth highest among disability populations

Support service structure

Connecticut Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education Resources monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools. Additional support is provided by the State Education Resource Center.

Task forces

Connecticut does not have a disability task force.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

Connecticut does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

Connecticut does not have a disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

Connecticut enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See Connecticut insurance for more details.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, Connecticut had 11 supervisors (direct service providers) and 19 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center is the statewide parent training and information center.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in Connecticut are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

Connecticut is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district, the State Education Resource Center and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at parent resources.

Military education resources

Information and resources specifically identified for military-connected families in Connecticut may be found at military education resources.

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