Important Legislation

Legislation That Affects People with Disabilities Passed during the 2009 Connecticut General Assembly Regular Session and June Special Session

2009 Legislation that was considered but not enacted

Connecticut Law

Connecticut General Assembly Bulletin
Updated daily.

Bullying: Plain-English Explanation of the Law
An Act Concerning the Strengthening of School Bullying Laws, was signed into law by Governor Dannel Malloy on July 13, 2011, after clearing the Connecticut General Assembly with unanimous approval.

Impact of DDS Budget Cuts
Summary of The Arc Connecticut’s understanding of information that was obtained about the budget from DDS officals at a meeting for providers

Use Of Restraint And Seclusion In Connecticut Public Schools
New State Law Limits Use of Restraint and Seclusion Of Children in Schools.

Individualized Education Plan and 504 Plan Complaint Processes-2011-R-0010
Summary of the processes for reporting and resolving complaints about (1) special education individualized education programs (IEPs) developed under the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and (2) accommodation plans for students with disabilities developed under §504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504 plans).

Special Education Individualized Education Programs and Forms-2010-R-0355
Summary of the federal special education law and regulations that require school districts to include in the individualized education programs (IEPs) for children receiving special education.

Required Services for School-Aged Children with Autism-2010-R-0051
Information about (1) what services towns and school districts must provide to school-aged children with autism, (2) whether there is legislation mandating the services, and (3) who regulates the services provided and makes sure they are up-to-date.

OLR Backgrounder: Burden of Proof in Special Education Due Process Hearings-2010-R-0439
This report provides background information and an explanation of the issue of “Burden of proof” in special education due process hearings in Connecticut and neighboring states.

OLR Report 2010-R-0054
Background information and an explanation of the issue of “burden of proof” in special education due process hearings in Connecticut.

Special Education Litigation Costs-2007-R-0347
Information about whether Connecticut or any of its neighboring states impose a limit on the amount a local or regional board of education can spend to litigate a special education dispute with a parent.

Handling of Confidential Student Records-2002-R-0338
Information about how schools and school districts are required to handle confidential student records, especially medical and other types of records relating to an evaluation and individualized program for a special education student.

Federal Law

Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA)
On December 10, 2015, President Barack Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 into law. This landmark legislation-which received overwhelming bipartisan support in the House and Senate-reauthorizes the long overdue Elementary and Secondary Education Act/No Child Left Behind (ESEA/NCLB).

Frequently Asked Questions on Effective Communication for Students with Hearing, Vision, or Speech Disabilities in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools
This document focuses on the different approaches used by the IDEA on the one hand, and Title II on the other, to determine what a school must do for a student with a hearing, vision, or speech disability.

Stephen Beck, Jr., Achieving a Better Life Experience Act of 2014 (ABLE Act)
Families now have a tax‐deferred savings vehicle to save for the care of people with disabilities.

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2004 (IDEA)
The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Public Law PL 107-110, the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001
The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 was signed into law by President Bush on Jan. 8, 2002, as a means of holding states, school districts, and schools more accountable for improving the academic performance of each student regardless of economic status, race, ethnicity, proficiency in English or disability.

The Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
This blueprint builds on the significant reforms already made in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 around four areas: (1) Improving teacher and principal effectiveness to ensure that every classroom has a great teacher and every school has a great leader; (2) Providing information to families to help them evaluate and improve their children’s schools, and to educators to help them improve their students’ learning; (3) Implementing college- and career-ready standards and developing improved assessments aligned with those standards; and (4) Improving
student learning and achievement in America’s lowest-performing schools by providing intensive support and effective interventions.

Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, As Amended
The ADA is a wide-ranging civil rights law that prohibits, under certain circumstances, discrimination based on disability.

IEP Forms and Manual Updates

CT IEP Manual and Forms
Planning and Placement Team Packet: Includes IEP
This packet includes:

  • Referral to Determine Eligibility for Special Education and Related Services
  • Parent Notice of Referral to Determine Eligibility for Special Education and Related Services
  • Notice of Planning and Placement Team Meeting
  • Documentation of Attempts to Seek Parent/Guardian Participation
  • Notice and Consent to Conduct an Initial Evaluation
  • Consent for Special Education Placement
  • Notice of Consent to Conduct a Reevaluation
  • Confidential File Access Record

Multidisciplinary Evaluation Report (landscape)
Multidisciplinary Evaluation Report (portrait)
Summary of Performance