Local Support Organizations

Local Support Organizations for Families of Children with ADHD, Developmental Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities

  • Abilis: www.abilis.us Offers a sensitive and complete array of services for people of all ages and degrees of developmental disabilities in lower Fairfield County, CT.
  • Apraxia Resource Center of Connecticut (ARCC): (All Regions) is nonprofit organization and support network open to all parents and caregivers of children with apraxia of speech.  They support families from all regions in Connecticut and have several support group meeting locations in northeast Connecticut, the Hartford area, and Fairfield and New Haven counties. For a complete schedule of meetings and more information about the organization, visit www.apraxiact.com  or contact Michele Wasikowski at 203-521-6112 or by email at michelewaz@gmail.com.
  • Autism Parent’s Club (Wilton): Parents with children on the autism spectrum in Fairfield County, CT. Join us for a great evening out and meet other parents with children on the autism spectrum (autism, PDD-NOS, Asperger syndrome, atypical autism).  Parents are encouraged to share stories, learn about area resources and events, discover different interventions, and learn to advocate for their child from other experienced parents. The group meets at 7:30 PM on the last Tuesday of the month at John’s Best Restaurant located at 1 Danbury Road in Wilton, Connecticut. For more information, contact Patti Sylvia at 203-761-0248 or email pattisylvia@aol.com.
  • Autism Services and Resources Connecticut (ASRC): Support Groups (Statewide) facilitates support groups for parents of children on the autism spectrum and families members throughout the state.  For more information, visit www.ct-asrc.org or email ct-asrc@sbcglobal.net or call 203-265-7717.
  • The Center for Growth and Development Parent Support Group (Wilton):meetings will be held on Wednesday mornings at the Center located at 84 Danbury Road in Wilton, Connecticut.  Lorraine Morley, L.M.S.W., Family Coordinator at the Center, will facilitate the group.  The group will share resources and stories with a sense of warmth and humor.  For more information, contact Lorraine at 203-563-9360 or 203-856-6191.
  • Cerebral Palsy Guide: Provides families and caregivers with the information needed to understand cerebral palsy and the needs of the diagnosed child. This site offers emotional, medical and financial support resources. For more information, please visit www.cerebralpalsyguide.com 
  • Children’s Circle Hebrew School: A respite program held on one Sunday morning a month. It will enable you to leave your child in the hands of qualified professionals and loving volunteers. Your child, one-on-one with a teen friend, will enjoy Judaism through music, art, storytime, and sports, while you enjoy some free time. For more info, contact: Malya Shmotkin (203) 329-0015 ext. 414. or email: Malya@friendshipCT.com.
  • Circle of Friends: A program to help special needs children in our community. The Circle of Friends extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs and involves them in a full spectrum of Jewish and social experiences. The Circle of Friends introduces teenage volunteers to the children and both are enriched through shared experiences. Sponsored by Beth Israel of Westport/Norwalk, 40 King Street, Norwalk, CT 06851. Telephone: (203) 329-0015 ext. 414. Email: friendship@snet.net.
  • Connecticut Family Support Network (Statewide): holds monthly meetings in various areas. For more information, please contact the following: Southwest Region: Karleen Craddock 203-400-0105  kcraddock@ctfsn.org
  • Connecticut Grandparent Caregiver Support Group Listing: The Department of Social Services Aging Services Division offers a comprehensive listing of support groups for grandparent caregivers in Connecticut. Download PDF
  • Danbury area – Autism Spectrum Parent Group: Support group run by parents of ASD children.  Our group meets on the second Wednesday of the month in the Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT, from 7-9 PM. Please consider joining us and in return be supported by parents who are walking in your shoes. Contact parent facilitators: Lisa Marciano 203-870-5641lmarciano19@sbcglobal.net; or Shannon Vanderheiden 203-770-8669.
  • Department of Developmental Services (formerly DMR): Southwest Region, www.dmr.state.ct.us  Family support for persons with developmental disabilities.
  • Disability Resource Center of Fairfield County, Inc. (DRC):www.drcfc.org telephone (203)378-6977.
  • Fairfield County Autism Society: FCAS is the local chapter of the Autism Society of America.  For more information, contact Kim atscott.newgass@yale.edu.
  • Fairfield County Autism Support Group: Sponsored and run by the Connecticut ASRC. Please join us in an informal, friendly environment at Frenchtown Elementary School in Trumbull, CT, the first Monday of each month at 7:00 PM.  Our group’s mission is to provide support, guidance, and information to families whose lives are inextricably linked to the world of autism.  Focus is on every age throughout the lifespan and all types of autism, PDD, and Asperger’s syndrome. Please call the ASRC for more information at (203) 256-7717 or email Tina Rembish at MRembish1@yahoo.com.
  • Fairfield SEPTA (Special Education Parent and Teacher Association): Meets the second Wednesday of each month of the school year. Contact Stephanie Buesinger at fairfieldseptapresident@gmail.com. Check out their new website at www.fairfieldsepta.org.
  • Ferguson Library (Stamford): has a Special Needs Center with a collection of books, videos, and magazines for parents of children with special needs. This public library has also been awarded an LSTA grant to expand services to children with disabilities. Please visit their webpage to see what resources they offer at www.fergusonlibrary.org, Click on the Kids link, then on Special Needs Center.
  • Greenwich PTA Special Education Services Committee (SES): parent forum for special education issues and support network. Meetings held on the third Wednesday of each month, 9:30 AM, Greenwich Town Hall. Contact: Diane Corba at (203) 552-1718.
  • New Canaan YMCA: 564 South Avenue, New Canaan, CT – Offering classes for youth of all ages with special needs. www.newcanaanymca.org
  • NorwalkSEEKS: NorwalkSeeks is a non-profit organization based in Norwalk, Connecticut. We are a network of parents and professionals who are interested in special education issues and in providing parent advocacy and a support network.
  • Norwalk group: Association of Parents of Exceptional Children and Siblings (APECS). http://www.apecsct.org.
  • Pizza Moms (Darien): Meets first Tuesday of every month; provides informal information sharing and support group during supper, 7:30 PM at Post Corner Pizza in Darien.  Check their website at www.geocities.com/nanette618/pizzamoms.html  For more info email Nanette at nanette618@gmail.com.
  • Pizza Moms (Greenwich): Support group for moms with special needs children.  Meets every third Wednesday of the month at 7:00 PM at Nonna’s in Cos Cob (371 East Putnam Avenue).  Check their website at www.geocities.com/nanette618/pizzamomsg.html
  • Saturday’s Stars: respite one Saturday a month at the YMCA (run by STAR)www.starinc-lightingtheway.org
  • SCOPES –  Stamford Coalition of Parents Expecting Success: SCOPES is group of parent volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of families in our community, especially those with children who can and should receive special education services. http://www.stamfordptcouncil.org/scopes/index.html
  • SEPTA – Special Education Parent Teacher Association (Weston): The Angel Network: a support, education, and networking organization for parents of children receiving special education services from the Weston School District or the Connecticut Birth to Three System.  For more information call Elayne Robertson Demby at 203-222-8107 or Amy Sierra at 203-226-5847 or e-mail at edemby@ix.netcom.com or asierra001@aol.com.
  • SEPTA – Special Education PTA (Westport): A group of parents, teachers, caregivers, and community leaders concerned with the general welfare of all children with any type of disability. Check their website at www.westportsepta.org for ongoing SEPTA Kids recreation programs, the Instrumental Enrichment critical thinking skills program, and evening programs. For more info, contact info@westportsepta.org or (203) 222-1796.
  • Smart Kids with Learning Disabilities: Kids with dyslexia, ADHD, and other learning disabilities are as intelligent as others, and often have great strengths – but they learn differently. If your child, or a child you know, struggles with learning or attention issues, this website is for you. Learn from the experts—professionals and parents just like you—how to get off the sidelines and help your child succeed in school and in life. Find great resources atwww.smartkidswithld.org
  • Special Dads Group (Greenwich): A group for dads of children with special needs in Fairfield County and surrounding areas.  The group meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:30 PM at Pizza Post Restaurant located at 522 East Putnam Avenue in Greenwich, Connecticut. For more information contact Michael Beloff at michael@beloff.org or visit the website http://groups.yahoo.com/group/specialdads.
  • SPED*NET Special Education Network of New Canaan, Ltd.: A monthly forum for discussing issues and ideas and developing strategies for special education.  For more information, visit www.spednet.org.
  • SPED*NET Special Education Network of Wilton, Ltd.: A monthly forum for discussing issues and ideas and developing strategies for special education.  For more information, visit www.spednetwilton.org or email Eve Kessler at eviesuekessler@yahoo.com.
  • Southwest Advocacy Network: Part of the Connecticut Disability Advocacy Collaborative, www.ct-dac.org. The mission of this group is “to enhance the effectiveness of disability activism in Connecticut by organizing and empowering individuals, families, groups, and organizations. We are cross-disability in nature and seek to improve communication among many various advocacy organizations and individuals. For more info, contact Carol Kana at 203-637-4304 or email pkana@snet.net. The group meets at the Norwalk Police Department, 1 Monroe Street, Norwalk, CT. Parking is on South Main Street.
  • SPED-NOR – Special Education Network of Ridgefield: For more information, please contact Sheryl Knapp at sknapp44@sbcglobal.net or Traci Madeson at tmadeson@iname.com.
  • STAR – Lighting the Way, Inc. Located in Norwalk, CT: A not-for-profit membership organization, serving infants, children, and adults with developmental disabilities and their families.  Check out their impressive comprehensive online resource directory! www.starinc-lightingtheway.org.
  • Storm Hockey: Special hockey team for children ages 5 and up with developmental disabilities. Go to www.ctstormhockey.org.
  • Talk About Curing Autism (TACA): Connecticut Chapter (Statewide) aims to support families affected by autism by hosting educational meetings on various topics, informal coffee talks, and fun family outings. TACA CT provides a supportive community, as well as information on a wide range of treatments and programs so parents can help their children with autism thrive, reach their highest potential, and improve their quality of life.  The group is open to families affected by autism, ADD/ADHD, and sensory processing disorders.  For more information visit www.tacanow.org/local-chapters/northeast/connecticut.
  • Trumbull Parents of Students with Learning Differences: Contact Alice Ferreira at alice.c.ferreira@healthnet.com or Jill Massari at jmassari@snet.net.
  • WE BELONG! Inclusion in Fairfield County (IFC): A network of individuals from Fairfield County who are interested in inclusive education for students with disabilities. Six meetings a year are held. For more info, contact Eva Greenwald at (203) 554-4462, or evagreenwald@sbcglobal.net or check www.spednet.org/we_belong.
  • Westchester-Fairfield NLD Support:  A support group for parents of children with nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD).  Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month during the school year at 7 to 9 PM at Meadow Pond Elementary School, 185 Smith Ridge Road (Route 123), South Salem, NY.  For more information, call Jennifer (914) 533-5373 or Alice (914) 533-2216, or email jegs@optonline.net.

 
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