Special Needs Resources

Resources Specific to Fairfield and the State of Connecticut

Fairfield Special Education PTA
The Pilot House – Special Needs Resource Foundation
State of Connecticut, Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education
SpecialEducationResourceCenter (SERC)
ConnecticutParentAdvocacyCenter (CPAC)

Other Resources

Adaptive Technology for Persons with Special Needs

New England Adaptive Technology marketplace in Hartford (with a satellite facility in Stratford, CT) – has products, equipment and services (eg. scooters, lenses, all sorts of technology tools) for everyday activities for persons with special needs; many can be rented or used before purchasing. Many are refurbished tools that are lower costs than buying new.

Sorenson VRS (SVRS) empowers deaf and hard of hearing callers, who use American Sign Language (ASL), to conduct video relay conversations with callers who have no hearing impairment. Sorenson Communications was the first to design a videophone specifically for the deaf community. They were also the first to provide a videophone at no cost to deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals.

Talking Tom Cat – (free app for Iphone and Ipad) By Outfit7
Description: Tom is your pet cat that responds to your touch and repeats everything you say with a funny voice. You can pet him, poke him or grab his tail. Record your own videos of Tom, save them to your library and send them as MMS, share them on YouTube & Facebook or send them by email.

  • Talk to Tom and he will repeat everything you say with a funny voice.
  • Pet him to make him purr.
  • Poke his head, belly or feet.
  • Grab his tail.
  • Pour a glass of milk for him.

Note: Your earphones must have a microphone otherwise Tom won’t be able to hear you!
iPhone 1st generation owners: Animations are a little sluggish because of the slower processor.
iPhone 3G + iOS4 owners: Animations are slower.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism Society of America
Unlocking Autism
Autism Speaks

Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

CHADD – Children Adults Hyperactivity Disorder
National Institute of Mental Health – Attention Deficit Hyper-activity Disorder
ADHD Information Library

Down Syndrome

National Down Syndrome Congress
Down Syndrome Association – UK

Asperger Syndrome

Oasis – Online Asperger Syndrome Information and Support

Resources for Gifted and Talented Children and Their Parents

http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/gifted_books.htm – has a list of publications for parents; they have starred a few favorite titles so it is a good place to start


http://www.nagc.org National Association For Gifted Children

http://www.ctgifted.org Connecticut Association for the Gifted