for Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center
by Nina Barrett, Ranae DeSouza, Rebecca Joffe-Halpern, and Kristina Koenig
The Connecticut Parent Advocacy Center is a statewide nonprofit organization that offers information and support to the families of children with disabilities and/or chronic illnesses, age birth to 21. CPAC is committed to the idea that parents can be the most effective advocates for their children. The Wesleyan research team was asked to investigate ho CPAC, and parent centers in general, can connect with low income families as well as with racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities. The Wesleyan researchers, with the cooperation of the Middletown Board of Education, sent out letters to all parents of Middletown public school children with special needs asking them to participate in the project by agreeing to a short interview.