Special Education

Acting Special Services Director

Sari O'Leary

(860) 632-4831

The Special Services Department of the Cromwell Public Schools includes special education teachers, speech language pathologists, occupational therapists, a physical therapist, school psychologists and school counselors, a district social worker, ESOL services and Gifted and Talented instructor and paraprofessional staff.

The information provided below is intended to provide you with information regarding special education and related services at every level; local, state and federal. There are links to other websites that maybe helpful as well.

Procedural safeguards detail the protections provided for your child as a student eligible for special education services. For the most up to date procedural safeguards, and information on restraint and seclusion in the public schools, please follow this link to the State of Connecticut Department of Education’s web site.

Another valuable resource is the State Education Resource Center (SERC), which is located in Middletown. Books and programs are available regarding special education resources. Feel free to view their website by clicking on this link:

Birth to Three is an organization that provides services to children prior to the age of three. If you have a concern about your child's development in the area of speech, physical, motor or cognitive development you should inquire at

The CT Parent Advocacy Center, CPAC, provides support, information and advocacy to families at no cost. They can be reached at 1-800-445-2722 or

These are just a few of the local resources available to you. Your first and best resource are the specialists in your child's school and you should seek to contact them first with any questions or concerns.

You are welcome to contact my office at any time with questions regarding your child's eligibility for special education services, the services offered by the district or with any other questions you may have.

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