Sheff v. O’Neill

Sheff v. O’Neill is a landmark civil rights lawsuit that seeks educational equality. The plaintiffs continue to advocate for the State of Connecticut to uphold the constitutional rights of children in Hartford to an equal educational opportunity.

Alicia B.

Substandard alternative education offered to expelled children disproportionately affects students of color and violates equal protection guarantees of both state and U.S. constitutions. Alicia B. named Bloomfield, Hartford and Manchester’s public school districts, the state Department of Education and the state Board of Education as defendants


Daycare Access for Children with Diabetes

KinderCare Education of Portland, Oregon, entered into a settlement agreement to resolve allegations that KinderCare’s child care programs and other services were not accessible to children with Type 1 diabetes who are dependent on insulin injections, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA). KinderCare operates approximately 1,800 facilities in the U.S. The settlement agreement applies to all KinderCare facilities.

Norwalk Public Schools

The State Department of Education ordered Norwalk Public Schools to provide speech and language services and compensatory hours of education to students who did not receive needed support. SDE also directed the school system to review its system for providing disabled students adequate time with nondisabled peers

Bridgeport Public Schools

Bridgeport Public Schools failed to provide a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) to students as a result of violations of Child Find obligations under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA). Child Find requires districts to have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) in effect, at the beginning of each school year, for each child with a disability. Special education and related services must conform to the IEP for the individual student.

Medical Transport for Low-Income Families

Complaint filed against the Connecticut Department of Social Services and LogistiCare Solutions for ongoing violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act that jeopardize the health and well-being of low-income children who need non-emergency medical transportation.

New Visions Alternative School

Hartford Public Schools systematically and pervasively denied expelled special education students their rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) by failing to provide special education and related services to confer meaningful educational benefit

CT Technical High School System

Center for Children’s Advocacy and Greater Hartford Legal Aid filed a complaint against the Connecticut Technical High School System alleging that CTHSS applies admissions policies in ways that discriminate against students with disabilities, in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973

Emily J.

Plaintiffs challenged the conditions of confinement in Connecticut’s Juvenile Detention Centers and the treatment of children confined in those facilities. Overcrowded conditions at Bridgeport, Hartford, and New Haven Juvenile Detention Centers, lack of adequate medical and mental health care, classification system, staffing, recreational, visitation, and educational opportunities, the lack of alternative placements and the lack of appropriate planning for these children violated their rights.