“Children and youth with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD)1 must receive a free, appropriate public education as guaranteed by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). Education must include individualized supports and services, quality instruction, and access to the general education curriculum in age-appropriate inclusive settings, in preparation for adult life.” – taken from The Arc’s education position statement.
The Arc offers numerous resources to help guide you through the special education process for children birth to age 21.
Special education advocacy addresses academic issues of all kinds, supporting families in securing evaluations, developing and implementing Individualized Education Programs (IEP) and determining educational placement. Advocates provide coaching, strategies and information to empower parents and guardians to advocate for their family member. Ask an Advocate!
GetSet! is a training program for young adults preparing for the transition from school to the adult world. This curriculum-based program prepares students for work by discussing topics such as workplace safety, employment soft skills and searching and interviewing for a job. Contact us to learn more!
Arc Guide are helpful info sheets about a wide-range of education issues. The most frequently used Arc Guides are listed below.
- Arc Guide to Extended School Year Services
- Arc Guide to Federal Instructional Settings
- Arc Guide to Functional Behavior Assessments
- Arc Guide to an Individualized Education Program (IEP)
- Arc Guide to Least Restrictive Environment in Special Education and Federal Setting
- Arc Guide to Special Education for Infants and Toddlers
- Arc Guide to Transition Checklist
Click here to see all 36 Arc Guides on education-related topics.
- Minnesota Department of Education
- MN Law 125A: Special Education and Special Programs
- MN Rule 3525: Children with a Disability
- MN Disability Law Center
- Office of Civil Rights
- Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services (OSERS) and Office of Special Education Programs
- Wright’s Law
HOW DO I GET MORE INFORMATION?
For more information, please submit your question to Ask an Advocate or call The Arc Greater Twin Cities at 952-920-0855.