“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!
The Arc Greater Twin Cities’ GetSet!™ program prepares students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) and their parents for the transition from school to an adult life with competitive employment as an expectation.
The GetSet!™ program is a 6 week curriculum-based program led by an Advocate from The Arc Greater Twin Cities and leverages business hiring managers and self-advocates with disabilities to offer information on their personal experience making the transition into the working world. Parents/Guardians also receive information from The Arc on various topics relevant to transition to help answer top of mind questions that may arise during this critical time.
The Get Set program includes a volunteering component at Arc’s Value Village Thrift Store in which students gain real world employment experiences to bolster their resume and apply learned principles. We know that if students with disabilities have not had employment experiences by the time they have graduated, their chances of finding meaningful employment is low. For this reason we believe that pairing our classroom modules with a volunteering experience helps better position students for entering the work world.
Contact The Arc Greater Twin Cities to learn more about partnering with The Arc on this exciting offering.
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 Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) Complaint System
- 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.