Since it started, The Arc has advocated for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) at school. The Arc’s advocacy helped pass the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IDEA is a federal law that requires schools to teach all students with disabilities with their peers who do not have disabilities as much as possible. There are still challenges for students with disabilities, including:
- Restraint and seclusion
- Poor transition planning
- Lack of teacher training
The Arc@School helps our chapters, parents, and others who are advocating for students with I/DD to get the help they need at school. We want students with I/DD to graduate, go to college, get a job, and live on their own as much as they can.
Special Education Advocacy: Get Started
Learn the basics of special education advocacy.
The Arc@School has created an online training for chapter staff, parents, school staff, and other special education advocates. It provides the basic information an advocate needs to help students with disabilities get support at school.
The Arc at School is supported by:
Every state must have programs and agencies that advocate for students with disabilities. Every state has a protection and advocacy (P&A) program, parent centers, and a state education agency (SEA). Some chapters of The Arc provide advocacy too. Find contact information for the ones in your state.