All children begin learning about life through the education process. Going to school is often a challenge for a child with an intellectual or developmental disability. The Arc strives to make this “seemingly natural” step less difficult for everyone to face. Inclusion in the classroom has been proven to have a noticeable effect on the self-esteem of a child with an intellectual or developmental disability. The Arc of Fort Bend supports parents in their efforts to include their children in the classroom and in extra-curricular activities as appropriate. The Arc works with schools, principals, teachers to develop plans that will benefit children and will meet the needs of their parents and teachers.
The Arc is very fortunate to have an Education Advocate on staff. Among her responsibilities are:
1 Facilitating Trainings on various topics related to Special Education. Check the calendar for the next training.
2. Organizing “The Arc’s Parents for Education”, an informal support group that meets once a month at one of our member’s homes. Check calendar for the date of the next meeting.
3. Assisting parents with Admission Review or Dismissal (ARD) meeting preparations.
4. Serving as a resource and referral for parents, teacher and administrators.
If you would like information concerning The Arc of Fort Bend County’s Education Advocacy programs, please contact Cheryl Sewell at 281-494-5924 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
IDEA, The Manual for Parents and Students about Special Education Services in Texas, 2012 is the newest version of what has become known as The IDEA Manual. The 2012 IDEA Manual is an invaluable resource for families trying to understand the Texas special education system and is available in both English and Spanish on The Arc of Fort Bend’s website, The Arc of Texas’ websitewww.thearcoftexas.org and at Disability Rights Texas website. The manual can be downloaded and used by anyone.
The manual incorporates Federal and state laws including, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) last reauthorized in 2004, current Federal regulations and current state laws through the 2011 Texas legislative session. The Texas Education Agency will be developing new rules required by laws passed in the 2011 legislative session. We direct readers to the TEA web site, www.tea.state.tx.us/special.ed for the most up to date state rules and TEA Guidance documents.