Students with disabilities have special needs, which require special skills and solutions. Navigating the educational system can often be an overwhelming task for many parents. Finding appropriate day care and recreational opportunities for children with disabilities is also often a challenge.
The Arc Muskegon offers free educational advocacy to families. An Arc advocate will generally provide information and referral pertaining to Special Education related questions. Advocates are also available to attend school meetings with families to ensure that each child is getting all of the services needed from the school.
Along with special education advocacy, we offer a number of learning opportunities for families, which can empower them to advocate for their child.
Topics that are presented in these meetings include: Individualized education programs (IEPs), Mediation and facilitated IEPs, The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Positive behavioral supports, Parent/professional collaboration, Rights and responsibilities and Assistive technology.