The Arc Maryland is partnering with The Arc of the United States and The Lids Foundation to provide free access to TheArc@School: The Arc US’s online education advocacy curriculum. The Arc@School, provides information that parents and family members need to support their loved ones in navigating special education, including understanding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Early Intervention Services, Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), 504 Plans, and more!

Who Is the Curriculum For?

TheArc@School curriculum is designed for individuals who are working with or advocating on behalf of children with disabilities in special education matters, including:

  • Parents and other family members
  • Educators and related services providers
  • Chapters of The Arc
  • Non-attorney advocates not affiliated with The Arc

What Does the Curriculum Include?

TheArc@School’s Advocacy Curriculum includes eight modules that are each roughly an hour long and include a pre-test, a listening guide, narrated video presentations, a post-test,  and additional resources. The module topics are:

  1. Building a Foundation for Advocacy
  2. IDEA and Early Intervention Services
  3. IDEA and Special Education Services
  4. Anatomy of an IEP
  5. Procedural Safeguards
  6. Section 504
  7. Educational Records
  8. Advocacy Skills

How Do I Access the Curriculum?

The curriculum is a self-paced, online training curriculum, which means you can access the training when it best fits your schedule! First, indicate your interest in accessing the curriculum through the online interest form here. Then, you will be contacted by a member of our team through email who will share the next steps. Act now – Free subscriptions are being offered for a limited time only!

Additional Resources shared by The Arc United States’ TheArc@School program are available here. You can also access resources in Spanish here.