Arc Greater Mid Cities

Empowering PEOPLE with Intellectual

and developmental disabilities

Advocacy, Awareness, Training and Support

 

When we ask all  students to do the same learning task in the same way, we have no idea what Individual children are capable of.

​- Dr. Bertie Kingore

Special Education

The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) gives parents the
right to equal participation in the development of their child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). Resources listed below provide tips, tools and information designed to empower you and your child in developing the IEP.

Before visiting the sites below you might want to start with a review of
IDEA 2004:
Purposes and Key Definitions
, for they underpin and guide its many detailed requirements.


             Accommodation Central is a web-based resource focused on accommodations for learning, assessing, and expressing                    knowledge.


             The Building the Legacy training curriculum is intended to help all those involved with children with disabilities                                    understand and implement the IDEA 2004, the nation’s special education law. The Curriculum is available in both                              English and Spanish.

             This site serves as a web-based information library regarding the special education planning process. Information is                          available in both English and Spanish.

             ESCs provide statewide leadership, training, and technical assistance to school districts, parents and community                                members in their region, including assistance in the area of special education for students who have a disability.

             Specific Functions by ESC


             ESC Region 4

  • Texas Assistive Technology Network
  • Texas Behavior Support Initiative

             ESC Region 10 – Dyslexia
             ESC Region 11 – Texas Transition Network
             ESC Region 13 – Statewide Leadership for Autism
             ESC Region 18 – Legal Framework
             ESC Region 20 – Progress in the General Curriculum

            Learn more about specific ESC functions
here.

            This page provides links to information, research, resources, videos and thought provoking articles regarding Inclusive                   Education.

             Learning Ally is a national nonprofit service organization that provides educational and professional books in accessible                format to people with visual impairments, learning disabilities, and other disabilities that prevent them from reading                        printed material.


  • Texas Deafblind Outreach Project
    The Texas Deafblind Outreach Project is a federally funded technical assistance program focused on services for children and youth with deafblindness (birth thru 21).  The Project provides information, support and training for families, professionals, paraprofessionals, and community members in Texas.


  • Texas Project First provides accurate and consistent information to help you navigate the special education maze and become an effective participant in your child’s educational programming.


  • Texas Special Education Information Center (SPEDTex) works collaboratively with stakeholders to answer questions and provide resources and facilitate collaboration that supports the development and delivery of services to children with disabilities in our State.




  • US Department of Education: Building the Legacy: IDEA 2004
    This site provides information on Part B & Part C of IDEA. Infants and toddlers with disabilities (birth-2) and their families receive early intervention services under IDEA Part C. Children and youth (ages 3-21) receive special education and related services under IDEA Part B.




  • Your Special Education Rights empowers parents with the knowledge and understanding they need to advocate for their child’s education through engaging video programs, blog posts, online groups and more.