Providing support for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.


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). Arc GMC has created the
ARD/IEP Planning: Tips, Tools & Resources to empower parents during their child’s ARD/IEP meeting. 

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.

             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

            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.

             Information about LRE, Standards Based IEPs, Grading & Progress Monitoring  and Specially Designed Instruction can                   be found on this site. 

  • 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.

​                This site provides information, resources and research focused on learning and attention issues. 

  • 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.

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