The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Parents Page provides information and resources to ensure your child is healthy, challenged, supported, engaged, and safe in school.
The Arkansas Disability Coalition (ADC) is a statewide organization that assists families and individuals with all types of disabilities by providing information, support, resources, and training.
The Arkansas Special Education Dispute Resolution Section provides resources and guidance on addressing issues and concerns through administrative remedies such as facilitated IEPs, mediations, state complaints, and due process hearings.
The Arkansas Transition Services Parent Webpage provides information and tools on topics that can help you help your child in preparing for life after high school, including self-determination, guardianship, transfer of rights, and preparing for college.
The Center for Exceptional Families, Inc. works in collaboration with families and their local school districts to promote an innovative approach to providing special education services for individuals with disabilities. Their goal is to provide statewide support to families, schools, educators, students transitioning to adulthood and individuals seeking secondary scholastic achievement. The Center for Exceptional Families, Inc., will advocate for all persons in Arkansas to receive a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE) as outlined in the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Disability Rights Arkansas (DRA) provides information and referral, short-term assistance, selected individual and legal representation, systemic advocacy, monitoring and training. DRA services are provided free of charge. DRA, a nonprofit agency, is independent from state or local government.
The Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC) serves families of children with disabilities ages birth through 26 in Northwest Arkansas. The CPRC, while advocating for children in special education, specifically emphasizes training and information for all families, including: foster families, parents who are working to reunite with their children, and the parents of young people in the juvenile justice system.
The Parent and Educator Resource Guide to Section 504 in Public Elementary and Secondary Schools provided by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights includes helpful examples and scenarios.
PROMISE Arkansas is part of a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to help youth who are receiving disability benefits and their families to improve their educational and employment outcomes. Enrollment is open to youth ages 14 to 16 who are currently receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. For 1000 youth, PROMISE will provide additional services to youth and their families including: intensive case management, two paid competitive work experiences, education and employment training and support for youth and families, health and wellness training, and benefits counseling.
Please visit PROMISE Arkansas for additional information on enrollment and regional recruitment activities.
The Resource Library at The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR) provides an extensive repository of topical resources related to children with disabilities.
Steps to Success: Communicating with Your Child's School offers specific communication skills that may be helpful to parents as they develop and maintain partnerships with their child's school. This is a publication by the Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE).