Do You Find the Special Education Process Confusing?

We know that determining and implementing the services a student with disabilities needs at school can be overwhelming and confusing. Whether you are a parent, educator, service provider, or non-attorney advocate, we are here to help! The Arc@School’s Advocacy Curriculum provides the basic information needed to navigate the special education system, including early intervention services, individualized education programs (IEPs), Section 504, and more.

Families, Educators, Advocates

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  • Learn to advocate for the services and supports your child needs.

Educators & Service Providers

  • Understand what is required by law to support your students with disabilities.
  • Get the information you need to better serve your students with disabilities and build relationships with their families.

Advocates & Chapters of The Arc

  • Help students with disabilities and their families understand the educational services and supports available to them and effectively advocate for appropriate services.

Curriculum Components

The Arc@School’s Advocacy Curriculum includes eight modules on the topics below. Each module is about an hour long and includes a pre-test, a listening guide, narrated videos, a post-test, and additional resources.


How long do I have to complete the curriculum?

While the curriculum is self-paced, you must complete it in less than six months. If you have not completed the curriculum within the six-month timeframe, you will need to email [email protected] to request additional access.

What do I get once I complete it?

Once you have completed the entire curriculum, you will receive a certificate of completion and you will be given online access to all of the curriculum materials. Please note that the certificate of completion does not guarantee earning of continuing education credits, because every state, school district, and professional organization has its own standards and requirements. Contact your state education agency, local school district, or professional organization to determine whether the curriculum will be accepted for professional development.

Need more information?

See our Frequently Asked Questions, view our printable brochure, and watch the introductory videos below.

About The Arc

The Arc was founded in 1950 from a grassroots movement of families working to create services for children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD). Since its founding, The Arc has advocated for students with I/DD to have access to educational supports and services. The Arc@School is The Arc’s initiative focused on special education. The mission of The Arc@School is to build the capacity of parents, educators, advocates, and our nationwide network of chapters to provide individual advocacy that helps students with I/DD navigate the special education system.