Since it started, The Arc has advocated for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) at school. The Arc’s advocacy helped pass the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). The IDEA is a federal law that requires schools to teach all students with disabilities with their peers who do not have disabilities as much as possible. There are still challenges for students with disabilities, including:
- Restraint and seclusion
- Poor transition planning
- Lack of teacher training
The Arc@School helps our chapters, parents, and others who are advocating for students with I/DD to get the help they need at school. We want students with I/DD to graduate, go to college, get a job, and live on their own as much as they can.