Life is full of transitions, and one of the more remarkable ones occurs when we get ready to leave high school and go out in the world as young adults. When an individual has a disability, it’s especially helpful to plan ahead for transitions. The Arc provides services that ensure that individuals with IDD and their parents have access to essential information and support for all of life’s transitions.

Family & Juvenile Transition Services

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Educational Advocacy Services

The Arc of the Capital Area’s Educational Advocacy program provides short-term Special Education advocacy and support to elementary, middle and high school students diagnosed with an intellectual or developmental disability, and their families. Our educational advocates work with students, their families and the personnel at the student’s school to help them succeed, and to empower parents and families to learn to navigate the Special Education system and be better able to support their children throughout their education. Services are available in English and Spanish.

Educational Advocacy

  • Attend and advocate for the student and their family at up to two Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) and Manifestation Determination (MD) meetings
  • Review the student’s Special Education plan to ensure that he or she is in the most appropriate educational setting
  • Assist in development/modification of client’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP)
  • Educate guardians about their rights within the Special Education system

Home Based Support

  • Make up to two home visits to work with families on their own time, to read and review the student’s IEP and BIP and ensure that they agree with the child’s education plan
  • Work with parents to identify and suggest modifications to education plans, if necessar
For more information visit www.arcaustin.org

contact us at 512-476-7044


Training & Workshops


The Arc provides trainings and workshops for parents, individuals with disabilities and other community agencies around Transition Topics, Alternatives to Guardianship and Guardianship, Special Education, Life after High School or 18 + programming, maximizing benefits, Medicaid Waivers or any topic requested along the continuum of care.  Trainings can be done at The Arc facility; in school settings; for parent support groups; for agencies in the community.

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