The Arc of the Capital Area’s Family and Juvenile Transition Services make sure that individuals can keep their spirits alive in spite of any personal sacrifices they must make while caring for their loved ones. The Arc provides services that ensure that parents of children with developmental disabilities have access to essential information and support. We enable parents to develop and strengthen their caregiving skills, reduce their isolation, and decrease their stress levels. The Arc of the Capital Area’s programs support parent and caretaker efforts to keep children at home, in school, and functioning within their community.
The following services are offered at minimal or no cost: Mentoring and advocacy, special education assistance, transition supports during critical life stages, basic needs and crisis assistance, and guardianship.
Educational Advocacy Sevices
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.
- 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 necessary
For more information visit www.arcaustin.org or contact us at 512-476-7044
Family Support Cooperative
Special Education Assistance & Family Support Cooperative
Specialty support groups and educational workshops are a collaborative consortium between Austin Travis County Integral Care (ATCIC), Austin Independent School District (AISD), Easter Seals of Central Texas, National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Austin, and The Arc of the Capital Area. These groups and workshops provide education and disability focused training for parents and caregivers of children with disabilities.
For more information on all Family & Juvenile Transition Services contact:
Director of Contracted Services and Quality Assurance
512.476.7044, ext. 207