Arkansas Support Network’s (ASN) Family Support Program received a federal grant to fund the Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (CPRC), the first in the state and serve families of children with disabilities ages birth through 26. It serves four counties: Benton, Carroll, Madison, and Washington. 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. In addition, the CPRC targets professionals working with these three groups.
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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 CFEF 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).
The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) works to increase the nation's capacity to effectively resolve special education disputes, reducing the use of expensive adversarial processes. CADRE works with state and local education and early intervention systems, parent centers, families and educators to improve programs and results for children with disabilities. Additional information on resolving disputes at the local level can be found by visiting the CADRE website.
CADRE has developed four parent guides on Mediation, Written State Complaints, Due Process Complaints/Hearing Requests, and Resolution Meetings, which can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.directionservice.org/cadre/DRparentguides2014.cfm
The Disability Rights Center of Arkansas (DRC) is the federally funded and authorized Protection and Advocacy (P&A) system and Client Assistance Program (CAP) for people with disabilities in Arkansas. DRC is authorized to advocate for and protect human, civil and legal rights of all Arkansans with disabilities consistent with federal law. DRC services are provided free of charge. DRC, a nonprofit agency, is independent from state or local government.
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