The Arc Rhode Island partners with parents, and others who are advocating for students with IDD to get the help they need at school. We want students with IDD to graduate high school, go to college, get a job, and live on their own as much as they can.

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Since it started, The Arc has advocated for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) 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:

  • Segregation
  • Restraint and seclusion
  • Poor transition planning
  • Lack of teacher training

Young students sitting at wooden desk in classroom; teacher helping boy in wheelchair

Young man stands in front of a map of the world taped on the wall, while woman points at a spot on the map

Why It Matters

Teenage girl seated at desk in classroom, rests hand on face while holding a pencil between her fingers