Advocacy

The Arc of Mercer County is a chapter of the largest advocacy organization in the United States for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Working at the local level, we are the leading resource for individual advocacy services. Our advocacy services are free of charge to families and individuals in Mercer County.

Since 2004, our advocacy efforts have focused on helping families with children maneuver the special education process to ensure a positive, quality education. We help parents understand their child’s rights to a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment, as guaranteed by law.

Our education advocates guide parents through the special education process, from how to determine eligibility for special services to how to prepare for Individualized Education Programs (IEP).  Our goal is to ensure that the school adheres to a child’s IEP and makes a good faith effort to help the student achieve his defined goals.

Parents are the most effective participants in developing and managing their child’s education goals. Sometimes, however, they may find issues or instances when other resources are helpful. The Arc of Mercer County’s advocacy program serves as their leading resource for information and support.

What our Education Advocates can do for you:

  • Provide resources and information about your rights under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA) and applicable state regulations, including Early Intervention, and about how to effectively advocate for your child to resolve issues
  • Provide resources to school districts and Early Intervention providers to help design and deliver supports and services that guarantee students with disabilities the opportunity to make progress on their educational goals

For more information about our advocacy efforts and how we can help you, contact an Education Advocate at 724-981-2950.

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