In 1972, The Arc filed suit against the Secretary of Education, State Board of Education, and Secretary of Public Welfare on behalf of 13 children who were denied access to free public education. Because of this lawsuit, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania agreed to develop plans to identify, locate, evaluate, educate, and train all school-age children with developmental disabilities. This historic action led to the federal law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), which afforded all students with disabilities a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). This law has recently been reauthorized and is now called Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEIA).
The Arc Alliance believes the need for educational advocacy to facilitate improved school compliance with IDEIA within Montgomery, Berks, and Bucks Counties. If you have general questions and need a referral please contact us at 610-265-4700. We have people on staff that can guide you in the right direction and also get you someone that can assist you with your needs.