The Arc Education Committee:
Comprised of parents, Arc staff, and educators, The Arc Education Committee advocates for special education programs that lead to students' personal, social, academic and economic development and that comply with federal and state laws and regulations. The Arc staff members serve as child advocates at Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings with schools and provide resources and referrals to other organizations that work with families. The Arc Education Committee serves as an umbrella committee over other education based teams such as the Least Restrictive Environment Committee, Community Referenced Instruction Classes, and Autism Classes. Committee meetings are open to all interested educators and family members. The Arc Education Committee meets the second Tuesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 at The Arc Building, 1401 McCormick Drive, Largo. Call Melonee Clark at 301-925-7050, ext. 307 for more information.
ArcShops for Families of Children with
Open to all interested parties, Coffee Breaks provide support, education, and training on issues related to children with autism. Contact Lina Zubi at 301-925-7050, ext. 239 for meeting dates and more information.
Parent and Family Trainings:
The Arc provides trainings in various subject areas to inform and empower parents and families. Arc staff, special speakers, and other professionals in the field bring topics such as Individual Education Plans (IEPs), language development, autism resources, and parent advocacy to the forefront. The Arc also provides advocacy workshops geared toward transitioning youth, ages 16 - 21. For meeting times and more information contact Melonee Clark at 301-925-7050, ext. 307.
Parents of Children with Down Syndrome (PODS):
PODS is a parent support and resource group for families who have children or family members with Down Syndrome. The group facilitates playgroups and social activities to bring families together. Contact Pamela Leach at 202-412-7488 for meeting dates and more information.
Special Education Citizen's Advisory Committee
SECAC is a partnership between parents, families, community leaders,
educators, and administrators working to effect positive systemic
change in the area of special education. The committee meets the
4th Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:00 at The Arc Building, 1401 McCormick
Drive, Largo. Call Mike McLaughlin at 301-490-2461 for more information.
here to view networking opportunities
for adults and families of adults with disabilities.
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