There are 210,000 students with disabilities in public schools in Arkansas. More than 10,500 of those students attend school in the Northeast region. The Center for Exceptional Families received a $10,000 grant to fund a parent mentor position in the Northeast Arkansas region to provide services to those students and their families.
As the federally funded parent center for Arkansas, the Center for Exceptional Families provides families of children with disabilities the impartial, objective information and training needed to continue to raise expectations and improve outcomes. TCFEF has successfully provided high-quality, accurate, and impartial information to families of children with disabilities on the range of educational options that are available in Arkansas and has equipped families with the tools necessary to make informed decisions for their family.
CFEF is grateful for the continued investment of Ag for Autism in the families served by our organization.
The duties of the NEA parent Mentor, under the Ag for Autism grant, are outlined as follows:
- Act as NEA point person on the Rapid Response Project, to locate, identify and distribute technology systems to families in need and work with them to learn how to use those products.
- Conduct 12 workshops in the 2020-2021 school year in Northeast Arkansas on autism specific topics.
- Conduct monthly exhibits at county commodity distribution sites across the region served by Ag for Autism and TCFEF.
- Assist families of children with disabilities via telephone and Zoom meetings to provide advocacy assistance, including preparation of and participation in IEP meetings.