Building a bridge between families involved in special education and schools across Tennessee.

Resources for Families

Resources for Districts and Teachers

Family Engagement in Special Education is a collaborative project of The Arc Tennessee and the Tennessee Department of Education.

We help to empower parents and caregivers and increase family engagement in Special Education.

This group consists of a team of individuals with background experiences as educators, mental health professionals, parents, caregivers of individuals with disabilities, and disability-related fields. The family engagement team members can provide the knowledge and support from an educator and parent perspective.

You can think of us as your bridge that connects your family to your school in a variety of ways.

We want you to find success in your Special Education experience.

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