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

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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.

Latest News from the Blog

Dyslexia Screening Process

“Say Dyslexia” law (T.C.A. § 49-1-229) is a law that requires school districts to implement a screening process for identifying characteristics of dyslexia.  You may have received a letter from your child’s school identifying that your child has reading difficulties...

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“Say Dyslexia” Law

In 2016, the Tennessee legislature passed a law that is also referred to as the “Say Dyslexia” law. The law requires schools to screen for characteristics of Dyslexia through Response to Intervention (RTI) and to provide “Dyslexia-specific intervention” for those...

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Common Special Education Terms

These are common Special Education terms and definitions. If you are trying to learn more, we are here to help! Disability: A condition recognized by the law. To qualify for an Individualized Education Plan (IEP), students must have a disability that falls under one...

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Functional Behavior Assessment

What is a Functional Behavior Assessment? Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) is a process schools use to understand why a student is acting or behaving a certain way.  Here are some questions they are looking to address:       What is triggering (causing) the...

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