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Our Story

Rhode Island Advocacy for Children is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization that was founded by parents of children with special needs. Our organization works to advocate for children by helping families navigate through the complexities of educational rights. We work to provide a voice to families and to advocate for their child’s unique needs. We know that it takes courage to ask for help and how overwhelming it is to navigate through an educational system that doesn’t work for your child. We are the additional support that families require to remove educational obstacles and to discover their child’s potential in both school and life!

Our Mission:

Our mission is simple: We protect and advocate for the educational rights of disadvantaged youth and children with disabilities.

Our goal is to identify children, especially those who have disabilities or any kind of disadvantage, and to give them a voice in their educational journey. We work closely with parents, especially those who are parents of a child who may have challenges or disabilities.  Parents and school personnel working together to develop supports and services unique to the child is critical for success in the child's educational career.  Families who suspect, or have children who have been identified with a variety of needs, are entitled to protections from federal and state law. 

Our Vision for every single child is that:

  • Children facing significant barriers such as, disabilities, poverty, or English as a second language are provided the equal opportunities for a free and appropriate public education..
  • By providing vigorous advocacy services, we help foster and cultivate a lifelong love for learning, especially for children who may previously have known only frustration and failure.
  • Every child is afforded extraordinary opportunities in order to explore their strengths so they can lead fulfilling lives and make a successful transition into adulthood.

Advocating for a child’s educational rights is overwhelming, stressful, and filled with questions. Where do I turn for help? What should be addressed at a school meeting? What if I disagree with the school? How do I know what to ask for? How do I make sure that my child is getting what they need?

If you are unsure about your child’s needs, please contact us! We will be able to tell you if we are the right fit for you!

Rhode Island Advocacy for Children is now a project of The Arc Rhode Island.

The Arc promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.


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