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Frequently Asked Questions

The world of special education is confusing and often full of questions. We have worked to give answers to some of the questions that we get asked the most! If we haven't answered your questions here, contact us!

  • What is an advocate?

    Advocate comes from the Latin words "another" and "voice". That is exactly what we are, our special education advocates are another voice for you and your child.

    Advocates verbally promote the idea that all children deserve happiness, an education, and functional living. Advocates are there to assist parents with interacting with the school district, participating in the development of IEPS, identifying the educational needs of a child, and creating an educational plan individualized for every child.

  • What exactly does your organization do?

    Our organization works to protect and advocate for the educational rights of disadvantaged youth and children with disabilities. We are not lawyers or doctors, we are advocates who work closely with parents, especially those who are parents of a child who may have challenges or disabilities, to make sure their children receive the services they need in order to be successful in school.

    We work with families to provide a voice to their child and to advocate for his or her unique needs. We are the additional support that families need to discover their child’s potential and to remove educational obstacles.

  • What kind of cases do you cover?

    We work with families with all types challenges such as children with ADHD, ADD, Executive Functioning, Working Memory or Slow Processing issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Developmentally Delayed, Behavioral challenges, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, or other Learning Disorders are common issues that we work on and have success with.

  • What services do you provide?

    We are primarily advocates, but we also provide a range of other services. Our services include individual consultations, educational evaluations, planning and organization, training workshop and seminars, parent informational sessions, special needs tutoring, and other outside information and resources.

    To learn more, visit our services page!

  • How can I get involved?

    There are many great ways to get involved with our organization! If you are looking for a career, we have a page dedicated to open positions at Rhode Island Advocacy for Children. We are also always looking for volunteers who are passionate about our mission. If you wish to make a contribution to our organization, visit our donations page!

  • If I donate to your organization, how is the money used?

    We have a responsibility to our community and our donors and we work hard to make smart financial decisions that ensure the long-term sustainability of the organization. Your donations help to make sure that Rhode Island Advocacy for Children can keep working to help children get the education they are entitled to.

  • What is your organization's privacy policy?

    Our Organization takes privacy and our privacy policy very seriously. You can rest assured that we will take all necessary steps to protect and ensure the safety of our donors, volunteers, and clients. We do not sell or exchange any information about our donors, volunteers, or clients outside of our immediate organization.

Rhode Island Advocacy for Children is now a Program 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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