The Right to Learn Program
Special Education Advocacy Support Services
This program is for students with disabilities, ages 3 - 21, their families and the professionals in the community serving them. Most services are offered in English and Spanish. We strive to ensure that students with special needs receive a free, appropriate education in the least restrictive environment
Dear Service User, Families, Stakeholders, Partners,
It is with sincere regret that we inform you that The Arc of Greater Houston (AOGH) will no longer be able to provide Right to Learn (RTL) services and supports, effective February 10, 2020. It is our upmost priority to inform you about this decision as we realize this may cause a hardship to families. We are extremely proud of all that we have accomplished in these glorious 35 years and could not be more thankful to those who have believed in us and invested in the RTL program.
We have explored many options and made ongoing efforts to secure crucial additional funding for this program but have not been able to make up for the substantial funding loss for the RTL program. As a regrettable outcome of this, we have no choice but to eliminate The Right to Learn program (this includes parent advocate services and special education trainings).
We continue to provide all other programs and services and we are looking forward to implementing new youth and adult programs, with more information to come.
Our hope is that our Parent Advocates have provided you with the tools and knowledge to further advocate for your son or daughter. You can still find resources here on our website and we will be happy to answer any questions you may have during this transition period.
Please be assured that the Board of Directors has not taken this step lightly. We appreciate your continued support during this transition period and look forward to better days ahead.
Janniece Sleigh The Arc of Greater Houston
Executive Director Board of Directors
Parents and Professionals as the Most Effective Advocates
Our goal is to make parents and professionals the most independent, effective advocates for a child's special education needs
● Educational Information and Referral over the phone and email for families and professionals.
RIGHT TO LEARN STAFF
Karen Snead: Director of Education
Toni Pompa-Rodriguez: Advocate
Myrta Torres: Advocate
Irene Gonzalez: Intake Coordinator
Direct, Advocacy Assistance for Families
(in English and Spanish)
● Help in making parent referrals for special education in public schools.
● Assistance in preparing for ARD meetings including services such as:
- Phone consultation
- Review of special education plans including goals, school evaluations, services and placement
- Individualized student recommendations based on document review to ensure appropriate school services
INTAKE REQUIRED (there may be a waiting list placement for service due to community demand for low cost services)
Contact Irene Gonzalez
(713-957-1600 ext. 118)
or fill fill out the form below
and submit it.
Our Special Education Trainings
Give Participants the Tools to Be Great, Independent Advocates for Children
Special Education 101 - Offered 1 x per month
Great overview of the rights and laws governing students with disabilities in public schools, explanation of the special education referral process, district evaluations to determine eligibility, ARD meetings and a comprehensive overview of the important factors to consider when creating special education plans.(more information)
Varied Special Education Presentations - Offered 1 x per month on subjects such as Autism and Special Education Needs, How to Write Meaningful Special Education Goals and Differences between IDEA and Section 504 Services