Arkansas

Learn more about what Arkansas is doing to increase opportunities for youth and young adults with disabilities as they transition to employment or post-secondary education!

COVID-19 Response:

Serving Special Populations Video (Special Education, ESOL, Dyslexia, GT)

Summary: Arkansas produced a webinar describing ways special populations can be served during distance learning. Special populations include students in special education and students with dyslexia. 

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

COVID-19 Guidance for Special Education Services in Arkansas

Summary: This document provides guidance on the continuation of Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI) including IEP, timeline extensions and additional resources.

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Guidance for Special Education for Extended AMI

Summary: Arkansas provides a general FAQ document pertaining to special education during distance learning. The document illustrates exactly how schools should provide individualized services to students on IEPs (either in person or remotely), and it describes the procedures by which schools should provide virtual IEP meetings. It also discusses steps and procedures for students with disabilities to receive telehealth services.

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP, Telehealth

Instructional Resources for Students with Disabilities

Summary: Arkansas created a list of special education instructional resources for students, parents and educators. This list examines individual special education needs and requirements, dividing resources by need and subject area. It also provides a brief overview of many virtual special education resources to best help parents select resources for their child with a disability.

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, Family Engagement

School Health Services COVID-19 School Closure Guidance

Summary: Arkansas provides guidance and up-to-date information to school personnel for operating school health programming during the COVID-19 outbreak. These services focus on federal, state and school level telehealth services, providing multiple potential areas of telehealth access.

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: Telehealth

Special Education Guidance for COVID-19

Summary: This resource provides specific instruction as it pertains to the continuation of IEPs during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as links to additional resources.

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Supports and Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Summary: Arkansas created a list of supports and accommodations for students with disabilities. It groups resources by grade level. It includes learning resources, resources to assist the employment transition process for students with disabilities, free assistive technology resources and free telehealth resources for Arkansas students with disabilities.  

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: Assistive Technology, Distance Learning, Telehealth, Transition

Supports for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

Summary: Arkansas created a document assisting teachers working with students with significant cognitive disabilities during distance learning. This document includes virtual resources for such students and a suggested daily schedule for students with significant cognitive disabilities broken down by age group. 

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning

Sample Remote Learning Plan

Summary: This document is a sample for Arkansas IEP providers seeking to adjust students with disabilities’ IEP plans to distance learning realities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Specifically, it asks guiding questions and provides specific areas of focus to allow IEP providers to adjust IEP plans to students’ distance learning needs.

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: Distance Learning, IEP

Special Education Reentry Guidance

Summary: This guiding document provides questions and considerations for schools upon re-opening to protect the safety of students with disabilities. This document specifically discusses IEP adjustments that IEP providers should make upon returning to in-person learning, as well as safety considerations for students with disabilities participating in in-person learning. 

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: IEP

Coronavirus Mental Health Support

Summary: This informational document specifies various best practices for helping students, including students with disabilities, adjust to COVID-related mental health concerns and challenges. Specifically, it discusses practices for parents to help their child adjust to COVID-related considerations, while also providing national mental health resources for students and youth. 

Operated by: Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: Mental Health

Executive Order 20-48

Summary: This Executive Order contains discusses both educational and non-educational adjustments to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, most importantly, it requires schools and educational facilities to continue to provide telehealth services to all students at free or reduced cost throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Operated by: Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas Department of Education

Topic: Telehealth

Ready for Learning and Re-entry

Summary: The Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired provides students and families with school re-entry plans and goals. The documents answer frequently asked questions regarding the transition to in person learning. It also provides an outline for students who decide to remain in distance learning.

Operated by: Arkansas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Topic: Distance Learning