School K-12

Your child with JA has rights to ensure a fair and equal education. Find out what they are and how to navigate other school-related issues.

After High School JA Patient Tips for College Success
JA Patient Tips for College Success

A university grad with arthritis gives tips for making the most out of college.

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Back to School Safety Checklist During COVID-19

Certain safety protocols may be more important for reopening schools during the coronavirus than others. Learn what they are to help decide what’s right for your child.

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Expert Q&A: COVID-19 and Schools Reopening

Learn how to weigh the risks of sending your child back to school with these tips from a pediatric infectious disease expert.

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Expert Q&A: Childhood Sports and COVID-19

A pediatric infectious disease expert weighs in on the safety of childhood sports and other extracurricular activities during the coronavirus outbreak.

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Educational Rights The Basics: Educational Rights and School Solutions Webinar
Educational Rights and School Solutions

Get the basics about educational rights plans and learn how they can help your child with juvenile arthritis (JA) succeed in school.

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504 and IEP Obligations at Private Schools

Private and independent schools may operate under different rules with regards to 504 and IEP plans for children with disabilities, including juvenile arthritis (JA).

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Educational Rights 504 Plan FAQs
504 Plan FAQs

Learn answers to common questions about 504 plans for your child with juvenile arthritis (JA) and get tips on avoiding common mistakes.

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Educational Rights Federal Laws That Support Kids With JA in School
Federal Laws That Support Kids With JA in School

Learn about three laws, including IDEA, Section 504 and ADA, that support the educational rights of your child with juvenile arthritis in school.

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Educational Rights JA Educational Rights Glossary
JA Educational Rights Glossary

Learn common terms and acronyms associated with educational rights and juvenile arthritis (JA).

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Educational Rights Educational Rights Resources
Educational Rights Resources

Get in-depth information about educational rights for your child with juvenile arthritis (JA) and how to set up a 504 plan or IEP.

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Developing a 504 Plan for Your Child With JA

Learn how to develop a 504 plan to help your child with juvenile arthritis (JA) thrive in school and participate in activities.

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Developing Effective Plan Identifying Accommodations for Your Child With JA
Identifying Accommodations for Your Child With JA

Learn how to identify juvenile arthritis (JA) symptoms that may cause problems at school and find out solutions to minimize their impact.

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Developing Effective Plan Sample 504 Accommodations for Your Child With JA
Sample 504 Accommodations for Your Child With JA

Learn about juvenile arthritis (JA) accommodations to put in your child’s 504 plan.

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Video: 504 Accommodations in School

Get advice from school experts on which accommodations your child with juvenile arthritis (JA) should have in high school and college educational rights plans.

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Returning to School

Get tips to help your child with juvenile arthritis (JA) make a smooth transition into a new school, new class or returning from an extended absence.

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Developing Effective Plan School Needs Checklist
School Needs Checklist

Identify challenges your child with arthritis may face in school and what you can do to help.

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Developing Effective Plan 504 Plan Tips from a Social Worker
504 Plan Tips from a Social Worker

Learn valuable tips from social workers to help set up a 504 plan for your child with juvenile arthritis (JA).

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Developing Effective Plan The IEP Process
The IEP Process

Setting up an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) requires several important steps. Learn how to start the process for your child with juvenile arthritis (JA).

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Advocacy and Communication Videos for Educating Others About JA
Videos for Educating Others About JA

Get tips and advice from students and parents on telling others about juvenile arthritis (JA) and self-advocacy.

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Developing Effective Plan Videos to Help Develop an Effective 504 Plan
Videos to Help Develop an Effective 504 Plan

Get tips from parents, students, medical professionals and school counselors about effective communication and setting up a 504 plan for your child with juvenile arthritis (JA).

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Developing Effective Plan Getting Hospital or Home Instruction for Your Child
Getting Home Instruction for Your Child

Learn how to make arrangements for hospital or homebound instruction for your child with arthritis.

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Developing Effective Plan Transitioning Schools with Juvenile Arthritis
Transitioning Schools with Juvenile Arthritis

Help your child with JA transition to a new school.

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Advocacy and Communication Advocating for Your Child with Arthritis at School
Advocating for Your Child with Arthritis at School

These tips can help your child get the necessary accommodations to succeed in school.

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Advocacy and Communication How to Handle a 504 or IEP Dispute
How to Handle a 504 or IEP Dispute

If your child with juvenile arthritis (JA) has trouble getting IEP or 504 plan accommodations, learn what to do and how to handle a dispute.

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Advocacy and Communication Solving Common 504 Plan Challenges
Solving Common 504 Plan Challenges

Learn how to solve common 504 plan challenges so your child with juvenile arthritis (JA) gets the accommodations he or she needs to succeed.

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Advocacy and Communication Juvenile Arthritis: A Teachers Guide Brochure
Juvenile Arthritis: A Teachers Guide Brochure

Educate teachers and school personnel about juvenile arthritis (JA) with brochures available for immediate download.

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Sample Forms and Letters Guidance and Templates for IEP and 504 Letters
Templates for IEP and 504 Letters

These letter templates cover 10 situations and stages related to educational rights plans.

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Sample Forms and Letters Sample Parent Letters to Address 504 Plan Concerns and Changes
Sample Letter: Address 504 Plan Concerns

Use these templates to request updates and address non-compliance regarding your child’s 504 plan for juvenile arthritis (JA).

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Sample Doctor Letter to School Administrators

Get a template to help your child’s doctor explain juvenile arthritis (JA) for the educational rights evaluation process.

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Sample Forms and Letters Sample Nurse Letter to School Administrators
Sample Nurse Letter to School Administrators

Get a sample letter to help your child's health-care professionals make requests for school accommodations for juvenile arthritis (JA).

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Sample Forms and Letters Sample Parent Letter to School Administrators
Sample Parent Letter to School Administrators

Learn how to request a planning meeting with school administrators for your child’s educational rights plan for juvenile arthritis (JA).

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Sample Forms and Letters Sample Student Letter to Teacher and School Nurse
Sample Student Letter to Teacher and School Nurse

Get a template to help your child communicate with teachers and nurses about educational rights plans for juvenile arthritis (JA).

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Sample Forms and Letters Explaining Arthritis to Your Childs School and Teachers
Explaining Arthritis to Your Child's Teachers

Learn how to tell your child’s teachers about juvenile arthritis (JA) and how it may affect school performance with this form.

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Sample Forms and Letters Permission to Take Medication at School
Permission to Take Medication at School

Get a form to be completed by your child’s doctor so he or she can take juvenile arthritis (JA) medications.

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Sample Forms and Letters Physical Education Activity Guide
Physical Education Activity Guide

Learn how to let teachers and school officials know what types of PE activities your child with juvenile arthritis (JA) can do.

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Virtual JA Camps

JA camps provide a secure camping and learning environment for children and teens. Campers develop improved confidence and self-advocacy skills to help better manage their arthritis.

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Vitual JA Conference

This annual event brings in thousands of kids, teens, young adults and families affected by JA. Learn about arthritis and make lasting connections while having fun with the whole family.

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Guidance for Transitions

The transition from adolescence to adulthood is a big step. Get resources to ease the process, from transitioning out of pediatric care into adult care, to choosing a career and college, and more.

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Stay in the Know. Live in the Yes.

Join the Live Yes! Arthritis Network. Tell us a little about yourself and you will receive emails packed with the latest information and resources to live your best life and connect with others.

 
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Every gift to the Arthritis Foundation will help people with arthritis across the U.S. live their best life. Whether it is supporting cutting-edge research, 24/7 access to one-on-one support, resources and tools for daily living, and more, your gift will be life-changing.

Make a Donation

Help millions of people live with less pain and fund groundbreaking research to discover a cure for this devastating disease. Please, make your urgently-needed donation to the Arthritis Foundation now!

Become a Member

Become an Arthritis Foundation member today for just $20. You'll receive a year's worth of Arthritis Today magazine, access to helpful tools, resources, and more.

Make a Honor or Memorial Gift

Honor a loved one with a meaningful donation to the Arthritis Foundation. We'll send a handwritten card to the honoree or their family notifying them of your thoughtful gift.

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Volunteer Opportunities

The Arthritis Foundation is focused on finding a cure and championing the fight against arthritis with life-changing information, advocacy, science and community. We can only achieve these goals with your help. Strong, outspoken and engaged volunteers will help us conquer arthritis. By getting involved, you become a leader in our organization and help make a difference in the lives of millions. Join us and become a Champion of Yes.


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Tell us what matters most to you. Change the future of arthritis.

By taking part in the Live Yes! INSIGHTS assessment, you’ll be among those changing lives today and changing the future of arthritis, for yourself and for 54 million others. And all it takes is just 10 minutes.

Your shared experiences will help:

- Lead to more effective treatments and outcomes
- Develop programs to meet the needs of you and your community
- Shape a powerful agenda that fights for you

Now is the time to make your voice count, for yourself and the entire arthritis community. 

Currently this program is for the adult arthritis community.  Since the needs of the juvenile arthritis (JA) community are unique, we are currently working with experts to develop a customized experience for JA families. 

How are you changing the future?

By sharing your experience, you’re showing decision-makers the realities of living with arthritis, paving the way for change. You’re helping break down barriers to care, inform research and create resources that make a difference in people’s lives, including your own.

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Meet Our Partners

As a partner, you will help the Arthritis Foundation provide life-changing resources, science, advocacy and community connections for people with arthritis, the nations leading cause of disability. Join us today and help lead the way as a Champion of Yes.

Trailblazer

Our Trailblazers are committed partners ready to lead the way, take action and fight for everyday victories. They contribute $2,000,000 to $2,749,000

Visionary

Our Visionary partners help us plan for a future that includes a cure for arthritis. These inspired and inventive champions have contributed $1,500,00 to $1,999,999.

Pioneer

Our Pioneers are always ready to explore and find new weapons in the fight against arthritis. They contribute $1,000,000 to $1,499,999.

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Our Pacesetters ensure that we can chart the course for a cure for those who live with arthritis. They contribute $500,000 to $999,000.

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Our Signature partners make their mark by helping us identify new and meaningful resources for people with arthritis. They contribute $250,000 to $499,999.

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Our Supporting partners are active champions who provide encouragement and assistance to the arthritis community. They contribute $100,000 to $249,999.