Staying Connected


Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC)
This is a training and information center that provides free information and assistance with educational issues to parents of children with disabilities. They offer a lending library, newsletter, and a Parent Info Line answered by parents. Telephone toll free 800.962.6817 or 704.892.1321.

Family Support Network of North Carolina (FSN)
Family Support Network of North Carolina promotes and provides support for families with children who have special needs. A directory is provided that enables families to search for national and state organizations. Telephone toll free 800.852.0042.

IDEA Partnerships – The Families and Advocate Partnership for Education
The Families and Advocate Partnership for Education (FAPE) is a project funded by the U.S. Department of Education to provide parents, administrators, service providers, and policy makers with information about the implementation of IDEA '97.

Office of Civil Rights (OCR)
The U.S. Department of Education - Office of Civil Rights provides answers to questions most frequently asked about disability discrimination.

Accredited Online Colleges and Disability Education
This site provides information on accessing supports for students with disabilities for Online Colleges and Universities.Wright's Law Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

PBIS - Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
The Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports is established by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to define, develop, implement, and evaluate a multi-tiered approach to Technical Assistance that improves the capacity of states, districts and schools to establish, scale-up and sustain the PBIS framework. Emphasis is given to the impact of implementing PBIS on the social, emotional and academic outcomes for students with disabilities.

Great Schools
Our mission is to inspire and support families to champion their children's education - at school, at home and in their community. We are a national non-profit based in Oakland, CA with programs and offices in Milwaukee, Washington D.C. and Indianapolis.

National Center for Learning Disabilities
The mission of NCLD is to improve the lives of the 1 in 5 individuals nationwide with learning and attention issues—by empowering parents and young adults, transforming schools and advocating for equal rights and opportunities. We envision a society in which every individual possesses the academic, as well as the social and emotional skills needed to succeed in school, at work and in life.

National Center for Educational Outcomes
The National Center on Educational Outcomes (NCEO) was established in 1990 to provide national leadership in designing and building educational assessments and accountability systems that appropriately monitor educational results for all students, including students with disabilities and English Language Learners (ELLs).

Consortium for Dispute Resolution in Special Education - CADRE
The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) works to increase the nation’s capacity to effectively resolve special education disputes, reducing the use of expensive adversarial processes. CADRE works with state and local education and early intervention systems, parent centers, families and educators to improve programs and results for children with disabilities. CADRE is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs at the US Department of Education to serve as the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education.

North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program
The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (NCEI) is a part of the N.C. Division of Public Health. It is the lead agency for the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program (ITP). The Infant-Toddler Program provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs.

The Family Center on Technology and Disability
The Family Center on Technology and Disability (FCTD) is a resource designed to support organizations and programs that work with families of children and youth with disabilities. We offer a range of information and services on the subject of assistive and instructional technologies. Whether you're an organization, a parent, an educator, or an interested friend, we hope you'll find information that supports you in your efforts to bring the highest quality education to children with disabilities.



North Carolina Organizations:

  • The Arc of North Carolina:  The Arc of North Carolina is committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play. The Arc of North Carolina is an affiliated chapter of The Arc of the United States.
  • Autism Society of North Carolina:  For over 43 years, the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) has worked to address areas of need and expand services for the autism community in North Carolina. ASNC is a statewide organization, supporting North Carolinians affected by autism.
  • Easter Seal / UCP of North Carolina:  Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Virginia is a lifelong partner to families managing disabilities and mental health challenges. We serve more than 20,000 individuals and their families annually and last year delivered more than 3.3 million hours of quality supports and services to individuals and families throughout North Carolina and in most areas of Virginia. We offer supports to individuals and families managing a broad range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, muscular dystrophy, stroke, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, hearing and visual impairments and mental health diagnoses.
  • Family Support Network of North Carolina:  Families benefit from the help and support that other families can provide and from information about their child's special needs and available resources. With this information, families can make informed decisions about services and support.
  • First in Families of North Carolina:  First In Families of North Carolina, FIFNC, helps people with disabilities and their families to believe in their dreams, achieve their goals and give back to others.