Exceptional Children Assistance Center (ECAC)- This organization is dedicated to providing parents of students with disabilities training, support, resources, and advocacy within the school and community.
Shining Hope Farms- A non-profit therapeutic riding program on St. Peters Church Road near Oxford Dam (16 North towards Taylorsville).
NCDPI Parent List Serve -A new listserv, Exceptional Children Information for Parents, has been developed as a method to ensure parents have access to the work of the Division. When applicable, communication from the division will also offer an opportunity for parents to provide feedback in a systematic way. This listserv is available to anyone who wishes to receive information Please click here for directions.
Autism Spectrum Disorder Evaluation and Identification Changes
There has been much interest and concern generated around the proposed Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities, specifically, the changes in the evaluation and identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder. To provide parents the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the proposed policy changes, the Exceptional Children Division (ECD) invites parents to participate in a public forum in order to receive clarification. A forum will be offered in each region to accommodate parent participation.
UNC System Fathers Conference - Save the date!
The UNC Autism Research Center is excited to announce the UNC Autism Fathers Conference on Saturday, September 14, at The Carolina Inn
(211 Pittsboro Street, Chapel Hill, NC). This one-day event is for fathers with children of any age who have autism spectrum disorder. The
conference is an outgrowth of one father’s journey - award-winning sports broadcaster Dwayne Ballen – and our efforts to expand some of his
insights and experiences to a wider audience of fathers.
The conference is an opportunity for fathers to come together to listen to the experiences of others and – if comfortable – share their own
concerns. Fathers have unique issues in raising their children with autism that are often not recognized, and this conference will aim to address
the important role of fathers in parenting individuals with autism. Professionals from the sports world and art/entertainment have been invited to
talk about their personal experiences in the morning keynote and other conference sessions. We are excited to have NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray
Evernham as our keynote speaker.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
The NC Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children Division, in collaboration with ECAC, have completed the production of two videos on dyslexia to make electronic information available to parents and educators. These videos are available in both English and Spanish on the homepage of the Exceptional Children Division and on the Disability Resources page for Specific Learning Disabilities.
Dyslexia Topic Brief (NCDPI)
Guidance on Dyslexia (USDOE)
NC Lions - North Carolina Lions, Incorporated is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit organization established in 1934. As the official charitable organization for the Lions of North Carolina we work closely with community-based North Carolina Lions Clubs, community members, as well as universities/institutions, to collectively enrich the lives of those blind and visually impaired, offer needed services for those less fortunate in each community, as well as a hallmark of continuous support of research for health-related issues concerning vision and overall wellness of all our citizens. The work of the North Carolina Lions is focused on three primary areas: services and programs for the blind and visually impaired, the prevention of vision loss, and the aid of North Carolina citizens.
Camp Dogwood -amp Dogwood is a recreational facility, serving the blind and visually impaired citizens of cities and towns across North Carolina. It offers the blind and visually impaired persons an environment that is uniquely designed for their needs. Located on the shores of Lake Norman some of the favorite activities are boating, swimming, fishing, skiing, and tubing.
Pathway Consideration Form -The Occupational Course of Study (OCS) is one of two courses of study a student with disabilities may complete to graduate with a high school diploma in North Carolina. The OCS Pathway is intended for students who function significantly below age and grade-level expectations, and this document is used by IEP teams when they are determining the most appropriate course of study.
North Carolina Alternate Assessment Decision-Making Flow Chart - "In 1997, the reauthorization of the Individual with disabilities education act, named IDEA, required all students to participate in state and local testing programs by the year 2000. This law created the alternate assessment movement through legislation. In 2003, regulations for the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization of 2001 allowed for 1 percent proficient performance on alternate achievement standards to be counted with proficient performance on grade-level achievement students for local districts. This law allowed multiple students to be assessed using an alternate standard, however only 1 percent of those assessed proficient could be considered by the district. In 2015, the reauthorization of ESEA as Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) changed the alternate assessment criteria from a 1 percent proficiency performance to a 1 percent total participation of the alternate assessment. The ESSA law’s purpose is to only assess students with significant disabilities using the alternate assessment module. This was a fundamental shift from previous laws, utilizing specific language as a guideline for which students are to take the alternate assessment model: Only those with the most significant cognitive disabilities" (Sept. 18, 2019, Webinar Transcript by Matthew Martinez, NCPDI Consultant for Significant Disabilities).
Catawba County Schools (CCS) has created a short video that explains parental rights regarding special education processes. Please view the video and if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact the EC Program Specialist assigned to your child's school or the CCS EC Director at 828-464-8333.