• Parents Rights and Special Education 

    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.

    Parental Rights Video- English Version  

    Parental Rights Video- Spanish Version  

    Parental Rights Video- Hmong Version

    Procedures for Independent Educational Evaluations (CCS Board Policy 3.4460)


    NC State Improvement Project (NCSIP) - Improving instruction for students with disabilities. 

    Over the past 19 years through the Exceptional Children Division, NC SIP and the instructors developed through the grant, have provided Reading Research to Classroom Practice (RRtCP) coursework statewide.  RRtCP (formerly titled Reading Foundations) is high-quality professional development grounded in the research and science of teaching reading that addresses the needs of students with persistent reading difficulties including the specific learning disability of dyslexia. Additionally, for the past 13 years, NC SIP has offered the Foundations of Math coursework to help educators improve math instruction for students challenged with learning math concepts including the specific learning disability of dyscalculia. Over the last 8 years, we have added a focus on evidence-based practices to address the needs in adolescent literacy.



    Literacy Infographic - The literacy infographic is designed to inform parents of the coursework which helps teachers understand the science of teaching reading along with providing additional resources for parents

    NC SIP Annual Performance Report



    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.

    Successful StridesEquine-assisted learning and psychotherapy (EAL/EAP)is a human partnership with horses. This partnership assists in growth and learning in numerous areas of life. Facebook page.

    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.


    Disability Specific Resources

    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. 

    Notice of Public parent Forum ASD Memo.pdf 

    Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

    ADHD Fact Sheet (NCDPI)


    Dyslexia Infomation

    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)

    Report on Dyslexia and Dysgraphia (NCDPI)

    House Bill 149

    Specific Learning Disability (SLD)

    SLD Policies Addendum (effective July 1, 2020) 

    These fact sheets are intended to be used as tools in establishing common language and understanding regarding the
    transition to an instructional model of SLD evaluation and identification.

    Fact Sheet #1 Summary Changes

    Fact Sheet #2 Rule Out Lack of Appropriate Instruction

    Fact Sheet #3 Diagnostic Assessment



    Fact Sheet #4 Exclusionary Factors

    Fact Sheet #5 Inadequate Achievement

    Fact Sheet #6 Observations

    SLD Fact Sheet #7: Implementation

    Visually Impaired

    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.

    Brighter Visions Facebook Page

    Brighter Visions Newsletters


    Occupational Course of Study (OCS)

    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.

    Extended Content Standards

    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).