Community News

 In the news:

  • Check out ECAC's Newest Video: Accommodations and Modifications for Students with Disabilities. For students with disabilities, the right accommodations and modifications can be as important to school success as IEP goals. Be sure that you and other members of the IEP team consider all the supports your son or daughter may need in your discussion and that the IEP clearly documents the “who, what, when and where” these supports will be used! Need help or ideas? Call an ECAC Parent Educator at 1-800-962-6817.

  • The UNC Child and Family Clinic is pleased to announce recent openings in our caseload for the treatment of families of young children with problem behavior (e.g., tantrums, noncompliance, defiance). Their evidence-based treatment for young children with behavioral issues is conducted by graduate students in one of the most highly ranked doctoral programs in the country and supervised by a licensed clinical psychologist with extensive experience working with children and families. Their clinic is located off campus on Finley Golf Course Road with convenient parking in front of the building. http://clinic.unc.edu/directions-and-parking/. They offer weekday and early evening hour appointments. If you are having difficulty managing your young child’s behavior, please go to their clinic website and complete their intake form: http://clinic.unc.edu/initial-contact/. Their intake coordinator will contact you to learn more about your child’s behaviors and to determine whether our services may be a good fit for your family.

  • New! Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of Version 2.0 of the popular Transition Tool Kit. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Click here to check it out.

  • Self-Help Credit Union has developed a new service across the state to provide financing to individuals/families for assistive technology. Click here for more information.

  • 2016 NC Respite Care Coalition Vouchers are Available. Learn more: http://northcarolinarespitecarecoalition.org/

  • Did you know that the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center has a lending library? ECAC's combined libraries have thousands of titles in a variety of formats available to lend to parents, families, young children, students, educators and other professionals. Some of our titles are brand new, some are "oldies but goodies", and we add titles throughout the year. Borrowing is easy and free! Just email or call the ECAC Librarian, Shandra Umazar at 1-800-962-6817, ext. 313 or check the Library section of our website. If you don't see something you are looking for, please ask and we will try to get it for you.

  • Special Bridge is a brand new social community for people with disabilities. It was designed to set itself apart from mainstream dating websites that cannot meet the needs of this particular community. With an easy-to-use interface and a user group comprised of people with similar needs and ability levels, Special Bridge will help to foster long-lasting relationships. Other dating sites are designed for people who do not have communication and socialization issues, making it difficult for disabled singles and individuals to find meaningful relationships. With Special Bridge and our attention to safety, people can feel empowered to reach out to new people without fear of bullying or hurt feelings. Special Bridge allows users to progress at their own comfort level and pace, without putting pressure on anyone to make a connection right away.

  • GKSN—Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs. No one knows what it is like to be the grandparent of a child with special needs better than another grandparent! GKSN is a Facebook group where grandparents can connect with others who "get it." It's a warm, thoughtful, and inviting community where members share unique concerns, joys, frustrations, and information with others who truly understand. If you have a grandchild with special needs, we hope you’ll join us! Please know: GKSN is a closed group. This means that only other GKSN members can see what you’ve posted to GKSN. Joining is easy: To join, visit http://tinyurl.com/GKSNgrandparents or type GKSN in the Facebook search bar. Click “Join Group” and we’ll approve your request soon. If you have any questions about this, please write Don Meyer at donmeyer@siblingsupport.org. GKSN is hosted by The Sibling Support Project.

  • The Autism Society of NC has some great webinar offerings throughout the month! Some of the topics being covered include: IEP notebooks, developing an ITP, & more! For more information on dates, fees, and how to register, please click here to visit their website.

  • United Healthcare Children's Foundation offers grants to help families pay for children's medical expenses not covered, or not fully covered by a commercial health insurance plan: https://www.uhccf.org/apply/

  • Are you looking for a way to become better organized?  The NC Family to Family Health Information Center has a tool that has proven to be quite useful for families of children and youth with special health care needs...The Care Notebook. A Care Notebook is an organization tool for families that helps you to keep track of important information about your child's health care. In caring for your child with special health needs and/or disabilities, you may get information and paperwork from many sources.  A Care Notebook helps you organize the most important information in a central place. It also makes it easier for you to find and share key information with others who are part of your child's care team. Follow the links to download: Care Notebook (English) & Care Notebook (Spanish)