Exceptional Children/Special Education

Resources listed below are some of the most frequently used. If you know of others, feel free to contact me at jamielivengood@wcps.org.
  • If you are PCSing to SJAFB or outbound, please communicate with Wayne County Schools Exceptional Children Department (919.705.6027) so that the transition for your child with special needs is as seamless as possible. Early communication and planning will mean a better transition for all involved!
  • If you have questions regarding the WCPS Exceptional Children Program, visit the program website.
  • If you have questions about individual schools' specific procedures, please contact the particular school
  • If you are looking for AIG - academically/intellectually gifted -  information, visit the AIG page to locate various resources. Note: Also known in other school districts as "AG" or "Talented & Gifted".
  • It is the school's responsibility to provide services:

In compliance with the federal requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 U.S.C.A. Section 1400 et seq, the receiving state shall initially provide comparable services to a student with disabilities based on his/her current Individualized Education Program (IEP); and 2) In compliance with the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, 29 U.S.C.A. Section 794, and with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, 42 U.S.C.A. Sections 12131-12165, the receiving state shall make reasonable accommodations and modifications to address the needs of incoming students with disabilities, subject to an existing 504 or Title II Plan, to provide the student with equal access to education. This does not preclude the school in the receiving state from performing subsequent evaluations to ensure appropriate placement of the student.

 
Resources for Military Families with Exceptional Children
INFORMATIONAL RESOURCES
STOMP:"Specialized Training of Military Parents" is an organization that advocates for the military families of individuals with disabilities. There is an active listserv where parents ask questions and share information. As well, the website contains a listing of laws and publications to assist parents with exceptional children. A wealth of valuable information! Visit the website for further details.
NC Public Schools: The Department of Public Instruction lists helpful resources for parents of exceptional children. As well,DPI publishes the Handbook on Parents' Rights.
Wrights Law: This website is used by educators, parents and advocates alike. Contains special education and general education laws, updates, fliers, book resources, and more.
MilitaryHOMEFRONT: The DoD has provided a Special Needs Parent Toolkit, available online in pdf format.

Military OneSource: An excellent resource for military families. Special needs section covers a variety of topics, including advocacy & rights, care for the disabled, federal programs, EFMP and family resources.
National Autism Resources: Website providing links, information, and toys for autism. Recommended by parents of children with autism.
Talk About Curing Autism: As noted on the website, TACA helps to strengthen the autism community by connecting families and the professionals who can help them.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES
ECHO: Link to the military benefit TRICARE Extended Care Health Option, which provides financial assistance to eligible parties who qualify based on specific mental or physical disabilities. Check out the website for more detailed information.
SSI: To apply for disability benefits for a child, you will need to complete an Application for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) AND a Child Disability Report. The report collects information about the child’s disabling condition and how it affects his/her ability to function. At this time,the Child Disability Report can be completed online. For more information and to schedule an appointment to complete the SSI application, visit this website.
Air Warrior Courage Foundation: This foundation, set up by the Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Assocation,recognized and answered the need of financial support for military families with a special needs child. Currently, the program consists of Therapeutic Riding and Vision-Enhancing Technology.
Patient Advocate Foundation: An organization that works to solve insurance and healthcare access problems.Visit the website for further information.

LOCAL RESOURCES

Special Needs Identification Program (SNIP)
: Program for military families of children with special needs. The SNIP coordinator at SJAFB can assist you with identifying resources - 919.722.1883.

Community Alternatives Program for Children
: CAP-C provides home and community based services to medically fragile children who, because of their medical needs are at risk for institutionalization in a nursing home. Examples of children who may be eligible for CAP/C include children with ventilators, tracheotomies, feeding tubes, severe seizures, and those children who need help with activities such as bathing, dressing, grooming, and toileting when the child, for medical reasons, is not able to do or learn to do those tasks independently. For a list of provider agencies, visit the Local Management Entity: Eastpointe website.

Community Alternative Program for Persons with Mental Retardation/ Developmental Disabilities:
CAP-MR/DD is a special Medicaid program to serve individuals who would otherwise require care in an intermediate care facility for people with the mental retardation/developmental disabilities. It allows these individuals the opportunity to be served in the community instead of residing in an institutional or group home setting.

Eastpointe
: Manages early intervention services, behavioral healthcare, and referral services for the CAP/C program. Visit the
website for more information.

Tricare Autism Demonstration Project: Available to the children of active duty military families stationed at Seymour Johnson AFB. Military dependents diagnosed with Autism, Asberger’s, PDD-NOS, or CDD are eligible. The Demonstration Project provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, a comprehensive structured program individually designed to address skill deficits and problem behaviors. The Demonstration Project will provide up to 15 hours of one-on-one in-home therapy per week by an ABA Tutor who is trained and supervised by an expert in the field. For more information, visit the website: https://tricare.mil/autism

NC Assistive Technology Program
: State and federally funded program that provides assistive technology services statewide to people of all ages and abilities. Free services include device demonstration, loan, reutilization, and training/technical assistance.

NC Early Intervention Services
: Children's Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs). Wayne County is served through the Greenville CDSA, which operates out of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Governor Morehead School for the Blind: School and resource center known for excellence in the field of educating students with visual impairments. Visit the website for further information.

HELPFUL PHONE NUMBERS

  • Arts Council of Wayne County:919-734-3300; preschool and school-age activities
  • Autism Society of NC: 800-442-2762
  • Client Assistance Program: 800-662-7030
  • Developmental Evaluation Center (Greenville, NC): 252-328-2674
  • Exceptional’s Children Assistance Center: 800-962-6817
  • Family Support Network: 800-852-0042, fsp.cdr@unc.edu
  • Governor's Advocacy Council for Persons with Disabilities General Advocacy Information: 800-821-6922
  • Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program in Raleigh: 919-848-0153
  • Information and Referral Services/CARELINE: 800-662-7030
  • Murdoch Center’s Assistive Technology Lending Library: 888-288-7948
  • NC Assistive Technology Project: 919-850-2787, Eastern Region 252-830-8575
  • NC Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped: 888-388-2460
  • Rocking Horse Ranch Therapeutic Riding Program in Greenville: 252-752-0153
  • School of Goldsboro Ballet: Director Peggy Wingate at919-778-0888;group and private instruction – experience working with children with disabilities
  • Social Security Information: 800-772-1213
  • The Gathering Place Therapeutic Riding Program in Goldsboro: 919-920-8721
  • Wayne County Public Library: 919-735-1824
  • Xpressions of Dance:Kim Reid at 919-759-1897
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