Useful Links

The information listed below provides a great background for special education law, local and state educational opportunities and community groups that are working to support children and adults with disabilities on a daily basis.  These resources will provide you with a strong foundation to learn what you need to successfully advocate for your child's education and participation in our community.

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Community

IDEA



IDEA is a law that makes available a free appropriate public education to eligible children with disabilities throughout the nation and ensures special education and related services to those children.
NC DPI's website for Exceptional Children provides information on state education policies, dispute resolution procedures, disability resources and state performance reports.
The  mission of the National Inclusion Project is to make sure that no child has to sit on the sidelines, and that children of all abilities have the chance to play, laugh and learn TOGETHER. 
Wake County Autism Society


ADA provides a clear and comprehensive national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities.  Congress recognized that mental and physical disabilities in no way diminish a person's right to fully participate in all aspects of society.
The Wake County Autism Society is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support.
Wake County SES is responsible for special education and related services throughout the Wake County Public School System and provides information about district programs, the special education process and available family resources. 
NCEI provides  support and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs. Services are offered in the child's natural environment as a part of every day routines and activities in which families participate and in places where families would typically be.
Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education.  The Section 504 regulations require school districts to provide a free appropriate public education to qualified students with disabilities.
TDSN is a non-profit  support, resource and advocacy organization serving individuals, families and professionals.  Their mission is to empower, connect and support parents of children with Down Syndrome, their families and the community.
The mission of the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights is to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence through vigorous enforcement of civil rights in our nation's schools.
The Arc of the Triangle supports children and adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities in the achievement of their personal goals and dreams in our community through partnership and advocacy.
ECAC is a private nonprofit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities and special healthcare needs.
Wrightslaw is the largest website providing accurate, up to date information about special education law and advocacy.  The site has thousands of articles, cases and free resources related to many special education topics.  
Cerebral Palsy Guidance provides information and assistance with CP. Their goal is to reach as many members of the CP community as possible, building   up a network of support as well as providing 
necessary assistance.
FPG generates knowledge, informs policies, and supports practices to promote positive developmental and educational outcomes for children of all backgrounds and abilities from the earliest years.
WCSS works to improve the quality, accessibility and affordability of child care, provide preventive health and early intervention services and offer family support services—all delivered as part of a strong, diverse integrated early childhood system.
FFWC provides direct family support to meet the requests of individuals and families for needed goods and services to enhance their ability to live and thrive in the community. They also provide information and referral to other community services and supports.
COPAA is an independent, nonprofit, national organization, mostly volunteer run, that protects the legal and civil rights of students with disabilities and their families.