I love the section of this website called “Understand”, this section gives information on different subjects ranging from developmental milestones to vision loss. The other tabs on the top bar are: “plan, act and community” I feel like this organization is very geared toward educating families of people with disabilities. Every section in the understand tab gives additional links on the side bar. Also there are resources for the specific area you are looking at. I like the friendly look of this page, as well as how easy it is to maneuver around the page. I think this is a great resource for families. I have posted contact info below, but if you have direct questions click on contact us at the bottom of the site or under resources, to email a enquiry.
Contact Info: (This site is supported by United Cerebral Palsy)
United Cerebral Palsy
1825 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Phone: (800) 872-5827
Fax: (202) 776-0414
Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center
The exceptional children’s assistance center’s mission is to provide services and resources to families of children with special needs. The are specifically focused on the educational aspect of children with disabilities’ rights. But, they also want fair educational practices for all children. They advocate for families who may be losing services in the school system.
This is a great resource for families to find resources to keep their educational experiences the best possible.
907 Barra Row, Suites 102/103
Davidson, NC 28036
Parent Info Line: 800-962-6817
Disability Rights North Carolina
Disability Rights NC is an organization that provides advocacy services to people with disabilities and their families. They also provide legal services to people who need legal representation for an advocacy case. The website provides helpful links to connect you to fact sheets and information to know your rights as a person with a disability or a family member advocating for another.
Disability Rights NC:
Fax: (919) 856-2244
2626 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 550
Raleigh, NC 27608
National Inclusion Project
The mission statement for the National Inclusion Project is this: “Our mission: To bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. We partner with communities and inclusive programs creating awareness about the possibilities that inclusion can bring.” This organization works to provide programs, support and events to create an inclusive environment among peoples with disabilities and their peers.
They provide ideas about resources to help you make your community the most inclusive environment it can be. To spirit of inclusion wants all people to be able to participate in whatever they desire. It is never fun to be left out, and inclusion helps everyone be able to fulfill their dreams. There is no limits in inclusion, challenges are met head on, tackled, and a goal is scored.
National Inclusion Project
104 T.W. Alexander Dr, Building 1
PO Box 110104
RTP, NC 27709
Easter Seals is an organization that provides services for people with disabilities. They provide respite care, community services and child care centers. This is a good resource if you are looking for a company to provide care services for your child or adult. They support adults with disabilities in obtaining employment, and functioning in the community. One of the programs they have for younger children is called Lekotek… this program provides play and toy play based activities to help them learn and reach their goals. They idea is that children with special needs may benefit from learning from play, instead of conventional instructional methods. This website could be very useful to families seeking services.
Headquarters of Easter Seals NC & VA
5171 Glenwood Ave.
Raleigh, NC 27612
Department of Social Services
The DSS website is useful as a resource for families. It has so much information, that it is a bit overwhelming to find specific information pertinent to exceptional children. I would recommend typing special needs into the search box, this will bring up useful results. I found results, such as the “Parent Rights Handbook”. The “Parent Rights Handbook” is a great resources because parents have the right to advocate for their exceptional children.
Division of Social Services is to help ensure that all children have a loving home, and the resources that they need. If you want to find services or resources for you, as a parent with a exceptional child, this is a state site that will help. DSS states that they are here to make all north carolinians be self sufficient.
Buncombe County Department of Social Services
40 Coxe Ave.
PO Box 7408 Asheville, NC 28802
State Courier#: 12-50-02
(828) 250-5500 / Fax: (828) 250-6235
County Population: 222,174
Emergency Phone: (828) 250-5500
Smart Start is a organization that is focused on the health and early intervention of young children. Their website provides information about conferences that are being conducted by the organization, as well as webinars about early childhood development subjects. You can also find your local chapter of Smart Start, searching by county. I will provide the Buncombe county contact information at the end of this post. Research is finding that early detection and intervention of disabilities makes a huge impact on the success of the child. It is Smart Start’s mission to bring awareness about early intervention and provide resources to families so they can be educated and find help. This website will be very useful to families that have a baby/ young child and are searching for answers or just want to be prepared. This website is mostly articles, so it is packed with helpful information.
Smart Start Buncombe County
2229 Riverside Drive
Asheville NC 28804