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ECAC's Statement on Racial Injustice

ECAC is an organization dedicated to families and children of ALL backgrounds. Our mission statement is clear; ECAC affirms the right of all individuals, from all backgrounds and cultures, with or without disabilities to an appropriate education and other needed services. We know that students of color with disabilities and their families are acutely vulnerable in dangerous ways.

We haven’t had the right words for our collective pain and anger at the recent publicly recognized murders of black people in the United States. Systemic racism continues to…

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ECAC is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2020 Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Award: Hope-Lan J. Bovard
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Welcome to the Exceptional Children's Assistance Center!

We help parents navigate the special education system, know their rights, and use their voice. We provide information, support, training and resources to assist families caring for children with special needs from birth to age 26.

We also support young adults with disabilities in becoming self-advocates and leaders and the educators and professionals who serve them.

ECAC News and Blog 

NEW RESOURCE from ECAC! Return to School Planning Guide
NEW RESOURCE from ECAC! Return to School Planning Guide
Published: August 14, 2020
A Planning Guide for North Carolina Families Who Have a Student with a Disability...
ECAC is one of nine N.C. organizations selected to address the intersection between race, educational equity, and learning differences.
ECAC is one of nine N.C. organizations selected to address the intersection between race, educational equity, and learning differences.
Published: July 24, 2020
ECAC is one of nine N.C. organizations selected to address the intersection between race, educational equity, and learning differences....
Guiding Schools’ COVID-19 Recovery Decisions Using Data and Evidence
Guiding Schools’ COVID-19 Recovery Decisions Using Data and Evidence
Published: July 20, 2020
An evidence based brief aimed at K-12 education decision makers and advocates....
Please join ECAC in congratulating Hope-Lan J. Bovard, recipient of the 2020 Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Award!
Please join ECAC in congratulating Hope-Lan J. Bovard, recipient of the 2020 Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Award!
Published: June 15, 2020
Hope is a graduating high school senior at Cabarrus Early College of Technology in Concord, NC. Scholarship Award recipients are selected by the Matthew C. Graziadei Scholarship Award Review Board...

“I want to say thank you for all you do. The Parent Educator that worked with me was absolutely amazing.  I will keep your office always in my prayers and in my heart!” – Alanna Brewton

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We are family members of children with special needs ourselves

ECAC’s Parent Educators are experienced family members of individuals with special needs who are familiar with connecting to resources and support in North Carolina. They’ve made the journey and can guide others who may be overwhelmed or less experienced in the process. 

Many Parent Educators actively participate in community councils and advisory boards to provide a family perspective as plans and decisions are being made for our community.

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