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ECAC is an organization dedicated to families and children of ALL backgrounds.  View ECAC’s statement on racial injustice

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ECAC is thrilled to announce the winner of the 2020 Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Award: Hope-Lan J. Bovard

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 

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ECAC and NCCDD are pleased to offer a FREE Screening Event! UNSEEN Documentary - How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers & Why It Matters
Published: October 25, 2022
How We’re Failing Parent Caregivers & Why It Matters...
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The 2023 Matthew C. Graziadei Achievement Scholarship Award
Published: October 24, 2022
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APPLICATION OPEN! STAR Program
Published: October 14, 2022
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What Will Her Life Be Like? 
Published: October 13, 2022
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month!...

“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 support parents, families, and professionals by answering questions, providing key resources, and more

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We help you determine the available options to best support your child’s education

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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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