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Empowering families

Improving lives

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All or our services are provided at no cost to families!

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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.

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

Connect with a Parent Educator

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

Find resources in your county

Locate available resources in your area, including family support networks, school EC offices, and more

Explore our library

Our growing library provides you with free access to reading materials, children's books, and more

Upcoming Trainings and Events

“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

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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