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Family-to-Family Health Information Center

ECAC is North Carolina’s Family-to-Family Health Information Center. Family-to-Family Health Information Centers (F2Fs) are family-led centers funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). There is one F2F in each state, in the District of Columbia, in five U.S. territories, and there are three F2Fs serving tribal communities.

Each F2F is staffed by highly skilled, knowledgeable family members who have first-hand experience and understanding of the challenges faced by families of children with special health care needs. 

These uniquely qualified staff provide critical support to families caring for children with special health care needs, particularly families of children with complex needs and those from diverse communities. F2Fs also assist providers, state and federal agencies, legislators, and other stakeholders to better understand and serve this population and their families.

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North Carolina's DeafBlind Project

A project of ECAC, in collaboration with the NC Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division and East Carolina University. The North Carolina DeafBlind Project provides free technical assistance to children and youth with DeafBlindness from birth through 22 years of age and their families. The following are examples of the type of assistance which may be offered:

  • Information and Referrals: Access state and national resources. Receive a free resource packet.
  • Consultation: Speak with a Family Engagement Coordinator
  • Training: Attend conferences and meet national/international experts, learn at a workshop/retreat or online.
  • Networking: Meet and share with other families, bi-monthly family phone calls.

For program information and technical support please contact:

Dr. Alan Chase – NCDPI, alan.chase@dpi.nc.gov or 984-236-2582
Virginia Madorin – NCDPI, virginia.madorin@dpi.nc.gov or 984-236-2307
Dr. Sandra Warren – ECU Teacher Support Program, warrens@ecu.edu or 252-328-2699
Brittany Cutshaw – ECAC Family Support Program, bcutshaw@ecacmail.org or 1-800-962-6817

ECAC and the North Carolina State Improvement Project (NCSIP)

NCSIP is a program in the Exceptional Children Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. Funded by the Office of Special Education Programs in the U.S. Department of Education, NCSIP works to improve the quality and effectiveness of educational programs and instruction for students with disabilities in North Carolina.

ECAC and Disability: IN Pre-ETS STAR Virtual Training for Students with Disabilities

This exciting program provides online employment preparation and training designed to better prepare students with disabilities to make a successful transition to school, college or technical training after completing high school.

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) and Disability:IN North Carolina (DI-NC) offer the Pre-ETS STAR Program, a Vocational Rehabilitation Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to students with disabilities (ages 16-21). The Pre-ETS STAR program serves students with disabilities from across the entire state, including students who attend public schools, charter schools and students who are homeschooled.