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¡Describiendo el Panorama GENERAL!
Los niños se benefician cuando los adultos que forman parte de sus vidas son capaces de observar y describir la mejor parte de ellos o de apreciar lo que es fundamental en su persona.
Categories: Communication, General, IEP, Spanish
504 Fact Sheet
Section 504 is a federal civil rights law, banning disability discrimination in all programs that get federal funding.
Categories: General, 504
A Parent's Guide: Communicating With Your Child's School Through Letter Writing
Resource document by the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities that provides special education basics, tips for letter writing and sample letters to help parent's better communicate with their child's school.
Categories: 504, Advocacy, Family Engagement, IEP, Parent Rights, Special Education
A Parents’ Guide to Special Education in North Carolina
The focus of this Parent Guide from Children’s Law Clinic -Duke Law School, is the federal special education law known as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) that promises each child with a disability a “free, appropriate, public education.”
Categories: General, Communication, IEP, Conflict Resolution, Special Education
A Step by Step Process to Creating Standards based IEPs
Before developing IEPs, all IEP team members, including parents, should become familiar with the general education curriculum, including the state’s academic content standards and the state testing program. In order to make informed decisions about appropriate annual goals, supports and special education needs, the IEP team should consider how your child is performing as compared to the state’s academic content standards for the grade that your child is in.
Categories: IEP, Special Education
Accommodations to Consider for Students with Problems in Organization
Note the student’s response to transition between activities. Is s/he disoriented, distracted, or overwhelmed visually or auditorally when moving or preparing for new activity? Is s/he agitated or anxious during the change? If so, consider these questions in addressing this difficulty.
Categories: 504, Accommodations, IEP, Special Education
Adaptations and Modifications
Adaptations and modifications that can be used in the general curriculum, including volume of work, time, support, difficulty, participation, and more.
Categories: Advocacy, IEP, Inclusion
Adaptations and Modifications—If This, Do That
Guide for actions regarding volume of work, time, support, difficulty, participation
Categories: IEP, Inclusion
All About Advocates
Good special education services are intensive and expensive. Resources are limited. If you have a child with special needs, you will likely need to utilize...
Categories: Family Engagement, Advocacy, IEP
Attention and ADHD Fact Sheet
Parents are distressed when they receive a note from school saying that their child won’t listen to the teacher or causes trouble in class. Sometimes these behaviors are caused by Attention/Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)...
Categories: Mental Health
Care Notebook
A fillable tool for organizing a child's health care information.
Categories: Communication, General
Care Notebook - Spanish
Una Herramienta para Organizar la Información de Salud de un Niño
Categories: Communication, General, Spanish
Circle of Support - Action Step 1
When making choices or setting goals, it can be helpful to know whom you can count on. Different people maybe helpful in different situations. Use this worksheet to write down the names of people who you know that you can ask for support or help.
Categories: Advocacy, Transition to Adulthood, Transition-age Youth
Concerned about Development? How to Help Your Child
You know your child best. If your child is not meeting the milestones for his or her age, or if you, your child’s teacher, or another care provider is concerned about how your child plays...
Categories: Early Childhood
Cuadro para la Infusión de Habilidades
Al igual que todos los estudiantes, los niños que viven con discapacidades necesitan aprender diferentes tipos de habilidades en la escuela
Categories: IEP, Spanish
Current Opportunities in North Carolina to Tell Your Story, Use Your Voice and/or Participate in Leadership Activities
A compilation of Current Opportunities in North Carolina to Tell Your Story, Use Your Voice and/or Participate in Leadership Activities
Categories: General, Parent Leadership
Deaf-Blindness Fact Sheet
A person who is deaf-blind has a unique experience of the world. For people who can see and hear, the world extends outward as far as his or her eyes and ears can reach. For the young child...
Categories: NC Deaf-Blind Project
DERECHOS Y RESPONSABILIDADES DE LOS PADRES DE FAMILIA EN EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL - Aviso de Salvaguardias Procesales
La ley IDEA exige que las escuelas entreguen a los padres de un alumno con discapacidad un aviso que incluya una explicación detallada de las Salvaguardias procesales (derechos legales) disponibles en virtud de la IDEA y de las regulaciones federales complementarias. Es fundamental que los padres de familia comprendan tanto sus derechos como sus responsabilidades en el proceso de educación especial.
Categories: Conflict Resolution, IDEA, Parent Rights, Spanish
Developmental Delay (DD) Fact Sheet
Think of all the skills that children have to learn when they come into the world. We expect these skills to emerge naturally over time and know more or less when they should...
Categories: Development Delay
Developmental Milestones
Learn the signs of your child’s development and act early if you ever have a concern. To complete a milestone checklist, download CDC’s FREE Milestone Tracker app or visit cdc.gov/Milestones, and talk to your child’s doctor at every well-child...
Categories: Early Childhood
Dispute Resolution Brochure - NCDPI Exceptional Children Division
When there is an unresolved disagreement over identification, evaluation or educational placement of a child with a disability or the provision of free appropriate public education, families have informal and formal options for dispute resolution. This brochure provides information on IEP Facilitation, mediation, formal written complaint, and due process hearings,
Categories: Conflict Resolution
Dispute Resolution Consultants - NCDPI EC Division
The consultants for dispute resolution (disagreements) work with parents, traditional local educational agencies, charter schools, state operated programs and other individuals to resolve disputes. They provide information about facilitated IEP meetings, mediation, formal written complaints and due process hearings. They also investigate formal written complaints.
Categories: Communication, Conflict Resolution
Dyslexia Topic Brief
This Topic Brief by the NC Department of Public Instruction's Exceptional Children Division addresses the common myths about dyslexia in NC Schools.
Categories: Learning Disability, Special Education
Early Childhood Family Engagement Month Activities Calendar 2021
November is Family Engagement Month! The Family Engagement Month calendar is a list of daily activities that you can do with your child anytime. The activities are meant to be fun and to make the most of those teachable moments. Not every activity will be appropriate for every child. Children have different abilities as well as different interests. You can modify many of the activities to meet the needs of your child.
Categories: Early Childhood, Early Intervention, Family Engagement
Early Intervention Dispute Resolution Process Comparison Chart
This easy to use comparison chart looks at dispute resolution processes from a variety of perspectives.
Categories: Conflict Resolution, Early Intervention, Parent Rights
Early Intervention Leadership Assessment
In your role as a parent you are an advocate and leader in the everyday life of your family. This survey asks you to think about what you already do and any additional skills you would like to develop.
Categories: Early Intervention, Parent Leadership
Early Literacy and Your Infant or Toddler
It may sound silly or even a little confusing to think about “literacy” and your little one. But would it help to know that literacy for a very young child does not mean teaching infants and toddlers how to read? Whew!
Categories: Early Intervention
Early Steps Record Keeping Toolkit
The first three years of your infant or toddler’s life is a very exciting time for you and your family. Each day will bring new opportunities for your child to grow, learn and gain new skills.
Categories: Early Intervention
Early Steps: Early Intervention and the NC Infant-Toddler Program
The first three years of your infant or toddler’s life is an exciting time for you and a very important time for your child’s growth and development.
Categories: Early Intervention
ECAC Fact Sheet
North Carolina's parent center, serving families with children (birth to 26) with disabilities or special health care needs
Categories: General
Family Engagement Month Activities Calendar for Elementary Families 2021
November is Family Engagement Month! The Family Engagement Month calendar is a list of daily activities that you can do with your child anytime. The activities are meant to be fun and to make the most of those teachable moments. Not every activity will be appropriate for every child. Children have different abilities as well as different interests. You can modify many of the activities to meet the needs of your child
Categories: Early Childhood, Family Engagement
Family Engagement Month Activities Calendar for Middle & High School Families 2021
November is Family Engagement Month! The Family Engagement Month calendar is a list of daily activities that you can do with your child anytime. The activities are meant to be fun and to encourage interactions between you and your preteen / teen. Not every activity will be appropriate for every child. Children have different abilities as well as different interests. You can modify many of the activities to meet the needs of your child and family.
Categories: Family Engagement, Transition-age Youth
Family Engagement Month Activities for School Teachers 2021
November is Family Engagement Month! The Family Engagement Month Activity Calendar includes activities that encourage families to connect to the school and community. Supporting families to become even more engaged in their child’s learning makes us all winners.
Categories: Family Engagement, General
Five Steps to Becoming Your Infant or Toddler's Best Advocate
Start by knowing you are an equal partner in your infant or toddler’s development, medical care and education!
Categories: Early Intervention
Guía de Aprendizaje Digital para Padres y Familias
¿Cómo puede esta guía ayudarle? Participar en la educación de su hijo puede conducir a mejores resultados de aprendizaje. Esta “Guía de aprendizaje digital para padres y familias” le dirá cómo supervisar el progreso de su hijo según accede y utiliza la tecnología de aprendizaje. Esta guía tiene como objetivo ayudar a todos los padres y cuidadores, incluidos aquellos que tienen experiencia limitada con herramientas digitales, aquellos que son expertos en estas herramientas y los de conocimiento intermedio. Cada sección comienza con lo básico y se desarrolla a partir de ahí.
Categories: Family Engagement, Spanish, Remote Learning
GUÍA PARA PADRES SOBRE LA EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL EN CAROLINA DEL - Glosario y acrónimos
GUÍA PARA PADRES SOBRE LA EDUCACIÓN ESPECIAL EN CAROLINA DEL - Glosario y acrónimos
Categories: IDEA, IEP, Parent Rights, Spanish, Special Education
Guía para padres sobre la educación especial en Carolina del Norte
La Guía se centra en la ley federal de educación especial conocida como Ley de Educación para Individuos con Discapacidades (IDEA, por sus siglas en inglés), que garantiza a todos los niños con discapacidades una "educación pública, gratuita y apropiada".
Categories: IDEA, IEP, Parent Rights, Spanish, Special Education
Helpful IEP Questions
Questions that may assist the team to establish a review of IEP goals and objectives
Categories: Advocacy, IEP
IDEA Dispute Resolution Parent Guides - CADRE
5 Quick Guides for Parents of Children & Youth
Categories: Conflict Resolution, IDEA
IDEA Fact Sheet
This fact sheet provides an overview of the Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA).
Categories: General, IDEA, IEP
IEP Checklist
Your involvement in developing an effective and appropriate Individualized Education Program or IEP for your child is essential to your child’s success.
Categories: Communication, IEP, Special Education
IEP MAPA DE LA TRAVESÍA - Para las familias
IEP MAPA DE LA TRAVESÍA - Para las familias
Categories: IEP, Spanish, Special Education
IEP Road Map for Families
A guide featuring the North Carolina IEP forms and useful tips for parents along the way.
Categories: IEP, Special Education, Transition to Adulthood
If Student has Difficulty….Then Try This!
A great tool full of suggested accommodations for specific areas of difficulty.
Categories: 504, Accommodations, IEP, Special Education
Inclusion Fact Sheet
Inclusion is an attitude and value system that encourages students to receive an appropriate and quality education in the company of their peers...
Categories: Inclusion
Infused Skills Grid
Like all students, students who experience disabilities need to learn many types of ‘skills’ in school. These include: habits of mind, basic academic skills, other content areas and functional skills.
Categories: Accommodations, IEP, Special Education
Intellectual Disability (ID) Fact Sheet
Intellectual disability is a term used when a person has certain limitations in mental functioning and in skills such as communication, self-care, and social skills...
Categories: Intellectual Disability
La Instantánea del Estudiant
Los salones de clase son lugares muy ajetreados donde todo pasa muy de prisa. Regularmente a los maestros y demás personal de la escuela, les lleva tiempo conocer y entender las necesidades especiales de su hijo. “La Instantánea del Estudiante” que ECAC ha preparado es una excelente forma de compartir con la escuela lo que a usted le ha tomado tiempo aprender de su hijo y le ayuda a comunicar al misno tiempo las áreas que le preocupan y en donde su niño pueda necesitar más ayuda.
Categories: Communication, IEP, Spanish
Lista de Verificación del IEP
Su participación en el desarrollo de un Programa de Educación Individualizado (IEP por sus siglas en inglés) que sea efectivo y adecuado es esencial para el éxito de su hijo.
Categories: Communication, IEP, Spanish, Special Education
Milestone Moments
Take this booklet with you and talk to your child’s doctor at every well-child visit about the milestones your child has reached and what to expect next...
Categories: Early Childhood
Military Families, Welcome to North Carolina!
Information for military families, including general education, special education, and ECAC contacts...
Categories: Military
Month of the Military Child Newsletter
ECAC joins the Department of Defense and the military community in celebrating April as the Month of the Military Child with this special edition newsletter highlighting NC Military Children with disabilities and special health care needs and their families.
Categories: Military
MTSS: What is Support?
This document outlines the three areas under which schools implementing an MTSS Framework should implement supports.
Categories: Learning Disability, Special Education
NC Early Intervention Infant Toddler Program Brochure (English)
The Be Early Brochure provides basic information about the Infant Toddler Program and what to do if there are concerns about a child's development. Also includes a checklist of developmental milestones for the first year of life
Categories: Development Delay, Early Intervention
NC Early Intervention Infant Toddler Program Brochure (Spanish)
The Be Early Brochure provides basic information about the Infant Toddler Program and what to do if there are concerns about a child's development. Also includes a checklist of developmental milestones for the first year of life
Categories: Development Delay, Spanish, Early Intervention
NC Infant-Toddler Program Developmental Milestones
The Milestones Chart helps parents determine whether their child is meeting developmental milestones during the first three years.
Categories: Development Delay, Speech and Language, Early Intervention
NC Infant-Toddler Program Developmental Milestones (Spanish)
The NCITP Milestones Chart helps parents determine whether their child is meeting developmental milestones during the first three years.
Categories: Development Delay, Speech and Language, Spanish, Early Intervention
NCDPI Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) Infographic for Families
NC MTSS is a multi-tiered framework which promotes school improvement through engaging, research-based academic and behavioral practices as well as Social Emotional Learning (SEL). NC MTSS employs a systems approach using data-driven problem-solving to maximize growth for all.
Categories: Behavior, MTSS
NCITP: Working Together to Support Children's Learning and Development
Working Together to Support Children's Learning and Development outlines how CDSA staff and community providers use coaching to help caregivers support their children's learning and development.
Categories: Family Engagement, Early Intervention
NCITP: Working Together to Support Children's Learning and Development (Spanish)
Working Together to Support Children's Learning and Development outlines how CDSA staff and community providers use coaching to help caregivers support their children's learning and development.
Categories: Family Engagement, Spanish, Early Intervention
North Carolina Deaf-Blind Project Fact Card
The NCDBP is a project of the NC Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division through funding from the U.S. Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs.
Categories: NC Deaf-Blind Project
North Carolina Deaf-Blind Project Resources
A collection of state and national resources for deaf-blind families and professionals.
Categories: NC Deaf-Blind Project
North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program Parent Handbook
The NC ITP Parent Handbook helps parents understand the role and philosophy of the Infant-Toddler Program and answers key questions concerning its policies and procedures.
Categories: Early Intervention
North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program Parent Handbook (Spanish)
The Nc ITP Parent Handbook helps parents understand the role and philosophy of the Infant-Toddler Program and answers key questions concerning its policies and procedures.
Categories: Spanish, Early Intervention
North Carolina's Got Talent! Application
YEP's NCGT column is here to put a spotlight on the many talents and abilities of NC Youth & Young Adults with Disabilities ages 5 to 25. The format of submissions can be a poem, artwork, blog, video, song, essay, article, presentation, an "About me" article, " Entrepreneur's Corner" feature, you name it. ECAC's Youth Advisory Team will review the submissions and choose which ones to feature in our next newsletter. Selected entries will receive a $25 Visa gift card in the mail!
Categories: Advocacy, Transition to Adulthood, Transition-age Youth
Orthopedic Impairment Fact Sheet
The IDEA category of orthopedic impairments contains a wide variety of disorders. Cerebral Palsy (CP) affects the largest group of students with orthopedic impairments in public schools...
Categories: Orthopedic Impairment
Painting the Big Picture
Painting the BIG Picture! This worksheet has been created as a way for any adult to help “paint the big picture” of a child they care about and know well. The worksheet guides each writer to describe the child and to provide “tips” on what works best. The tips allow you to make a connection between what YOU know and what others can do to help him/her to be successful.
Categories: Advocacy, Communication, General, Special Education
Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide - US Department of Education, Office of Educational Technology
What can this guide do for you? Your involvement in your child’s education can lead to better learning results and outcomes. This “Parent and Family Digital Learning Guide” will inform you, as a parent or caregiver, as you monitor your child’s progress as your child accesses and uses technology for learning. This guide aims to help all parents and caregivers, including those who have limited experience with digital tools, those who are expert with these tools, and anywhere in between. Each section starts with foundational pieces and builds from there.
Categories: Family Engagement, Remote Learning
Parent Rights & Responsibilities in Special Education: NC Notice of Procedural Safeguards
It is important that you understand the Procedural Safeguards (legal rights) provided for you and your child with a disability. In this document from NCDPI, you will find a new section in more user-friendly language that summarizes the rights and responsibilities of parents in the special education process. Acronyms and terms often used in special education and resources for parents are found in the appendices.
Categories: Communication, Conflict Resolution, IDEA, Parent Rights
Parent's Guide to Dyslexia
This resource walks parents through the signs and impacts of dyslexia, how children can be evaluated for dyslexia and ways that parent's and teachers can help children once they are diagnosed with dyslexia.
Categories: Accommodations, Communication, Family Engagement, Learning Disability, Special Education
Person Centered Planning Fact Sheet
In person centered planning, groups of people focus on an individual and that person's vision of what they would like to do in the future...
Categories: Inclusion
Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities - March 2021
Policies written by the NC Department of Public Instruction outlining how NC schools will implement NC Special Education Law which is based on IDEA.
Categories: IDEA, IEP, Parent Rights, Special Education
Post-Secondary Goal Action Step 3
A tool to help youth create goals in the areas of Training/Education, Employment and Independent Living as part of their Transition to Adulthood.
Categories: Advocacy, Transition to Adulthood, Transition-age Youth
Punishment Is not Equal to Discipline
A good behavior modification program needs to have responsive, not reactive teachers. It needs to be built not on extinguishing negative behaviors, but on teaching more appropriate responses...
Categories: Behavior
Questions Parents Can Ask about Math Instruction
When your child struggles in math, you need specific information to help you encourage and support your child as they develop and build their math skills...
Categories: Family Engagement, Advocacy, IEP
Questions Parents Can Ask about Math Instruction (Spanish)
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Questions Parents Can Ask About Planning for Transition to Preschool
You know your child best and your participation in the transition process is critical. The following questions will help you think about and be prepared to effectively participate in the process.
Categories: Early Intervention, Transitions
Questions Parents Can Ask about Reading Improvement
When you are the parent of a child who struggles with reading, you need specific information to support your child’s reading progress. Whether attending a parent/teacher conference, participating in writing the IEP (Individualized Education Program), or working with your child at home, use the questions that relate to your child to gather the information you need...
Categories: Family Engagement, Advocacy, Literacy, IEP
Questions Parents Can Ask about Reading Improvement (Spanish)
􀁕reguntas que los padres pueden hacer… Recuerde: Siempre pida una explicación de todo lo que no entendió. Si usted es el padre de un niño al que se le dificulta la lectura, usted necesita información específica para apoyar el progreso de su hijo. Ya sea que asista a las conferencias entre padres y maestros...
Categories: Family Engagement, Advocacy, Literacy, IEP, Spanish
Questions Parents Can Ask about Reading Improvement and Dyslexia
This worksheet will help you gather the specific information you need if your child struggles with reading and you suspect dyslexia.
Categories: Learning Disability, Literacy, Special Education
Questions Parents Can Ask about Spelling, Writing, and Testing (Spanish)
Cuando a un niño se le dificulta la lectura, con frecuencia también se le dificulta la ortografía, escritura y las evaluaciones/exámenes...
Categories: Family Engagement, Advocacy, IEP, Spanish
Quick Guide to Special Education Dispute Resolution Processes for Parents of Children & Youth (Ages 3-21)
IEP facilitation, mediation, resolution meeting, written state compliance, due process complaint, and hearing request
Categories: Conflict Resolution
Regreso a la Escuela
Una Guía de Planificación para las Familias de Carolina del Norte con Estudiantes con Discapacidad
Categories: IEP, Spanish, Special Education, Remote Learning
Regular Education Teachers and Special Education: An Important Part of the Puzzle
Children with disabilities are guaranteed a free appropriate public education (FAPE). There are two criteria typically used to determine...
Categories: IEP, Inclusion
Related Services
Does your child participate in a social skills group at school? Maybe he goes for speech-language therapy once a week. Or perhaps his teacher works with an occupational therapist...
Categories: IEP
RESOLUCIÓN DE DISPUTAS - División de Niños Excepcionales
RESOLUCIÓN DE DISPUTAS
Categories: Conflict Resolution, Spanish
Resumen sobre el Tema de la Dislexia
El propósito de este documento es brindar a las partes interesadas información acerca de la evaluación, identificación y educación de alumnos con dislexia en las escuelas públicas de Carolina del Norte.
Categories: Learning Disability, Spanish, Special Education
Return to School Planning Guide
A Planning Guide for North Carolina Families Who Have a Student with a Disability
Categories: IEP, Special Education, Remote Learning
Sample Accommodations
This document provides Environmental, Behavioral, Organizational Strategies and more!
Categories: 504, Accommodations, IEP, Special Education
Specific Learning Disability Evaluation and Identification in North Carolina Fact Sheet
This document is intended to answer some questions that a parent/guardian might have about Specific Learning Disability, the identification process, and what this means for the parent and their child.
Categories: IDEA, IEP, Learning Disability, Special Education
Speech and Language Impairment Fact Sheet
Speech and language disorders refer to problems in communication and related areas such as oral motor function. These delays and disorders range from simple sound substitutions to the inability to understand or use language or use...
Categories: Speech and Language
Steps of a Functional Behavioral Assessment (FBA)
Information on an FBA, including identifying and challenging behavior, collecting information on when the behavior occurs...
Categories: Behavior
Steps to Success - Spanish
Pasos hacia el Éxito: Comunicación con la escuela de su hijo
Categories: Communication, Conflict Resolution, Spanish
Steps to Success: Communicating with your Child's School
If you have a child who is receiving special education services, you’re more than likely to be very involved with your child’s school and teachers — including planning, reviewing, and assessing your child’s educational program...
Categories: General, Communication, Family Engagement, Advocacy, Conflict Resolution
Student Dream Sheet
Transition is a journey, begin NOW to plan for the trip. The Student Dream Sheet can help students set goals and share their interests and preferences.
Categories: Advocacy, IEP, Transitions, Transition-age Youth, Transition to Adulthood
Student Led IEP Request
This fillable document helps students with disabilities request a leadership role in their next IEP meeting and to specify which parts of the IEP meeting they would like to lead.
Categories: Communication, IEP, Special Education, Transition-age Youth
Student Snapshot
Classrooms are very busy and it often takes time for teachers and others to get to know and understand your son or daughter’s needs. ECAC Student Snapshot is a great way to share what you’ve learned about your child with teachers and other school staff and to communicate areas that might be of concern to you.
Categories: Communication, General, IEP
Student Support Decision Tree
When a parent or teacher expresses concern about a student’s health condition, learning or other challenges, the school will begin a process to determine the type of support and/or services that will meet the child’s needs...
Categories: 504, General, IEP
Talk Tools
Talk Tools features helpful questions to use in conversations and meetings about your child—including behaviors, accommodations, modifications, support strategies, classroom situations, teaching methods, or a child's response to these.
Categories: General, Communication, Family Engagement, Advocacy, IEP, Conflict Resolution
Terms to Know
Related terms including FAPE, IEP, LRE, accommodation, FBA, and others...
Categories: General, Advocacy, IEP

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