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EC Resources for Parents
Whether you are the parent of a student who currently receives support through EC services or a parent simply seeking out additional information, this page contains information and resources for you. This parent resources page includes community support resources, links to resources from well-regarded organizations, and other information that may be helpful.
Audiology Resource Links
Autism Spectrum Disorders Information and Resources
Organizations with Parent/Family Resources
- Autism Society creates connections and provides resources to empower individuals in the Autism community to live fully.
- The Autism Society of North Carolina improves the lives of individuals with autism, supports their families, and educates communities.
- Autism Speaks provides resources for families of and individuals with Autism. Their advocacy influences policy at the state and federal government levels.
- Organization for Autism Research, better known as OAR, is an organization founded and led by parents and grandparents of children with autism, who serve as the Board of Directors providing leadership, life experience, and heart.
- This is a training and information center that provides free information and assistance with educational issues to parents of children with disabilities. They offer a lending library, newsletter, and a Parent Info Line answered by parents.
- Telephone toll free 800.962.6817 or 704.892.1321.
This guide is for siblings to understand a little bit more about autism, learn what they can do to help their sibling, and how to take care of themselves. Great stories from siblings of individuals with autism are included!
- About Autism
- Learning About the Diagnosis
- How You Can Help
- How to Ask for Help
- Five Tips for Brothers and Sisters
- Words from Autism Siblings Like You
- NAA’s ASD & Siblings toolkit is a free guide created to help parents understand and address feelings and challenges often experienced by children who have a brother or sister with autism.
- OAR’s “Autism Sibling Support” initiative offers guidance for young children, teenagers, and parents on how to productively address the ups and downs that may arise for individuals who have a brother or sister with autism.
Webinars for Parents
- Parents and caregivers of children with Autism often wish to seek out information to help them understand their child's diagnosis. They also seek to understand the role they play in supporting their child in the home and seeking out services their child may require. Webinars are available to help parents and caregivers as they navigate learning more about supporting their child.
- Free online webinars offer autism education for individuals, parents, and professionals. Live webinars and recorded content are available across a range of topics.
- NAA is proud to offer our Autism ATRIUM program. This educational initiative for the autism community will provide a regular schedule of learning opportunities through free online webiNAArs, a digital library of downloadable toolkits, and a series of blog entries by experts in topics affecting individuals with autism and their families.
- ELS for Autism offers a virtual classroom for online learning webinars covering a variety of topics on autism spectrum disorder.
- Researchers, clinicians, and advocates share their knowledge and insight with the SPARK community through free monthly webinars. They explore the topics that are important to the community—from bullying to romance to genetics to services access.
Getting Started After an Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
- This free resource kit will help you learn more about autism and how to access the services that your child needs. It contains information and advice collected from trusted experts on autism, autistics and parents.
- A highly controversial topic of conversation amongst parents and professionals was the question, “Should we tell our child that she has autism?” This article helps to provide guidance to parents around this topic.
Indiana Resource Center for Autism: Getting Started: Introducing Your Child to His Diagnosis of Autism
- Many parents are fearful that labeling their child as having an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) will make him or her feel broken, or that they may use their label as an excuse to give up and not try. This article discusses how giving your child information on the nature of his/her differences will give them a better understanding and the motivation that is needed to drive through challenges.
National Organizations and Community Supports
Provided by North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
- Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illness by providing life-changing experiences that are exciting, fun, and empowering; all in a medically-sound environment at no cost to the camper or their family!
- Offers a day camp for families who have children with autism.
- Tips for helping loved ones with Sensory Overload enjoy shopping
- Estate Planning for parents of children with Autism
- Resource Site for Parents by Parents
- Autism website
- Provides answers to questions most frequently asked about disability discrimination.
- This site provides information on accessing supports for students with disabilities for Online Colleges and Universities.
- Create your own Visual Supports at home with this website.
- The Difficulties with Toilet Training a Person with Autism
Math Disabilities Information and Resources
Dyscalculia is a specific learning disability in mathematics. It is a brain-based learning difference that is categorized as difficulty achieving in mathematics correspondent with chronological age, adequate instruction, and a lack of intellectual disability. It is marked by difficulties with visualization (visual-spatial perception, processing, and discrimination), counting, pattern recognition, sequential memory, working memory for numbers, retrieval of learned facts and procedures, directional confusion, quantitative processing speed, kinesthetic sequences, and perception of time.
- Informational video from the National Center for Learning Disabilities about the characteristics of dyscalculia.
- Informational video from Understood.org that explains the symptoms of dyscalculia.
- Understood.org shares seven common misconceptions about dyscalculia.
Supporting Your Child in Math
- This document provides several suggestions for how to work with children in mathematics at home. It includes suggestions for fostering mathematical mindsets as well as suggestions to support problem solving.
- Math anxiety is real for kids and adults. But parents can help! This article shares tips to helping your child avoid/overcome math anxiety.
- This article shares the reasons that parents often get frustrated with their kids' math homework, and why kids may end up thinking they are not "math people." It provides practical advice for parents to assist their child with math homework to develop mathematically minded students.
- This website provides suggestions for families to support math at home in a variety of ways. It includes suggestions for helping with homework, math challenges that can be completed at home, and much more. PDFs are available in English and Spanish.
Reading & Writing Disabilities Information and Resources
Dyslexia is a specific learning disability that is neurobiological in origin. It is characterized by difficulties with accurate and/or fluent word recognition and by poor spelling and decoding abilities. These difficulties typically result from a deficit in the phonological component of language that is often unexpected in relation to other cognitive abilities and the provision of effective classroom instruction. Secondary consequences may include problems in reading comprehension and reduced reading experience that can impede the growth of vocabulary and background knowledge.
- Informational video about the characteristics of dyslexia.
- Informational video detailing how dyslexia is addressed in North Carolina schools.
- Do you think your child might have dyslexia? This fact sheet provides a definition of dyslexia and other helpful facts, including ways to help your child.
- The IDA Handbook provides information about dyslexia for parents and families of those with individuals with dyslexia.
- The Dyslexia Tool kit provides information about dyslexia and its characteristics, communicating with your child's school, special education, and helpful resources for guardians and families.
Supporting Your Child in Reading
- Informational Handout from Reading Rockets. This handout helps parents consider the difficulties their student may be having in reading and offers ways parents can help.
- Research-based ideas for parents to support a kindergarten to 3rd grade child who is learning to read.
- Early good practices enrich learning and develop a foundation for later reading. Try these reading-readiness steps to engage your child.
- Free, fun-filled online game for supporting the development of early reading skills. Free account for parents.
- Dysgraphia is defined and symptoms discussed in this article by WebMD
- This article provided by the International Dyslexia Association offers answers to many of the questions parents have concerning dysgraphia.
Speech-Language Resource Links
Vocational Rehabilitation Services
The NC Division of Vocational Rehabilitation has partnered with Union County Public Schools to assist students in making a successful transition from their school life to jobs and careers.
VR Counselors work primarily with high school seniors and second-semester juniors to provide them with vocational guidance and assist them with developing a career plan.
The program is designed to assist individuals with physical, emotional, or educational limitations, i.e. students who receive extended time, separate testing, etc. - who require assistance to prepare for, locate, or maintain employment compatible with their interests, skills, and potential.
If your child is eligible, we may be able to provide vocational guidance and assist with vocational training, job placement, and other services to help ensure a successful transition from school to job.
Our assistance begins with a review of school records along with related medical or psychological information. If additional information is required, we will obtain it at no cost to you or your family.
- Arc of North Carolina
- Autism Society of North Carolina
- Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance
- Disability Rights of North Carolina
- Exceptional Children's Assistant Center
- Family Support Network of North Carolina
- Federal Programs
- IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
- International Dyslexia Association
- Mental Health America of Central Carolinas
- National Down Syndrome Society
- NC Court System: Understanding Guardianship
- NC DHHS Vocational Rehabilitation Services
- NC DPI EC Division
- NC Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities
- Parent Rights & Responsibilities in Special Education
- The American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
- UCPS Social Work Resources