Community News


  • New! Autism Speaks is excited to announce the launch of Version 2.0 of the popular Transition Tool Kit. The Autism Speaks Transition Tool Kit was created to serve as a guide to assist families on the journey from adolescence to adulthood. Click here to check it out.

  • Self-Help Credit Union has developed a new service across the state to provide financing to individuals/families for assistive technology. Click here for more information.

  • Did you know that the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center has a lending library? ECAC's combined libraries have thousands of titles in a variety of formats available to lend to parents, families, young children, students, educators and other professionals. Some of our titles are brand new, some are "oldies but goodies", and we add titles throughout the year. Borrowing is easy and free! Just email or call the ECAC Librarian, Shandra Umazar at 1-800-962-6817, ext. 313 or check the Library section of our website. If you don't see something you are looking for, please ask and we will try to get it for you.
  • GKSN—Grandparents of Kids with Special Needs. No one knows what it is like to be the grandparent of a child with special needs better than another grandparent! GKSN is a Facebook group where grandparents can connect with others who "get it." It's a warm, thoughtful, and inviting community where members share unique concerns, joys, frustrations, and information with others who truly understand. If you have a grandchild with special needs, we hope you’ll join us! Please know: GKSN is a closed group. This means that only other GKSN members can see what you’ve posted to GKSN. Joining is easy: To join, visit or type GKSN in the Facebook search bar. Click “Join Group” and we’ll approve your request soon. If you have any questions about this, please write Don Meyer at GKSN is hosted by The Sibling Support Project.

  • The Autism Society of NC has some great webinar offerings throughout the month! Some of the topics being covered include: IEP notebooks, developing an ITP, & more! For more information on dates, fees, and how to register, please click here to visit their website.

  • United Healthcare Children's Foundation offers grants to help families pay for children's medical expenses not covered, or not fully covered by a commercial health insurance plan:

  • Are you looking for a way to become better organized?  The NC Family to Family Health Information Center has a tool that has proven to be quite useful for families of children and youth with special health care needs...The Care Notebook. A Care Notebook is an organization tool for families that helps you to keep track of important information about your child's health care. In caring for your child with special health needs and/or disabilities, you may get information and paperwork from many sources.  A Care Notebook helps you organize the most important information in a central place. It also makes it easier for you to find and share key information with others who are part of your child's care team. Follow the links to download: Care Notebook (English) & Care Notebook (Spanish)