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02 09
Transition Planning for Students With Disabilities Begins at Age 14

A student with a disability, age 14 to 22, is eligible for transition services as part of his/her IEP, so long as the student is enrolled in a public school.

What does this look like in North Carolina?

  • - Beginning at age 14, the student's IEP must include a transition statement that details the student's needs, preferences, interests, and course of study.
  • - The school must invite the student to his/her IEP meeting when transition goals and services are discussed.
  • - At age 16, the student's IEP must include transition goals and the transition services needed to meet those goals.
  • - At age 17, the IEP must include a transfer of rights statement. This is to make sure the student and parents understand that the rights to educational decisions transfer to the student when he/she turns 18. There are a variety of options families can explore to give parents the opportunity for continued input into their child's education.  These include supported decision-making and various forms of guardianship. 
15 04
Funding Available for Survivors of Traumatic Brain Injury

Our First in Families program supports people who are living with Traumatic Brain Injury - of any age living in Cabarrus, Davidson, Rowan, Stanly, and Union counties - and their families to meet their self-defined needs.  We currently have special funding that could help your family. Examples of First in Families support include assistance with obtaining adaptive equipment, respite, co-payment for medical and therapy appointments, home modifications, transportation, household goods and services and much more.

10 04
Do I Get A Coronavirus Stimulus Payment If I'm on SSI or Social Security?

The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act) passed by Congress and signed into law by the President authorized stimulus payments - called Recovery Rebates - to be made to many people in the United States, including people who do not make enough money to file taxes usually.

25 03
COVID 19: Special Education Guide During School Closure, A Guide for Parents Part 1

Since the March 2020 outbreak of the Corona Virus (COVID-19) in the United States, businesses and public schools have closed across the country. Nationwide school closures have left parents wondering how their children will learn and complete the current school year. Parents who have a child receiving special education services in public school have additional concerns about how their child’s special education program and their learning will be impacted. How will the public school provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) and meet their child’s unique education needs? The response to this question will be as distinct and individual as each child.