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DIVISION MISSION :: The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized education program in the least restrictive environment.

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Proposed Policy Amendments: Identification for Specific Learning Disabilities

Public Hearings Scheduled to Receive Comment on Proposed Amendments to Policies for Governing Services for Children with Disabilities

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) Exceptional Children Division will hold five public hearings to receive comments regarding proposed amendments to specific sections related to the definition, evaluation and identification of Specific Learning Disabilities of the Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities pursuant to Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA).

Public hearings will be held at the following locations:

  • Feb. 16, 5:30 – 7 p.m. (Cancelled)
    Auditorium, Sadie Saulter Elementary School
    1019 Fleming Street, Greenville
  • Feb. 17, 5:30 – 7 p.m. (Cancelled)
    Board Room, Dale K. Spencer Building,
    1802 South 15th Street, Wilmington
  • Feb. 23, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
    Room 150, Education Building
    301 N. Wilmington Street, Raleigh
  • Feb. 24, 5:30 – 7 p.m. (Cancelled)
    Event Room, NC Research Campus
    600 Laureate Way, Kannapolis
  • Feb. 25, 6 – 7:30 p.m. (Cancelled)
    Stone Center, Performing Arts Center
    613 Cherry Street, North Wilkesboro

Advanced registration to speak is not required. Staff will not discuss proposed amendments, but will be present to receive comments only. The meeting site is accessible to individuals with disabilities. If auxiliary aids or services are needed, please contact the NCDPI at 919.807.3976 or 919.807.3996 at least two weeks prior to the scheduled meeting date.

The amendments to the North Carolina Policies are available for public review from Feb. 4 – March 6. The amendments may be reviewed in person at the NCDPI or electronically by following this link.

Interested citizens are invited to comment on the proposed amendment to the Policies. In making comments, please give the citation for the section(s) on which you are commenting (e.g., NC 1504-2.9); and provide comments in the form of statements. Comments may be submitted via email to or mailed to:

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
Exceptional Children Division
ATTN: Carol Ann Hudgens or Lynne Loeser
6356 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-6356

For additional information, the following link provides updates regarding NC Specific Learning Disabilities policy discussed during a January 2015 webinar.

For Your Information

The Role of Related Service Personnel
This 14-minute video describes the role of school psychologists, occupational therapists, physical therapists and speech language pathologist working in public
schools. School-based practitioners and an Exceptional Children Director describe how educationally relevant evaluations are conducted, how IEP teams decide
the need for services, and how interventions for students with disabilities occur in the least restrictive school environment.


North Carolina Special Education Reference (NCSER ) - Primary Link
Secondary Link (Backup)
This is a research tool provided to Exceptional Children Program Directors, school administrators, teachers and other service providers, parents, and parent support groups who need information regarding special education quickly and in a searchable format. It brings related information in a uniform electronic format for ease of use.


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