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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.

EC Division Strategic Plan

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70th Conference on Exceptional Children - Call for Proposals for General Conference Sessions and Poster Sessions

General Conference and Poster Session Proposals may be submitted online through *June 30, 2020 using the following links:

Check the presenter/poster padlet frequently after August 1, 2020, for updates regarding proposals/posters that are accepted and other important details.

Questions may be submitted to:

*Please note: The EC Conference Committee is carefully considering all options for safely hosting this conference and will communicate any updates as they become available.

2020 SLD Policy Addendum

Supplemental Optional Remote Learning Resources

70th Conference on Exceptional Children - Call for Proposals 70th Conference on Exceptional Children - Call for Proposals 
- Proposals may be submitted online through April 30, 2020 using this link:
- Check the presenter padlet ( frequently after June 1, 2020, for updates regarding proposals that are accepted and other important details 
- Questions may be submitted to:

For the Summer Tuition Reimbursement program: 
In lieu of a "wet" signature from your EC director, please ask him/her to email stating you are employed as an EC teacher in the district. 
Do NOT email or fax applications as they contain sensitive information. Applications must be mailed. 
As soon as you enroll in a course, you may submit an application. Please do not wait until the end of the course to send in the application as it may go past the deadline for applications. Your supporting documents have a separate deadline that is past the application date. 
Make sure ALL information is completed on the application including the social security number. We must have that number in order verify your teaching license. Incomplete applications are returned. 
Deadlines cannot be extended. Please make sure you are aware of the dates on the application.

Summer 2020 Tuition Reimbursement Memo

Summer 2020 Tuition Reimbursement Application

2019 ASD Policy Updates

ASD Evaluation and Identification – Summary of NC Policy Changes

ASD Policy Changes Listener Notes

ASD Policy Changes November 2019

ASD Policy Guidance Document

Parent Guide ASD Policy

NC IDEA Grant Application

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is making available its annual State Application for receiving grant award under Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) as amended in 2004.

NC Part B 2020 Application

Technical Corrections – Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities

Technical Correction-HB 149-Dyslexia (August 2017)

Technical Correction-Rosa's Law-Intellectual Disabilities (August 2017)

Technical corrections approved by the State Board of Education on July 6, 2017. This change is effective immediately.

Considerations for Specially Designed Instruction

The design and delivery of specially designed instruction is the core of special education. This document serves as guidance for IEP teams, administrators, educators and practitioners as they determine the need for, plan, and implement specially designed instruction (SDI) for students with disabilities who require an Individualized Education Program (IEP).

Considerations for Specially Designed Instruction (revised August 2019)

Dyslexia & Dyscalculia

The following videos provide parents and other interested individuals information about the characteristics of dyslexia and how dyslexia is addressed in North Carolina Public Schools.

For more information on Dyslexia and Dyscalculia "Click Here"

Approved - Specific Learning Disabilities Changes to Policies Governing Children with Disabilities


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