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For further information regarding Child Find or if you need special education and related services, please contact:  

EC Director: Beverly Sipe   

704-896-9500 (phone) 833-471-3599 (fax)


Child Find
What is Project Child Find?
An effort coordinated by your local school system and the Exceptional Children Division, State Department of Public Instruction, to:
Locate and identify children and youth ages birth through 21 with disabilities who need special education and related services.
Inform parents and guardians of the services available from their local school system and other state and community agencies.

Who Are the Children?
Children and youth who have been diagnosed or are suspected to have intellectual, physical, or emotional disabilities and are unable to benefit from a regular school program without special assistance.

What Help Is Available?
A complete evaluation and, if appropriate
An Individual Education Program for children with a disability beginning at age three.
An Individual Family Service Plan for each child with a disability birth through 2 or
A referral to other agencies when needed.

EC Parents' Rights  Handbook 
This handbook is designed to support families with the understanding of the rights and responsibilities specific to the unique education process. Acronyms and terms often used in special education and resources can be found in the appendices.  If, at any time, you suspect your student may have a disability and need special education and related services, you may request an evaluation in writing to your student’s school principal, teacher, or NC DPI.

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction Exceptional Children Division 
The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally by providing an appropriate individualized program in the least restrictive environment. 

Multi-Tiered System of Support for Families
What is NC MTSS?
Family engagement within an MTSS is the active and meaningful partnerships that educators build and maintain with students’ families to support student learning. It embodies the idea that all parties are equally invested in the student’s educational experience and bring knowledge and skills of equal value to the table to work together.

This linked infographic is intended to support NC families in understanding what NC educators are referring to when discussing an MTSS.
What is "support"?
NC schools that are implementing an MTSS may talk about support for students. To further define that support, NC organizes these supports around the instruction, the curriculum, and the environment. This linked infographic is intended to promote understanding and conversations around how school teams provide these supports to all, some, and a few students based on needs.

Section 504 at LCA
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 is a national law that protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability. The nondiscrimination requirements of the law apply to employers and organizations that receive financial assistance from any Federal department or agency. It is a civil rights legislation for persons with disabilities, designed to prevent discrimination based on disabilities, who are otherwise qualified or protected.
A Section 504 Plan is a legal document falling under the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 provisions. It is designed to plan an instructional services program to assist students with special needs in a regular education setting. A 504 Plan is not an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) as is required for exceptional students. However, a student moving from an outstanding children's program to a regular education placement could be placed under a 504 Plan.


504 Parents' Rights

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