Community Resources for Children with Special Needs

Children’s Developmental Services Agency

  • provides multidisciplinary developmental evaluations and developmental services for children birth through 36 months who do not live in base housing; no cost to families for most evaluations
  • regional center is: Children’s Developmental Services Agency 2842 Neuse Blvd., New Bern, NC 28562
  • phone toll free 866 KIDS N NC

Educational & Developmental Intervention Services (EDIS)

  • provides multidisciplinary developmental evaluations and developmental services for children birth through 36 months who live in base housing; no cost to families for evaluations or services
  • mailing address: Naval Hospital Attn: EDIS, 100 Brewster Blvd., Camp Lejeune, NC 28547-2538
  • location: Berkeley Manor Medical Annex, 5400 Florida Ave., Camp Lejeune

ARC of North Carolina – http://www.arcnc.org

Throughout North Carolina, The Arc provides direct supports and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) that enable people to lead full rich lives in the community.

Autism Society of North Carolina

  • information, publications, support groups for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders; summer camp information
  • phone 800 442-2762; website http://www.autismsociety-nc.org

Autism Society of NC – Onslow County Chapter

  • meets 3rd Thursday of the month, 6:30 p.m @ Onslow Memorial Hospital, Education Bldg., Jacksonville
  • contact: Lynn Kudlacz at (816) 289-1268 or LynnKudlacz@yahoo.com

BEGINNINGS for Parents of Children Who Are Deaf or Hard of Hearing, Inc.

  • provides parent education, support, and resource information to parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing – no cost
  • call 800 541 HEAR; website http://www.ncbegin.com

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center

  • parent training center for the state of NC
  • provides parent manual for special education rights, information on specific diagnoses, free library by mail, workshops, and individual consultation about children’s educational rights – a free service
  • phone 1-800-962-6817 (Davidson, NC office); website http://www.ecac-parentcenter.org

Exceptional Family Member Program

  • military family members with special medical or educational needs should be enrolled to assist the military services in assigning appropriate duty stations, per USMC order and Navy Instruction
  • Camp Lejeune contact s: Exceptional Family Member Program Marine Corps Family Team Building, Brewster Blvd., Bldg. 40, MCB Camp Lejeune, 910 451-0176
  • MCAS New River members should contact Family Service Center, MCAS New River, 910 449-5247
  • Sponsors Camp Special Time, a free overnight respite care program held several times per year for children enrolled in EFMP
  • Camp Lejeune EFMP sponsors the Military Committee for Persons with Disabilities, a volunteer group which seeks to improve facilities & services for persons with disabilities
  • EFMP web site www.mccslejeune.com (click on main menu, then EFMP) lists many upcoming recreational, educational, & support group activities in its newsletter
  • Children in EFMP are eligible to receive up to 40 hours per month of free respite care; contact Child Care Aware at 800 424 2246 or www.naccrra.org/MilitaryPrograms/EFMP

Extended Care Health Option

The Extended Care Health Option (ECHO) supplements the basic TRICARE program by providing financial assistance for an integrated set of services and supplies. To use ECHO, qualified beneficairies must be enrolled in the  Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) as provided by the sponsor’s branch of service and register through ECHO case managers in each TRICARE region.

Family Support Network

  • central directory of resources, information and referral for North Carolina
  • coordinates parent support groups locally and statewide; matches parents with other parents in similar circumstances
  • printed information on specific health problems, diagnoses, and disabilities
  • phone 1-800-TLC-0042 (state office); website http://www.fsnnc.org

Governor Morehead Preschool Program –

  • home-based services for preschool-age children who have visual impairment
  • call 919 733 0533

Military Homefront – www.MilitaryHomeFront.dod.mil – see Troops and Families, Special Needs section

Military One Source – www.MilitaryOneSource.com or 800 342 9647

  • vast resources for military families, available 24/7

National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities (NICHCY)

  • provides resource information and referrals via internet and phone, publications, conference information, information on organizations
  • provides information on resources available in each state
  • access NICHCY at www.NICHCY.org or at 1 800 695-0285

North Carolina Early Intervention Library

  • large collection of print and video materials on early childhood and early intervention available for loan by mail
  • phone (828) 432-5267; web site www.ncei-eclibrary.org

North Carolina Early Intervention Web Site – www.ncei.org – explains North Carolina’s early intervention program

PARENTSS (Positive Action for Recreational & Educational Needs of Today’s Special Students)

  • local parent support/advocacy/family recreation group meets once a month for parent education/support or family recreational activities;
  • watch Jacksonville Daily News for meeting announcements

Respite Care Program – Onslow County Partnership for Children

  • provides up to 40 hours per month of free respite care for military family members registered with EFMP
  • services planned on a case-by-case basis
  • contact person: Holly Ramsey, Family Liaison @ 910 938 0336

Special Education Alliance (SEAL)

  • parent group meets to discuss families advocating for children’s educational needs & plan family activities 4th Thursday on alternate months at Onslow Memorial Hospital;
  • contact: Wendy Boyd (910) 577-3969 or webo5k@hotmail.com

Specialized Training of Military Parents (STOMP)

  • national parent training center for military families
  • telephone consultation for parents regarding educational rights and information at 800-5-PARENT (no cost)
  • web resources at www.stompproject.org
  • listserv – send a blank email to STOMP-subscribe@topica.com
  • will provide workshops for parent groups

TEACCH (Treatment and Education of Autistic and related Communication Handicapped Children)

  • state funded evaluation, treatment, and research centers
  • regional center is Wilmington TEACCH Center, 1320 South 16th St.,Wilmington, NC 28401; phone 910 251-5700; web site http://www.teacch.com updated Sep 2008