North Carolina

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act but defines mild, moderate, severe and profound levels of functioning
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disability and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at Guiding Practices: Implementing Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities (Pages 4 and 94).

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, North Carolina reported the following:

  • Autism - 14,349 students, sixth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 17,550 students, fourth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 5,918 students, seventh highest among disability populations

Support service structure

North Carolina's Public Schools of North Carolina State Board of Education, Exceptional Children monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools.

Task forces

North Carolina does not have a disability task force.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

North Carolina does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

North Carolina's Tax Credit for Children with Disabilities Who Require Special Education provides a personal tax credit for special education expenses.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder services

North Carolina has not enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, North Carolina had 124 supervisors (direct service providers) and 503 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

The Exceptional Children's Assistance Center is North Carolina's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support is provided by the Hope Parent Resource Center for Catawba, Caldwell, Alexander, Burke and McDowell counties and by FIRST for Buncombe, Henderson and Madison counties.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in North Carolina are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

North Carolina is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at resources and Family Support Network.

Military education resources

Information and resources specifically identified for military-connected families in North Carolina may be found at military education resources.

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