Children with Disabilities

Children with Special Health Care Needs Help Line

The Help Line can be accessed through a toll free number to assist families whose children have special needs.  The Children and Youth Branch utilizes an extensive data base of services to help families navigate the service systems and obtain needed services for their children. 

Contact the Help Line at 1-800-737-3028

Care Coordination for Children (CC4C)

Care Coordination for Children is for families who need assistance with finding medical care, transportation, childcare, and financial aid to take care of their disabled child. They use community services to help children be raised in a healthy, safe, and nurturing environment.

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Early Intervention Program for Children Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing (EI/DHH)

The Early Intervention Program for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing provides services to children ages 0-3 who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deaf/blind, and to their families that focus on language and communication skill development. Professionals provide services both in the home and in child care settings.

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Governor Morehead Preschool for the Visually Impaired

The Governor Morehead Preschool provides preschool services for visually impaired children, focusing on improving mobility and educational assistance for children; as well as providing in school and at home assistive services to families that improve their ability to care and advocate for their child. 

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Preschool Exceptional Children

Since 1991, the Public Schools of North Carolina have entitled all three- four- and pre-k five-year-old children with disabilities a free and appropriate public education mandated through the federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Part B, Section 619 legislation. 

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NC Assistive Technology Program

NC ATP provides assistive technology to persons with disabilities to improve their independence and quality of life. They offer device demonstrations and loans as well as training.

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NC Infant-Toddler Program (ITP) - lead agency for the NC Early Intervention Branch (NCEI)

The NC Infant-Toddler Program provides support for eligible families with children aged birth-3 who have special needs. The program includes physical and occupational therapy for children, and support for families in an at home environment. 

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Respite Care

Respite Care provides temporary child-care assistance to parents or other caregivers. Services are usually short term (several hours to a couple of weeks) and target families with children with disabilities and/or special needs. 

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