New Hanover County Schools




Exceptional Student Welcome Packet

students walk the track in support of special olympics
NHCS Resources
New Hanover County School's Special Education webpage:
Parent and Community Information/Resources:
NHCS Special Education Program Descriptions: ProgramDescriptions.pdf - Google Drive
NHCS Special Education Services Grid: NHCS Service Grid (
Community Organizations
New Hanover County Special Education PTA
Blank Canvas Awareness Art – Local Dyslexia, ADHD, and ADD support: Specialized Tutoring in Jacksonville, NC (540) 841-8518

Coastal BUDS of Southeastern NC – Local Down Syndrome Network
Executive Director:
Family Support Network 910-792-6133
New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department Operation Lifesaver (Support for Elopement/Runners) Lifesaver Application-Confidential
high school student awards medal to elementary student at special olympics


About IDEA - Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

  • Monitoring and Enforcement of IDEA Compliance
  • Broken Promises: The Underfunding of IDEA
  • English Language Learners with Disabilities and IDEA
  • The Continued Segregation of Students with Disabilities
  • IDEA and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


  • From Emotions to Advocacy, Pam and Pete Wright
  • Reimagining Special Education, Jenna Mancino Rufo and Julie Causton
  • A Guide to Special Education Advocacy, Matthew Cohen
  • Special Education Law 2nd Edition, Pam and Pete Wright
  • All About IEPs, Pam and Pete Wright
  • Tests and Assessments, Pam and Pete Wright
  • Meaningful Inclusion for Students with Down Syndrome, Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress Educational Task Force
Behavior Support:
  • Supporting Positive Behavior for Children and Teens with Down Syndrome, David Stein


Acronyms! - Acronyms and their definitions (

ADA: American Disabilities Act
BIP: Behavior Improvement Plan
EC: Exceptional Children
ECATS: Every Child Accountability & Tracking System
ECS: Extended Content Standards
ESY: Extended School Year
FBA: Functional Behavior Assessment
IAS: Intensive Academic Services
IBS: Intensive Behavior Services
IDEA: Individual with Disabilities Education Act
IEE: Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP: Individualized Education Plan
ISCS: Intensive Social Communication Support
LRE: Least Restrictive Environment
OT: Occupational Therapy
PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
PT: Physical Therapy
SDA: Specially Designed Academics
SLP: Speech Language Pathologist
SCOS: Standard Course of Study

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