Overviews: Disability and Education in North Carolina
A Parent’s Guide to Special Education in North Carolina (Duke Children’s Law Clinic)
Parent Rights & Responsibilities in Special Education: NC Notice of Procedural Safeguards (North Carolina Department of Public Instruction)
Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities (North Carolina Department of Public Instruction)
Special Education Determination Process
Who can refer a child for Special Education Services?
- Durham Public Schools is responsible for locating, identifying and evaluating students with disabilities who are enrolled in a school within the district. This process is referred to as Project Child Find Learn More about on the Child Find FAQ page
- Parents/Guardians of children ages three to twenty-one years old that suspect delays in the development of academic, speech-language, readiness, motor, social-behavior, and self-help skills. Parents should contact the EC Services Coordinator or the 504 Coordinator at their student’s home school and submit a written request for an evaluation for services consideration.
- Students may contact their school or exceptional children program once they reach 18, the majority in the State of North Carolina, because the ability to make educational decisions and procedural safeguards transfers to them at that time (unless a guardian has been appointed to represent the student.)
The district provides special education and related services according to the federal mandates of the Individuals with Disabilities Act and the regulations of North Carolina Public School Law, Article 9.
This website is the product of a partnership between Durham Public School Exceptional Children Services Department, the Durham Special Needs Advisory Council, and the Community Equity, Data & Information Lab at the UNC Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science.