Wake County


Jodi Kopala

GCF Family Support Services® Calendar of Events

Community Events

Social Media Connections

Support Groups

Resources for Wake County


Adults and Teens

Able to Serve

Alliance of Disability Advocates

The Arc of the Triangle

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities - Social Skills Group for Teenagers and Young Adults.

Coffee Houses – The Serving Cup

Community Workforce Solutions

Doctors – List of Doctors who accept Medicaid


The Arc of North Carolina – LIFEguardianship

Disability Rights North Carolina

Wake County Clerk of Court – Special Proceedings

Life Experiences

Next StepAn information group for persons interested in residential options for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Pathways for People

The Power of the Dream – Advocate and create jobs for adults with autism and/or other intellectual developmental disabilities (IDD)

Project SEE - A summer internship program for Wake County high school age students with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

Raleigh Parks and Recreation

“Take Flight” Club – Social Club for Teens and Adults with Autism – 3 Irish Jewels Farm

Wake Enterprises – Provides vocational and social opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities


Alliance of Disability Advocates


Disability Rights NC

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center

NC Council on Developmental Disabilities

Triangle Parent Navigator


After School Care / Track Out Options

Bright Horizons - offers Track Out and before and after school care

Camp Bluebird – 3 Irish Jewels Farm - Track-Out Programs (Track 4)

Raleigh Parks & Recreation

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare

Alliance of Disability Advocates

Arc of the Triangle



Autism Society of America

Autism Society of North Carolina

Autism Society of North Carolina – Wake County Chapter

Autism Speaks

Camp Royall

Carolina Center for Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Treatment

My Circle of Girls – www.facebook.com/mycircleofgirls – A social and service group offering monthly activities for girls living with autism, ages 2-6 and 7-11, in the Triangle and beyond.

“Take Flight” Club – Social Club for Teens and Adults with Autism – 3 Irish Jewels Farm

“Baby Sense”weekly group for parents and their babies focusing on helping parents make “sense” of their baby’s nonverbal cues.


Triangle Behavioral and Educational Solutions

Camps/Summer Programs

2015 Summer Camp Directory

Camp Bluebird – 3 Irish Jewels Farm, Grades K-5

Camp GRACE – Kraft Family YMCA

Camp GRACE – A.E. Finley YMCA

Camp Royall - for people on the autism spectrum

Constraint Induced Movement Therapy Camp – Pediatric Therapy Associates

Summer Camp – The Aspen Center, ages 2-6

Summer Camp – Capitol City Speech Therapy

Summer Camp – Developmental Therapy Associates

Summer Camp – Tammy Lynn Center – ages 3-18

Surfers Healing

CAP Program – Wake County Human Services

Care Notebook- Organize all the paperwork associated with having a family member with special needs


Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC) - Care Notebook

Family Voices

National Center for Medical Home Implementation – Building Your Care Notebook

Seattle Children’s Hospital – The Center for Children with Special Needs – Build a Care Notebook for Your Child

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities  – CIDD

Carolina Parent’s Family Guide to Special Needs Resources in the Triangle

CC4C – Care Coordination for Children
Program designed to help families improve health outcomes for children from birth to age 5 who qualify for services

Charter Schools – list of Charter Schools in North Carolina

Child Care Services Association


Coffeehouse Information

The Serving Cup


North Carolina Post-Secondary Education Options for Students with I/DD

Think College – College Options for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Community Partnerships, Inc.


Biomedical Doctors (formerly known as DAN Doctors)



Ear, Nose and Throat Doctors


Eye Doctors and Vision Therapy





Emergency Preparedness Plan

American Red Cross – Preparing for Disaster for People with Disabilities and other Special Needs

FEMA - Emergency Planning

Financial/Future Planning

The Arc – Center for Future Planning

First in Families of North Carolina

GCF LearnFree - Free Online Learning

Gluten Free/Celiac Resources

The Celiac Cakery

Celiac Disease Support Group – WakeMed Cary

Raleigh Cel-Kids - Celiac support group

Homeschooling – GIFTSNC

Mental Health

Hope Services, LLC

NAMI North Carolina

NC Innovations Waiver

Alliance Behavioral Healthcare

Consumer and Family Handbooks

Disability Rights NC

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction – Exceptional Children

Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities – Amended July 2014

North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program (NC ITP)  – Early Intervention

Numotion Specializes in mobility & seating

Pathways for People

Private Schools

Just Right Academy

The Mariposa School for Children with Autism

Project Enlightenment - offers resources and services for teacher and parents of young children birth through kindergarten.

Project Lifesavera rapid response program that locates people with brain disorders (i.e., Alzheimer’s, Autism, Down’s Syndrome, and Dementia) who wander away from their caregivers.

Recreation/Social Activities

Abilities Dance – free dance classes for individuals with intellectual disabilities

Abilities Indoor Soccer League

Able to Serve – for adults

ACCESS North Carolina – A Guide to Travel Site Accessibility

Bridge II Sports

Capital Area Soccer League (CASL) – TOPSoccer

Cary Parks and Recreation

Consolidated Football Federation – Challenger Program – Pop Warner Football

Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) – Museum Access for Kids – Field trips designed for school age students with disabilities

Creativity in Motion - Dance class

Dance Dynamics - Miracles in Motion – Dance classes

Defy Gravity – Special Needs Night

Holly Springs School of Dance - Shining Stars dance class

Kids Together Playground

Macaroni Kids – list of local activities in North Raleigh

Macaroni Kids – list of local activities in Cary, Apex and Holly Springs

Marbles Kids Museum - Family Fun Nights

The Miracle League of the Triangle – Baseball

My Favorite CardioTherapeutic Martial Arts

ParkGeek – information on local parks

Raleigh Little Theatre

Raleigh Parks and Recreation

The Route Fitness – Personalized fitness for those with special needs

Sassafras All Children’s Playground

Sensory Friendly Movies – AMC Theaters

Special Olympics North Carolina

Special Olympics Wake County

Studio Five Dance Company - High Five Buddies Dance Program

The Wake Forest Dream League - Baseball



Buddy Break – respite care program provided through partnerships with local churches

Friday Night Friends

Greystone Baptist Church – Buddy Break respite program

Richland Creek Community Church – Revive – Monthly respite program

Tammy Lynn Center

Sibling Support

Sibling Support Project – Program dedicated to the concerns of brothers and sisters of people with special needs

SibNet – for adult siblings
SibTeen – Facebook group for teenage siblings
Sib20 – Facebook group for twenty-something siblings

Sibshops – GCF Family Support Services®

Special Needs Ministry at Brooks Avenue Church of Christ

Lyft - A support group for teens (ages 13-18) who have  a sibling with special needs.

Tips for Siblings Visiting the NICU

Social Skills

Advantage Therapy

Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities

Developmental Therapy Associates, Inc.

Flip Educational Consultants

Learn with the Best

Let’s Talk Speech & Language Services

Pediatric Therapy Associates

Social Butterflies – The Mariposa School for Children with Autism

Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities – Building Blocks Developmental Play Group – ages 18 months – 3 years old

The Aspen Center

Smart Start of Wake County

Wake ConnectionsLinks to home-based services for pregnant women, first-time moms, infants and toddlers.

Support Groups

Cerebral Palsy Support Group – The Arc of the Triangle

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Triangle Area Support Group

The Next Step – An information group for persons interested in residential options for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Special Blessings

Triangle Area – Epilepsy Parent Support Group – Support group for parents of children with Epilepsy

Wake County Cerebral Palsy Support Group – email – wakecpparents@gmail.com

Tammy Lynn Center for Developmental Disabilities



Music Therapy

Abilitations Children’s Therapy & Wellness Center – The Carolina Center for Music Therapy

Pediatric Therapy Associates

Voices Together

Pediatric Therapists (OT, ST, PT)

Therapeutic Riding (Horseback Riding)

Helping Horse Therapeutic Riding Program

Horse & Buddy

Horses for Hope

Reins from Above

Triangle Area CHADD

Triangle Down Syndrome Network


Creative Tutors

Creativity in Motion

Learn with the Best

Universal Design

Access Homes NC - Information on Accessible homes and Universal Design

Alliance of Disability Advocates – Housing and Rental Resources

Expertise.com – Home Remodeling for Disability and Special Needs:  What You Need to Know

Wake County Public Schools

Parent Academy

Proposed Regional Program Locations – 2015-2016

Special Education Advisory Council (SEAC)

Special Education Services 2013-14 Supplemental Guide for Parents

Special Education Services 2013-14 Supplemental Guide for Parents – Spanish

Wake County Public Schools

Wake County Public Schools – Special Education

Wake County Public Schools – Special Education Glossary and Acronym Finder

Wake County Special Education & Inclusion Committee (formerly SEPTA)

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