2400 N. Croatan Hwy, Suite D PO Box 2539
Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
Phone 252-441-0614 Fax 252-441-3580

Special Needs & Disabilities

American Health & Human Services

504 E. Elizabeth City St, Suite 1
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

American Health & Human Services is committed to helping each child overcome their biological and environmental barriers. Participants in the program receive the one-on-one guidance and attention from qualified staff that will culminate into the reformation that the child and its family seek. Areas of therapeutic specialty include:

  • Behavior management for children with ADHD or ODD

  • Therapy for past traumatic experiences relating to physical abuse, neglect, domestic violence, and loss of biological family

  • Developing appropriate anger management techniques to effectively deal with life's issues

  • Pre-Adoption and Post-Adoption counseling for children and parents adopting difficult to place youth

Eligibility: Contact the American Health & Human Services to determine eligibility.

Fees: Fees vary- call for specific cost.

Angels of Dare

252-449-4757 or 252-261-5739
P.O. Box 1431
Kitty Hawk, NC 27949

A local support group for families and friends of children and adults with Down syndrome and other special needs. Excellent website offers information, resources, a lending library and contact information. Special Events: Annual Outer Banks Buddy Walk.

The National Down Syndrome Society was established in 1979 to ensure that all people with Down syndrome have the opportunity to achieve their full potential in community life. Since that time, this not-for-profit organization has become the largest non-governmental supporter of Down syndrome research in the United States. Today, NDSS continues to increase public awareness about Down syndrome and discover its underlying causes through research, education and advocacy.

Eligibility: Serves families and friends of children and adults with special needs.

Fees: None

Autism Society of North Carolina Outer Banks Chapter

Bobbi Wells (252)267-3366

The Autism Society is committed to providing support and promoting opportunities that will enhance the lives of individuals, families and professionals dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder. If you know someone or a family dealing with Autism, Aspergers or PDD-NOS, this group is for you!
Meetings are held the first Thursday of every month from 6:30-8:00 pm at Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church.
A coffee gathering for families of individuals with Autism takes place at The Beach Bread Company the third Thursday of every month at 9:30 AM.

Eligibility: Open to all.

Fees: Free. Although if you would like to have membership with the Autism Society of NC, you will receive benefits and a portion of your membership fee can be directed to support the OBX Chapter!

Children's Developmental Services Agency (CDSA)

252 338-4044 or 1-800-466-9264
1417 Parkview Drive
P.O. Box 189, Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Provides evaluation and early intervention services for children with developmental delays or certain medical and neurological conditions associated with developmental delays. Early Childhood Intervention through the North Carolina Infant-Toddler Program are provided for children from birth to three years of age that are found eligible for the program. These services provide parents with support services and resources for the child and the parent. Satellite Office Kill Devil Hills, PO Box 7431. Please contact Early Intervention Service Coordinator in Kill Devil Hills or the Elizabeth City office to make a referral.

Eligibility: Any child aged birth to three is eligible for evaluation based on a developmental concern or certain medical/neurological conditions; CDSA serves Dare County and nine other counties across the area.

Fees: Evaluation and Early Intervention service coordination services are offered at no cost to families: Private insurance and Medicaid are billed. Specialized therapies and Community Based Rehabilation Services over five hours a month are subject to sliding scale based fees.

CLEFTLINE Cleft Palate Foundation

1504 East Franklin Street, Suite 102
Chapel Hill, NC 27514

The Cleft Palate Foundation (CPF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to assisting individuals with birth defects of the head and neck, and their families. Their mission is to enhance the quality of life for individuals with congenital facial deformities and their families through education, research support, and the facilitation of family-centered care. CLEFTLINE is an 800-toll free service providing information to callers about clefts and other craniofacial anomalies. Brochures, fact sheets, and information are distributed free to families.

Eligibility: Serves individuals with congenital facial deformities and their families.

Fees: None

Community Alternative Program for Children (CAP-C) Dare County Department of Public Health

109 Exeter Street
P.O. Box 1000, Manteo, NC 27954

Community Alternative Program for Children (CAP-C) is a community based care program serving medically fragile, high risk children. It is designed to allow eligible children to remain at home who would otherwise require institutional level care. Services available through this program are designed to address the unique in-home needs of each care recipient.

Eligibility: Children from birth to 19 years of age who are medically fragile and disabled and are in need of home care to prevent institutionalization

Fees: Medicaid covers the cost of this program. Eligibility is based on the child's income and resources. The CAP/C program is a Medicaid Waiver program.

Services to Meet Special Needs of the Blind Dare County Department of Social Services

107 Exeter Street
P.O. Box 669, Manteo, NC 27954
Buxton: 252-475-9320

Provision of services by State employees of the State Commission of the Blind whose workers are based in the DSS building. Services include low vision assessment and services to enhance independent living.

Eligibility: Contact DSS to determine eligibility.

Fees: None

Preschool Disabilities Program Dare County Schools


Provides special educational and related services to preschoolers ages 3 and 4 (as well as those 5 year olds who are ineligible for kindergarten because of birth date) who have special needs. Many of the children who receive services through the Preschool Program have transitioned from the Infant-Toddler Program. Children can receive services in a variety of settings including their homes, preschool classrooms, childcare programs, Head Start, etc.

Eligibility: To qualify for the Preschool Program, children must meet the North Carolina preschool eligibility criteria. These criteria include having developmental delays, disabilities, or atypical development (social, emotional, or behavioral needs).

Fees: None

Child Find Announcement Dare County Schools

480-8888 ext. 1926

As part of DCS continued Child Find efforts, Dare County Schools is seeking to locate children who have, or are suspected of having a disability. This Child Find is for children between the ages of 3 through 21, who are not presently receiving services from Dare County Schools. Children with disabilities would include: autistic, behaviorally-emotionally impaired, deaf-blind, hearing impaired, mentally disabled, multi-handicapped, orthopedically impaired, other health impaired, developmental delayed, specific learning disabled, speech-language impaired, traumatic brain injury, and visually impaired.

For more information, contact your child's principal if applicable or George M. Graham Jr., Director for Exceptional Children and section 504, Dare County Schools, at 480-8888 ext. 1926

Disability Rights North Carolina

3724 National Drive, Suite 100
Raleigh, NC 27612

GACPD is a protection and advocacy agency in North Carolina that protects the rights of people with disabilities. It does not matter if you live in your family's home, in a group home, in your own apartment or in an institution. You have the right to: send and get unopened mail, eat healthy food, use the telephone, have visitors, get married, have privacy, go outdoors, enjoy social activities, be free from abuse, wear your own clothes and have your own belongings, vote, go to church, and receive treatment and services. This information is available in Braille, on cassette tape or computer disk.

Eligibility: GACPD serves people with disabilities, their families, or their representatives.

Fees: None

Community Alternatives Program for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (CAP-MR/DD) East Carolina Behavioral Health (ECBH)


East Carolina Behavioral Health will provide screening, triage, and referrals to a wide range of developmental disability, substance abuse or mental health service providers within ECBH area.

Community Alternatives Program for Persons with Developmental Disabilities (CAP-MR/DD) which is a program designed to give persons with mental retardation/developmental disabilities a cost-effective alternative to institutionalized care. Services and support are varied, flexible and may include: Case management, Home and Community Supports, Developmental Day Supports
Family training, Medicaid medical supplies, Respite care, Vehicle adaptations

State Funded Services for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities that meet criteria for individual services based on severity of disability and may include:
Day Activity, Developmental Therapy, Supervised Living, Group Living, Personal Assistance
Long Term Supportive Employment, Respite, Targeted Case Management.

Systems of Care Community Collaborative that fosters cooperative partnerships between individuals who receive services, families, private providers, civic organizations, the faith community, and other community resources. For all 19 counties of ECBH.

The Community Collaborative: Works to ensure a broad, flexible array of community-based services and supports, helps address complex physical, emotional, behavioral, social, educational, and/or safety needs of individuals and families, identifies gaps in services and supports, educates the community about available resources and how to access resources, also supports the Person Centered Team who develop and implement the Person-Centered Plans, which are strength-based, responsive to cultural differences, and individualized according to the individual and family’s unique strengths and needs.

Eligibility: Children or adults with mental retardation or developmental disabilities who are in need of home care to prevent institutionalization

Fees: Eligibility is based on the client's income and resources.

Eastern NC Early Intervention Program for Children who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing

517 W. Fleming Dr.
Morganton, NC 28655

Teachers licensed in deaf education through the Department of Public Instruction provide educational services to infants and toddlers who have a hearing loss and their families. The level of service is based on the needs of individual children but typically consists of weekly or bi-weekly sessions lasting approximately 60 to 90 minutes each. Activities are designed by the teacher to foster the child’s overall communication skills through either an auditory-based or signing-based approached. The parents or caregivers choose a communication mode that best fits the needs of their children and families are encouraged to participate in the sessions that are carried out in the child's most natural environment. Through these "Parent Participation Sessions", the teacher coaches the parents or caregivers in the use of strategies to use throughout the week during daily play activities, routines and communicative interactions. In addition to direct specialized instruction, assessments are conducted on every child, and families may receive additional instruction from a sign language specialist and/or consultation from a speech/language pathologist. Collaboration with the local CDSAs, private providers, and public school preschool programs is provided to ensure the child and families total needs are met.

Eligibility: Serves children who are deaf or hard of hearing birth to three years.

Fees: None

Exceptional Children's Assistance Center (ECAC)

907 Barra Row, Suites 102/103
Davidson, NC 28036

ECAC is a private non-profit organization committed to improving the lives and education of all children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities. Federally funded ECAC is the Parent Training and Information Center for NC. ECAC offers a variety of services for parents and families, including:

  • Individual assistance with educational problems

  • Parent education workshops, information and referral services

  • A newsletter and lending library

  • Information and assistance to parent groups and parent-to-parent support groups

Eligibility: Serves family members of children with special needs and interested professionals.

Fees: Services are free for family members, with a nominal fee for other persons.

Family Support Network of North Carolina - Central Directory of Resources


Family Support Network of North Carolina (FSN-NC) promotes and provides support for families with children who have special needs. Through a statewide network of affiliated local programs, families can access parent-to-parent support, information, workshops, and other activities. Disability-specific information and information about resources is available from Resource Specialists at the Central Directory of Resources (1-800-852-0042) and on the website www.fsnnc.org . FSN-NC promotes and provides families with support through a variety of activities offered by local programs and the State office. For local program information call Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County/ Family Support Network of Northeastern NC-Dare County at 252-441-0614.

Eligibility: Serves families with children who have special needs and the professionals who work with them.

Fees: None

Governor Morehead Preschool Program

2303 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699

The Governor Morehead Preschool Program prepares children with visual impairments to function successfully and independently in a wide variety of community and kindergarten placements. Teachers based in satellite locations visit the children in their homes or in their community-based child care centers. Services available include: an in-depth developmental evaluation, functional vision evaluation and training, orientation and mobility training, pre-Braille and Braille training, and parent support activities. Parents also receive training and support, so they can take an active role in their child's progress.

Eligibility: Serves children birth to five with a visual impairment.

Fees: None

Monarch Beach Club of Dare

823 N. US Highway 64
Manteo, NC 27954

The Monarch Beach Club of Dare provides challenging and meaningful experiences to individuals with intellectual and or developmental disabilities ages 18 and up. There is also a summer program that starts at age 16. The Monarch Beach Club of Dare encourages independence, creative thinking and ensuring that people’s dreams are heard and realized. Members are very engaged in the community and are active participants and partners in a variety of volunteer activities. The Monarch Beach Club of Dare in partnership with the Dare Board of Education has developed a high school transition program thus creating a smooth and seamless transition from one stage of life to the next.

Eligibility: Must be age 18 and over and have a primary diagnosis of Intellectual and or Developmental Disability.There is also a summer program that starts at age 16.

Fees: Accepts Medicaid (CAP) and Private Pay

Special Olympics Dare County

304 E. Admiral St
Nags Head, NC 27959
252-256-0347 (cell), 252-256-8347 (home)

DC Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for people with mental retardation or closely related developmental disabilities. Athletes may participate in sports such as Bocce Bowling, basketball, aquatics, and more. The athletes are given continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills, and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes, and the community.

Eligibility: Open to every person with mental retardation or closely related developmental disabilities who is at least eight years of age.

Fees: No cost to athletes.

The Arc of North Carolina


The ARC of North Carolina and its 39 local chapters, are committed to promoting and improving support and services for people with congitive, intellectual and other developmental disabilities and their families.

Eligibility: Serves all individuals with cognitive, intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

Fees: Some local chapters may charge a fee for certain services.