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Eligibility for Services

The Public Schools of North Carolina, Exceptional Children Division has a stated mission to ensure that students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of an appropriate individualized education program in the least restrictive environment. The Division provides local educational agencies detailed procedures for delivery of special education services through rules and regulations outlined in Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilities. 

Services are provided in the following areas of eligibility:

  • Austim
  • Serious Emotionally Disabled
  • Deaf
  • Deaf-Blind
  • Hearing Impaired
  • Intellectually Disabled
  • Multi-Handicapped
  • Orthopedically Impaired
  • Other Health Impaired
  • Specific Learning Disabled
  • Speech-Language-Impaired
  • Traumatic Brain Injured
  • Visually Impaired
  • Developmentally Delayed

*Preschool children with disabilities includes all three and four year old children and those five year old children who are ineligible for kindergarten and who because of permanent or temporary cognitive communication, social/emotional and/or adaptive disabilities are unable to have all of their developmental needs met in a natural environment without special education and related services. Preschool children with disabilities become eligible for services upon reaching their third birthday.

Non Public Schools

Non Public Schools

Craven County Schools is responsible for locating, identifying and evaluating students with disabilities as part of Child Find, to include students who are enrolled by their parents in private and home schools.

When a child from a Non Public School is referred for special education service, the parent needs to contact Exceptional Children's Director, Dr. Eleanor Patrick, to determine services available under the IDEA federal grant.

Parents with additional questions about the Child Find Process in private and home schools should contact the Exceptional Children's Department. 252-514-6344