Special Needs Resources

Updated by Sarah Blackwell

We know it takes a village to raise a child, and sometimes parents need special support beyond our typical villages. That is why we created this directory of special needs resources that features local services and other supportive programs that benefit children with special needs and their families. We started this directory with the help of reader referrals and we continue to add to it and update it as often as we can.

If you are a parent of a child with special needs and know of a support program we should add to our list, please email Katie@TriadMomsOnMain.com. Just as parents rely on villages to raise children, we rely on the support and recommendations of readers to help us build a community of resources here on TMoM!

Local Support Services and Resources

ABC of NC Child Development Center
905 Friedberg Church Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27127
(336) 251-1180

ABC of NC Child Development Center is a non-public, not-for-profit center providing quality individualized diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational services using evidence-based practices in the field of autism treatment for children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and their families.  ABC of NC also has free parent and professional workshops open to the general public. Find ABC of NC on Facebook.

Amos Cottage
3325 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC  27103
(336) 713-7400

Amos Cottage Incorporated is dedicated to supporting programs offered by health-care providers for early diagnosis and treatment strategies for families and their children who have developmental disabilities and behavioral disorders, to help them live to their fullest potential.

Angel Heart Speech & Language Therapy, Inc.

Angel Heart Speech & Language Therapy Inc. serves children in their community by providing the tools they need to improve their ability to communicate with family, friends, and everyone in their community that they might meet. They specialize in pediatric services enabling children and their families to overcome their obstacles and improve their quality of life.

The Arc of Greensboro
14 Oak Branch Drive
Greensboro, NC  27407
(336) 373-1076

The Arc of Greensboro is an organization of and for people with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) and their families, promoting and protecting their human rights and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes. Find The Arc of Greensboro on Facebook.

The Arc of High Point
153 E Bellevue Drive
High Point, NC  27265
(336) 883-0650

The Arc of High Point is committed to securing for all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities the opportunity to choose and realize their goals of where and how they learn, live, work, and play.  Find them on Facebook here.

Autism Society of North Carolina
505 Oberlin Road, Suite 230
Raleigh, NC  27605
(919) 743-0204

The Autism Society of North Carolina is a statewide non-profit organization dedicated to providing support and promoting opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families. Find Autism Society of North Carolina on Facebook.

Bayada Pediatrics
(888) 670-0548
Click here to find your local office.

Whether your child is in the hospital, already home, or just needs some help at school, look to BAYADA Pediatrics to provide home health care services that are delivered with compassion, excellence, and reliability.  You can find them on Facebook here.

Burlington Recreation and Parks Special Populations Programs
Thataways Youth Center
1334 Overbrook Road
Burlington, NC  27215
(336) 222-5030

The Burlington Recreation and Parks department offers several programs for persons with developmental disabilities, such as dance and bingo nights.  They also offer TOPSoccer, where trained volunteers teach basic teamwork and communication skills to children with special needs.  You can find more information on TOPSoccer here.

Tom A. Finch YMCA
1010 Mendenhall Street
Thomasville, NC  27360
(336) 475-6125

Located at the Tom A. Finch YMCA in Thomasville, The CHAAMP program (Communities Helping All Achieve Maximum Potential) holds an event roughly once a month for school age kids with special needs. They have movies, bowling, Easter egg hunts, Halloween parties and more. They try to do something different each month. Some events involve the family and for some, parents can drop their kids off for the short time of the event.

Cherith Cottage
(704) 238-0585

Cherith Cottage offers a private cottage to caregivers for overnight respite. Caregivers include those taking care of children/adults with a disability; children with a life-threatening, chronic or terminal illness; aging parents unable to care for themselves.  Call Paula or John Roncace for reservations.

Cheshire Center
2500 N. Church Street
Greensboro, NC  27405
(336) 375-2240

The Chesire Center mission is to help families increase quality of life through the improvement of communication skills.  They provide pediatric Speech Language Therapy to children from birth through age 21 and Developmental Services (C.B.R.S.) to children from birth to age 3.

City of High Point Special Populations Department
Click here for a list of various facilities.

A wide variety of programs are offered, including bowling, adaptive anglers, and a special Olympics local track and field competition.

Community Access Therapy Services, Inc.
5 Dundas Circle, Suite B
Greensboro, NC
(336) 294-3338

Community Access Therapy Services offers pediatric therapy services for 0-21 years old with developmental delays, autism, AD/HD, Cerebral palsy, spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, or genetic disorders affecting development.

Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro
The Down Syndrome Network of Greater Greensboro is committed to enriching the lives of individuals with Down syndrome by connecting with new families, providing social and educational opportunities for members, and promoting awareness and inclusion of individuals with Down syndrome in our community. Contact Ellen Bishop at dsngginfo@gmail.com for additional information.

The Enrichment Center
1006 South Marshall Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
(336) 777-0076

The Enrichment Center is focused on empowering the lives of adults with disabilities through art, education, and employment.  Find them on Facebook here.

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center
907 Barra Row, Suites 102/103
Davidson, NC  28036
(704) 892-5028

The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center is a private, non-profit parent organization committed to improving the lives and education of all children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

Family Support Network of Central Carolina
801 Green Valley Road
Greensboro, NC  27408
(336) 832-6507

A non profit that serves families that have children with special needs (open to any diagnosis, at any age!) in Guilford and surrounding counties. They offer fun, free community events, support groups, parent mentors, and educational programs year round. They can be found on Facebook here, on Twitter @fsn_cc and Instagram @fsn_cc.

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth
4505 Shattalon Drive
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
(336) 703-4289

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth is an outreach program with a wide range of services and programs for families of children with special needs (medical, developmental, or other), such as parent-to-parent matches, sibshops, and mentor parent training.  They are affiliated with The Family Support Network of NC and currently serve Forsyth and surrounding counties.  There is no charge for any service they provide.

Footprints Case Management
(704) 412-2144, ext. 112

The Community Alternatives Program for Children (CAP/C) provides cost-effective home care for medically fragile children (through age 20) who would otherwise require long-term hospital care or nursing facility care. The program contributes to the quality of life for the children and their families/caregivers, while providing care that is cost-effective in comparison to the Medicaid cost for institutional care.  Owned and operated by a parent of three children with special needs they understand the unique challenges you face as parents.  You can find them on Facebook.

Horsepower Therapeutic Learning Center
8001 Leabourne Road
Colfax, NC  27235
(336) 931-1424

Horsepower provides therapeutic horseback riding and equine assisted therapy to individuals with disabilities, as well as able-bodied students.  Find them on Facebook here.

iCan House
862 West Fourth Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
(336) 723-0050

iCan House is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization registered in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The iCan House educates, supports, and enhances the lives of those with social challenges and their families. They do so by teaching social and life skills using our own unique, interactive and engaging curriculum. They currently offer more than 8 programs and using this positive approach, they help members learn life, social, and independence skills. By doing so, their members also develop a sense of belonging and purpose.  Find them on Facebook here.

Joshua’s Angel Center of the Carolina’s
1228 Lighting Cross Road
Boonville, NC

Joshua’s Angel Center of the Carolina’s is a non-profit horse recreation center for special needs or disabled children and adults.

Lewisville Titans Cheerleading Spirit Squad
Julia Murray Ezell

The Lewisville Titans have a special needs cheerleading squad called the Titan SPIRIT. They take special needs boys and girls ages 5 to 18. Practice is from 6-7 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and game day is on Saturdays.  The coaches are parents to children with special needs so they understand the best approach for your child.  You can find their Facebook page here.

Lindley Habilitation
Various offices located in Burlington, Clemmons, and Greensboro.  Click here for the office directory.

Lindley Habilitation Services specializes in helping persons with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities reach their fullest potential.  They provide Inovations I/DD Medicaid in home services, Day Program Services, AFL Services, as well as private pay care for the Innovations I/DD community.  You can also find them on Facebook here.

N.C. Infant-Toddler Program
5605 Six Forks Road
Raleigh, NC  27609
(919) 707-5520

The North Carolina Early Intervention Branch (NCEI) is a part of the N.C. Division of Public Health. It is the lead agency for the N.C. Infant-Toddler Program (ITP). The Infant-Toddler Program provides supports and services for families and their children, birth to three who have special needs.  Sixteen Children’s Developmental Services Agencies (CDSAs) across North Carolina work with local service providers to help families help their children succeed.

440 Central Avenue
Lexington, NC  27292
(336) 236-6546

OT4KIDS offers pediatric Occupational, Physical, Speech, Craniosacral, and Massage Therapy in Lexington, NC and the surrounding areas. Find them on Facebook here.

Peacehaven Community Farm
1458 NC Highway 61
Whitsett, NC  27377
(336) 449-9900

Peacehaven Community Farm seeks to connect people with special needs to the larger community through shared living and the work of  sustainable farm.  They offer an affordable housing community for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Find their Facebook page here.

Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network
4715 Yadkinville Road, #144
Pfafftown, NC  27040
(336) 739-3696

The Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network is a nonprofit organization which provides support and information to parents of children and adults with Down syndrome in the Piedmont area. Our aim is to support each other and enrich the lives of our children and adults so they can reach their full potential.  Visit their Facebook page or check out their private member discussion group.

Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
6825 Rolling View Drive
Tobaccoville, NC  27050
(336) 922-6426

Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center provides quality, professional equine assisted activities for both children and adults with special needs.

Triad First in Families
450 W Hanes Mill Road, Suite 223
Winston-Salem, NC
(336) 757-8721

Partnering with people with disabilities and/or their families by supporting their efforts to realize their dreams and achieve their goals.  TFIF hosts events, funding and scholarships, and more. Visit their Facebook Page here.

Triad Learning Disabilities Association
3310 Horse Pen Creek
Greensboro, NC

The Triad Learning Disabilities Association is dedicated to providing support to individuals with learning disabilities and their families.  They have monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of the month, September through May.

Tristan’s Quest, Inc.
115-A South Walnut Circle
Greensboro, NC  27409
(336) 547-7460

A nonprofit organization, Tristan’s Quest is devoted to meeting the diverse needs of children and young adults ages 3-21 with a variety of social, emotional, behavioral, and academic needs.  You can find their Facebook page here.

Events and Meet Ups

D.A.D.S (Dads Appreciating Down Syndrome)
Quincy Harvey, D.A.D.S. Director, qlharvey@tahotech.com
D.A.D.S. is an organization of fathers of children with Down Syndrome whose mission is to support and assist each other.  They meet on the last Tuesday of each month from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Guilford Dads’ Group (Family Support Network)
Meets at various locations around Greensboro, email support@fsncc.org for more information
An informal support group for dads with children of any age with any type of special needs. Meetings are generally held the third Monday of each month September through May.

Guilford Moms’ Group (Family Support Network)
Meets at various locations around Greensboro, email support@fsncc.org for more information
An informal support group for mothers with children of any age with any type of special needs. Meetings are generally held the first Thursday of each month September through May.

Happy Mama Conference and Retreat
The Happy Mama Retreat is a weekend away for moms of children with special needs, created by moms of children with special needs. Not just a spa weekend, not just an educational conference, not just a moms-only weekend away – it’s all three rolled into one. They want to help you gain community with other mothers who share your questions, concerns, worries, and fears. They want to provide education to help you advocate for your child and yourself, and to give you the tools to re-discover your own happiness. They want to nurture you with a beautiful setting and fun, relaxing activities. They want you to be happy, mama!  (Scholarships are available through the Tanji D. Dewberry Happy Mama Scholarship.) You can find the Happy Mama Retreat on Facebook.

iClub at iCan House
862 W. 4th Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
Call (336) 723-0050 or email info@icanhouse.com for more information

A club for children and youth, ages 8-14, in need of social skills training and who would benefit from the opportunity to make new friends and be part of a group.

Meet Up: Mamas of High Needs “Spirited” Children
Organized by Lauren Wemple, this group meets the first and third Friday of every month.  The cost is $10.  You must join the group online to find out where they meet.

The Saturday Club
Call (336) 727-2505

Support and socialization for teens and pre-teens with special needs.  Meets the third Saturday of the month.

Sensory Friendly Mondays at Kaleideum Downtown
(formerly The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem)
390 South Liberty Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
(336) 723-9111

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and sensory processing differences are invited to have a fun, enjoyable and interactive learning experience in a comfortable and accepting environment.  Sensory Friendly Mondays are offered one day per month, September – May, on Members Only Mondays (9:00 am-12:00 pm) when attendance is light.  You do not need to be a member in order to attend, but membership or admission is required.  Download a social narrative and visual schedule to help prepare for your visit by clicking here.

Sensory Storytime at McNairy
Glenn McNairy Public Library Branch
4860 Lake Jeanette Road
Greensboro, NC  27455
(336) 373-2015

Sensory Storytime is an interactive, structered storytime for children with special needs, ecspecially those on the autism spectrum.  It includes sensory activities and is intended for children who have difficulty sitting still or staying quiet.  All ages and siblings welcome.


Private Schools

LifeSpan Circle School
Address: 919 Stokes Street
Burlington, NC  27215
Phone: (336) 513-4250
Grades: Daycare for 6 weeks to 5 years
Specializes in: early intervention services from birth to until 3 years

Noble Academy
Address: 3310 Horse Pen Creek Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
Phone: (336) 282-7044
Grades: K to 12
Specializes in: math disabilities, central auditory processing disorder (CAPD), memory problems, written expression disability, AD/HD, dyslexia and other reading disabilities 

The Piedmont School
Address: 815 Old Mill Road
High Point, NC 27265
Phone: (336) 883-0992
Grades: K to 12th
Specializes in: learning disabilities and/or AD/HD

Triad Academy at Summit School
Address: 2100 Reynolda Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
Phone: (336) 722-2777
Grades: 1st to 8th
Specializes in: print based reading and written language difficulties

Public Schools

Carter High School
Address: 851 Highland Court
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
(336) 703-4119
9th to 12th
Specializes in:
transitioning high school students with special needs into life after high school

The Children’s Center
Address: 2315 Coliseum Drive
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
Phone: (336) 727-2440
Grades: PreK to 5th
Specializes in:
children with orthopedic and/or long-term chronic health impairments

Gateway Education Center
Address: 3205 E. Wendover Avenue
Greensboro, NC  27405
Phone: (336) 375-2575
Grades: ages 3 to 22
Specializes in: students with severe and multiple mental and/or physical disabilities

The Special Children’s School
4505 Shattalon Drive
Winston-Salem, NC  27106
(336) 703-4191
K to 5th
children with developmental and cognitive disabilities


905 Friedberg Church Road
Winston-Salem, NC  27127
(336) 251-1180
Ages: toddlers through age 21
Description: A summer day camp with evidence-based, therapeutic and instructional programs for children with autism spectrum disorder and typically developing peers.

Camp Ann
136 Northpoint Avenue
High Point, NC  27262
(336) 883-8519
Ages: 6+
Description: A weekly summer day camp program for children and adults with disabilities.

Camp Carefree
275 Carefree Lane
Stokesdale, NC  27357
(336) 427-0966
Ages: 6-16
Description: Since 1986, Camp Carefree has provided a free, one week camping experience for kids with chronic illnesses, including cancer, Spina Bifida, epilepsy and others.  Their program also includes camps for well sibilings of ill children, and a week for children with a sick parent.

Camp Green Leaves
Lake Cammack Park & Marina
4790 Union Ridge Road
Burlington, NC  27127
(336) 229-3148
Ages: 5-21
Description: A summer day camp for youth with developmental disabilities/delays in Alamance County.

Camp Imagine
1225 Camp Hanes Road
King, NC  27021
Description: A camp for campers with autism and related communication disorders and is held at Camp Hanes.

Camp Joy
Hagan Stone Park
5920 Hagan-Stone Road
Pleasant Garden, NC  27313
(336) 373-2954
Ages: 5 and up
Description:  Designed for campers with various disabilities, including but not limited to developmental disabilities and visual and hearing impairments.

Camp Jubilee
Betsy-Jeff Penn 4-H Educational Center
804 Cedar Lane
Reidsville, NC  27320
(336) 349-9445
Ages: 10 to adults
Description: Camp Jubilee is a 5 day, 4 night residential camp for individuals with mild to moderate intellectual and physical disabilities.

Summerfield First Baptist Church
2300 Scalesville Rd
Summerfield, NC 27358
Ages: 3 to 10+
Description: For children and young adults with special needs who have severe language or physical challenges. There will also be a week of camp specifically for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Camp Royall
250 Bill Ash Road
Moncure, NC  27559
(919) 542-1033
Ages: 4 to older adults
Description: Camp Royall is designed to provide a typical week of camp activities to people on the autism spectrum.

Camp SAY
179 Blue Star Way
Hendersonville, NC  28793
(828) 393-4244
Ages: 8-18
Description: At Camp SAY, young people who stutter have endless fun while building effective communication skills, developing greater independence and creating important friendships.

Camp Tekoa
211 Thomas Road
Hendersonville, NC  28739
(828) 692-6516
Ages: 18+, except for special elementary day camps which are ages 8-12
Description: Tekoa’s special needs camps offer fun activities for campers with developmental disabilities.  Campers must be ambulatory and able to feed, bathe, and cloth themselves.

EMF Discovery
The Music Academy of North Carolina
1327 Beaman Place, Suite 100
Greensboro, NC  27408
(336) 333-7450
Ages: rising 1st through 5th graders
Description: EMF Discovery is designed for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and are interested in music.

iCan Bike
Greensboro Coliseum
1921 W. Gate City Blvd.
Greensboro, NC  27403
(336) 207-1148
Ages: minimum of 8 years of age
Description: iCan Bike teaches people with disabilities to ride a two-wheel bicycle independently.

Imprints Cares Summer Enrichment
Imprints Cares on Broad
502 N. Broad Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
(336) 722-6296
Ages: diverse ages
Description: A day camp for ambulatory and diverse students with exceptional needs.

NC Summer Program for Kids
Noble Academy
3310 Horse Pen Creek Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 282-7044
Ages:7 to 13 years old
Description: A day camp program for children with AD/HD.

Noble Academy Summer Programs
Noble Academy
3310 Horse Pen Creek Road
Greensboro, NC 27410
(336) 282-7044
Ages: rising 3rd to 9th grade
Description: Language remediation program

The Piedmont School
815 Old Mill Road
High Point, NC 27265
(336) 883-0992
Ages: rising kindergarten through 6th grade
Description: Academic and interactive enrichment for students with learning differences and those without.

Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
6825 Rollingview Drive
Tobaccoville, NC  27050
(336) 922-6426
Ages: 3 through adult
Description: A day camp program for typically developing and exceptional students.

Victory Junction
4500 Adam’s Way
Randleman, NC 27317
(336) 498-9055
Ages: 6 to 16
Description: Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life changing camp experiences.


Parenting with Love and Logic by Foster Cline and Jim Fay

A Special Gift: A Devotional for Mothers of Children with Unique Challenges by Carrie Gruman-Trinkner

More Than a Mom: Living a Full And Balanced Life When Your Child Has Special Needs by Heather Fawcett, Amy Baskin

Held: Learning to Live in God’s Grip {A Bible Study for Special-Needs Parents} by Lee and Sandra Peoples

Empowering Your Child Who Has Special Needs by Debbie Salter Goodwin

Different Dream Parenting: A Practical Guide to Raising a Child with Special Needs by Jolene Philo

Raising a Sensory Smart Child: The Definitive Handbook for Helping Your Child with Sensory Processing Issues by Lindsey Biel, Nancy Peske

4 Life Skills Book Recommendations for Parents of Children with Special Needs from Gabriella Volpe

Websites And Online Communities

Wright’s Law
Parents, educators, advocates, and attorneys come to Wrightslaw for accurate, reliable information about special education law, education law, and advocacy for children with disabilities.

The Complete Caregiver
Their mission is to assist parent-caregivers of special needs and medically fragile kids by providing information, activities, resources and support to help them take care of themselves while being great caregivers to their children.  Link to their Facebook page here.

Key Ministry for Families
Key Ministry promotes meaningful connection between churches and families of kids with disabilities for the purpose of making disciples of Jesus Christ.  Link to Facebook here.

Special Needs Parenting Bloggers
Share, discuss, and ask questions about blogging and specific issues about special needs parenting and disabilities.

Special Needs Parents Support
This group is for special needs parents to support each other on their special needs journey. A safe place where there are only two rules: #1-Be kind and #2-Offer encouragement.

Parents of Medically Complex Kiddos- North Carolina
A place for North Carolina (only) Parents of Medically Complex Kiddos to network, socialize (MNO, zoo trips etc), referral lists, and more.

Top 100 Special Needs Resources on the Web

Triad NC Special Needs Parents Support
A place for networking, resource sharing, and social encouragement.

Food Allergy Families of the Triad
Food Allergy Families of the Triad provides food allergy education, support and allergen free activities for the Triad communities under Medical Advisor Dr. Jason W. Caldwell, D.O., of Wake Forest Baptist Health.

Dental Care Guidance for Caregivers of Patients with Down Syndrome

Caring 4 Our Kids – A resource for parents of kids with ASD, CFS, or Fibromyalgia suggested we share the following links with TMoM readers:

Autism Resources for Families
Sesame Street Autism Resources for Parents
Reduce the Noise: Help Loved Ones with Sensory Overload Enjoy Shopping
Creating a Home Where Your Child Can Thrive with a Disability
CDC Autism Links and Resources
Estate Planning for Parents of Special Needs Kids
Planning for the Future for Seniors with Special Needs
Operation Autism for Military Families
Moving with Special Needs Kids
Temple Grandin’s Teaching Tips

Personal Blogs

Brielle and Me: Cytomegalovirus (CMV) and cerebral palsy

Diary of a Mom: autism

Finding Cooper’s Voice: apraxia, autism

Gillian Marchenko: Down Syndrome, Moyamoya Disease, special needs adoption, depression

Singing Through the Rain: autism, sensory processing disorder, apraxia, feeding tubes

Wonderfully Made: autism

Support for Special Needs: families raising kids with special needs

Parenting isn’t Pretty: support for special education

MOM-Not Otherwise Specified: autism

Love That Max: cerebral palsy


Don’t forget that TMoM also has an entire category on its site dedicated to Special Needs. Click HERE to go directly to that category for additional articles and resources.

*Please note that Triad Moms on Main does not necessarily endorse the persons or businesses represented in our directory.

3 thoughts on “Special Needs Resources

  1. Kay Craig


    I need to find out if there is a group for spouses of blind person. Practical advice, how to get your house more organized for a blind person, etc.


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