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SPECIALTY:  A person who provides childcare for a young child (infant through preschool). Childcare can be at a daycare center, in-home, or with a friend or family member.

ROLE: Sometimes daycare providers or babysitters are the first to notice delays in development. If you need support with child care, daycares may be an option. It will be important to ask about their willingness to support your child with their needs. Daycare settings can provide a place to support social and communication goals if they are willing and have suggestions and ideas from providers and parents for how to support goals.

SPECIALTY:  School-based services are available for ages 3 and older. Teachers or EC coordinators may create education plans, provide school-based services, or coordinate services received at school.

ROLE:  Schools can give help for autism in many ways. A teacher or an Early Childhood coordinator might help you by putting together a school team to help your child, help you get the right help at the school, and talk with your providers from outside the school.

School staff members may put together a team to help your child, teachers may work on social, communication, and academic goals. Even front office staff and cafeteria staff may help a child with independence or self-help skills.

Learn more about special education services:

Early Childhood Coordinators by district
SPECIALTY: A person in the college setting (four-year or community college) who can provide support for students who have an identified disability.


College students may continue to need some support to make sure that they have academic success. A disability services coordinator can make sure a student gets the accommodations they may need in college. Some students may need note-takers or extra time on tests or assistance with organization and planning.  They may also provide support for a student to connect with other students or other activities on the campus.

Information about college for students who may have an identified disability:
Student Corner | Think College

SPECIALTY: Churches and spiritual organizations often provide a community for a family.

ROLE: Faith communities often have child activities that occur on-site during faith-related events. These activities provide opportunities for children to socialize and play with other children. Faith communities also provide families with support from other members of the community.

The Autism Society of North Carolina has a toolkit for Faith-Based communities to help them support families of autistic children:
Faith Toolkit | ASNC

ROLE: Parents of autistic children specialize in raising a child with autism. This is a special role that can only truly be understood by others who have also raised a child with autism.

Autism Support Groups

There are also support groups specifically designed for Black Families in North Carolina:
FACES for Autism

The Family Support Network connects parents with other parents to offer guidance and support:
Family Support Network of NC

The Work Together NC lists support groups across North Carolina and focuses on adolescent and adults:
Work Together NC - Find Services

Find parent support in your area. Enter parent support under keyword search and your zipcode under location.
Autism Society of NC Resource Directory

(enter your State and your child’s age)
Autism Speaks Resource Guide

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