Local Resources

Disclaimer: PDSSN does not endorse or recommend any of the organizations listed.  This list represents resources and organizations recommended by local families or professionals. It is not exhaustive.  However, if you have a good experience and would like to recommend other resources for this list, please send them to info@pdssn.org for inclusion in our next revision.

Autism Society of Forsyth County
This organization offers Parents Night Out, support groups, informational membership meetings, seminars, workshops, and Camp Imagine. For more info contact: https://www.facebook.com/groups/141963412503351/ and  www.autismsocietyfc.org.


Beginnings for Parents of Hearing-Impaired Children
Beginnings provides emotional support & access to information as a central resource for families whose children, birth to age 21, are deaf or hard of hearing. 1-800-556-2796; www.ncbegin.org.

Brenner Children’s Hospital’s Pediatric Development and Behavior
Brenner Children’s pediatricians provide medical and neurodevelopmental evaluations and treatment for children with diagnosed or suspected developmental disabilities. They operate a multidisciplinary developmental evaluation clinic for children up to age five and a regional intensive care nursery program follow-up clinic. Programs include:

  • Pediatric Eating, Assessment and Treatment Program (KIDS-EAT): a multi-specialty clinic and treatment program for oral feeding disorders. Contact 336-713-7429 for more information.
  • Augmentative Communication and Assistive Learning Clinic: a multidisciplinary program that offers prescriptive evaluations, treatment and outreach services to children with expressive language impairments who have the ability to communicate and interact with assistive devices. Contact (336) 713-4500.
  • The Amos Cottage Therapeutic Day Program (TDP): licensed through the Division of Health and Human Services and is fully accredited. The program serves children ages 3-7 who are experiencing significant social, emotional, and/or behavioral challenges that are causing a disruption in their classroom setting. The TDP employs a multi-disciplinary team approach throughout the treatment process, including the family in every phase of treatment. A licensed Winston-Salem Forsyth County teacher provides academics while the child is in treatment. Detailed program information can be obtained by calling 336-713-7443.

Cardinal Innovations Healthcare (CI)
Cardinal Innovations Healthcare (CI) is a state-mandated Local Management Entity and Medicaid-funded Managed Care Organization in charge of overseeing the delivery of publicly funded mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse services in Forsyth, Stokes, Davie and Rockingham Counties.  CI works closely with community partners, advocates and service providers to address the service needs of the people and communities we serve.  To find out if you or your family member is eligible to receive NC Innovations services, contact CI at 800-939-5911. Website: www.cardinalinnovations.org.

Children’s Developmental Services Agency (CDSA)
The CDSA, located at Amos Cottage, is charged with the responsibility of providing evaluations for infants and toddlers, birth to age three, and Service Coordination for their families. The agency runs on the interdisciplinary model and has a variety of specialists in the pediatric field. The Winston-Salem CDSA serves families in Forsyth, Stokes, Davie, Surry, Yadkin and Davidson counties. The CDSA is operated under a contractual agreement between Wake Forest University Medical School and North Carolina’s Infant-Toddler program. There is no fee for evaluation and Service Coordination services. For more information, visit their website at Brennerchildrens.org/CDSA/ or call (336) 713-7412.

Community Grants
PDSSN has established a Community Support Grant program to support local events that highlight and support the mission of PDSSN. Grants will be awarded at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Priority will be given to Non-profit organizations whose activities meet the mission of the PDSSN.

Disability Rights North Carolina
Disability Rights North Carolina is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Raleigh. Its team of attorneys, advocates, paralegals and support staff provide advocacy and legal services at no charge for people with disabilities across North Carolina. As the state’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system, Disability Rights North Carolina is charged with protecting the rights of children and adults with disabilities living in North Carolina. For assistance, contact Disability Rights NC at 919-856-2195; email: info@disabilityrightsnc.org or  www.disabilityrightsnc.org.

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC)
ECAC is a private non-profit organization that is operated by and staffed primarily with parents of children with disabilities and special health care needs.  ECAC is committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children through a special emphasis on children with disabilities.  ECAC affirms the right of all individuals, from all backgrounds and cultures, with or without disabilities, to an appropriate education and other needed services.  ECAC seeks to make that right a reality by providing information, education, outreach, and support to and for families with children across the state of North Carolina.  To learn about the information and resources ECAC provides, visit their website at www.ecac-parentcenter.org or call them at 704-892-1321.

Exceptional Families
Parents of children with special needs meet with a guest “expert” to discuss topics of interest, share experiences, and learn from each other.  The program meets ten months of year on the last Thursday of the month at Little Creek Recreation Center in Winston-Salem.  Childcare and a light supper are available with advance notice.  The Piedmont Down Syndrome Support Network and the Family Support Network sponsor this program. Call Chris Gentry at 336-703-4289 or email chrisfsn@thecfec.org to register.

Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth (FSN)
The Family Support Network of Greater Forsyth believes that the greatest asset that a child with special needs can have is a strong support system. FSN strives to strengthen families and to enhance the lives of children with special needs by working with all members of their families and the professionals who serve them.  FSN provides services free of charge to family members of children with special needs as well as others who care for them, including guardians, professionals, and caregivers.  To learn about the information and resources provided by FSN, visit the website at www.fsngreaterforsyth.com or call them at (336) 924-5301.

Imprints Cares
Imprints Cares is a 501(c)(3) non-profit agency committed to helping families with young children thrive.  They help families nurture and prepare their children for success through individual and group parent education, collaborations, and referrals.  Through their programs, they support parents in our community because they believe that family is critical to the success and well-being of every child, and that parents are children’s first and best teachers.  Imprints can show parents how to make the most of their children’s early learning experiences.  Intensive services include home visits for families from pregnancy to preschool, developmental screenings and strategies for school readiness, and after school programs that provide children with easily accessible and developmentally appropriate care.   To learn about the information and resources provided by Imprints, visit ImprintsCares.org or call them at (336) 722-6296.

Innovations Waiver (Previously CAP I/DD)
The North Carolina Innovations Waiver provides services and supports to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities to have a life in the community of their choice, which includes where they live, how they spend their day, have fun and build relationships. Waivers provide access to Medicaid funding for eligible individuals for whom states may “waive” certain Medicaid requirements. Provisions include support resources necessary for the family to meet the consumer’s needs without undue emotional, financial, or physical stress.  There is limited funding available and a wait list for this program.  To have your child evaluated for eligibility for the waiver and to be placed on the wait list, send an email stating that you’d like your child placed on the Innovation Waiver wait list to Registry@CardinalInnovations.org or call (800) 939-5911.

La Leche League (LLL)
La Leche League’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. All breastfeeding mothers and pregnant women interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend our meetings or call our Leaders for breastfeeding help. For contact info, visit www.lllofnc.org/groups/winstonsalem/.

Local Lending Library
PDSSN regularly donates lending library materials to the Special Children’s School library in Winston-Salem, NC.  These materials can be borrowed by contacting the Special Children’s School at 336-703-4289.

Mended Little Hearts
Mended Little Hearts is a support group for families of children who born with heart defects and/or who develop heart disease in childhood…because ‘Little Hearts Hold Big Hopes!  Contact Valerie King at (336) 466-0705 or at advocacy@mendedlittlehearts.org. Visit the website at www.piedmontmlhtinman.org.

North Carolina Assistive Technology Program (NCATP)
The NCATP is a state and federally funded program that provides assistive technology services statewide to people of all ages and abilities. They promote independence for people with disabilities through access to technology. For info, contact 336-716-8030 or visit www.ncatp.org.

Parks and Recreation: Special Populations Programs provides many programs different ages and interests.  Some of the programs include: Unique Seniors; Aquabilities (offered in July); Community Reintegration; Helping Hands; Sittercise; Life Skills (Spring & Fall); Friday Socialites; and more.  To learn about their programs, click here to visit their website.

Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center
Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center provides quality, professional equine assisted activities for both children and adults with special needs. Equine assisted activities help to improve muscle tone, balance, posture, coordination and motor development as well as emotional well being. For info: www.riverwoodtrc.org or 336-922-6426.

School System Resources

  • Davie County School – Their goal is to provide appropriate educational opportunities to all children in their district who have a disability and are in need of special education services. Contact 336-751-2491.
  • Stokes County Schools – Provide education for children with special needs, developmental delays, and intellectual disabilities from age 3 years to 21 years through their programs for exceptional children.  Contact 336-593-8146.
  • Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools – Programs for Exceptional Children provide education for eligible children with special needs, ages three to 21. 336-727-2083.
  • Rockingham County Schools – The Rockingham County Schools (RCS) has extensive programs to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Students receive services in a variety of settings. RCS has model inclusive practices and provides observation sites and training for North Carolina. Contact 336-627-2705.

Simply Therapy 
Simply Therapy provides speech and language therapy services to children of all ages with a variety of speech and/or language delays and disorders. Services are provided in the office, in clients’ homes, in community settings, in schools and in after-school programs within the Winston-Salem, Kernersville and Greensboro areas.  Visit www.simplytherapypc.com for more information.

Social Animals, Celebrating Adult Neurodiversity 
Come join the Social Animals Group for adults with intellectual disabilities, ages 18 and older.  This is a fun social time to meet other adults, build friendships, play games, create art & crafts and enjoy some delicious pizza!    It’s an opportunity for you to relax and have a good time with no goals and agendas in a non-judgmental atmosphere. Visit https://pdssn.org/programs-3/social-programs/social-animals/ for more information.

Social Security Administration
The SSA pays disability benefits under two programs: the Social Security disability insurance program and the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Contact 877-402-0828 or www.socialsecurity.gov.

Special Olympics – Forsyth County
Eunice Kennedy Shriver founded Special Olympics with a vision that individuals with intellectual disabilities were far more capable in sports and physical activity than many experts believed possible. Special Olympics North Carolina is one of the largest Special Olympics programs in the world with nearly 40,000 registered athletes who train and compete in year-round programs in 19 different sports. The program is run by the Winston-Salem Recreations & Parks Department. Contact them at 336-727-2425 or sonc.net/local-programs/forsyth-county.

Summer Camps and Programs

Camp Holiday – Camp Holiday for 5-21 yr olds is staffed by professionals in the fields of Special Education, General Education, Speech Therapy, Music Therapy and Occupational Therapy. Children age 15 and up will be considered for a Counselor-in-Training program unique to this camp. Camp is located at Sardis Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. For info: www.dsa-gc.org/services/camps.

Imprints Cares Summer Camp – Imprints Cares is a local nonprofit organization committed to enriching children’s development while supporting their families on the journey of parenthood. They offer an Expanded Learning: Summer Enrichment Camp that welcomes a diverse group of children with exceptional needs from June 12 – August 25. Their summer enrichment camp is designed for rising kindergarteners through fifth graders. Weekly themes guide children as they chart their course for discovery—explore new and creative ideas, participate in healthy and fit activities and enjoy fun field trips. To register, contact Janelle Gibbs at jgibbs@imprintscares.org or 336-722-6296 ext. 223. Registration is open through May 15, 2017. For Info: imprintscares.org/SummerCamp. For info: ImprintsCares.org/SummerCamp.

2017 Summer Camp Directory for Families with Children Who Have Special Needs – This directory is a product of the Family Support Program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. It is a resource for family members and service providers who are looking for summer camp experiences for children. The Family Support Program and PDSSN do not endorse any camp programs, including those listed in the directory. Contact the Family Support Network for a free Resource Guide for Families with Children who have Special Needs.  Call 919.966.2841 or download from fsp.unc.edu.

The Adaptables, Inc.
The Adaptables Inc., provide advocacy, IL skills training, peer support, information, and referral services that combine to guarantee that people with disabilities have the opportunity to exercise control over their own lives. The Adaptables Inc., CIL serves: Davidson County, Davie County, Forsyth County, Stokes County, Surry County, and Yadkin County.  Phone: 336-767-7060. Website: theadaptables.com.

The Centers for Exceptional Children (thecfec.org) – The Centers for Exceptional Children (The CFEC) are comprised of The Children’s Center and The Special Children’s School. While serving more than 220 children between the ages of birth and eleven, The CFEC focuses significant resources and attention on the needs of each child and his or her family. The CFEC strives to care for children with developmental delays, orthopedic disabilities, and/or other long-term chronic health impairments to prepare them to lead independent, productive, and fulfilling lives.

The Children’s Center – An inclusive setting for children under age three, and a public school for children ages three to eleven.  The school specializes in serving children who have orthopedic    impairments, developmental delays or multiple handicapping conditions.  Educational   programs, physical, occupational and physical therapy services are provided.  Contracts with the CDSA to serve eligible children under age three.  Eligibility for children three and above is determined by the school system.  Space may be available for infants and toddlers who do not have disabilities.  (336) 727-2440.

The Special Children’s School – A year-round inclusive school for children with developmental disabilities.  Serving children from birth to age five years.  Special services include speech, physical and occupational therapy, and nursing care. The school contracts with the CDSA to provide services for children under age three, and with Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools to provide services for children over age three.  Some before and after school care is also available. Children without disabilities may enroll.  Call (336) 924-9309 for details.

Triad First In Families (TFIF)
TFIF leverages community resources and/or provides cash assistance to meet the needs of children and adults who have disabilities.  The focus is on needs for which there are no other funding sources.  The PDSSN provides funds through TFIF for families in Forsyth, Davie, Davidson. Stokes, Surry, and Yadkin Counties.  Net income limitations.  Call (336) 757-8721 for more information or visit www.triadfirstinfamilies.webs.com.