Agents Answer: What Resources are Available in WNC for People with Special Educational Needs?

What resources are available in WNC for people with special needs?
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Access to a quality education is a top priority in Western North Carolina. Our public school systems and private schools consistently rank among the state’s best. However, we also recognize that not all students learn in the same ways. For those students with special educational needs, the community offers additional programs and resources to provide an equitable education. 

At Beverly-Hanks, we believe that everyone should have the opportunity and means to Live Abundantly in WNC, even from a young age. We asked our agents: What resources are available in WNC for people with special needs?

The Progressive Education Program (PEP) is run through Buncombe County Schools for children up to 21 years of age that have special needs including speech, OT, PT, and a therapy pool. The resource center is named after our daughter, Meryl Snyder Memorial Library!

Vivien Snyder

As a former social worker, aka a resource queen, here’s what I would recommend: If someone were looking for special needs for a school, it would be the county school board. For businesses, the chamber of commerce. For community resources (e.g., things to do), Nextdoor and me!

Judith Moolten

While homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, it has never been considered the American norm. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has created an environment for parents to evaluate what they want their kids’ education to look like by exploring options outside both the public and private educational institutions. As a result, homeschooling has become a popular alternative in WNC. 

Homeschool support is crucial when one decides to teach their child at home, and connecting with local homeschoolers is the most important step when deciding to homeschool. Since homeschooling is regulated on a state level, there are many resources readily available for parents to learn about homeschool requirements in WNC. And, there are several homeschool groups throughout our region that provide community, co-ops, sports opportunities, art opportunities, and social gathering opportunities.

Rose Dwyer

I would recommend getting involved with Easterseals UCP North Carolina & Virginia. They are a nonprofit organization that offers a variety of programs for people with special needs. They work with children, young adults, adults, and seniors and tailor the program to each specific person. These programs allow people the ability to enhance the quality of their life. In college, I worked with this organization and saw firsthand how they provide opportunities for people to live, learn, work, and play in their community. While the WNC office is out of Asheville, they can help anyone with special needs all over the entire Western North Carolina area.

Rachel Jackson

Are there additional resources you would include on this list? Let us know in the comments.

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