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Exceptional Children

Welcome to the Department of Exceptional Children. 

We are dedicated to providing a free and appropriate public education to students with disabilities. Our mission is to offer our students successful educational experiences in the least restrictive environment. Our teachers and staff provide specially designed instruction and related services to ensure students with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, receive a free and appropriate education.  

To prepare every student to pursue a career and

to lead a balanced life.



Contact Information: 

Dr. Brandon Sutton, Exceptional Children's Director

828- 488 -3129 ext. 5129

[email protected]


Parent Resources


EC Handbook of Parents Rights


EC Handbook of Parent Rights (Spanish)



NCDPI Department of Exceptional Children Website


The mission of the Exceptional Children Division is to assure that students with disabilities develop mentally, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through the provision of appropriate individualized education in the least restrictive environment.


Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC)


ECAC is North Carolina’s Parent Center and is committed to improving the lives and education of ALL children. Established in 1983, ECAC offers a variety of projects and services designed to meet the needs of NC parents, families, students, educators, and other professionals.