F I R S T, a parent center


F I R S T provides persons with disabilities and their families with programs and advocacy to support and foster healthy, inclusive and self-determined lives. 

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What can F I R S T do for you?

  • Provide information and support about your child’s special needs
  • Help you understand the education system and your child’s education plan
  • Work with you to identify, gain access to, and advocate for community resources
  • Provide parent training for families with young children with autism to train parents to develop communication, increase positive behavior and social skills
  • Provide early intervention services for your young child and family
  • Provide information about transition to adult services
  • Advise you about steps your family can take to advocate for your child
  • Work with you to advocate for systems changeTrain educators and agency staff about educational issues, inclusion of preschoolers and students with disabilities and community supports

Most of F I R S T staff are parents of children with special healthcare needs who are trained in early intervention, special education law and procedures, community supports and specific disability issues including mental and developmental.

F I R S T celebrates serving families in Western North Carolina since 2002.  

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F I R S T is committed to providing access to our web pages for individuals with disabilities. The content of this site has been tested for usability and accessibility using a combination of standards-based, automated procedures and accepted heuristic methods. All web pages conform to Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Downloadable documents have been made as accessible as possible. Fully accessible versions of individual documents can be supplied on an as-needed basis by calling 828-277-1315 or by email to wendy@FIRSTparentcenter.org.  We make every effort to comply with the requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.  Section 508 requires that individuals with disabilities, who are members of the public seeking information or services from us, have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to that provided to the public who are not individuals with disabilities, unless an undue burden would be imposed on us.  Compliance is an ongoing process and we encourage notification when information on our website is inaccessible.