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.
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 change
- Train 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.