Special Education Alliance 4 Eastern North Carolina

Special Education Alliance 4 Eastern North Carolina A resource page to create awareness for our special community of people with disabilities and their families Mission Statement -

Special Education 4 Eastern North Carolina (SEAL4ENC) is a non-profit organization to empower parents and professionals to excel to their highest abilities through education and training while seeking the strongest outcome possible for all students; especially students with disabilities.

We support system change that will enrich the lives and the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities

We support system change that will enrich the lives and the quality of life for children and young adults with disabilities

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Special needs parents rarely get a day! We are praying for some.releif for you!
06/01/2021

Special needs parents rarely get a day! We are praying for some.releif for you!

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05/30/2021

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ATTENTION Asheville, Wilmington, Greenville and surrounding areas!

TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education Program (TSTEP) Virtual Open House

Thursday, May 27th at 6pm

"Aiming for success in college and/or employment?
Want to learn skills that empower you to reach your goals? Do you live in Asheville, Wilmington, Greenville, or surrounding areas?

Please join our virtual open house on May 27, 2021 at 6:00pm ET to learn about the T-STEP (TEACCH School Transition to Employment and Postsecondary Education) Hybrid Summer Programs.

This event is aimed at expanding awareness of this comprehensive transition to adulthood program offered across the state of North Carolina for individuals between the ages of 16 to 21 who are on the autism spectrum.

The T-STEP was developed to support the transition to employment and post-secondary education for 16-21-year-olds with Autism Spectrum Disorder who will or have received the Future-Ready Core high school diploma.

Potential students, parents/families, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, college and high school faculty and staff, and organizations supporting individuals with autism are all encouraged to attend. The event is for residents of North Carolina only. The event is free to attend, but registration is required."

To register, go to:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_0O3zNGiOQkCc3XxBKgC5uA

05/30/2021

New Tuition Grants for 2021 High School Graduates!

North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant

ELIGIBLE 2021 NC HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES WILL HAVE THEIR TUITION AND FEES COVERED AT ANY ONE OF OUR “GREAT 58” COMMUNITY COLLEGES FOR UP TO TWO YEARS.

The Longleaf Commitment is a grant program for 2021 North Carolina high school graduates who will attend one of our state’s “Great 58” community colleges starting in the Fall 2021 semester. High school students may be eligible to receive this grant – not a loan – for tuition and fees toward a degree or to attain transfer credit. Full-time eligible students are guaranteed to receive $700 to $2,800 per year, for a total of two years. Less than full-time students may receive a partial award. The Longleaf Commitment Grant Program ends at the conclusion of the 2023 spring semester.

Eligibility Requirements

• Graduate from a North Carolina high school in 2021
• Be a North Carolina resident for tuition purposes
• Be a first-time college student (Career & College Promise (CCP) and Early/Middle College High School students are eligible)
• Enroll in a curriculum program during the 2021-22 academic year
• Enroll in at least 6 credit hours per semester
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2021-22
• Have an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) from $0 - $15,000. (“EFC” is based upon student’s FAFSA determination)
• Renew FAFSA for the 2022-23 academic year and meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements of the college.

The three steps high school graduates need to complete to get started:

1.) Applicants must apply for admission to the community college they plan to attend here:

https://lnks.gd/l/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiJ9.eyJidWxsZXRpbl9saW5rX2lkIjoxMDksInVyaSI6ImJwMjpjbGljayIsImJ1bGxldGluX2lkIjoiMjAyMTA1MjYuNDExMDQxNzEiLCJ1cmwiOiJodHRwczovL2xua3MuZ2QvbC9leUpoYkdjaU9pSklVekkxTmlKOS5leUppZFd4c1pYUnBibDlzYVc1clgybGtJam94TURFc0luVnlhU0k2SW1Kd01qcGpiR2xqYXlJc0ltSjFiR3hsZEdsdVgybGtJam9pTWpBeU1UQTFNalV1TkRFd05qZ3lOREVpTENKMWNtd2lPaUpvZEhSd2N6b3ZMM2QzZHpJdVkyWnVZeTV2Y21jdllYQndhSFZpSW4wLlVrbjdhbTRwVkhlS01PTl9IVzZRdUJfVTFiUUlFMXl4Y1p6REpDY1pNMFkvcy8xMDIyOTkxNTIxL2JyLzEwNjkzNzY2NTU1NS1sIn0.hOfw7kDm60NsF88-PMPdwvket31_VIH1uBHX3UC-Eak/s/522136738/br/106984434152-l

2.) Applicants must complete residency determination through the North Carolina Residency Determination Service.

https://ncresidency.cfnc.org/residencyInfo/

Lastly, applicants must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), here:

https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa

For more information or to submit a question about the North Carolina Longleaf Commitment Grant, please go to:

https://www.nccommunitycolleges.edu/student-services/north-carolina-longleaf-commitment-grant

A special story
05/30/2021

A special story

Love this idea!

05/26/2021

Wow! Best thing we’ve seen all week🔆

Deep
05/26/2021

Deep

What will become of him?
It’s my blackest hole.
So dark, in fact, that I rarely let my mind wander to such a perilous place.
Where shall he go?
The boy who has stolen my heart and will depend on others to live his best life.
Ours is an amazing family, but it’s not enough.
Like so many, we sit on the waitlist for the Waiver of Unmet Needs.
Unlike so many, we receive services like developmental therapy and respite while we wait.
We need respite.
We have an amazing nanny who loves our boy as we do and her time is compensated by us and Trillium.
We are so thankful for the now- our caregiver, excellent teachers and kind hearted friends, but it’s the then that drowns me.
No meeting passes without an interrogation about his future.
It never fails to spring tears from my well-heeled eyes.
It’s meant to be inspiring.
A chance for scrawling magical wishes and dreams to the paper.
Once upon a time, I sat at the other side of the table and I believed that fallacy myself.
But this list is not Fantasy Island and those documents leave me a puddle.
A torrent of fearful thoughts whirls through my mind.
Not about his future, but the guessing, the worrying and the planning of it.
You see, he will need me long after I’m gone.
While others tease about someday’s freedom, there is no jovial conversation about my empty nest.
I long for him to be independent, not in the traditional sense, but to have his own life.
I see him living with a few friends surrounded by warm caretakers.
Near the ocean with a pool close by.
And maybe some woods to walk through and gather sticks and play pretend.
As much as I’d like to keep him tucked beneath my wings, some day I will fly and so, he must fly first.
I can’t imagine uprooting him after my death.
There is not a mother on this earth who belongs to an imperfectly perfect child who doesn’t run the scenarios.
I want his siblings to love him and take him out and about, but he is not their responsibility.
Amos deserves his own life.
One filled with laughter and plans and a life where he is not the tagalong.
What will become of him?
I don’t know, but I will do my damndest to make sure he knows he is- and will always be- cloaked in love.

Momma Bear on board.  Ready for purchase!
05/25/2021

Momma Bear on board.
Ready for purchase!

05/25/2021
05/25/2021

Spread the word: Admission to the June PFA is FREE thanks to the generosity of Camp Lejeune OSC! See you Thursday, June 10th from 530-730pm for a special, sensory-friendly play session limited to 50 visitors.

Enjoy yourselves today!
05/22/2021

Enjoy yourselves today!

Day 2 kicks off at 12noon!!!!

As you are coming in, you’ll see the Veterans from The Fallen Outdoors assisting you with where to park. They also have a great giveaway going on. All parking proceeds goes to this wonderful group. Parking donation is $1.

See you at the farm!
#fairatthefarm2021

05/20/2021

The Marines are coming back for "Story & a Snack!" Come early to explore starting at 9am, then enjoy a book ready by our special guests at 10am! See you later.

Photos from Voices Together's post
05/18/2021

Photos from Voices Together's post

Timeline Photos
05/18/2021

Timeline Photos

JOIN US 💻 for our 3 Part VIRTUAL EVENT Series: Effective Community Responses to Behavioral Health Crises ➡️ May 25th, 26th & 27th from 12:00pm - 1:00pm 🗓

For more information and to register for the FREE event 👉 https://fb.me/e/53uRHhzFE

Timeline Photos
05/17/2021

Timeline Photos

Happy Monday! #letsdoit #coffee #jewelry

05/16/2021

😂💯 ~Amberli

100% Online Teacher Certification
05/16/2021
100% Online Teacher Certification

100% Online Teacher Certification

Start your teaching career and earn your North Carolina teacher license online with North Carolina Teachers of Tomorrow state-approved teacher training.

This is a great question!
05/14/2021

This is a great question!

Exactly.

About that Iep....
05/12/2021

About that Iep....

“Write it on your heart
that every day is the best day in the year.
He is rich who owns the day, and no one owns the day
who allows it to be invaded with fret and anxiety.

Finish every day and be done with it.
You have done what you could.
Some blunders and absurdities, no doubt crept in.
Forget them as soon as you can, tomorrow is a new day;
begin it well and serenely, with too high a spirit
to be cumbered with your old nonsense.

This new day is too dear,
with its hopes and invitations,
to waste a moment on the yesterdays.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

Scott Prior - Cabin with Three Towels.
#ravenousbutterflies #ralphwaldoemerson #scottpriorart

Can we say this out loud!
05/12/2021

Can we say this out loud!

#wearerare

Enjoy yourselves while you can!
05/12/2021

Enjoy yourselves while you can!

Have you been vaccinated? We know its your choice! Trillium is trying to make it easy for us!
05/12/2021

Have you been vaccinated? We know its your choice! Trillium is trying to make it easy for us!

Education is key!
05/12/2021
2021 Spring Conference - i2i Center for Integrative Health

Education is key!

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This is so much fun! Come on , try it!
05/12/2021

This is so much fun! Come on , try it!

Photos from Trillium Health Resources's post
05/12/2021

Photos from Trillium Health Resources's post

Parents!
05/12/2021

Parents!

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We have delivered speeches at the local Board Of Education as well as the legislative committees. We served as a parent liaison for the local exceptional children’s division. We also organized and developed over 12 free workshops for parents and professionals of special needs children. The forums and workshops offered by SEAL where educational and informative with various categories from writing effective individual education plans, positive behavior support and inclusion. We learned about laws governing special education and learned to become advocates for our students and children. We provided on-site childcare for the parents during those workshops. We received training from STOMP (specialized training of military parents), Family Support Network of the Crystal Coast and The Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC). We became a voice for the disabled population, while initiating positive changes within the local schools and community

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PLEASE SHARE: Hi! As you know, we always want the best for our children & our families. It is getting close to time to make a decision about Breakfast with Santa 2020. Because we are in the middle of a pandemic, IF we hold the event this year, it will look A LOT different. Please share with us your thoughts, concerns, and questions and complete the survey here: http://bit.ly/BWS2020-Survey This will help us to decide if we will have the event this year. We want everyone to be safe & feel comfortable, and we realize that our children have not been able to experience so much this year (school, friends, other events, etc.) as they normally would have. We don't necessarily want to cancel, but we know many people probably would not attend (for various reasons). We hope to make a decision by the first week in November & will let everyone know through email & facebook. Thank you again for your dedication to your children & your families and please know that we only want what's best for everyone. Thanks again & have a blessed day! Stay well!
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The UCLA-Duke ASAP Center for Trauma-Informed Su***de, Self-harm, & Substance Abuse Treatment & Prevention (https://www.asapnctsn.org/) is seeking partners to serve on a Family Advisory Board and a Youth Advisory Board. The goal of the Advisory Boards will be to provide feedback on ASAP Center programs and future directions. The Advisory Boards will consist of youth and family members with lived experience related to traumatic stress, su***de, and/or substance use. The first Family Advisory Board virtual meeting is on September 9th from 6pm-7pm. Contact: Adrienne Inscoe at: [email protected] if you are interested in a role as an advisory partner. More Background Information: The ASAP Center is focused on the development, dissemination, and implementation of treatments for su***de, self-harm, and substance use. As a partner in the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (https://www.nctsn.org/), our goal is to ensure that the treatments that we develop are trauma-informed and reach youth and families who have been affected by trauma. Advisory Board member responsibilities will include: · Participation in semi-annual virtual Advisory Board meetings (60-90 minutes) · Reviewing and providing feedback on ASAP Center programs for su***de, self-harm, and substance use · Providing feedback on how to ensure that interventions reach youth and families affected by trauma We hope to involve youth and families who are interested in an ongoing commitment to informing the future directions of the ASAP Center. Damie Jackson-Diop (she/her/hers) The Resiliency Collaborative, Raleigh NC Community Research & Training Partner 336-215-6422 www.resiliencycollaborative.org
What, Where, Why, and When must a Special Needs Trust Be Reported to Government Agencies? One of the most common questions attorneys are asked after drafting a Special Needs Trust (“SNT”) is, “do I have to tell Social Security and Medicaid about the trust?” The short answer is yes. Of course, the longer answer is more complicated. Reporting requirements may be different depending on the type of trust, the type of benefit the beneficiary receives, and the state in which the beneficiary lives. There are two basic categories of SNTs. The first type of SNT is the third party SNT – one that is drafted as part of an estate plan where a beneficiary of that plan is receiving government assistance. The purpose of such planning is to allow the special needs beneficiary to inherit funds, in trust, and not lose Supplemental Security Income (“SSI”) or Medicaid benefits. This SNT is called a “third party SNT” because the money in the trust is from a third party – someone other than the beneficiary. The second type of SNT is one that is created when a special needs beneficiary owns assets that he or she is putting into the trust. This might occur if the special needs beneficiary was injured and receives a personal injury award, or when he or she is the beneficiary of assets such as life insurance or a retirement account and a third party trust was not previously set up to receive those assets. We call this trust a “first party SNT.” The purpose of both types of SNTs is to enable the recipient of certain government assistance programs to maintain those benefits while still permitting the trustee of the SNT to spend money for the benefit of the beneficiary. It may seem odd that the SNT and the assets it owns must be reported to the public benefits agencies. It is not odd because when an individual accepts SSI and/or Medicaid benefits he or she agrees to inform the Social Security Administration (“SSA”) and state Medicaid agency about any changes in his or her financial situation. A beneficiary of an SNT has a financial interest in the trust, even though the beneficiary has no direct access to the money, accounts, real estate, or other assets titled in the name of the SNT. Typically, any change to one’s financial situation must be reported no later than ten days after the end of the month in which the change occurred. Some Medicaid agencies may have a shorter reporting time requirement – usually ten days after the change occurred. An SNT might also need to be reported to the agency providing public or subsidized housing. Distributions from the SNT might impact the amount and availability of those benefits. The drafting attorney likely drafted a Special Needs Trust that complies with all of the requirements to ensure that the assets in the trust will not be counted, and thus the beneficiary will remain eligible for government assistance; however, it is the agencies that provide those benefits that get to make that decision. The SNT must be reported even if there was a hearing in court and the judge approved the SNT. Who has the obligation and authority to report the SNT? Some trusts will be clear about who has the responsibility to report the SNT. However, most trusts are silent on this issue. Typically, the beneficiary of the SNT, his representative payee, or his guardian has the responsibility to keep the Social Security Administration apprised about changes in the beneficiary’s financial situation. Or one of them may direct the trustee to do so. In some states, state law dictates who is responsible for reporting to the various agencies. When does it have to be reported? If the SNT does not own any assets because it will be funded with assets after someone dies, there is no reason to report the SNT because the beneficiary’s financial situation has not changed. However, when assets are titled in the name of the SNT, the trust and all of the assets that are titled to that trust must be disclosed to the SSA if the person is receiving SSI, and may need to be reported to the state Medicaid agency as well. Generally, this must be done within ten days after the end of the month in which the trust is funded. Some public housing agencies require that the trust or trust distributions be reported on the annual recertification forms. There may be ongoing reporting requirements as well. Therefore, a trustee of an SNT must keep excellent and detailed records of the use of the funds. At some point the trustee will probably have to provide an accounting of the use of the SNT assets to the agencies that provided government benefits, to the beneficiary, to a court, or to those who will receive the assets in the SNT after the primary beneficiary passes away. A trustee cannot be too prepared or too organized when it comes to a administering an SNT! What must be reported? Generally, a copy of the trust and the initial inventory must be sent to any agency that is providing a needs-based benefit to the beneficiary. The state Medicaid agency where the trust beneficiary receives benefits may or may not require a third party SNT to be reported. A trust must be reported to Medicaid and the SSA when assets or accounts are titled to that trust. The attorney who drafted the SNT can provide information about the best way to report the SNT and its funding. It is always best to include a cover letter to each of the agencies explaining that the trust being provided is an SNT and the assets it owns should not be counted as belonging to the SNT beneficiary. Also, it is important to reference the social security number of the beneficiary and, if the SNT is also being reported to the Medicaid agency, the beneficiary’s Medicaid number should be included. This will allow the agencies to make sure the information is saved in the correct file. Keep a copy of your letter and proof that you mailed it in case you need to prove at some later time that you did report the trust. Finally, if the SSA or Medicaid notifies the beneficiary or the trustee that the assets in the SNT and the income it earns will be counted and not excluded, and that the individual’s public benefits will stop as a result, it is important to contact an attorney immediately. There are very short time frames in which to appeal to avoid loss of benefits. Do not procrastinate! About this Article: We hope you find this article informative, but it is not legal advice. You should consult your own attorney, who can review your specific situation and account for variations in state law and local practices. Laws and regulations are constantly changing, so the longer it has been since an article was written, the greater the likelihood that the article might be out of date. SNA members focus on this complex, evolving area of law. To locate a member in your state, visit Find an Attorney. Requirements for Reproducing this Article: The above article may be reprinted only if it appears unmodified, including both the author description above the title and the “About this Article” paragraph immediately following the article, accompanied by the following statement: “Reprinted with permission of the Special Needs Alliance – www.specialneedsalliance.org.” The article may not be reproduced online. Instead, references to it should link to it on the SNA website.