Exceptional Children (EC) Services at DPS

  • Thank you for visiting the Exceptional Children's website! The purpose of this site is to provide you with information about out department and services to enhance parent and community understanding and knowledge of special education services in Durham Public Schools.  Our department offers a full continuum of services to students meeting eligibility criteria. We are committed to ensuring that every student has access to the general curriculum and an opportunity to learn that is equal to that of non-disabled students. Specially designed, research-based instruction is provided in the least restrictive environment to promote student development. We are dedicated to building authentic parent and community relationships! 

    Students who receive special education services qualify in one or more of the 14 areas of eligibility:
    1. Autism
    2. Deaf-blindness
    3. Deafness
    4. Developmental Delay
    5. Emotional Disability
    6. Hearing Impairment
    7. Intellectual Disability
    8. Multiple Disabilities
    9. Orthopedic Impairment
    10. Other Health Impairment
    11. Specific Learning Disability
    12. Speech or Language Impairment
    13. Traumatic Brain Injury
    14. Visual Impairment, including Blindness
    Our outstanding staff, funded by local, state, and federal funding, work with students with disabilities and their parents to help prepare students to achieve their post-secondary educational, employment, and independent living goals.
    At any point in the school year if you have questions or need assistance please feel free to contact our teachers or central office staff.
    Parents are encouraged to first contact the EC teacher or building administrator with questions. Should you need additional information or support, please contact the EC Facilitator by calling your student’s assigned school.
    Each school is assigned an EC Facilitator who is knowledgeable in the education of students with special needs.