Succeeding in School


The Autism Society of North Carolina offers guidance and support in educating your child.

Autism Resource Specialists: Our 17 knowledgeable Autism Resource Specialists around the state offer advice on many school-related topics. Contact them for assistance.

Upcoming workshops: Many of our workshops and webinars focus on school topics such as IEPs.

Podcast: Back to School: What You Need to Know and Do for a Successful Start


The IEP Toolkit

An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a written statement of the educational program specifically designed to meet the individual needs of your child with autism. A strong IEP is an important part of ensuring your child’s success at school. Parents are a vital part of the IEP planning team; YOU are the expert on your child’s needs and strengths. Empowering parents to be their children’s best advocates is the guiding principle for this toolkit.

To read the toolkit, please click here.

For a version you can download, please click here.


Behavior & the IEP Toolkit

Sometimes children with autism behave inappropriately in the school setting, violating the school conduct code. This may lead to suspension and can be an emotional time for families on many levels. It doesn’t seem fair that their child who has a disability should be punished, and it can be difficult to understand the disciplinary process. This toolkit reviews the school disciplinary process, suspension/removal, and how behaviors may be addressed through a Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) and development of a Behavior Intervention Plan (BIP).

To read the toolkit, please click here.

For a version you can download, please click here.


Bullying Toolkit

It is the Autism Society of North Carolina's goal to do all that we can to ensure that students with autism have a safe learning environment in which they are treated as valued members of the school community. This toolkit aims to teach parents and professionals about the signs of bullying, ways to prevent bullying, and how to stop it.

To read the toolkit, please click here.

For a version you can download, please click here.



K-12 Scholarships from the State of North Carolina

North Carolina has two scholarships to assist children and their families who want to attend non-public (private or home) schools for all or part of kindergarten through the end of high school. The Disabilities Grant Program assists children with disabilities, and the Opportunity Scholarship assists lower income families. Find information about both on the North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority website. Students with disabilities from low-income families might qualify for both programs, so please be sure to look at the pages for both.

For more information, please click here.


Homeschooling Children with Autism resource guide


The ASNC Bookstore also offers many helpful resources on school issues.