Living Here Guide

Resources for those with specials needs

There’s a multitude of resources for Charlotte-area residents with disabilities or special needs. From school to recreation to independent living, Charlotte offers many outlets, not only for the individual but also for their families and loved ones.

Playing For Others: Pairs local teenagers with kids with disabilities in an arts-based buddy program. 704-661-7142, www.

Easter Seals UPC: Helps people manage disabilities and mental health challenges. 919-783-8898, www.

Disability Rights and Resources: Advocates and serves as mentors. 704-537-0550, www.

Allegro: Uses movement instruction, along with educational and medical expertise, to teach children in free classes. 704-364-4063, www.

North Carolina Infant Toddler Program: Provides early intervention support and services for children under age 3 who have disabilities or developmental delays. 704-336-7100, www.

Lifespan: Empowers adults and children with disabilities through education, employment and enrichment opportunities. 704-944-5100, www.

Metrolina Association for the Blind: Provides personal adjustment, rehabilitation and accessible braille services. 704-372-3870, www.

Speech Garden Institute: Offers camps and preschool classes for children with communication delays. 704-609-8255, www.

Metro School: A CMS school that serves students with disabilities. 980-343-5450, www.

Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center: Provides information, education, outreach and support. 704-892-1321, www.

Autism Society of North Carolina: Offers advocacy, training, education and direct services. 704-894-9678, www.

National MS Society of the Greater Carolinas: Addresses the challenges of living with MS through advocacy, professional education and programs and services. 704-525-2955, www.

Mitey Riders: Therapeutic riding for children with special needs. 704-841-0602,

Irwin and Carol Belk Childrens Center: Inclusive early care and education for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old. 704-522-9912,

InReach: Provides residential services and community support to individuals with developmental and other disabilities. 704-536-6661, www.

The Arc of Mecklenburg County: Direct support and services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. 704-332-4535, www.

North Carolina Division of Services for the Blind: Provides direct services to people with vision loss. 704-563-4168, www.

Just1Call: Offers a source of information and assistance for seniors and adults with disabilities and their families and caregivers. 704-432-1111, www.

Therapeutic Recreation Division of Mecklenburg County: Provides recreation opportunities for individuals with disabilities. 704-432-4322,

North Carolina Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing: Provides resources, information and tools. 704-568-8558, www.

Beginnings: Offers early intervention for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. 704-566-0145, www.

CATS Special Transportation Service: Provides transportation for those with special needs. 704-336-2637, www.

Whitaker PRTF: Treats teens who are experiencing severe and persistent emotional challenges. 919-575-7927, www.