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Who We Serve

UNC’s Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD) is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD) dedicated to providing exemplary clinical services to individuals of all ages who have concerns about or are at risk for intellectual and developmental disabilities. Thus, our specialized clinics focus exclusively on disorders that affect cognitive, social, communication, motor, and adaptive skill development. The CIDD also specializes in serving individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities who may have co-existing behavioral, mental health, or medical health needs. Individuals who have or are suspected of having intellectual disability, autism spectrum disorder, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, and/or genetic or medical conditions, which impact development, health, and independence would be appropriate referrals to the Institute.

Please note: Given the specialized nature of our services, there are limited appointment slots and many have lengthy waits. We do not accept referrals for individuals whose primary concerns are related to psychiatric (e.g., ADHD, depression), behavioral, or learning concerns (e.g., specific learning disorder) in the absence of known or suspected developmental disorders. In cases where a referral is made for a diagnostic evaluation, psychoeducational testing, or treatment when there is no indication of a potential developmental disorder, a more appropriate referral may be made.

Clinic Services

Our interdisciplinary faculty offer numerous clinical services designed to provide diagnostic clarification, consultation, as well as intervention and treatment planning for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. Our evaluation services may include appointments with individual clinicians or an interdisciplinary team representing two or more of the following professional disciplines: Psychology, Speech-Language Pathology, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Audiology, Social Work, and Special Education. The composition of the team depends on referral needs. Click here to learn more about our clinic services.

What We Do:

• Evaluations to assess development or functioning levels for individuals when there are concerns about developmental delays/disabilities or a preexisting
    intellectual/developmental disorder
• Diagnostic evaluations to assess for possible neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism or intellectual disability
• Evaluations and consultation for individuals with neurogenetic disorders that affect development
• Offer consultation, psychiatric, psychotherapy and behavior support services to individuals with intellectual/developmental disorders
• Offer social skills groups to individuals with social communication difficulties

What We DON’T Do:

• Evaluations for ADHD (although we do offer psychiatric medication management services for ADHD), anxiety, or other diagnoses when there are no concerns regarding an intellectual or developmental disability
• Educational testing for a specific learning concern in the absence of intellectual/developmental disability concerns (referrals for standard psychoeducational
  evaluations should go through an individual’s school program first given that educational assessments are typically not covered by insurance)
• Offer treatment to individuals who do not have any concerns regarding an intellectual or developmental disability
• Offer acute care or crisis intervention services, or serve as a primary care provider
• Offer ongoing speech-language therapy, occupational therapy, or physical therapy (though we currently offer evaluation and consultation services for speech-
  language and physical therapy)

If you have questions about our services, intake process, or other referrals, please contact the CIDD Intake Team via email at CIDDIntake@cidd.unc.edu.

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Postsecondary Education Alliance



North Carolina Postsecondary Education Alliance

What is the PSEA?
The North Carolina Postsecondary Education Alliance is a diverse group consisting of emerging leaders with developmental disabilities, representatives of state agencies and organizations, legislators, educators, and families and other advocates. Our mission is to expand the options for postsecondary education for individuals with developmental disabilities throughout North Carolina.
Membership List
The past year in the Alliance

Postsecondary Educational Opportunities Available to Individuals with Developmental Disabilities in North Carolina:

Community Colleges:
Selected Community Colleges throughout North Carolina offer career-focused courses for students with developmental disabilities who have exited high school and wish to continue their education.
Alamance Community College Career College
Central Piedmont Community College
Cleveland County Community College Connexions - Adult Basic Education

Universities:
Universities across the state have developed programs aimed at providing postsecondary educational opportunities to individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. These programs are designed to support academic, social, and employment goals so that the students may become more independent.
Western Carolina University - University Participant Program
Beyond Academics at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Appalachian State University
University of North Carolina at Pembroke

Read Our Newsletters
Summer 2010
Fall 2010

Contact Us:
Donna Carlson Yerby, donna.yerby@cidd.unc.edu
Deb Zuver, deborah.zuver@cidd.unc.edu

Resources:
Think College at the Institute for Community Inclusion at the University of Massachusetts
Higher Education Opportunity Act
National Secondary and Transition Technical Assistance Center (NSTTAC)
National Center for Secondary Education and Transition (NCSET)
College Foundation of North Carolina - Gear Up
Tri County Community College has a great overview of funding options available to students here.
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