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Old 01-23-2009, 05:24 PM
 
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My husband has been accepted into a program at Cape Fear Community College that starts in the fall of this year. We are really excited about moving our two smaller children near the beach, but there are a few factors that determine exactly where we go. We need a good school for our 4 year old with special needs, a location no more than half an hour from the college, and since we live right off Capital Boulevard in Wake Forest right now, we would like to be away from really busy areas. I've seen some nice places to rent a house in LeLand, how is that? Any feedback on the nice areas in or around Wilmington would be great, thank you!
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Old 01-24-2009, 05:41 AM
 
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It is only a two and a half hour drive down I-40, so why don't you come and look around some weekend, get a feel for the area and then ask more specific questions? Wish I knew some school info for you, but never had kids in school here. Good luck with the move. Finding the right spot is key to being happy here!
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Old 01-24-2009, 03:08 PM
 
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Hi - I don't currently reside in the area but have done extensive research for special needs children. My daughter has autism.

WRAPS_Group : WRAPS Group is a local group of families with specific information on the area.

Best of luck, Andrea
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Old 01-27-2009, 08:58 AM
 
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Thank you for the info. My son has autism as well, and I'm still trying to research schools and services for him. Best of luck to you also!
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Old 01-30-2009, 03:30 PM
 
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Default Autism Resources Wilmington and Pender County

Betty Grier is the Autism Liaison for Wilmington Area School District - her number is 910-763-5431 ext 4925

It is my understanding that Wilmington School District currently services 270 children on the Spectrum.

Pender County, just up the road, school district currently services 65 - 70 children on the Spectrum.
Their Autism Specialist is Laura Weber, Lead Autism Teacher who is also a parent of a child with Autism.
Joyce Carter is the Director of Special Ed in Pender County - she is a wealth of information and welcomes calls - 910-259-0131.

The National Autism Society now has a Chapter in Hanover County that also has numerous resources.

Hope this helps! Andrea
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Old 02-01-2009, 09:01 AM
 
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Wow Andrea! Thank you so much, that definitely helps
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Old 02-06-2009, 09:27 AM
 
Location: Wilmington, NC for now... By summer of 2011? Cobb County?
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Pretty much anywhere in Wilmington will be 30 minutes away. Will he be at the campus downtown or will he be at the NE campus?

Downtown campus: Leland and that area would be good. But, if the drawbridges go up or there's an accident on either of the bridges... LONG wait in traffic as the two bridges are the only way across the Cape Fear into downtown ILM. Of course you could go all the way up to I-140, cross the bridge, take first exit and meander back into town...

NE Campus: any of the areas around would be good. Northchase is right there, minutes away from the campus and there is a middle and high school across from the neighborhood. I think that area is zoned for Murrayville Elementary, just a few minutes away. There's also all of the neighborhoods in the area known as Ogden (just outside the ILM city limits.) Lots of kid friendly neighborhoods and most of ILM is, at most, 15 minutes away with Carolina Beach and Fort Fisher being in the 30 to 40 minute range, respectively. Of course, Wrightsville Beach is in the 5-10 minute range from Ogden or Northchase areas.

Unfortunately, I don't know anything about special needs kids and local schools. My daughter is only 4 and in pre-school.

Good luck.
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