Educational Consultant & Parent Support Specialist- Lori Tryon

Lori has over 35 years of experience working in education.

Operating as usual


Tuesday after a long weekend...Back to Work! (Unless you don't have a job.😞) Mike Chapman, the Director of Employment Services for UNC TEACCH Autism Program (UNC School of Medicine, UNC Chapel Hill) will be talking to parents of young adults with autism or a disability this Thursday night. He'll share what he's learned over many years of working with families and employers. Tips for success you won't want to miss will be offered!!! SIGN UP:


North Carolina Symphony 05/26/2024

North Carolina Symphony CONCERTS & EVENTS Family Fun 4 Everyone: Sensory-Friendly Concert Raleigh: Sat, Jun 1, 1:00pm BUY TICKETS ADD TO CALENDAR iCalendar Google Calendar Meymandi Concert Hall Woolner Stage Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts 2 E South St. Raleigh, NC 27601 PerformersNorth Carolina SymphonyGran...


Be our guest on Thursday when Mike Chapman from TEACCH Employment Services speaks to parents about employment options and tips! Sign up via QR or this link:


Steppin’ Out Dance:

Come out for an all-inclusive dance!
May 17th from 6:30-9 p.m. at Sunrise United Methodist Church for people of all abilities 14 and over...Food, Music, and Fun will be provided

The theme is Alice in Wonderland

To register, click on the link below

Any questions, please contact Kelly O’Hara (919) 971-7628


The "Cliff of Transition" from school services being left behind at 18/19/20/21 is a watershed moment in most households with a young adult with a disability present. We reworked our organizational model last year to serve families on either side of The Transition. We pray for you - and offer our programming - that you may experience beauty and stillness on the other side!

If you'd like to participate (more often) in our programs, please send us an email with your requests: [email protected].

We offer support groups and guest speakers for parents/caregivers, social events and skill building through inclusive volunteering for teens/young adults, connections to other organizations/resources, and workshops for all!

Photos from Fun 4 Raleigh Kids's post 04/22/2024

Looking for something fun to do when the weather gets warm. Check out these parks!


We had a nice chat tonight at the Poole Family YMCA for parents of teens and young adults with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities. Poole offers a No Limits program for the children; this parent/caregiver program is meant to provide additional support to families! Speaking of support, we have a webinar for parents/caregivers coming up on Sunday: !!!

Understanding Experiences with Section 504 04/10/2024

Looking for students 12-21 who have or had a 504 plan in school, or who applied and were denied support.

COPAA and Vanderbilt University are collaborating to conduct a research study to understand individual and family experiences accessing protection under Section 504. We need your voice! Please feel free to share this notice.

What will you do?
• Complete a short demographic survey
• Participate in a Zoom Interview for 1.-1.5 hours
• Check your interview summary for accuracy
Get started now!
Go to to get started or contact Meghan Burke at [email protected] or by phone at (615-343-1014)

Understanding Experiences with Section 504


We're excited to offer another Special Needs Trusts Workshop! Join us on April 16 for what will be equal parts informative and interactive. You will have the opportunity to ask all your questions and learn what makes for a good trust document and process!

Sign Up Now:

Photos from We Will Walk With You's post 03/28/2024

National data tells us 58% of adults with IDD who live with family have friends other than paid support workers or family. That means that two out of five young adults with IDD that you meet/know likely need a friend. Our YASS! program - offered free of charge at YMCAs and other places in the community - offers ongoing monthly opportunities to build friendships in the community. If you'd like to learn more, !!!

Photos from Special Education Advisory Council - Wake County's post 03/20/2024

Don’t ever let someone tell you “ your child will never. . . “

I don’t know what parent/guardian needs to hear this, but in 4th grade I took ~The Test~ to see if I could join the accelerated classes (aka “the smart kid classes”).

I failed.

One of the questions I missed -> I didn’t know the difference between a microscope and a telescope.

I remember crying in that test room because I felt so nervous and embarrassed.

I never did test into the smart kid classes. I had a teacher even suggest I wouldn’t be a good fit for Honors Science in high school.

Anyway, I ended up earning a Masters of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT.

No single test defines your child. I kept trying and I kept pushing because I had parents who believed in me. They weren’t scientists or engineers themselves but they believed I could do whatever I set my mind to.

Love your child - make them know that YOU believe they are smart and capable (even when a silly test suggests otherwise). Everything else will fall into place. ❤️


National surveys of families who have an adult child with a disability living at home reveal these Top 5 Planning Needs. We defer to others doing great work on the housing front. Our YASS! - Young Adults Socializing and Serving tackles the other four priorities with:

Recreation - Monthly Fun Nights for teens and young adults at YMCAs plus an upcoming day NCMA tour/picnic (4/26), and a Neurodivergent Games gathering (5/4)
Financial - We're offering the Reality of Money financial literacy simulator on 3/28 and a Special Needs Trusts Workshop on 4/16.
Social/Relationships - Weekly Adaptive Cooking Classes At DECI - every Tuesday at 1:00. Serve Together with L'Arche on 3/26.
Work - Inclusive Volunteering at local nonprofits on a custom schedule.

Most of this can be found on our Events calendar:, or you can message us: !!!


Let’s all assume that every child can be successful


Check out all these great resources!

Looking for more local resources for both youth and adults with disabilities in our community? The Town of Cary has an incredible "Share & Care" list with links to almost 50 organizations that support or provide services in the area! Check it out today!


We view transition planning through a Quality of Life framework and serve the whole family across many diagnoses. We offer Thrive groups for parent/caregiver support and education. Our YASS! programming includes workshops, social outings, inclusive volunteering, and regular opportunities to make and renew friendships. As you approach, go through, or continue to try and sort out decisions related to high school transitions - whether your child is 14 or 34 - we will walk with you!❣

Photos from Exceptional Children's Assistance Center - ECAC's post 02/26/2024

Let’s repeat this for those in the back who didn’t hear this the first time!!


Is your child’s IEP supporting all their needs?

A recent article detailed how North Carolina leads the nation in suspending students with disabilities. This must change!

"State lawmakers on both sides of the aisle, including several on a critical education reform committee, say they're committed to seeking solutions to help ensure some of North Carolina's most vulnerable students get the public education they're constitutionally guaranteed."

Suspensions and expulsions often occur due to a lack of adequate services and supports to meet students' needs. No educator wants to resort to expulsion; it often happens as a last resort due to staffing shortages and inadequate training.

We must invest in more school social workers and counselors. Suspensions and expulsions harm both the student and the school. Students miss out on vital education opportunities and school communities miss their important contributions. We should explore alternative support mechanisms that benefit everyone.

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