Advisory Council for Exceptional Students

Community and schools coming together to increase awareness concerning children with special needs and their families.


The ACES council is comprised of stake holders from New Hanover County Schools and the Wilmington, NC community. This includes parents of children with disabilities, special education teachers, building administrators, related service providers, representatives from community service agencies, and retired educators.

JOIN OUR TEAM! ACES Member Application


New Hanover County Schools Special Education and Related Services (SPED) is proud to announce that Julie Askew, SPED Director, has received the 2017 Exceptional Educator award from the disAbility Resource Center. NHCS Special Education and Related Services Director Receives Exceptional Educator Award


Ongoing trainings

Family Support Network of South Eastern NC is proudly offering a variety of Parent trainings with the support of New Hanover County Schools throughout the 2017-2018 academic year. Please click the link below for topics, dates, locations and times.

Family Support Parent Trainings

Exceptional Children's Assistance Center

Is pleased to present a 3 part webinar series on the transition to Kindergarten. Topics include "IEPs and Inclusion and Least Restrictive Environment," "Effective Communication with Your Child's School," and "Setting the Stage for Success."

ECAC - Transition to Kindergarten Webinars

February 8, 2018 and February 9, 2018 Tri-County Community Collaborative Youth Mental Health First Aid – 8 Hour Course (4 Options)

Please click the link below to register for this course.

Youth Mental Health First Aid Trainings

May 17, 2018 - ACES Annual Appreciation Tea, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm.

The purpose of the tea is to celebrate and recognize individuals and organizations that continue to support and give selflessly of themselves to improve the lives of our students with exceptional needs in New Hanover County Schools. We encourage you to nominate an individual that exemplifies this description.

We want your feedback! Please take our Parent Survey

ACES Governing Document


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