FIRST offers comprehensive services both for persons with disabilities and the people who love and support them. We connect the dots between families, schools, and government agencies to create the best network of support around each of our clients. These systems and their rules change frequently, but we always know when they do and how to navigate these changes.
Many of the staff members at FIRST are parents of children with special needs or disabilities. We understand firsthand how overwhelming and confusing it can be to find resources and support for someone you love. In order to aid others through this process, the FIRST team is dedicated to supporting our clients and passing along their professional expertise and knowledge.
Our team members are trained in early intervention, special education law and procedures, community support and resources, specific mental and developmental disabilities, and associated issues. The team members at FIRST will serve as some of the greatest allies in providing you the support, services, and resources you need to make your future with special needs and disabilities bright and supported!
FIRST celebrates serving families in Western North Carolina since 2002.
We provide most services free of charge to families; your contribution helps us continue our work with FIRST. We are a 501(c) (3) nonprofit; donations are tax-deductible. Our EIN is 56-2278402.
Please click the DONATE button to make an online donation to FIRST.
Donate by Mail
Donate by completing this form and mailing to:
6 Roberts Road, Suite 105 Asheville
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Volunteer your Time and Talent
We love volunteers with specific skills and time to share! Examples of tasks for which we seek volunteer support are:
- helping with training events
- staffing exhibit tables at conferences and community events
- supporting outreach to local media
- producing brief video and audio trainings for parents and caregivers
College student internships (unpaid) are available!