In the Asheville area and parts of Western NC the Autism Society of North Carolina provides services through the following MCOs: Smoky Mountain Center and Western Highlands Network. ASNC provides Medicaid CAP/Innovations, state-funded (formerly known as IPRS), and Vocational Rehabilitation services. In addition, we accept private pay.
Direct Care Services
ASNC is an accredited service provider of residential, recreational, vocational, and community-based services. Direct care services provide children and adults with autism the skills to increase self-sufficiency and participate in the community in a meaningful way. For more about the specific offerings, please click here.
Programs unique to the Asheville area include:
Intensive In-Home Support Services for Families
Our collaboration with NC Mentor offers intensive in-home support and family preservation services to help families get back on track. An in-home team made up of professionals from three areas – clinical, mental, and intellectual and developmental disabilities – will work with the whole family for six months, rather than focusing on an individual within the family.
Social Skills Groups for Teens and Adults
Our social groups are designed to enhance social skills development by offering an environment where participants have the opportunity to engage, share, listen, and learn with their peers. The groups are available to the community and overseen by highly experienced staff with years of experience working with both children and adults on the spectrum.
The groups will start September 2 and will meet at the Asheville office’s downstairs Activity Center, unless the schedule specifies a field trip location. One-on-one staff are welcome from the community if the participant is in need of additional support. Social groups are designed to meet for 1.5 hours each week for ten weeks, but some modifications can be made to meet individual needs. The fee will be $225 for the full ten weeks.
Our respite program offers families a break from the demands of caring for an individual with autism and peace of mind that their loved one is being cared for well by experienced professionals. Low-income families are encouraged to apply for financial assistance, which is awarded on a sliding scale based on need.
Blue Ridge Bags & More
This small business provides meaningful work and fosters skills in art and creativity for adults on the autism spectrum. Participants are employed in the manufacturing and sales of canvas bags, mouse pads, prints, cards, and teaching kits. Other employment opportunities in the community include working with Oowee Products to produce leather sleeves and other promotional products.
Supported Living Homes
We operate two supported living homes in the Asheville area that house adults with autism who receive direct services and daily support.
Sara Handlan Crisis Fund
This fund provides financial assistance for families affected by autism who are in crisis in the Asheville area.
306 Summit Street
Asheville, NC 28803
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