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OCTOBER IS A MONTH TO REMEMBER…

Archive for 2009

OCTOBER IS A MONTH TO REMEMBER…

This October has been a busy month for promoting awareness of people with disabilities, including our 11th annual Triangle Run/Walk for Autism, the Fourth Annual National Bullying Prevention Awareness Week, and the entire month is Disability Awareness Month for all North Carolina schools.  And, just 2 weeks ago, President Obama proclaimed October 2009 as National…

CAP-MR/DD Waiver Slots Update

One of the few pieces of good news from the last legislative session, is that some CAP-MR/DD waiver slots were included in this year’s budget. The state is still working on when these slots will be allocated to the Local Management Entities (LME). What we know at this point is that the Division of Mental…

Budget update: Governor Perdue directs $15 million to relieve impact of budget cuts to community services

Yesterday, in a room packed with reporters and supporters, Coalition advocates called for a special session of the General Assembly to address the loss of services and supports for people with developmental disabilities, mental health and addictive diseases. The Autism Society of North Carolina is one of the 42 organizations in the Coalition; organizations that…

A Parent’s Perspective

Here is a link to the Eastern Carolina Parent Magazine article written by ASNC Parent Advocate, Patti Stanier.  http://eastcarolinaparent.com/?p=229

Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for Mental Health/Developmental Disabilities/Substance Abuse Services 2009 Scheduled Meetings

The Joint Legislative Oversight Committee for MH/DD/SAS has scheduled  their committee meetings for 2009. Committee meeting dates: October 14, 2009; November 10, 2009 and December 9, 2009 All committee meetings are held from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. in Room 643 in the Legislative Office Building ( LOB). All meetings are open to the public. If…

Treatment Interventions: What Works? What Doesn’t?

The National Autism Center Reviews Best Practice in Treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorders… The recently released National Standards Report, issued by the National Autism Center (led by executive director Susan Wilczynski, BCBA), provides a detailed review of the evidence supporting various educational and behavioral treatments for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (under age 22).  Not…

Two Studies at the University of North Carolina

Autism Research – Early Signs Monitoring EARLY DEVELOPMENT STUDY Your child can be monitored from infancy for biological and behavioral characteristics associated with autism. This study is funded by the National Institutes of Health under the direction of Dr. Joseph Piven. We are searching for 100 participants in the South Eastern US who meet the…

Combating Autism Act of 2006 and the Strategic Plan for Autism Spectrum Disorder Research…

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) will be having a Scientific Workshop on September 30th and October 1st to update the 2009 IACC Strategic Plan for ASD Research. This meeting will be held in Bethesda, MD, and more information can be found at http://iacc.hhs.gov/. The IACC was established as a result of the Combating Autism…

Organizing for upper grades (middle and high school)…

Here’s advice from my teenage son: Let’s face it. Back to school is never easy. But here are a few hints and tips to help make things easier for when that first day comes around. First off, get to know your teachers. If you can’t arrange a talk with your teacher, at least get a…