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National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

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National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

Do you have a middle school or high school child?  You might want to check out this website:  the National Collaborative on Workforce dan Disability.  This website partners with many other organizations to provide resources and information as youth transition out of school.  Many of their publications are also available in Spanish. NCWD/Youth Partners Center…

CAP-MR/DD Stakeholder Survey

During the month of September, you are invited to participate in a survey about the CAP-MR/DD Medicaid waivers (Comprehensive Waiver and Supports Waiver).  Your feedback is very important to us as we continue to improve the waivers.  We want to hear from individuals receiving CAP-MR/DD services, parents and guardians of individuals receiving services, service providers,…

Back to school—I love it, I love it not

Back to school—hurray!  I say that now with a sigh of relief, but not for long.  I hate getting up and rushing out the door, I DETEST homework and projects with a passion, and I don’t enjoy the constant monitoring of my children’s progress. What I do enjoy about my children being in school—besides watching…

More Anti-bullying Talk: What to Do Now?

The U.S. Department of Education recently held its first summit on bullying prevention in Washington, D.C., as part of the Obama administration’s efforts to coordinate the federal government’s strategies to end bullying.  I like the idea of better coordination and collaboration, but do hope this will be more effective than the National Director of Intelligence—remember…

My Summer Camp Experience

This past Friday, August 13th, I had the privilege of attending the Talent Show at Camp Royall.  I was there to welcome families and give them information about ASNC.  As it turned out, I got much more from the experience than what I gave.   I arrived early to the Camp’s gym and sat out…

Diagnosing Autism with an MRI Scan?

Sounds a little futuristic—diagnosing autism with a brain scan.  In a small study of 60 adults, Dr. Christine Ecker of King’s College London was able to use an MRI to detect which adults had autism with 90% accuracy.  The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of Neuroscience, has several limitations.  First and most importantly, the…

Rosa’s Law, People First Language and More…

The Senate has passed legislation—Rosa’s Law—to replace the term “mental retardation” with “intellectual disability”.  This change in terminology would affect health, education and labor policy at the federal level, and bring it into line with the language already adopted by the CDC and other federal agencies.  The House version, called the Elizabeth A. Connelly Act,…

Surfers Healing This Month

As I posted in March (http://autismsocietyofnc.wordpress.com/2010/03/07/think-spring-think-surfing/), Surfers Healing will be coming to Wrightsville Beach later this month (Aug. 19).  I know that the sign up is quite intense—some families log on at 12:01 a.m. to try to reserve a spot!  Good luck to those who succeeded; keep tabs on the Surfers Healing website for videos. …

Report on use of antidepressants and autism

According to an article in The Boston Globe, antidepressants may not be helpful for treating the symptoms of autism.  However, parents and individuals on the spectrum have reported that they might still help with accompanying depression.  As usual, study results need to be taken in context: this is based on a compilation of only 7…