Public Policy Update: Rights and Justice Issues

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Public Policy Update: Rights and Justice Issues

Eugenics Compensation From 1929 to 1974, the Eugenics Board of North Carolina reviewed petitions for sterilizations, and sterilizations were ordered in more than 90 percent of the cases before the board. Researchers estimate that more than 7,600 people were sterilized in the state during that period, ranking North Carolina third among states operating eugenics sterilization…

Public Policy Update: Insurance Coverage, Health Care Services and Managed Care

The Autism Society of North Carolina advocates for ensuring that people on the autism spectrum have access to health care services under private and public health plans including private insurance, the state health plan, and Medicaid services. Medicaid Expansion This year, despite the efforts of many advocacy groups including ASNC, there will be no expansion…

Public Policy Update: Education Funding and Legislation

This legislative session, the Autism Society of North Carolina’s focus on education continued to highlight improving education for children with disabilities in public schools while also offering options to parents who need to find different academic settings. EDUCATION FUNDING Overall, the two-year budget makes cuts to education, including public education, community colleges and the university…

The WNC Run/Walk for Autism: A mother gives back

Miles Buddy was a bright yet quirky toddler. He took in information like a sponge but had trouble making eye contact and seemed to view his parents as just “objects to get his immediate needs met,” says his mother, Brooks Buddy of Asheville. Miles was diagnosed with autism when he was 31/2 years old. When…

A closer look at the NC budget and its impact on the autism community

Every two years, the NC General Assembly passes legislation that sets a budget for the state over a two-year period, this year from July 1, 2013, to June 30, 2015. When the General Assembly returns in May 2014, legislators will make some adjustments to the budget, but they will not redo the entire bill. The…

NC legislature wraps up session

The General Assembly’s 2013 long session has come to a close. The House and Senate adjourned on Friday, July 26, and will not return to Raleigh – unless there is a veto – until the start of the short session on May 14, 2014. As a rule, legislation that passed just one of the two…

Update on Voting Rights Legislation: H 589 VIVA/Election Reform

On Tuesday, ASNC alerted the public that changes made to H 589 would threaten the rights of individuals with guardianship to vote. Thank you for your advocacy on this issue: You were heard!  We can now report that Senator Apodaca introduced an amendment to the bill on the floor of the Senate Wednesday night that…

Action Alert: Voting Rights Threatened

Today the NC Senate will introduce a new version of an omnibus voting and elections bill in the rules committee that will strip voting rights from people with guardianship. H589 VIVA/Election Reform as proposed by the Senate would do the following: The Senate Voting Omnibus Bill: Limits who can assist an individual who receives guardianship…

Update and Alert: Children w/ Disabilities Education Tax Credit and Scholarship Program

Note: an hour after this blog was posted we got word that Senate Finance scheduled an additional meeting Wednesday July 17 at 1 PM and has put H269 on the calendar!  We are looking forward to the committee discussion and a favorable vote.  Feel free to let your own Senator know your support for the…