Holidays on the Spectrum: It Gets Better

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Holidays on the Spectrum: It Gets Better

This article was contributed by Judy Smithmyer, an ASNC Autism Resource Specialist in the Greensboro region and mom to a daughter with autism. The holiday season can be stressful for most people, but for families who have a loved one on the spectrum, it can be most difficult. This Thanksgiving was an example of one…

ASNC’s Maureen Morrell Honored by NC Council on Developmental Disabilities

Maureen Morrell, State Chapter Director for the Autism Society of North Carolina, was awarded the Helen C. “Holly” Riddle Distinguished Service Award by the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities on Nov. 19 in Cary. Morrell has advocated for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families for more than 30 years. She has…

ASNC Advocating for You on Services Issues

This article was contributed by Jennifer Mahan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, and Kerri Erb, Chief Program Officer. Federal Guidance on Autism Services under Medicaid “Will Medicaid cover autism services including Applied Behavioral Analysis?” Many families have asked this question since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued new guidance earlier this…

“Autism…What Does It Mean to Me?” Brings Understanding

This article was contributed by Jade McWilliams, autistic self-advocate. I first came across “Autism…What Does It Mean to Me?” when I was officially diagnosed with autism, about 4 years ago at the local TEACCH Center. At this time, Catherine Faherty was still working for TEACCH. (I knew I was autistic before that, but being a…

ASNC Clinical Team Going Deeper on Social Skills

  This article was contributed by Leica Anzaldo, Training Manager for the Autism Society of North Carolina. Social skills has always been a buzz word in the autism community, but what does this really mean? My colleague and I have recently been tasked with developing a training program that addresses teaching social skills within the…

Fair Doesn’t Have to Mean Equal

This article was contributed by Bobbi Wells, an Autism Resource Specialist and mom to a son with autism. In a world where it seems to be politically correct to treat everyone the same and give everyone the same privileges, we often miss the opportunity to teach our kids (typical and not typical) a very important…

He Has “Mastered” This Skill at Home; Why Doesn’t He Do It Anywhere Else?

This article was contributed by Louise Southern of ASNC’s Clinical and Training Department. Long ago, I worked with a young child who could answer a variety of social questions such as “What’s your name?,” “Where do you live?,” and “What is your mom’s name?,” but he could only answer the questions under certain conditions. When…

Peer Programs: A Win-Win Proposition

This article was contributed by Wanda Curley, an Autism Resource Specialist and mom to a son with autism.   “When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them.” – Jean Vanier, “Finding Peace”   This past year, our son with…

Free Workshop: “Autism: How Faith Communities Can Help”

Practicing one’s faith is important to many families of children and adults with autism and other disabilities. Families often turn to their faith communities for understanding, acceptance, and support as they work to meet the needs of the person with autism and understand his or her strengths and gifts. Yet often they struggle to find…