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Spotlight on the Crystal Coast Chapter

Archive for 2014

Spotlight on the Crystal Coast Chapter

Editor’s note: For those who have a loved one with Autism Spectrum Disorder, a community of support can be a lifeline. For more than 40 years, ASNC Chapters and Support Groups have provided families who face similar challenges an opportunity to encourage one another, share experiences, find information and resources, and have a place where…

The iPad for Communication: Where to Begin?

  This article was contributed by Amy Perry, an Autism Resource Specialist for the Autism Society of North Carolina. The iPad can be used as a powerful tool for communication, but many families are stumped about where to begin. Apps for communication range from simple text-to-speech to full-fledged Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) systems with…

“The Waiting List”: Am I on It?

For quite a while, the Autism Society of North Carolina has been telling the public about the changes to the CAP MR/IDD waiver, a home- and community-based program that helps people with autism and other intellectual and developmental disabilities get services and supports. (For previous posts, click here and here.) Last year, the CAP IDD…

ASNC Helping to Shape Medicaid Reform to Better Support People with Autism

Update: This week, officials at DHHS released their proposal for changes to the Medicaid system in North Carolina. The reforms would focus on creating Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to cover pyshical health services that would receive a share of savings by providing better quality care and controlling costs. Specialty services to people with developmental disabilities…

Autism and Learning Disabilities: What Can I Do To Help My Child?

This article was contributed by Kathleen Dolbee, a parent, educator, and ASNC Autism Resource Specialist. What can you do if in addition to autism, your child seems to have a learning disability? If your child already has an IEP, ask for a meeting of the IEP team, explain your concerns and present whatever evidence you…

IPads and Autism: A Perfect Match?

This article was contributed by Amy Perry, an Autism Resource Specialist for the Autism Society of North Carolina. A version of the article was originally published in the summer 2013 edition of  the Spectrum magazine. For those who would like to learn more about autism and iPads, Amy Perry will present a workshop during the…

ASNC Working with Law Enforcement to Secure Funding for Tracking Devices

Last week, in response to congressional interest in wandering and the safety of children on the autism spectrum, Justice Department officials said they would make funding available immediately to provide free electronic tracking devices for kids with autism who are at risk of wandering. As many as 50% of children with autism are estimated to…

Simple Home Strategies for Parents

This article was contributed by Amy Hobbs, Training Coordinator for the Autism Society of North Carolina. Are you looking for a way to make your evenings more peaceful? We have a few strategies you can try to keep your child with autism on track with homework and daily tasks – which should make the whole…

Q&A with Dave Spicer, Self-Advocate, Father, and Conference Speaker

Dave Spicer was diagnosed with autism in 1994 at age 46, shortly after his son’s diagnosis. Since then, Spicer says, he has been examining his life with moderate diligence. He often speaks and writes about the experience of living with autism and serves on the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Board of Directors. Spicer will…