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Be Prepared: Carry an Autism Survival Kit

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Be Prepared: Carry an Autism Survival Kit

This article was contributed by Wanda Curley, an Autism Resource Specialist in the Triad and mom to a son with autism. We live in a busy, fast-paced world that can be full of change and surprises. For most of us, planning ahead and being prepared for those last-minute changes is helpful. For individuals with Autism…

NC Passes Autism Insurance: What It Means for Families

This article was contributed by Jennifer Mahan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at ASNC. On Tuesday, the North Carolina General Assembly passed SB676, “Autism Health Insurance Coverage.” The bill now goes to the governor’s desk for his signature, which would make North Carolina the 43rd state to enact autism insurance legislation. This is a historic…

Priming 101: Help Your Loved One with ASD Succeed in New Situations

This article was contributed by Leica Anzaldo and Louise Southern of ASNC’s Clinical Services Department. How many of you have experienced the challenge of introducing something new or unknown to your loved one with autism? Having an effective plan is a critical component to the person with autism succeeding and reduces the likelihood that they…

Nominate Your Direct Support Professional for Roman Award

This article was contributed by Kerri Erb, Chief Program Officer. This week, Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, we are taking time to honor our staff members who provide critical support for individuals with autism. Every day, they work one-to-one with individuals with autism, teaching skill acquisition and supporting them in reaching their life goals. In…

Documenting Your Concerns in Your Child’s IEP

This article was contributed by Teresa Mebane, an Autism Resource Specialist in the Wilmington region and an autism mom. Now that school is back in session, it’s time to think about your child’s IEP. Do you ever feel your concerns are not being heard? Have you left an IEP meeting with unanswered questions? Here are…

Triangle Run/Walk for Autism: ‘One of our Favorite Days of the Year’

The second Saturday in October is a special day to 9-year-old Seamus Millet. On his family’s calendar, it is marked with a puzzle piece, and he counts down the days. Seamus, who was diagnosed with high-functioning autism just before his fifth birthday, is a veteran of the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism, the biggest fundraiser of…

HPU Lacrosse Team Steps Out to Improve Lives in Greensboro Run/Walk for Autism

The High Point University men’s lacrosse team has quickly established a winning tradition in the first four years of its existence, but for Triad families with autism, some of the team’s off-the-field stats are what make the players outstanding: 4 years of participating in the Greensboro Run/Walk for Autism as a team 56 lacrosse players…

Bringing Art into the Lives of Adults with Autism

The Autism Society of North Carolina’s day program in Raleigh, Creative Living, focuses on clients’ individual strengths and interests to help them lead meaningful lives. Art is a large part of this individually tailored approach. Creative Living clients express themselves through many media, including painting and pottery.“Through art, there’s no right or wrong way to…

Make This Your Child’s Best School Year Yet

Are you ready for back-to-school time? Or does the mere thought of a new school year make you anxious? The Autism Society of North Carolina is ready to partner with you and your child for a successful school year. Please take advantage of the resources we offer. Toolkits: In the past year and a half,…