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Getting the School Services to Which Your Child is Entitled

Archive for 2017

Getting the School Services to Which Your Child is Entitled

Acquiring services for your child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may seem as challenging as getting help from the Wizard of Oz. Parents reach out to schools with information about their child’s diagnosis and request help, but receive answers they don’t understand. Many people think a diagnosis of ASD automatically opens the door to special education, but that is not necessarily so.

Chipping in for Autism

UNC-Chapel Hill sophomore Austin Ludwig is determined to spread understanding for people with autism. His little brother Mason, who is 10 and lives in Holly Springs, was diagnosed when he was 2 years old and is nonverbal. “He is my motivation for a lot of things I do,” Austin said. “He’s an incredible kid, super…

Banner Elk Parents Give Back to ASNC

Four years ago, Rebecca and Eddie Hurst’s son, Mark, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mark, who is now 8, “is a very brilliant boy who loves videogames, LEGOs, math, and reading Captain Underpants books, and knows more about technology than we do!” Rebecca said. Mark’s biggest challenges are social interaction and sensitivities regarding food,…

Public Policy Update

This article was contributed by Jennifer Mahan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy. Federal News American Health Care Act (AHCA) Update Thank you for calling your US House of Representatives member regarding cuts to Medicaid in the AHCA and the importance of health-care coverage for autism. Your direct advocacy matters! The US House was not…

Focus on Sensory Processing Strategies at Annual Conference

The Autism Society of North Carolina held its annual conference March 24-25 in Charlotte. We will be sharing information from conference presentations in upcoming blog posts. Linda King-Thomas, a co-founder of Developmental Therapy Associates in Durham, presented on “Sensory Processing Issues and Practical Strategies” on the second day of the conference. Sensory integration is the…

Focus on Strategies for Anxiety at Annual Conference

The Autism Society of North Carolina held its annual conference March 24-25 in Charlotte. We will be sharing information from conference presentations in upcoming blog posts. Holly Blanc Moses, a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Licensed Professional Counselor, and Licensed Psychological Associate, gave a presentation titled “Autism and Anxiety: Strategies that Work” on the second day…

Join Our Campaign for Acceptance

Join us this April as we again focus on acceptance and inclusion, not just awareness, for National Autism Awareness Month. The #A2AforAutism campaign to move communities from Awareness “2” Acceptance, started some conversations last year, and we can’t wait to see how it builds this year. We want people with autism, and their families, to…

Action Alert: Ask Representatives to Stop Medicaid Cuts

Action Alert: Proposed Changes to Medicaid Will Cut Funding Call Your Representatives Today!   Congress is moving quickly to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA or Obamacare) and replace it with the American Health Care Act, or AHCA. This bill will make drastic cuts to the Medicaid program affecting people with autism who are currently…