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Workplaces Should Offer Autism Trainings and Accommodations

Archive for 2018

Workplaces Should Offer Autism Trainings and Accommodations

Autism awareness is not prevalent enough in the working world. A high percentage of adults with autism are unable to find work or work enough to support themselves. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, less than 20% of adults with disabilities were working or looking for work in 2014. People with mild forms of…

What It’s Like to Have a Severe Autism Meltdown

One of the biggest fears a person can have is loss of control of self. The other is fear of the unknown. For many with autism, the unknown can trigger a loss of control. One great fear leads to another. There are many sources out there that will tell you why we do what we…

Employment Just One Part of His Full Life

Chris Schild’s job at Walgreens is just one part of his very full life. Chris, who is 25 now, was diagnosed with autism when he was about 8 years old. He has worked three days a week at Walgreens for more than a year. “He loves it there and they love him,” said his mother,…

Autism Awareness is for YOU, Autistic Person! Yes, You!

While autism awareness may appear to focus on teaching non-autistics about autism, it is also about us! The ones WITH the autism! It is very important for a non-autistic (a neurotypical) to treat another person with autism with patience and understanding. However, it is much more important for an autistic person to treat themselves with…

Focus on Healthy Habits at 2018 Annual Conference

The Autism Society of North Carolina held its 2018 annual conference March 23-24 in Charlotte. We will be sharing information from conference presentations in upcoming blog posts. Mindy Govan and Alicia DiDomizio, the Director and Assistant Director of ASNC’s IGNITE program for young adults on the spectrum, provided conference attendees with many tips they could…

Update on changes proposed for Medicaid

What is “managed care” and how is NC already managing the care of people receiving Medicaid? The federal government’s Medicaid program allows states to use health maintenance organization (HMO) managed-care models in the design of its Medicaid programs. At its most basic, a health maintenance organization, such as an insurance company or a provider-led health…

Introducing ASNC’s New Western Regional Director

We are happy to introduce Michael LePage as the Autism Society of North Carolina’s Western Regional Director. Michael brings with him a wealth of knowledge from a 20 year career serving individuals with intellectual and/or developmental disability (IDD) and their families, largely focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). He returned to ASNC in his new…

Why is This Behavior Occurring?

Everyone has walked into a grocery store and seen a child crying while reaching for a candy bar in the checkout lane. Perhaps you’ve experienced a toddler cry and scream when you walk out of the room, only to hear her stop as soon as you walk back inside. If you’re a parent, you may…