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Pet Challenges and Solutions

Pets are an amazing way for autistic children to experience companionship, understand boundaries, share responsibilities, and reduce anxiety. Caring for a pet also provides opportunities to learn new skills — such as patience, empathy, communication — while also supporting an avenue of emotional expression. It’s important for all families to do some research on the…

Public Policy Update: Competitive Integrated Employment in North Carolina Enters New Era with Plan for Closure of “Sheltered Workshops”  

The state of North Carolina (NC DHHS) announced they have entered into a settlement agreement with Disability Rights North Carolina and the Center for Public Representation to ensure that over 1,000 individuals with disabilities currently working in segregated employment settings have the opportunity to seek out community-based integrated competitive employment.  Segregated employment settings, often called…

Transitioning to Competent Adulthood with Dr. Peter Gerhardt

Dr. Peter Gerhardt, who has worked in the autism field for 37 years, shared some of his expertise with parents and professionals last week at a one-day conference in Raleigh. His presentation was titled “Transitioning to Competent Adulthood for Individuals with Autism: Implications from Preschool to High School and Beyond.” Dr. Gerhardt is the Executive…

New Hanover County moms night out

Join other moms and caregivers from the Chapter for a night out at Indochine, 7 Wayne Drive, Wilmington! Appetizers and tea or soda will be provided. Please RSVP to newhanoverchapter@autismsociety-nc.org by Friday, Feb 1o. For more information, join the Chapter Facebook group, www.facebook.com/groups/asnc.newhanover or email newhanoverchapter@autismsociety-nc.org.

The Autism Experience: Brain, Body, and Behavior

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Conference – The Autism Experience: Brain, Body, & Behavior

The Autism Society of North Carolina’s annual conference returns to the Hilton University Place Charlotte for two days of sessions. Featured topics include medical issues, behavior, anxiety, suicide prevention, and more. Speakers include Dr. Peter Gerhardt, Jim Bedford, Brenna Maddox, Lisa Morgan, Kimberly Carpenter, Jenna Flynn, and a panel of autistic adults. Online registration begins…

Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism

Join us for the Coastal NC Run/Walk for Autism! This amazing day of community benefits local programs of the Autism Society of North Carolina! In-person and virtual registration options available! Learn more.  The Coastal NC Run/Walk will be at the UNCW Track & Field (intersection of Hamilton Drive and Hurst Drive) in Wilmington on April…