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Elections 2022: Voting in the November Midterms

Voters return to the polls this fall for midterm elections. As a reminder, there are three ways to vote in North Carolina: from home, in person, and in a facility. North Carolina has made it easier to vote from home with updates to the absentee voting laws, but you can also vote in person at…

Achieve a Better Life Experience with NC ABLE

The NC ABLE Program allows individuals with the occurrence of a disability prior to the age of 26 and their families to contribute to tax-advantaged savings accounts without impacting eligibility for important public supports like Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid. A path to financial freedom For many eligible participants, there has long been a ‘spend down’…

Preparing for an IEP Meeting

Let’s be honest, preparing for your child’s IEP meeting – whether it’s the first or the 20th – can be overwhelming, especially if your child was recently diagnosed with autism. What is an IEP and where does one begin?! An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is a plan or program developed to ensure that a child…

Public Policy Update: Voting Rights Update

Disability Rights North Carolina sued the state over restrictions on who can help voters with disabilities cast their ballots in elections. Several North Carolina laws limited who can help voters as well as who can request ballots for voters. Those restrictions have been ruled in violation of federal laws. What does this means for you…

Letter to Legislators from the Autism Society of North Carolina

The following letter was sent in May to thank legislators for increased funding for Direct Support Professionals (DSPs). The Autism Society of North Carolina will continue to advocate for competitive wages for DSPs in recognition of the work they do improving lives and supporting families.   May 18, 2022 To: House and Senate Leadership, Joint…

Las Vacaciones en el Verano y la Computadora

La pereza del verano. Fragmentos de tiempo cuando los niños tienen la casa para ellos solos. El tiempo de inactividad se convierte en un vacío. Las horas pasarán a medida que los niños desaparezcan en la tecnología. Se fusionarán con la computadora y se eliminará toda posibilidad de hablar. ¿Se está haciendo un buen uso…

Public Policy Update – North Carolina General Assembly Update 

State Budget Adjustments Act Introduced: The NCGA is in the process this week of passing a brief budget adjustments act, HB 103. A reminder that the state passed a two-year budget for fiscal years July 2021-June 2023 last November which included additional waiver slots, increases to wages for direct support professionals, and an increase in…