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Action Alert: Ask Senators to Support CARES Act

Editor’s Update: Thank you for your advocacy supporting the Autism CARES Act. Our NC Senators, Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, have both signed on to the reauthorization bill, and we are hopeful that the CARES Act will be reauthorized before Sept. 30. The Autism CARES Act will sunset (expire) on September 30 if it is…

New Timeline for Medicaid Transformation

Editor’s note: This is an update to information posted July 16, 2019. The managed-care rollout has been changed to one phase for the whole state in February 2020, rather than starting in November 2019 with some counties. Open enrollment is now scheduled to end on December 13 for all counties.  The NC Department of Health and Human Services is in the process of implementing Medicaid transformation in North Carolina. The vision…

Jen Pyne Named 2019 Roman Award Winner

Jen Pyne is not just a service provider to the people with autism whom she supports. She is a true friend and a member of their family. “She has helped me to create a life on my own terms that I am proud of,” said Jade McWilliams, one of her clients. “I have a very…

Debra Wyatt Named 2019 McCrimmon Award Winner

Debra Wyatt might have saved Chris Schild’s life, says his father, Bryan. Chris and Debra were at Walgreens, where he works and she supports him as a job coach, when a tragic incident occurred. “My son was not 10 feet away from a man who had just shot the pharmacist and the pharmacy tech,” Bryan…

Keeping Your Family Safe in a Storm

Dear Families, Friends, and Supporters, As we find ourselves in the possible path of a hurricane, we share your concern about the safety of your loved ones. We wanted to take a moment to let you know that ASNC is here for your family. To help you prepare, we are sharing some helpful resources on…

Giving Back for Camp Royall

Each summer at Camp Royall, Tommy Guthrie Johnson is all grins and giggles as he enjoys swimming, hiking, digging in the garden, and singing camp songs, silly motions and all. Tommy, who is 14, is “complex,” said his mother, Megan Johnson. “He’s so challenging but so funny and smart and cuddly and loveable.” Megan adopted…

I Really Am Listening to You!

I really am listening to you! My eyes are looking elsewhere. I’m playing with something. I’m rocking. Humming. Giving an unpleasant facial expression. Fill in the blank! “Normal” people look right at you and respond. Sorry! I can’t! But I can listen! I AM listening! You are very important to me. Your thoughts are interesting….

Teaching Skills to Prepare for Back to School

Going back to school after time off for the summer is an exciting, but often overwhelming time. You may begin to feel some nervousness about how your loved one will transition to a new schedule or even navigate a new environment. To help prepare them for the new school year, it is important to think…