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Miscellaneous interesting education-related tidbits:

¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The NC State Board of Education is removing the second retest program from EOGs.¬† The change will be effective in the 2010-2011 school year.¬†¬† Hurrah!¬† Why should students who scored a Level 2 be required to take TWO retests?!¬† Instead, schools will be able to use the first retest results in calculating ABCs and…

Welcome to My World(s)

Struggling with the “culture of autism”.

Autism Hand-Me-Downs

Dear IACC, I love hand-me-downs. ¬†My friends and acquaintances buy the best stuff for their kids. ¬†Our problem is we constantly need to re-shuffle by tossing clothes into the Give Away, Put Away, or Throw Away bags. ¬†They overflow. ¬†Action must be taken. ¬†Much¬†maintenance is needed because the children have the nerve to keep changing…

EARLY INTERVENTION PROJECT: TRAINING SCHOOL STAFF AND PARENTS TOGETHER

Buncombe and Brunswick counties are the lucky sites for this targeted pilot program to study best practice methods in Early Intervention. The Autism Society of NC, along with Family Support Network of Brunswick County and Carolina Pediatric Therapy, is working with the two school systems to train teachers and parents to use a combination of…

Help us collect a thousand stories on the effects of state budget cuts

We need your help! We need your stories! Help us collect a thousand stories through this survey to share with your legislators, the Governor, Department of Health/Human Services staff and Local Management Entity (LME) Directors. They need to know how budget cuts for developmental disabilities, mental health and substance abuse services affect the lives of…

A Broken Healing

The grieving process.

Books on autism make great gifts this Holiday Season

There are so many books to choose from that the Autism Society of NC Bookstore has put together a list of the Top 16 Books to give as gifts this holiday season. I’ve categorized them by recipient to make it even easier to find the right book for the right person on your list!

From Toy Box to Toolbox

A review of The Integrated Self Advocacy ISA Curriculum by Valerie Paradiz

Proposed Changes to NC Policies‚ÄĒComment Period

The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, Exceptional Children Division, is proposing changes to the Policies Governing Services for Children with Disabilites.¬† The comment period is from November 23, 2009 through January 21, 2010, with a public hearing on Wednesday, December 16.¬† Most of the changes seem to align NC Policies with federal law, but…