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The Power of Consent

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The Power of Consent

AutismSocietyNC ¬∑ Blog | The Power of Consent by Felicia Williams Brown   While much attention has been given to understanding the social and communication difficulties faced by many on the autism spectrum, there remains a particularly sensitive topic that demands exploration. That topic is consent. Consent is a term we encounter in various contexts‚ÄĒfrom…

Shattering Stereotypes: Intersection of Autism and Black Excellence

Dictionary.com defines the term ‚ÄúBlack excellence‚ÄĚ as ‚Äúa high level of achievement, success, or ability demonstrated by an individual Black person or Black people in general. The term is often used to highlight and celebrate specific examples of such achievements and abilities, especially as the hashtag #BlackExcellence.‚ÄĚ Many African American family systems value Black excellence…

New Study Highlights the Value of Investing in Direct Support Professionals 

New Study A new study on the economic impact of Direct Support Professionals in North Carolina has found that investing in increasing the wages of Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) who serve people with I/DD, as well as increasing access to DSPs though additional Innovations waiver slots, yields substantial economic benefits to the State of North…

ASNC 2024 Conference | Building the Foundation: Best Practices in Autism

The Building the Foundation Conference hosted by the Autism Society of North Carolina (ASNC) was a big success this year. More than 300 people were in attendance for this annual event held on Friday, March 8, at the McKimmon Conference and Training Center on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh.   Energy was…

Innovations Waiver Up for Renewal – Public Comments Needed

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services has notified us that the Innovations waiver is up for renewal. In NC our Innovations (1915c) waiver is generally approved for five years.¬† ¬† The NC 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services Innovations Waiver‚Äôs‚ÄĮcurrent 5-year cycle period will expire on June 30, 2024. NC Medicaid‚Äôs goal is…

Elections 2024: Voting Deadlines and Changes

There are three ways to vote in North Carolina: from home, in person and in a facility. North Carolina made changes to legislative districts, to voting laws for absentee voting, and a 2022 court decision made changes to laws regarding¬† voting a as a person with a disability. These changes are outlined below.¬†¬† Voting in¬†primaries…

Focus | BFAST and Supporting the Black Autism Community

The Autism Society of North Carolina has some exciting news to share. After many months of collaborating with The University of North Carolina‚Äôs TEACCH program, we are excited to announce the creation of a new website for North Carolina families. BFAST was created in partnership with members of the Black community‚ÄĮto create easily accessed,‚ÄĮculturally sensitive,‚ÄĮand…

1915i Services ‚Äď What Are They? Eligibility, and How to Apply

Medicaid in North Carolina is now offering new services to people with Medicaid who have an intellectual and/or developmental disability (I/DD), including autism, as well as those with mental health issues and substance use disorders. .¬† In order to receive these services you must be enrolled in a Tailored Plan (Alliance, Vaya, Partners or Trillium).¬†…

Behind the Scenes with an ASNC Support Groups Specialist

  The role of the ASNC Support Groups Specialist is truly unique. There are seven Support Groups Specialist positions across the state, six of which are filled by a remarkable team of ladies who serve their local regions. Have you ever wondered how an Autism Society of North Carolina Support Group leader developed their group…