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Section 504 Accommodations

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Section 504 Accommodations

If your child with an Autism Spectrum Disorder does not qualify for an IEP (Individualized Education Program), it is possible that he/she might qualify for a Section 504 Plan.¬† This plan, part of the federal Rehabilitation Act of 1973, protects qualified individuals from discrimination based on their disability.¬† People who have a physical or mental…

“Dear, It’s About The Children…”

Telling others about your child’s autism.

My Baby is Your One in Seventy

America is the Land of Opportunity, founded by people who strongly believed if you want something badly enough it can be yours for the taking, with the emphasis on the taking. ¬†Another way of looking at it is the “Smash ‘n Grab” philosophy, often enacted after a “Scatter and Confuse” military tactic ensues. ¬†Let’s leave…

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…


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…

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…

WARNING! Helicopter Moms

The pros and cons of being a hovering caregiver.