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Seek First Responders with CIT Training

If you or a loved one with autism experiences a crisis involving law enforcement, firefighters, or EMTs, what should you know? The first thing that you need to know is to ask for someone who has CIT training. Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) training is an intensive mental-health training provided to first responders. CIT training is…

My Yellow Brick Road: A Journey Through a New Diagnosis

The Wizard of Oz has always been one of my favorite movies, but watching it this time, something seemed different and oddly familiar. As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, I saw the movie through different glasses. We all know the story. Dorothy spins and twirls as her whole world is picked…

Bullying: Empowering Our Students with ASD

In today’s society, it is not at all unusual to hear stories about students (both those with and without disabilities) being bullied. There is no doubt that bullying is becoming a serious problem in the school-age population, leading to students’ lower self-esteem, heightened anxiety, depression, fear, isolation, and even suicide. A growing issue within the…

URGENT: Tell Senators Not to Cut or Cap Medicaid

Congress plans to hold hearings Monday on a health-care bill that makes massive cuts to Medicaid, which includes funds for Innovations waivers, EPSDT services, and many other health and disability services. Analysis of previous health-care bills estimated that billions of dollars would be cut from Medicaid and 32 million people would lose health coverage, resulting…

2017 Roman Award Winner Named

The Autism Society of North Carolina is pleased to recognize Ed McCrimmon of Durham as the 2017 winner of the John and Claudia Roman Direct Service Award for outstanding commitment to individuals with autism and their families. Ed, who has worked for ASNC since 1999, was nominated for supporting David Wertheimer for 18 years with…

“Food is Yummy! Get in My Tummy!” Managing Food-Seeking Behaviors

Most of the people reading this can agree with the title. Food is yummy, so we love putting it in our tummy! This can be an issue when food becomes an obsession, for obvious reasons (i.e., health concerns) and some that may not be so apparent (e.g., problem behaviors resulting from being denied access to…

Prepare for Hurricanes to Stay Safe

The Autism Society of North Carolina would like to partner with you to keep your family safe. With hurricane season upon us, and Hurricane Irma possibly heading toward North Carolina in coming days, we wanted to share some information to help you prepare. We have created two social narratives that you may find useful for…