This article was contributed by Jennifer Mahan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at ASNC.
The Autism Society of North Carolina advocates with policymakers at the General Assembly, state departments and divisions, and LME/MCOs to help create better services and opportunities for people on the autism spectrum. We are developing our public policy targets for the two-year legislative cycle that begins in January 2017.
Please help us by taking this quick survey, which asks you to prioritize potential public policy targets for the next two years:
ASNC is committed to working with policymakers to expand access to services and supports, expand access to health care, improve education for children and young adults, expand access to employment, improve services infrastructure, and ensure that people on the spectrum are able to exercise their rights and live in a just world. Given the MANY needs for public policy advocacy across all of these issues and the limited resources with which to advocate, ASNC must focus on a select number of policy issues as we move forward.
Whether you are an individual on the spectrum, a family member, friend, professional, or other person who cares about people with autism, we want to know what you think. You are a person for whom we advocate, so your input into our public policy targets is crucial. And yes, choosing which issues are most important to you among the many important issues is difficult. We recognize that difficulty and appreciate your willingness to help us make the tough choices. Our final public policy targets will be released in January 2017.
If you have questions about North Carolina policy issues, please contact Jennifer Mahan, ASNC Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-865-5068.Tags: ASNC, Asperger Syndrome, Asperger's Syndrome, autism, autism advocacy, autism legislation, autism nc, autism north carolina, autism society north carolina, autism society of NC, Autism Society of North Carolina, Autism spectrum, Autism Spectrum Disorder, autism support, budget, Developmental disability, legislation, nc autism legislation, NC state budget, North Carolina, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, North Carolina General Assembly, public policy, special education