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WNC Run/Walk for Autism Celebrates 10 Years of Community Stepping Out to Improve Lives

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WNC Run/Walk for Autism Celebrates 10 Years of Community Stepping Out to Improve Lives

The WNC Run/Walk for Autism celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, and Katie Wills has been with it every step of the way. Katie moved to Asheville in 2000 with her husband, Lewis, and son, Jesse, who was then a teenager. Jesse was diagnosed with autism at the age of 3 and is nonverbal. Since…

Focus on Science at ASNC Annual Conference

Dr. Geri Dawson, Director of the Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development, opened the second day of our annual conference with a fact-filled presentation titled: “Autism Spectrum Disorders: What do we know? Where are we heading?” We would like to thank her for sharing her time and knowledge with us. For those who were…

Focus on Employment at ASNC Annual Conference

At ASNC, we believe that meaningful employment is a key component of a fulfilling life, but about four out of five adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are unemployed. Across the US, some enterprising families, and other concerned people, have come up with new and exciting ways to ensure that individuals with autism will enjoy…

Hook, Line and Sinker

Hook: Tell them where you are from Line: Give them your personal story or state the facts Sinker: Ask for what you want Hook, Line and Sinker – Three easy steps to engaging your legislator. This is one of the things that we learned last week at the annual Autism Society “Day on the Hill.”…

Bill on Restraint and Seclusion passes in the House!

The Preventing Harmful Restraint and Seclusion in the Schools Act (H.R. 4247) passed in the US House of Representatives yesterday with a vote of 262-153. Thank you to all who contributed to this effort by calling or emailing Congress. This important piece of legislation is on the path to becoming law, but it’s not there…

Disability Rights NC releases report, “Seclusion and Restraint: A Dangerous Education”

The Autism Society of NC applauds the work of Disability Rights NC ( DRNC) on their report on seclusion and restraint issues in NC. ASNC is working with DRNC to ban the use of prone restraint in schools and to promote the use of Positive Behavior Supports as an important strategy to prevent and manage…