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Public Policy Update

No progress on State Budget from House members State Budget Update: The NC House budget is now not expected until late July or early August. House budget leaders are sorting out the implications of billions in federal funding and its impact on the state budget. Some federal funding, like that for health and human services,…

June 9: Legislative Day of Action for Direct Support Wages

ASNC and a coalition of groups across IDD, aging, and home and community-based health services will be rallying at the General Assembly on June 9 in support of increased wages for direct support workers.¬†¬† Legislators have heard¬†our¬†decade of advocacy¬†for increased access to services,¬†and¬†we¬†expect¬†to see more waiver slots in the upcoming budget.¬†Access to waivers must go…

Public Policy Update

Listen to our latest podcast about these policy developments.   Federal Actions¬† American Rescue¬†Act: Congress¬†passed an additional COVID and economic relief bill – the American Rescue Plan (ARP)¬†– in early¬†March.¬†The legislation¬†includes¬†a number of¬†items meant to address ongoing¬†problems related to the pandemic including¬†$1,400¬†stimulus¬†checks for many Americans¬†(including dependents and individuals with disabilities);¬†an extension of unemployment benefits;¬†additional funding…

Public Policy Update

Federal Actions¬† American Rescue Plan¬†Act:¬†Congress continues to debate the contents of the next round of Federal economic and pandemic related relief. The¬†US¬†House passed the¬†American Relief Act¬†on February¬†27¬†and the Senate Passed its version of the bill over the weekend of March¬†6-7. The legislation¬†includes¬†$1,400 checks for many Americans¬†(including dependents and individuals with disabilities), an extension of unemployment…

Vaccine Priority Update

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced several updates regarding COVID-19 vaccine administration on March 2, 2021. Included in the updates are changes to the vaccination priority for people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities, including autism. We want to extend our sincere appreciation to Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen, Deputy Secretary Dave Richard,…

Vaccine Priority for People with Autism

Increasing evidence is showing that people with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (IDD) are at much higher risk for contracting COVID-19, for being hospitalized with the illness, and an increased mortality rate from the illness. A Johns Hopkins analysis of insurance data indicates people with IDD are three times more likely to die when infected with…

Public Policy Advocacy: What’s Ahead and How to Help

As an organization dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals on the autism spectrum and their families, ASNC advocates for public policies that support people on the spectrum and monitors changes in our developmental disability and education systems. We work with policymakers at the General Assembly, state departments such as NC Department of Health and…

Find Your People in an ASNC Chapter

Are you looking for a community of support during these challenging times? Do you wish you could ask questions of other parents or share your child‚Äôs latest victory with people who will get it? Want to help raise autism awareness in your community? Join an Autism Society of North Carolina Chapter! We have more than…