Public Policy and Government Relations at the Autism Society of North Carolina

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Public Policy and Government Relations at the Autism Society of North Carolina

Greetings from the desk of the Director of Government Relations! My first couple of months at The Autism Society of North Carolina have been a whirlwind of activity. I’m grateful that I finally have a chance to start addressing policy questions in our blog and let everyone know what is happening in public policy for people…

Finding Childcare for Children with Disabilities

This issue is particularly challenging in Wake County right now, as the Wake County Public School System (WCPSS) recently began enforcing a policy (Board Policy # 7125) on the books: refusing to transport children beyond their districted school’s boundaries to afterschool centers.  Until recently, children could be bused to their afterschool program even if it was outside…

Be Your Child’s Best Advocate! Application Deadline December 31

Join the ranks of parents and self-advocates who have been trained through the NC Partners in Policymaking!  Learn to advocate at all levels: locally, regionally, and nationally.  This is a no-cost opportunity that is truly outstanding.  You will benefit, whether you’re a parent or an individual with an intellectual or developmental disability.  I was honored…

Department of Education and President Obama Speak Out and Take Action Against Bullying

Recent tragic suicides as the result of bullying have spurred President Obama and the Department of Education to speak out against bullying and to address these issues nationally.  At least two of these suicides were the result of anti-gay bullying, while others involved youth including those with disabilities.  Russlyn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,…

Early Voting Ends Saturday, October 30

    As they say in Chicago, vote early and often!  Seriously, everyone should be encouraged to exercise their right and responsibility to vote in all elections.  I recently took my oldest son to vote in his second election; we studied the issues and the candidates together, then looked up our early polling station online. …

Good news in the special education legal arena

A federal appeals court recently ruled that a lawsuit alleging that Hawaii schools “deliberately neglected the needs of two girls with autism during their formative years” could go forward.  The parents are seeking damages under the federal Rehabilitation Act due to “lost opportunity”—that the Hawaii Department of Education failed to provide appropriate special education when…

School Resource Officers and your child: preventing problems

Did you know that School Resource Officers (SROs) may know nothing whatsoever about your child with autism or even about autism?  Did you also know that your child with autism could be arrested at school and charged with assault?  Being proactive and connecting with the SRO at your child’s school could be vitally important for…

Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee

The Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) Services Subcommittee will be having two meetings, as well as a public workshop, in the coming weeks and months. The first meeting will be a conference call held on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 from 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM ET. For more information see: http://iacc.hhs.gov/events.   The purpose of…

Survey about Moving into Adulthood

The Family Advocacy and Support Training (FAST), a project of the PACER Center in Minnesota, is currently conducting a study of the needs of youth with disabilities (12 – 22 years old) as they move into adulthood. Parents or primary caregivers are asked to complete this survey, which is also available in Spanish.  The purpose…