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Focus on Safety at ASNC Conference

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Focus on Safety at ASNC Conference

The Autism Society of North Carolina held its annual conference March 11-12 in Charlotte. We have been sharing information from conference presentations in occasional blog posts. Nancy Nestor and Nancy Popkin, two Charlotte-area Autism Resource Specialists, presented a session titled “Staying Two Steps Ahead: Safety Considerations for Caregivers,” on the second day of the conference….

Moving from Awareness to Acceptance

  This April, for Autism Awareness Month, the Autism Society of North Carolina is focusing on acceptance and inclusion, not just awareness. We want people to know about autism’s challenges, so they can be more accommodating. But we also want them to know how their lives can be better when they include people with autism….

IF/THEN: A Strategy to Motivate Your Child with Autism

This article was contributed by Nancy Popkin, Autism Resource Specialist in the Charlotte region and mom to a son with autism. Back when my son was little and newly diagnosed with autism, he would play by looking at multiple books at a time spread out on the floor. When he was done, he would leave…

The Invisible Disability: Another Facet of Autism

This article was contributed by Bobbi Wells, Autism Resource Specialist in the Eastern region and mom to a son with autism.   Haven’t you heard the old saying, “Never judge a book by its cover?” Well, I am here to add to its meaning from an autism perspective. As a parent with a son who…

A Challenge for Change That Begins With YOU!

This article was contributed by Kim Tizzard, Associate Resource Specialist Director/Education Coordinator and mom to a son with autism. When my son was very young, his challenges, in all settings, seemed insurmountable. In particular, the thought of taking him out to church, school, a grocery store, or really anywhere that involved the public sector made…

Magic of Sesame Street Lets Us #SeeAmazing

This article was contributed by Amy Perry, an ASNC Autism Resource Specialist and mom to a daughter with autism. I’m going to get personal. When I heard Sesame Street was launching an autism initiative, I was very happy, and in some ways, I felt it was long overdue. I grew up watching Sesame Street and…

Triangle Run/Walk for Autism: ‘One of our Favorite Days of the Year’

The second Saturday in October is a special day to 9-year-old Seamus Millet. On his family’s calendar, it is marked with a puzzle piece, and he counts down the days. Seamus, who was diagnosed with high-functioning autism just before his fifth birthday, is a veteran of the Triangle Run/Walk for Autism, the biggest fundraiser of…

HPU Lacrosse Team Steps Out to Improve Lives in Greensboro Run/Walk for Autism

The High Point University men’s lacrosse team has quickly established a winning tradition in the first four years of its existence, but for Triad families with autism, some of the team’s off-the-field stats are what make the players outstanding: 4 years of participating in the Greensboro Run/Walk for Autism as a team 56 lacrosse players…

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…