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A look back at a remarkable year

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A look back at a remarkable year

A few highlights from 2013 2013 was a busy year in the autism community. We witnessed the changeover in statewide service delivery from Local Management Entities (LMEs) to Managed Care Organizations (MCOs). Issues that had stalled for years with the legislature moved forward, but not all the way into law. And more families learned that…

Early Intervention Strategies to Promote Communication Behaviors

Editor’s Note – This article was submitted by Louise Southern, M.Ed., BCBA, Training Specialist for the Autism Society of North Carolina. When we are called upon to support young children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, we often find that a key area of focus is communication. Communication can mean many things, and it is not only…

Holiday Letter: Helping Friends and Family Understand Your Child with ASD

This letter is intended for relatives, friends, and hosts of holiday gatherings who might need a crash course in what to expect from their guest on the autism spectrum. The letter is written from the viewpoint of an individual with autism. For a PDF of the letter that you can print, click here. Dear Family…

Public Policy Update: NC Parents who Homeschool Gain Options for Instruction

This past legislative session, the General Assembly passed changes to North Carolina homeschool laws that allow more flexibility in instructional options. Senate Bill 189 redefined a homeschool to be a nonpublic school consisting of the children of not more than two families of “households where the parents or legal guardians or members of either household…

Speaking Out Against Bullying

The following article was submitted by Linda Griffin, Resource Specialist Director for the Autism Society of North Carolina, for National Bullying Awareness Month. One of the most painful chapters in my life was when my young son was being bullied. His eccentricities, inappropriate remarks, rigid rule-following, and lack of social understanding were all catalysts for…

ASNC to Cover Supported Employment Services Until November 1

While policymakers in Washington debate when and how to end the federal government shutdown, Americans want to know how their lives will be affected. In our state, many workers who are paid with federal dollars, even in state government, have faced furloughs. Of specific concern to individuals with autism and their families is which benefits…

Q&A with Alan Cohen, employment supports professional

The Autism Society of North Carolina recently named Alan Cohen of Raleigh as the 2013 winner of the John and Claudia Roman Direct Service Award. Cohen, an employment supports professional who has worked for ASNC for four years, shares some of what he has learned. What is a typical workday like for you? That’s something that…

Public Policy Update: Education Tax Credit Becomes Scholarship Program

This is the final year that families with children with disabilities who moved their children into private or home schools after July of 2010 can claim the North Carolina education tax credit.  Starting in the spring of 2014, North Carolina will offer a scholarship program for children with disabilities who leave public school and enter private…

Public Policy Update: Rights and Justice Issues

Eugenics Compensation From 1929 to 1974, the Eugenics Board of North Carolina reviewed petitions for sterilizations, and sterilizations were ordered in more than 90 percent of the cases before the board. Researchers estimate that more than 7,600 people were sterilized in the state during that period, ranking North Carolina third among states operating eugenics sterilization…