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PALS creates joy at Sanderson High School

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PALS creates joy at Sanderson High School

It was 5:45 p.m. on a Thursday, but the cafeteria of Sanderson High School in Raleigh was abuzz with activity. Teens in togas and tutus flitted back and forth, hanging streamers and taping grinning ghosts and grimacing skulls to the walls. Platters of donated snacks and cupcakes were set out on tables in one corner,…

A Closer Look at North Carolina’s 2015-17 Budget

This article was contributed by Jennifer Mahan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at ASNC. The new state budget for budget years 2015-17, which began on July 1, 2015, sits at $21.7 billion. It includes several important policy initiatives for people with disabilities, but it also makes changes that could keep people with autism, intellectual…

Nominate Your Direct Support Professional for Roman Award

This article was contributed by Kerri Erb, Chief Program Officer. This week, Direct Support Professional Recognition Week, we are taking time to honor our staff members who provide critical support for individuals with autism. Every day, they work one-to-one with individuals with autism, teaching skill acquisition and supporting them in reaching their life goals. In…

General Assembly Approves ABLE Accounts for NC Families

This article was contributed by Jennifer Mahan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy at ASNC. On Monday, Aug. 3, The General Assembly approved legislation authorizing ABLE accounts in North Carolina; Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to sign the bill into law. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, a federal law signed in December…

Let’s Talk About Abilities

This article was contributed by Juliette Heim, an ASNC Autism Resource Specialist in Asheville and mom to a son with autism. Autism comes with many challenges that we face every single day. We have to address these challenges and learn how to manage them, and we often have to “think outside the box” in our approaches….

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…

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…

What is “Functional Communication” anyway?

The following article was submitted by Leica Anzaldo, Training Manager for the Autism Society of North Carolina. Mark has been at the same job now for two years and certainly knows what the expectations are. Or does he? Every time his manager adds new tasks to his job list, Mark seems to ignore them. Mark…