The WNC Run/Walk for Autism: A mother gives back

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The WNC Run/Walk for Autism: A mother gives back

Miles Buddy was a bright yet quirky toddler. He took in information like a sponge but had trouble making eye contact and seemed to view his parents as just “objects to get his immediate needs met,” says his mother, Brooks Buddy of Asheville. Miles was diagnosed with autism when he was 31/2 years old. When…

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…

Driving and Autism

Editor’s Note – The following article was written by Linda Griffin, Parent Advocate Director for the Autism Society of North Carolina. I had hoped that my son would learn to drive. And then I hoped that he wouldn’t. Either way, there were going to be consequences. Not driving meant learning to use public transportation and…

Legislative Update for May 20 – NC House Passes Autism Insurance Bill!

The following post was filed by Jennifer Mahan, Autism Society of North Carolina Director of Advocacy and Public Policy. Crossover Week Last week, the legislature finished a very busy week known as “crossover.” During each long session the NC General Assembly sets a deadline for policy bills to be approved by one chamber or the…

Planning for the Future

by Linda Griffin, Parent Advocate Director Parents of children with autism are often so busy just getting through the day that they forget to plan for the future.  And that future arrives sooner than you expect.  One day you are struggling with toilet training and IEPs and the next day you look up and your…

Stuffed Allies and Dignity: How Understanding Anxiety Can Save the Day

Editor’s Note: This week’s blog post was submitted by Jennifer O’Toole, award-winning author of Asperkids: An Insider’s Guide to Loving, Understanding and Teaching Children with Asperger Syndrome. O’Toole, her husband, and her three children all have Asperger Syndrome. The year was 1982.  Ronald Reagan was in office. “Don’t You Want Me, Baby?” was on the…

Corporal Punishment in NC Schools – Progress Report

The following article was written by Linda Griffin, Parent Advocate Director for the Autism Society of North Carolina. In July 2011 we posted a blog article about the shocking use of corporal punishment in NC public schools. At that time we reported that 38 NC school districts allowed corporal punishment and 16 of those schools…

Structure – an Important Teaching Tool

Editor’s Note – This article was written by Amy Hobbs, Training Coordinator for the Autism Society of North Carolina. To read Amy’s bio click here. It was Sunday and a new group of campers had arrived in the afternoon. I was called to the old dining hall to assist a counselor who was having trouble…

Honoring Direct Support Professionals

Editor’s Note – Last week was Direct Support Professional Recognition Week in North Carolina. The Autism Society of North Carolina employs hundreds of Direct Support personnel and without their dedication and continued efforts many individuals on the autism spectrum and their families would not have needed support services. The following article was provided by Kerri…