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letter from the director: Living our mission

Greetings and happy summer!
Did you know that the ABC of NC community “lives” its vision, mission, and values? According to the 2016 AdvancEd accreditation external review team, that is indeed the case. We are so proud of this and the team’s other findings!

In 2011, ABC of NC reached an important milestone when we became accredited through AdvancEd  and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS-CASI). In April 2016, an external review team visited ABC of NC to conduct another review, and we are thrilled to announce that we achieved accreditation for another five years.
The team commended ABC of NC for the progress we have made toward our 2011 report’s improvement priorities, which included building stronger community partnerships and securing more sustainable funding so that more families can access services. Read on to learn more about some of these accomplishments.
We want to thank the many parents, students, volunteers, staff, and board members who participated in the accreditation process. This strong community of dedicated individuals is the reason we are “living” our mission every day!
Selene Johnson
Executive Director


doug flutie to Speak at 2016 Gourmet Lunchbox luncheon

Now in its ninth year, ABC of NC’s Gourmet Lunchbox Luncheon, the organization’s largest annual fundraiser, will be held on Wednesday, October 26 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the Millennium Center in downtown Winston-Salem. This year, ABC of NC is proud to present Heisman trophy winner and former NFL quarterback Doug Flutie. (Video)
Known as much for his dedication off the gridiron as on it, in 1998 Flutie, the father of a son with autism, established the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism which has raised millions for organizations that benefit families of children with autism. “As autism advocates, Doug and his wife Laurie have been committed to helping families affected by autism live life to the fullest, access appropriate care, lead more active lifestyles, and grow toward adult independence," said Felice Brenner, ABC of NC’s board chair. “Their work aligns beautifully with ABC of NC’s mission and vision. It promises to be a powerful and inspiring luncheon.”

Contact Casey Raymer, ABC of NC’s director of development, to find out how you can be a part of this inspirational event as a sponsor or table captain.


abc of nc launches Capital campaign

In April, ABC of NC gathered community leaders together to kick-off a $5 million Capital Campaign for construction, expansion, and improvements for our Friedberg Church Road facilities.

According to campaign co-chairs Felice and Richard Brenner and John Burress, ABC of NC has seen unprecedented demand for its services and must initiate this campaign to meet the needs of a growing autism community.

Campaign plans include renovation of the existing 9,000+ square-foot educational building, construction of a 20,000+ square foot clinical building, and construction of an 8,500 square-foot “gymatorium”.
Stay tuned to this newsletter, your in-box, and your mailbox for more information as ABC of NC asks you to help our organization and the community we serve.

autism insurance and Medicaid reform effective July 1

In October 2015, North Carolina became the 43rd state to pass autism insurance legislation. The new law became effective on July 1, 2016, and requires certain health plans (though not all) to provide intensive therapies – like those offered at ABC of NC – for children with autism spectrum disorder. Additionally, the North Carolina Medicaid program is moving towards providing a similar benefit, Medicaid Intensive Services for Children with Autism, in the coming months. Many self-funded insurance plans have also voluntarily added the benefit for individuals with autism, including Winston Salem’s largest employer, Wake Forest Baptist Health, and several others such as Starbucks, Walmart, AT&T, and many more. And lastly, United Health Care announced earlier this month that ALL of their large group and small group employer plans would begin offering the benefit in all states in January, 2017.

With all of these exciting developments, we will see more and more of our families with coverage for vital therapies through their private health insurance and/or Medicaid. Many autism organizations across the state and country, as well as families, staff, and other advocates, have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure that families have coverage. And ABC of NC is growing and preparing to serve more and more families who need our help!
And, while many families will have health insurance or Medicaid funded services in the coming months, there are many health plans that do not provide this coverage. For example, the small group and individual (Affordable Care Act marketplace) plans in NC are still not required to cover these therapies. These families still need our help through ABC of NC’s financial aid program. We rely on generous friends of ABC of NC to provide donations that fund the financial aid program, which helps families who wouldn’t otherwise be able to access services. The program has awarded nearly two million in aid over the past 10 years. We thank our donors for your generosity and ask for your continued support of this important program.


ABC of NC is partnering with Bookmarks to bring John Donvan and Caren Zucker, authors of In a Different Key: The Story of Autism, to the 2016 Festival of Books and Authors which will be held in downtown Winston-Salem September 8-10.

A Different Key provides a historical perspective on autism, and an exploration of current understanding and advocacy efforts. The authors of A Different Key have been featured on/in NPR, Oprah, and The New York Times.



life, animated

The critically acclaimed film Life, Animated, based on the book by the same title by 2014 Gourmet Lunchbox Luncheon speaker Ron Suskind, opens at a/perture Cinema Friday, August 5.

Email Kristin Wilson to enter your name in a drawing for two free tickets to the August 5 premier of the film.

Join us at the premier and enter a drawing to win one of four autographed copies of Suskind's book.

Read an Excerpt

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NC Association for behavior analysis autism conference

On August 12, NC-ABA will host its inaugural autism-specific conference at Salem College in Winston-Salem. Dr. Vincent Carbone will be conducting a three-hour workshop. Online registration is now open. The pre-registration deadline is August 5. Registration is capped at 150 attendees.


what's happening?

1: Parent/Professional Workshop: The Importance of Play
5: Life, Animated Opens at a/perture Cinema
6: Peppercorn Theatre's Sensory Friendly Performance of The Tourist Trap
15: Parent/Professional Workshop: Teaching Communication


8-10: Bookmarks Festival

26: Gourmet Lunchbox Luncheon

register online

Calendar of events

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