The Autism Society of North Carolina provides support and promotes opportunities that enhance the lives of individuals within the autism spectrum and their families.
We respect and value the uniqueness of all individuals with autism; when provided the opportunity, each person can make a unique contribution to their family, community, and society. For almost 50 years, we have improved the lives of individuals with autism, supported their families, and educated communities across North Carolina. The Autism Society of North Carolina was formed in 1970 by a group of parents who wanted to build better lives for their children with autism. The parents – including JoAnn Jeffries, Betty Camp, and Mary Lou “Bobo” Warren – did not accept that their children were unreachable or should be excluded from school or community life. he parents created the organization to share information, provide support to one another, and improve the lives of all children with autism in the state. These founders laid the groundwork for the services and supports that families and individuals now enjoy. Their goals remain part of our mission today.
In the 1960’s, Autism was known as childhood schizophrenia and was widely accepted to be a psychological disorder caused by emotionally distant mothers. Children with autism were discouraged from attending school. They grew up in the seclusion of their family homes or were inappropriately institutionalized. People did not believe that they could grow up to have productive employment and lead fulfilling lives. In the 70’s, The organization was formally incorporated as a nonprofit and focused on advocacy for clinical services, family support, educational opportunities, and policy changes that would recognize autism as a developmental disability. The summer camp program was established as well as some local chapters. In thhe 80’s, ASNC transitioned from an all-volunteer organization to one with employees and continued to work closely with legislators and TEACCH to expand opportunities for individuals with autism. We opened group homes around the state and the ASNC Bookstore. During the 90’s, The staff expanded family support by adding parent advocates (now Autism Resource Specialists), full-time camp staff, and community-based (Medicaid waiver) services. Camp Royall, the Creative Living adult day program, and some regional offices opened. By 2010, ASNC hired its first Clinical Director, started the LifeLong Interventions treatment program, created an Employment Supports Department, increased full- and part-time staff to more than 1,000, and opened the IGNITE program for adults with HFA/Asperger’s Syndrome in Davidson. Camp Royall added year-round programming, and Social Recreation programs opened in Eastern NC. In 2015, coverage of autism treatment under health insurance passed in NC after years of advocacy work by ASNC and partners. After years of growth, the Autism Society of North Carolina now operates with a budget of more than $20 million per year.
We have more than 50 Chapters and eight Hispanic Support Groups around the state. These groups are led by generous parents or family member volunteers who join together with other concerned individuals to create a welcoming and inclusive community of support for individuals with autism and their families. ASNC Chapters support, promote, and extend the mission, vision and values of the Autism Society of North Carolina. They are the “front porch” for our statewide organization in the community.
Outer Banks Chapter
Meetings: First Thursday of the month, 6-7:30 p.m., Kitty Hawk United Methodist Church, 803 W. Kitty Hawk Road, Kitty Hawk
At this time, ASNC does not have a Chapter in Currituck county. Click on counties near yours to find Chapters that you are welcome to join. To learn more about helping us to start a Chapter near you, contact Marty Kellogg at firstname.lastname@example.org.