Make Your Voice Heard in 2012!

There are several upcoming opportunities to raise awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorder, get information on budget and policy issues, advocate for services and supports, and educate elected officials.

The Coalition is hosting a series of Town Hall meetings in 9 locations around the state to provide information on the budget and its impact on developmental disabilities, mental health, and additive disease services. There will be opportunities for public comment. In addition, The Coalition will host a Candidate Forum on April 21 and their annual Rally Day on May 22. More information on the town halls is located below as well as their website. The Autism Society of North Carolina is an active member of The Coalition, a group of 40 organizations advocating on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities, addictive disease and mental illness.

We encourage you to make your voice heard any way you can!


Town Hall Meetings on
Mental Health, Developmental Disability, and Substance Abuse Services Sponsored by The Coalition

The Coalition, 40 organizations advocating together to meet the needs of North Carolinians living with the developmental disabilities, the disease of addiction, & mental illness, will host a series of town hall meetings on MH, DD, & SA services across the state. These listening sessions will:

  • Provide a briefing on the current budget outlook
  • Offer an opportunity to share your opinions about MHDDSA services and supports; in person, in writing
  • Update you on how to make a difference on these issues through advocacy

TIME: All meetings are from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Doors will open at 6:00 PM and the program begins at 6:30.


March   15 – Winston-Salem
Knollwood Baptist Church
Fellowship Hall
330 Knollwood Street
March   28 – Wilmington
Hampton Inn Medical Park
2320 South 17th Street, Wilmington
March   19 – Cary
Page-Walker House
119 Ambassador Loop
on the Cary Town Hall Campus
March   29 – Greenville/Winterville
Pitt Community College
Leslie Building – Room 143
1986 Pitt Tech Road Winterville
Six miles south of Greenville NC on Highway 11 at FireTower Road
March   22 – Salisbury
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
Fellowship Center
1908 Statesville Road, Salisbury
March   29 – Greensboro
St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church
2715 Horse Pen Creek Road
March   28 – Fayetteville
Southern Regional AHEC
1601 Owen Drive, Fayetteville
April   30 – Charlotte
Hope Haven Center
3815 North Tryon Street
March   28 – Asheville
Mountain Area Heath Education Center MAHEC
121 Hendersonville Road

In addition, save the dates for the following advocacy events:

The Coalition Candidate Forum, featuring candidates for Governor and Lieutenant Governor

April 21, 2012

(Times to be announced; but likely the format will be a daylong forum with each candidate having a set time to address the audience as well as respond to moderated questions from the public.)

PNC Center (formerly the RBC Center), Raleigh NC

The Coalition Rally Day at the Legislature

May 22, 2012

(All day)

NC General Assembly Building, Raleigh NC


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