While policymakers in Washington debate when and how to end the federal government shutdown, Americans want to know how their lives will be affected. In our state, many workers who are paid with federal dollars, even in state government, have faced furloughs. Of specific concern to individuals with autism and their families is which benefits may be reduced or eliminated temporarily.
This week, the NC Department of Health and Human Services sent out a notification to providers and consumers that services from the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation would be halted because of the budget impasse. Many individuals with autism and their families rely on those services to find and maintain employment, which helps provide a fulfilling life as well as income.
The Autism Society of North Carolina is a licensed provider of employment services through the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation and believes that individuals with autism and their families should not become a casualty of the budget impasse. ASNC will continue supported employment services without reimbursement through November 1. We will use unrestricted donations to help cover this short-term investment in maintaining the quality of life for those whom we proudly serve.
ASNC will reassess its ability to continue supported employment services on November 1. It is our hope that before that date, the federal government shutdown will have ended. We will continue to keep our constituents informed about developments and impacts of the federal shutdown.
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