ABC of NC 2018-19 Annual report

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2018 – 2019 ANNUAL REPORT



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Dear Friends, We’ve worked tirelessly the past 12 months, and it shows. We moved into the SECU Autism Clinic at ABC of NC, and since then, we’ve been busy... doing more than ever for our community. We’ve been serving more children with autism and their families through evidence-based diagnostic, therapeutic, and educational programs. We’ve been building organizational capacity to meet the evergrowing need for high-quality autism services. We’ve been working our way through extensive waitlists for diagnostic evaluations and applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy. We’ve been educating autism professionals by offering inhouse training, a collegiate internship program, and an Autism Paraprofessional class made possible through our continued collaboration with Forsyth Technical Community College. We’ve been doing what we’ve always done — creating hope and a brighter future for children with autism and their families. And we’ve been doing it all because of your generous support. Thank you for giving graciously and making all this doing possible. Thank you for investing in the mission and vision of ABC of NC; believing in the power of our work to change the lives of children with autism and their families; and strengthening our community through greater awareness, understanding, and acceptance. Gotta run — there’s lots to do!

Felice Brenner

Selene Johnson

Board Chair

Executive Director


A client acclimates to the sensations of a typical salon visit in the Great ClipsÂŽ at ABC of NC.

Making The Cut

rinse or wash. Or perhaps it’s accepting the sight and feel of


the clippers. Ultimately, the goal is the same: learning to tolerate the barrage of sensory stimuli that have made haircuts so challenging in the past.

In March, more

Snip. Buzz. Clip. Spray.

than 90 stylists

Children with autism often

from Great Clips®

experience stress due to the

salons across the

sensations that accompany

Triad attended training

a haircut.

at ABC of NC that offered strategies

Many parents of children with

for making haircuts

autism report cutting their

less challenging for

children’s hair while they sleep;

children with autism.

restraining them during haircuts;

Haircuts aren’t the only activities that may be difficult for children with autism. It could be the squeezing of the blood pressure cuff at the doctor’s office or the scraping sound during a dental cleaning. We’re working each day in all of these venues, helping children build their skills — first in a clinical

or giving up, helplessly watching

setting and eventually in the

as their hair becomes tangled


and matted. 100%

It doesn’t have to be this way.

So bring on the washing, trimming, and blow-drying. Because of you, our kids

Each day, children of all ages

are ready.

walk through the door of ABC of NC’s own Great Clips® salon in the clinic’s Joy W. Pope Life Skills Center. For one child, the objective may be just sitting in


the salon chair. For another, it may be leaning back for a hair

Scan this QR code to see a video model that helps a child

More than 50% of parents of

with autism prepare for a hair

children with autism reported

wash at a salon.

that getting a haircut was an extremely stressful experience for their child.



A client practices job skills in the Dewey’s® coffee shop at ABC of NC.

Thanks to your generous

Serving Opportunity

support and that of community partners like Dewey’s Bakery,® we are serving optimism and a brighter future every day. Through their work in in our clinic lobby café, clients have a chance to practice critical job

“Welcome to Dewey’s® at ABC of

skills — from serving customers

NC. What can I get for you?”

to running credit cards to brewing that perfect cup.

“A cup of coffee, please.”

Are you responsible for hiring for your

“You would like one cup of coffee? Is that right?” “Yes, thank you.” If you come to ABC of NC in the morning, you might overhear this exchange between one of our teenage clients and a visitor to campus.

Training opportunities abound

company or business?

throughout our SECU Autism

Employers throughout

Clinic. Clients can practice

our community recognize the many strengths of individuals with autism and their contributions to the workforce. Consider establishing an autism and neurodiversity hiring initiative in your workplace.

stocking shelves, bagging groceries, or shopping for themselves in the Food Lion.® They also might make a bed, fold towels, or restock toiletries in our Marriott® Daly Hotel Management suite. Each day, we are preparing teens with autism for life beyond ABC of NC — a life that can include meaningful work, greater independence, and increased feelings of self-worth. Order’s up!


According to Autism Speaks, the vast majority of adults

Scan the QR code to see a

with autism are either unemployed or underemployed, with

video model used to teach

estimates ranging as high as 90%.

the steps of brewing a cup of coffee.

Talking It Through

in people with autism, assumed to simply be “part of an autism diagnosis.� For those on the spectrum, it is critical they access trained counselors and therapists who understand autism and its co-

Is he fidgeting and struggling to

occurring mental health issues.

sit still because he has autism or

Therapies offered at ABC of NC’s

because he has attention deficit

SECU Autism Clinic ensure that

hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)?

children, adolescents, and young adults with autism learn coping


Is the discomfort she feels in

strategies and benefit from

social situations an anxiety

treatment designed uniquely


for them.

Are his repetitive behaviors and restricted interests a sign of obsessive-compulsive disorder

This year, 150 children in our community with autism and cooccurring mental health conditions received critical counseling services at ABC of NC.


Do you love someone with autism who may also struggle with co-occurring mental health conditions? Contact the

The intersections between autism and co-occurring mental health conditions are

SECU Autism Clinic at ABC of NC at (336) 251-1180 for an appointment with one of our highly trained clinicians.

numerous. Whether it be ADHD, anxiety, depression, or OCD, mental health conditions affect individuals on the spectrum at a significantly higher rate than the general population. These symptoms often go unrecognized


Studies indicate that up to 84 percent of people with autism have some form of anxiety.


A counselor at ABC of NC offers support and hope to a client, all in a safe and welcoming environment.

Behavioral contracts can help keep students focused and motivated.


A client enjoys the reward of outdoor playtime during his therapy session at ABC of NC.

Playing To Their Strengths


ABC of NC has long been committed to making Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and other services available to families from any

Applied behavior analysis

economic background.

(ABA), the primary treatment

ABA is the leading, most

method employed at ABC of

effective research-based

NC, works to change socially

treatment for individuals

significant behaviors for children

with autism and is endorsed by the American Academy of Pediatrics,

with autism — communication

American Psychological Association, Autism Society of America,

and language, social skills,

National Institute of Mental Health, and the Surgeon General of the

and adaptive behaviors. Many

United States. Thanks to a generous three-year grant from the Kate B.

children with autism receive

Reynolds Charitable Trust, Forsyth County children with Medicaid are

prescriptions for this intensive

now able to access these medically necessary, life-changing therapies.

therapy for 30 or more hours

In 2018–19, 49% of Forsyth County children who received ABA therapy

per week. The gains can be

in the SECU Autism Clinic had Medicaid.

astounding – helping clients learn how to turn challenging behaviors into constructive ones. Banging on the door becomes a request to go outside and swing.

ABA in Action:

I will:

Melting down at a loud birthday

Create Your Own

party is replaced by asking for

Behavior Contract

Make my bed when I get up each morning

headphones to lessen the noise. Pushing someone out of the way

A behavior contract

transforms into a polite request

is an action plan that

for space.

includes both shortand long-term goals.

My parents will: Give me a fish sticker

Each child makes progress on

The contract specifies

his individual goals in his own

what is expected of


time. Through evidence-based,

the person and the

I will get to pick out a goldfish for my room when I have 10 stickers

medically necessary therapeutic interventions, children with autism are learning new skills, playing to their strengths, and climbing to new heights.

consequences that will follow a behavior.

Feeding Curiosity

It can be distressing for parents — making it impossible to eat dinner as a family, visit a restaurant, or participate in birthday parties or holidays. ABC of NC’s innovative diet expansion program helps

Turning cheese puffs into grilled cheese is one of the things we do best. Over the years, ABC of NC’s Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) have presented

Imagine your child eats a diet

children with autism broaden

consisting solely of potato chips

their diets by using favorite foods

and apple juice. But he won’t eat

as a launching pad. So, potato

just any potato chips — only the

chips become baked potatoes;

ones in the yellow bag. And the

apple juice becomes apples; and

juice has to be the one with the

eventually, we’re eating a well-

tree on the bottle, served in the

balanced meal.

blue cup with the red lid. Your gifts are nourishing bodies This goes on three meals a day —

and feeding curiosity.

at home, at school, at grandma’s house.

on diet expansion at conferences

Food selectivity — which can

throughout the

include refusal to eat, lack of

state and across

dietary variety, and limiting food

the country — from

intake — is a common issue for

the North Carolina

children with autism, and it can

Association of

lead to nutritional deficiencies. ABC of NC offers a variety of free

Behavior Analysis

Many children diagnosed with

to the Ohio Center

autism have difficulties with

for Autism and Low

rigidity and a need for sameness,


and this holds true for their food

communication skills, or toilet training.


Scan to access upcoming class dates.

classes designed to empower caregivers with strategies for success — whether it be diet expansion,

According to the National Institutes of Health, as many 89%

as 89% of children with autism have feeding problems, which may include unusual eating patterns, rituals, and food selectivity.


ABC of NC’s diet expansion program leads to expanded nutrition.

Financial Statement 6.1.18 – 5.31.19

Programs / Services Education Center SECU Autism Clinic

548,398 2,313,483 $2,861,881

Contributions Unrestricted Restricted

540,182 9,795




163,879 $981,676

Grants All

554,087 $554,087

Other All

11,538 $11,538


Income By Source













Programs / Services



Expenses Personnel


Professional Services


General Operations








Bad Debt




In Kind



18,933 $4,207,845

Change In Net Assets Total Income



Total Expense


4,207,845 $ 201,337

Functional Expense Allocation $ Programs/Services










Giving Thanks To Our Supporters

$25,000+ Ann Brenner Felice and Richard Brenner James T. and Louise R. Broyhill Foundation Mary Louise and John Burress Elephant In The Room (IK) F. M. Kirby Foundation ID Collaborative (IK) Image Wizards (IK) Mebane Foundation John William Pope Foundation Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Samet Corporation The Winston-Salem Foundation

$10,000+ American Airlines (IK) The Children and Grandchildren of Gertrude and Morris Brenner Sallie and Derick Close Paul Fulton Scott Hartkopf Lilly USA Modern Toyota Provident Benevolent Foundation Colleen and Dan Siadak Kenneth A. Steele Wake Forest Baptist Health Cheryl and Denny Walker Patricia Wilson Sally and Larry Wolfish

$5,000+ (IK) = In Kind

Every attempt has been made to confirm the accuracy of this list. Please contact ABC of NC’s development office to report any errors, and please accept our sincere apologies.

Thomas R. Adams Katherine and Anthony Atala Wendy and Mike Brenner ECOLAB Knowledge for People Grace and John McKinnon Melanie and Robert Niblock Parkway Technology Solutions Reynolds American

Kim and Stuart Stogner Wells Fargo Dealer Services Wittenberg Priddy Blankenship

$2,500+ American Building Services, Inc. Catherine and Dave Clawson Dunbar Furniture, LLC Susan and Michael Falcon Mindy and Larry Feinstein Madlon and Kirk Glenn, Jr. Keystone Insurers Group Mountcastle Insurance Shawn and Tamera O’Brien Oh, Goodness Fine Portraits (IK) Nancy and Ballard Pinkard PURE Insurance Ellen and Andrew Schindler Trust Company of the South Jodi Turner and Bill Gifford Claire and Randall Tuttle Winston-Salem Rotary Benevolent Fund

$1,000+ Kimberley and Norris Baker Bank of America Private Bank BB&T Lighthouse Project (IK) Sarah Belk Donna Bembnister and Matthew Crisci BlackRock Financial Management, Inc. Dianne Blixt Van Brenner Margery and Andy Brown Shelby and Lee Chaden Donna and Roy Chapman Claire and Hudnall Christopher Jocelyn and Thomas Connors Cynthia and David Daggett Beth and Daryl Dixon Janet and Jerry Enos Ellie and Stuart Fine Elizabeth and Paul Foley Harvey Freeman, Jr.

Libby and Colin Gallahan Linda and John Garrou Karen Ginn Beth and Louis Guttman Jeff Harris Ashby and Jim Hopkins Virginia and George Howard Kaplan Early Learning Company (IK) Linda and Edward Kelly Nancy and Gilmour Lake Adriana and Peter Levitt Adrienne Amos Livengood Matthew Marceron Nell and Scott Marler Kim and William Means Mercedes-Benz of Winston-Salem Tina S. Merhoff Liz and Jeff Mick Modern Automotive Auto Auctions Modern Automotive Network, LLC Lois and Richard Moss Joyce and Joe Neely Emily Neese and John Babcock Marian and Gary O’Neal David Plyler Mary and Leon Porter Karen and Thomas Pranikoff Victoria and John Pruitt Betty Quick Casey and Lee Raymer RE/MAX Unlimited Anna Reilly and Matthew Cullinan Marcia Rosenberg Fowler and John Ruffin Lorre and James Ruffin Lisa Anderson Sari Selma C. Scott Shear Investments, Inc. (IK) Leah Sieren King and Ben King SIP III Advisor LLC Barbara and Frank Smolko Southeast Toyota Distributors Sandy and Bill Steele Peggy Taylor Deborah and Michael Trawick The Variable Naomi and Brett Waters West Rock

Williams Development Group Allison Copeland Williams Georgia and Yasser Youssef

Supporters Melanie Adams Meg and Craig Alden Susie and Chuck Alt Amazon Smile Foundation Catherine Anderson Barbara and Terry Andree Penny Andrew Susie and Richard Andrus Susan Appt and Erik Rasmussen Julia and David Archer Becky and Keith Arnott Melissa Avent Kristina and Brad Ayer Wendy and John Barclay Debbie and Scott Barkow Dawson and Maxwell Bartholomew Elaine and Scott Bauer Tracey L. Baughn Beth Bealle Lori and Michael Beck Nell and Eddy Beck Shawna Belcher Sandra and Richard Belmont Janice and Graham Bennett Mimi and Spencer Bennett Barbara and Mike Berry Bethlehem United Methodist Women The Binding Source, LLC (IK) Meredith Birchette Gwen and Edward Blackmer Kristie and Jonathan Blanco Rosalie and Edwin Bland Mindy and Art Bloom Sammy Phillips Electric, Inc Cecelia S. Bolar Mary and William Bryan Booe Kelly and James Bosche Iraida and Gabriel Bottazzi Dianne and Jack Bowen Judy and Robert Breakstone Carolyn and Tom Breese Patricia Brennan Jill and Dave Bresson Betty and James Brewer Deb and Tim Britton

Stacy and H. J. Brody Foundation Brenda S. Bronk Lane and Rob Brown Sharon and Robert Bryan Beth Bryant Dana and Keith Bryson Christy and Jeff Buchanan Vanessa Budet and J.J. Flores Kelly and Daniel Bunch Margaret and Charles Burleigh Karen and Donald Burnett Brooke and Richard Burr Daniel Burress Laura and Allan Burrows Whitney and Jones Byrd Ward Caldwell Dancing Daughters Ministry Camel Pawn Shop (IK) Kathleen and Craig Cannon Diane Cantrell Anne and William Carr Patricia Carr Jordan and Rick Carter Lisa and Greg Carter Stephanie and Chris Cartwright Casey Creative LLC Gina and Mark Caudill Greer and Scott Cawood Yngrid and Javier Chacon Vivian and Nick Chandler Leonard Clein Clemmons Pallet & Skid Works Michelle Coates Sean Cohen Lisa Colvard Deborah Cornatzer Lisa and Robert Cornatzer Kelli and Chris Cota Josee and Dany Cote Julie and Daniel Coulter Charlene and Mike Craver Steve Crawford Margaret L. Crutchfield Dianne Dailey (IK) Sarah Dalrymple Carol and John Danforth Bryan Daniel Terri and Dale Davies Betty Gray and Bill Davis Betty W. Davis Brian Davis Marina Davis

Myrtie and William K. Davis Paige Dillon Dinners on the Porch, LLC (IK) Kristin and Robert Douglass Anna Downey Stephan Dragisic Laura B. Dugan Frieda Duncan W. Randy Eaddy Daughn and David Eagan Elyse and Mike Edwards Amy and Robert Egleston Ego Hr (IK) Lindsey and Jay Eich Andrea and John Eller Julie and Scott Elliott Kristine and Grady Elliott Suzan Elster Mindy and David Engstrom Marcia and Rod Enns The Enrichment Center Kristen and Mike Esposito European Touch (IK) Susan Feeney Cindy Fletcher Joanne and Howard Floch Ragan and McDara Folan Forsyth Family Counseling Libby and David Freedman Margaret and Lee French Colleen and Morris Friedman Frosted Mini-Wheats Julie and Stan Fuller Carolyn O. Fulton Jenni and Paul Fulton Furnitureland South, Inc. Jeannie and John Gallins Lauren and Sanjay Gandhi Harold and Patricia Garner Robert Gfeller Claire Giffin Kristi and Greg Gordon Carrie and Ralph Gorsuch Louis Gottlieb Nancy Graham William Graham Joan and Murray Greason Chris Green Gabby and Gregory Greenwood Holly M. Groce Carole Guld Natalie and Michael Guld Lynn and Mike Gwyn Helen and Frank Hahn Jeff Harbinson

Jean Harpe Harris Teeter, Inc. Tracy and Mark Hartsell Meredith and William Harvey Deborah Hauser Emma Hebard Shana Heilbron Elizabeth and Hayes Henderson Sue and Doug Henderson Ursula Henninger and Jim Stroupe Jan and Rob Hiersteiner Kimberly Hobin and Mitchell Spindel Margaret Ann Hofler Marjorie and William Holdgrafer Mary Elizabeth and Peter Hollett Pam and George Hollodick Sue Ellen and Phillip Horwitz Royce Hough Lynn and Jeffrey Howland Alyssa and Michael Hubbard Bruce and Mary Hubbard Jennifer Hudson Deanna Hughes Katherine Hutchins Misty Hyman Imprints Cares Blair Ingle Sandy and Ted Irvin Kathy and Charlie Izard Ashley Jackson Barbara and Steven Jacobs Alleta and Harold Johnson Claudia Johnson Cynthia Johnson Selene Johnson Lucinda and Christopher Jones Suzanne and Whitney Jones Ellen and Dick Joyce Melissa Jo Joyce and Kenneth M. Johnson Paula Joyce and Ira Robert Guttenberg Sandy and Mark Kaman Joan Kanzler Stacey and Nick Karagiorgis Angela and David Kelly Mary Genevra Kelly Shannon and Chuck Kesler Elsie H. Kinney Tammy and David Kinney Carol Kirby and Jack Lauer

Giving Thanks To Our Supporters

Myrna Klinger Knight Carr Decorating (IK) Jan Knox Jenni and Mark Knudson Hilary and Daryl Kosloske Sandra Koziara Mary Kroohs Gail Lake Teresa and Donald Lakey Lesley-Anne Lamb Lambert Architecture and Interiors Jean Lawson Megan and Tom Lawson Barbara and Jeff Lawyer LBCM Todos Health Management Margaret Lejarre Jack Levin Bailey Liipfert Gary Looper V. B. Lougee Lowes Foods Doreen and Mike Mabe Stephen MacDonough Kathy and Evan Madow Patti and Stan Mandel Jean B. Mankowski Gail Marion Amy and Douglas Massey Marinda and Red Maxwell Maynard & Harris Attorneys at Law Nancy McClure Sara-Peyton and Stuart McCormick Laura McDonald-Riggins Patrick McElwaine Loy and Paul McGill Martha and Dennis McNames Sheri and Mac McQuilkin Meredith and William Means Gayle and Wayne Meredith Cece and Joseph Middleton Wendy and John Mies

Don Mikush Carolyn B. Miller Joyce D. Miller Milner’s Restaurant Judy Misenheimer Beverly and Alan Moore Jennifer and Brett Morrell Deanna Carlisle Moss Art Negrin Amy and Richard Nelson Janie and Mark Nelson Liz and Ben Noland Lisa and Keith Norman Or Zarua Fund of The Jewish Community Foundation of the East Bay Jennifer Orndorff Roanne and David Ornelles Ken Otterbourg Debbie Overby Katie and Scott Overton Ashley Hawkins Parham Dominique and John Patrick Glenna Patton Lucie and Chuck Patton Caroline and Brian Pearce Linda and Milton Pearce Cathy A. Peden Margaret Penn Stacy and Matt Petronzio Bonnie Phillips Piedmont Distillers (IK) Lara and Chris Pinnix Nancy and Ed Pleasants Robin and Jimmy Post Ernestine and Harold Powers Mary and David Puett Lisa and Clifford Purcell Lois and Gene Raymer Karen and John Regan Frances and Burton Reifler Peggy and William Reingold Stephanie and Charles Reitz Reynolds American Foundation Elizabeth Rhoades Patrick Rhyne Stacy L. Rice and Robert C. Nash Ann and Timothy Rigsby Kathleen M. Roberts Joseph Robinson Jane Rogers Lucia and Dave Rosenblatt Penny and Sammy Rothrock Susan and John Royster

Salem Chest Specialists Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Sandridge, Jr. Lydia and Drew Schindler Tiffany and Joe Schmitz Nancy and Andy Schneider Sandy and Eddie Schneider Vicki and George Schober George Sealey Lynn and Scott Segal Tenisa and John Setzer Ilicia and Bob Shapiro Cindy and Pete Shearer Deborah and David Shoenfeld Dara and Michael Silver Robert Simon Sara and Paul Sinal Shikha Singh and Amit Chandel Anna Smith Heather and Lucas Smith Jerri and Brad Smith Julie and Tim Smith Kathy and Monroe Smith Maryetta Smith Vivian and Jeff Smith Mary Smoak Susan and Kenneth P. Sommerkamp Katherine and Scott Southern Randy Sparks Jacqueline L. Spencer Leigh Ellen and Derek Spencer Penny and Bill Spry Liz and Mark Stafford Mary and J. D. Storch Lucy and Stephen Strawsburg Carolyn Strickland Cindy Stubblefield Summit School Stella Surratt Laura and Zach Swaim Amy and Andrew Takacs Cory Douglas Tarr Julie and Maxwell Taylor Kat and William Taylor Mary Craig Tennille Angie and Bart Tiffany Chrystal Tilley Christine and James Toole Sandy and Joe Turner Kourtney and David Tuxhorn Molly and David Twine Paula and Bill Vasaly

Melissa and James Vaughan Carolyn and Robert C. Vaughn, Jr. Suzanne and Norman Veasey Maria and Chris Vernon Bess and Rich Wagner Toni and Tory Walker Susan B. Wall Marybeth and McLain Wallace Kristie Wallis Gwen Walter Heather Watkins and Joseph Surratt Susanne S. Weber Michelle and Tim Welborn Anissa and Parks Welch Elizabeth and Earl Welch Kathy and David Welch Kathleane White Lauren and Scott Wierman Maggie and Robert Wilkins Sarah and Mark Wilkinson Cynthia and Aaron Williams Lamaya Williams Myrna Williams Sara Williard Tillie and Ben Willis Frankie and Vernon Winters Julie and John Wise Larry Wise Debbie Wittenberg Barbara and John Wolfe Michael and Michele Wolfert Robin and Lee Woodard Melissa Workman Karl F. Yena Van Young Scott Zigler

Directors and Staff

Executive Director

ABC Of NC Foundation

ABC Of NC Board of Directors

Board of Directors

2018 — 2019

Selene Johnson M.Ed., BCBA

Ken Steele, Chair Felice Brenner Richard Brenner Simpson O. (Skip) Brown, Jr. John Burress Allan Burrows Lisa Carter Selene Johnson Emily Neese Stephanie Reitz John L. Ruffin Randall S. Tuttle Debbie Wittenberg

Felice Brenner, Chair Melanie Adams, M.D. Lester Arnold, Sr. Lori Beck Gabriel Bottazzi Ronny Bell Richard Brenner William Buck John Burress Dori Colly Kurt L. Klinepeter, M.D. Amy L. Massey Emily Neese Cindy Pipes David Shapiro Ken Steele Debbie Wittenberg

ABC of NC Staff

Giving thanks to ABC of NC’s boards of directors and staff for their commitment to helping individuals with autism spectrum disorder reach their full potential in a world where they are valued, accepted, and included.



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