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For Immediate Release

April is Autism Acceptance Month

Celebrate Life Changing Autism/ABA Services

Raleigh, NC, April 1, 2022

The Easterseals Autism/ABA team works one-on-one with individuals between the ages of 2 and 21 years old to build communication, independence and life-changing social interaction skills. We use an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) approach that combines scientific understandings of behavior with teaching foundational skills focused on strengths (not challenges).

What is Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a lifelong, developmental disability that affects one in 44 children in the United States. Individuals living with autism have a wide range of abilities and can experience challenges throughout their lives, particularly with social interactions and communication. Our team partners with families to provide the right support, so individuals living with ASD are able to lead fulfilling and meaningful lives.

Audrey Shen

Our Strengths-Based Culture Changes Lives

Our Autism/ABA team is led by Audrey Shen, Director of Program Innovation, who strongly believes in the strengths-based culture her team has created. Working together, they match the strengths of team members to the needs of families to promote the best outcomes. To ensure the team’s culture is living up to expectations, Audrey recently surveyed her team.

In March, the Autism/ABA team was asked if the work they do at Easterseals UCP resulted in meaningful change. 92% of the team responded “strongly agree” or “agree”. When asked if they are given opportunities and challenges that facilitate growth, 84% of the team responded, “strongly agree” or “agree”.

“I was thrilled to see these results because it tells me our strengths-based culture is working! When the Autism/ABA team is developed and can see the direct impact they’re having on people’s lives, they are invigorated to show up again and again for the families we support.” says Audrey.

We offer in-home and center-based services. Learn more about what we do!


Easterseals provides meaningful and exceptional services so that children and adults living with disabilities and mental health challenges can live, learn, work and play in their communities.

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