Sarah Ovaska-Few

Sarah Ovaska-Few is a freelance writer based in Orange County, who has called North Carolina home for well over a decade. She’s reported on criminal justice, education, health and government issues at publications including the News & Observer, N.C. Policy Watch and N.C. Health News. She can be reached at

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Families still pushing for access to autism therapies

When Adison Cole boarded a school bus recently and turned to say “bye-bye,” her grandmother felt tears welling up in...


North Carolina’s shortage of autism specialists leaves some on Medicaid waiting months, even years, for help

Adison Cole has no shortage of challenges in her life. The 10-year-old Moore County girl, whose early years were spent...


Insurance mandate for autism services falls short for many

When North Carolina passed a 2015 law requiring health insurance companies to cover specialized therapies for children with autism, families...