Paula’s Place Learning Lab Open House

The South Carolina Autism Society is holding an Open House at our West Columbia office for our new Paula’s Place on August 4th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Caregivers, self-advocates, educators, autism professionals, and other interested members of the community are invited to attend.

Paula’s Place is a software and enrichment lab, which can assist anyone on the autism spectrum with the various software and resources we have available.  Educators, therapists, and caregivers can come in and get training on software that can assist their students/children in all areas of academics, communication, and socialization, while individuals who are on the spectrum can try out various software that can assist them in school, work, and home environments.

Valeska Gioia will be demonstrating software that is available for use in the lab as well as symbol supported software that individuals can use to create supports for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.  We supply all the resources needed and guide you through the process of creating supports for your home, school, or agency.  There is absolutely no cost to families, schools, or agencies for these services.

We are also available to discuss consultation and training for your agency or district in the areas of visual and communication supports, transitioning, behavioral modification, sensory integration, and anything else that you might have questions or concerns about.

There will be refreshments served throughout the day so come and join us to learn how we can help individuals with autism socialization, academics, communication, and much more.

Paula’s Place was created in memory of Paula Devan, who was an individual with autism.  Paula worked at the South Carolina Autism Society for many years.  She was loved by all who knew her, and worked with her.  Paula was a remarkable, funny, and loving woman who is greatly missed.

Our office is located at 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC.  For more information, please call Valeska Gioia at 803-316-3190 or email her at


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