West Columbia, SC- May 10, 2017 – News stories are circulating in our state regarding some very tragic situations where the individuals accused or convicted have been diagnosed with autism or suspected of having autism. We at the South Carolina Autism Society feel compelled to issue a statement in support of the 1 in 68 individuals in our state with an autism spectrum disorder.
Please note that there is no evidence or reliable research suggesting a link between autism and violent crimes. Further, no evidence exists to link autism and premeditated violence ...
The South Carolina Autism Society developed a new 2 hour training called “The Birds, the Bees, ASDs, and Everything In-between” To navigate puberty we are asked to quickly develop new social skills and implement them correctly. Parents will leave this training with the knowledge to start taking on all the various challenges that come along with puberty and transitioning into adulthood. We cover basic topics such as bodily changes, privacy, and personal hygiene. We will discuss more in depth topics such as consent, safe sex, sexuality and gender identity, intimacy, and ...
The South Carolina Autism Society has compiled a list of summer camps and programs that may serve individuals with autism or other disabilities. Click here to access the list. Click here for a printable version.
Families may also contact the South Carolina Child Care Inclusion Collaborative or the South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Network for additional resources.
If you have any programs you would like to add to the list, please click here.
The South Carolina Autism Society does not endorse or recommend any specific products, services, ...
The South Carolina Autism Society has bee following the the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA), and we share the concerns of our fellow advocates as to how these cuts will affect people with disabilities.
The AHCA will cut an estimated $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years. If these cuts occur, what could happen?
Already lengthy waiting lists for disability Waiver services will grow to record levels, and services may be severely limited.
People with disabilities who require Medicaid services to make it possible to live in their own homes, ...
The South Carolina Autism Society is updating it's All Are Welcome faith inclusion program, located at http://www.AllAreWelcome.info.
All Are Welcome provides a turnkey training for faith communities, spiritual leaders, and families to help create a warm and welcoming faith community for all, including those affected by disabilities.
We need your help! We would like to include a list of all disability-friendly places of worship in South Carolina. If you know if a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship that is disability friendly, click here to fill ...
Join us at Uno's Chicago Grill for a fundraiser to support the South Carolina Autism Society!
Don’t miss out on our annual Spectrum Valentine Ball! The 2017 Spectrum Ball is a night of dancing and fun for families living with someone on the Autism spectrum. It's a fun, safe, and sensory-appropriate event. Don’t like to dance? That’s okay! We have plenty of other activities going on! Including our amazing Balloon Man – always a huge hit! Just come out and “have a Ball!”
Saturday, February 18, 6:30 – 9:00 pm
The YMCA Adams Mill Program Center Gym (aka, “The Ballroom”)
100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville
Join us at the Sonic in Anderson on Tuesday, February 28 from 5 - 9 pm for a fundraiser for the South Carolina Autism Society! Find out about autism and the services we offer. Register for Strides for Autism! 10% of profits go to the South Carolina Autism Society!
Presented by the State Coalition for Youth Empowerment & Access
February 10, Edventure Children's Museum
The Summit is an opportunity for South Carolinians committed to creating safer living and learning environments for youth to learn more about the problems and challenges youth face in schools and beyond, including bullying, dating violence, discrimination, etc., and be empowered to affect change. The Summit will bring together youth, in addition to school officials, teachers, students, counselors, community advocates, and other practitioners working with student ...
Join us for our FIRST Annual Spectrum Chili & Cake Cookoff! Sunday, January 22 from 5 – 7 pm at the YMCA Adams Mill Program Center in Simpsonville.
Bring your favorite chili and/or cake for official judging... and eating! We will also have swimming at the event.
Dear SCAS Friend:
Thanks to you, thousands of individuals with autism in South Carolina are receiving needed services, succeeding in school, and participating in the community. On behalf of them, thank you for helping them reach their maximum potential.
Each year, we meet new individuals and families who are new to autism, or have been on their journey alone. Our Staff Members work diligently to ensure they are not only receiving the supports they need, but to make sure they know we are their partners in creating the best future for each personal with autism.
All offices of the South Carolina Autism Society will be closed on the following dates so that staff can celebrate the holidays with their families. For emergencies, please call our main office number at 803-750-6988.
Friday, December 23
Monday, December 26
Tuesday, December 27
Monday, January 2
Our professionals are available to speak to businesses, organizations, schools, and community groups. Please click here to for more information and to complete our Speaker Request Form.
In 2008, the South Carolina Autism Society and the LUCAS Network partnered to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to families affected by autism who are going through financial difficulties. Thanks to the community’s donations, over 750 families in need have been served since 2008. Your donations supported 100 families in 2015 alone! The need continues to grow.
For 2016, we will again be collecting financial donations and distributing grocery store gift cards to recipients. Your donations allow this beneficial program to continue!
To make an online donation, ...
The South Carolina Autism Society is conducting a survey to assess The State of Autism in South Carolina. This is our most comprehensive evaluation to-date, and will help us determine areas of need statewide.
This survey is designed for Self-Advocates, Family Members, Caregivers, Professionals, and the Community. Your responses will help us determine where to focus our efforts for new projects in the months to come.
Data will be compiled and may be used as evidence of need when applying for grants or other funding. No information identifying any individual ...
October 8th is the Deadline for citizens in South Carolina to register to vote. The 2016 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8th. Below are links with information on how to register to vote and county voter office listing.
To determine eligibility to vote, please review the requirements from the South Carolina Election Commission:
In order to vote, South Carolina law requires one must first register to vote at least 30 days prior to the election. To be eligible to register in South Carolina you MUST:
be a United States citizen -be at least ...
The South Carolina Autism Society is available to provide staff members and/or information for your event. Whether you are looking for a Keynote Speaker for a Conference, a Speaker for a class or meeting, or an exhibitor table, we would love to talk to you!
Please click here to complete our Outreach/Speaker Request Form. We will review your request and be in touch as soon as possible.
South Carolina State House to Recognize Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month
SCAS wants to invite all friends and family to the State House in Columbia on Thursday at 10:30 am. We will meet in the first floor lobby.
Thank you to Senator McElveen and Rep James Smith for being instrumental in passing a resolution that acknowledges April as Autism Awareness and Acceptance month and the Autism community in South Carolina.
Each year generous supporters like you join us for the exciting annual Midlands Gives event -this year it will be May 3 from 12:00:01am until 11:59:59pm. Your generous support makes a meaningful difference to help us ensure that all individuals with autism spectrum disorders meet their maximum potential.
As you know, the South Carolina Autism Society is changing lives every day by/through Case Management, Parent School Partnership, Outreach, Information & Referral, and more.
On May 3, 2016, Midlands Gives Day, your donation will help us receive extra ...
Today the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta released the latest autism prevalence rates. Researchers reviewed both health and educational data for 8 year olds from 11 states across the country.
Based on their research, the CDC announced the autism prevalence rate remains at 1 in 68.
It is too early to determine why the rate remained the same. The numbers do not mean that the prevalence rate has stabilized, nor that there is no increase in the number of individuals diagnosed. In fact as our population grows, the number of individuals diagnosed also ...