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South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

May 2017

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From The President

Hello SCAS friend!

Thank you to all of our families, friends, and supporters for your generous support of our annual Strides For Autism events!  April 1st was a great day as we came together in community, learned about new resources, and had fun while spreading autism awareness and acceptance!

I would especially like to thank our Top Teams for 2017.  Your hard work in supporting our mission is beyond compare!  The following were the Top 10 Teams for 2017:

• Kaden's Krew (Jennifer McDaniel, Upstate, $1559)

• Team Palmer (Midlands, $1170)

• Gracie's Guardians (Lisa Plumley, Upstate, $825)

• Stetson's Sidekicks (Becky Pressley, Midlands, $710)

• Team Tooley (Lauren Tooley, Upstate, $625)

• Team Landosaurus (Brandi Daniels, Upstate, $620)

• Cooper Family (Celia Barss, Midlands, $515)

• Team Hope (Nikki Bailey, Upstate, $475)

• Team MnM (Susan Leiby, Upstate, $415)

• Team RCSD (Midlands, $400) *tie

• Team Green (Alice Green, Midlands, $400) *tie

Thank you also to everyone who invited us to their business, organization, school, agency, or event during the busy April month to share information about autism.  We continue to be available to speak to your group.  See the Outreach section of this newsletter for information.

In other news, we continue to following developments in Washington about the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA).  The AHCA will cut an estimated $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years, and it's impact on individuals with pre-existing conditions is unclear. The South Carolina Autism Society shares the concerns of our fellow advocates as to how these cuts will affect people with disabilities.  Please see the article below to find out how you can help.

Please contact us if you have questions, need assistance, or would like to get further involved.  Our main number is 803-750-6988, or visit our website at scautism.org.

Sincerely,

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society

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Featured SCAS Service

Case Management

The South Carolina Autism Society provides case management for individuals with autism spectrum disorders.  We offer services to residents in most counties throughout South Carolina. Statewide PDD waiver consumers, please contact us for available case management in your county.

THE CHOICE IS YOURS

South Carolina is giving you the option of choosing who provides case management and other services.  A listing of all DDSN qualified Case Management Providers is available through DDSN.

THE ROLE OF THE CASE MANAGER

The Case Manager helps acquire services or things you and your family may need.

• Provides an independent advocate for individuals with disabilities and their families

• Assists individuals with disabilities and their families with residential placement and day services

• Assists individuals with disabilities and their families in addressing needs and problems

• Assists individuals with disabilities and their families in finding and maintaining appropriate programs

• Monitors satisfaction

In order to begin Case Management and related services, individuals must meet eligibility through the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN).  Please call them at 1-800-289-7012.  They will ask questions and then process the intake. 

Any individuals who qualify under the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs guidelines for Autism Services are eligible for our assistance.  We look forward to the opportunity to serve you!

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Upcoming Events

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YMCA Spectrum Sunday - May 2017

YMCA Spectrum Sunday

Sunday, May 21
5 - 7 pm
Simpsonville

Join us for Spectrum Sunday at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, May 21 from 5 - 7 pm.

Activities will include swimming, open gym, and arts & crafts.  And of course the opportunity to visit with fellow Spectrum families.  All families affected by autism or related conditions are invited.  You do not need to be a Y member, nor a resident of Greenville.

Please click here to sign up to bring a drink or snack to share.  Please no snacks containing peanuts.

Cost is $5 per family to cover lifeguards and supplies.  Scholarships are available.  Contact Greg McKee at at gmckee@ymcagreenville.org or 864-704-0378.

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Lowcountry Puberty & Sexuality Workshop

Lowcountry Puberty & Sexuality Workshop

Saturday, May 27
9:30 - 11:30 am
Charleston

The South Carolina Autism Society presents this new 2 hour training on puberty and sexuality.  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 healthy relationships. Most importantly, we will be giving the parents the tools they need to actually have “The Talk” with their individuals with ASD.

Click here to register now.

Additional workshops coming in the Upstate, Midlands, and Grand Strand.  Click here for dates and registration. 

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Coffee Talk Parent Support June 2017

Coffee Talk Parent Support

Wednesday, June 7
9 - 11 am
Greenville

Join us for Coffee Talk on the first Wednesday of every month at the SCAS Upstate office.  Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians can visit, talk, share resources, and have coffee with goodies.  Children are always welcomed, but childcare is not provided.

Important Provider Notice 

Please note that this is a parent and caregiver support format.  Businesses, organizations, and providers are welcome to send or drop materials for us to distribute.  Thank you for respecting the needs of our families!

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YMCA Spectrum Sunday - June 2017

YMCA Spectrum Sunday 

Sunday, June 11
5 - 7 pm
Simpsonville

Join us for Spectrum Sunday at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, June 11 from 5 - 7 pm.  Activities will include swimming, open gym, and arts & crafts.  And of course the opportunity to visit with fellow Spectrum families.

All families affected by autism or related conditions are invited.  You do not need to be a Y member, nor a resident of Greenville.

Click here to sign up to bring a drink or snack to share.  Please no snacks containing peanuts.

Cost is $5 per family to cover lifeguards and supplies.  Scholarships are available.  Contact Greg McKee at at gmckee@ymcagreenville.org or 864-704-0378.

Click here to RSVP and sign up to bring a drink or snack to share.

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Other News

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Summer Programs

Summer Programs

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 …

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Disability Friendly Place of Worship Survey

Disability Friendly Place of Worship Survey

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 …

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Legislative Update

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Statement on American Health Care Act (AHCA)

Statement on American Health Care Act (AHCA)

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, hold jobs, and participate in communities may be without those supports.

• Schools may no longer be reimbursed for services provided within the school setting.  This would only increase the burden on schools, and monies would have to come from other educational sources.

In addition, we are concerned about how the AHCA will affect individuals with pre-existing conditions.  Will they be able to purchase coverage?  Will they be restricted to high-risk (and high-cost) pools?  There are many questions to be answered.

The Consortium for Citizen's with Disabilities (CCD) has prepared a fact sheet with more information about these proposed cuts.  Click here to view the report.

Click here for an article from The State newspaper in Columbia on how these cuts may affect the state.

We join with advocates across the country in calling for voters to contact their legislators and tell them NO CUTS OR CAPS TO MEDICAID, AND NO CHANGES TO PRE-EXISTING CONDITION COVERAGE.  

**Please continue to contact your legislators!**

Here’s how you can Take Action Now!

• Find your legislators at http://www.scstatehouse.gov/legislatorssearch.php.

• Call your United States Senators and Representatives and tell them to oppose the proposed Medicaid cuts in the AHCA!

• Call your Governor and State Legislators.  Remind them what cuts to the Medicaid would affect the state budget and why Medicaid matters to you.

• Ask your family and friends to support you and do the same!

What to Say:

• I am your constituent.

• Explain if you are a person with a disability, a family member of someone with a disability, or a professional in the disability field.

• Tell them that you do not want cuts or caps on Medicaid!

• Explain how Medicaid helps you or your family member to have health care and community based services.

If you need assistance in learning how to get engaged, visit ASAN’s toolkit on basic civic engagement for self-advocates.

Thank you for all your efforts to advocate for those with autism and other disabilities!

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Outreach & Exhibitor Requests

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Outreach & Speaker Requests

Outreach & Speaker Requests

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 …

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Become a Member

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Donations

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We could not fulfill our mission without the support of our generous Donors.  We ask that you please consider supporting the South Carolina Autism Society.  Your support will help us continue to reach out to families and to expand our services in South Carolina.

Thank you in advance for your support. Please remember, almost 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to programs.  The South Carolina Autism Society is a 503(c) organization, and your donation is tax deductible.

You can donate by mailing a check to:

SC Autism Society
806 12th Street
West Columbia, SC  29169

or online at http://scautism.org/donate/

Thank you for your continued support over the past 40+ years.

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Featured Item

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Each month we'll feature items from our online store which could easily make the perfect gift for the ones you care about.  Here's what we have for you:

Insulated Picnic Basket

Insulated Picnic Basket

It's picnic season!  Pack your treats in our handy Insulated Picnic Basket!

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Connect with Us

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For more immediate information, consider liking our Facebook Page, following our Twitter account or joining our Facebook Group. You can also join in our community interaction by joining one of our many online forums.

You can also subscribe to the following Yahoo Groups:  

SCAS Announcements Forum: This group is for the distribution of events and announcements by the South Carolina Autism Society.  To subscribe, send a blank email to scasannouncements-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

SC Autism Forum:  A discussion group for South Carolina parents and families whose lives are affected by autism. Share your joys, stories, challenges, and solutions.  To subscribe, send a blank email to scautismforum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

Autism South Carolina:  An online support group is for teachers, professionals, service providers and family members.  To subscribe, send a blank email to autismsouthcarolina-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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