South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

July 2017


From The President

Hello SCAS friend!

This has been a busy summer in terms of Medicaid, ABA, and other healthcare issues. The following is a summary of where things stand right now.

On the State level, many ABA providers have been reevaluating the payment methods they will accept going forward. If you are receiving ABA services, or plan to in the near future, please contact your Case Manager about payment methods accepted by various providers. For families waiting for ABA services, we encourage you to discuss interim options with your Case Manager, such as speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, social skills groups, individual or group therapy, and more.

On the Federal level, the US Senate has proposed several new healthcare plans that have disability advocates concerned. According to the Congressional Budget Office, the most recent bill would have resulted in 15 million fewer people being covered by Medicaid by 2026. Clearly this would have a huge impact on those with autism and other disabilities.

The good news for advocates is that the most recent plan did not have enough support for a full Senate vote. At this time, we do not know what will be the next steps taken by the Senate.

We continue to encourage everyone to contact their US Senators and insist that that any new healthcare plan have no cuts or caps on Medicaid. Please contact your legislators today!

The South Carolina Autism Society will continue to advocate for the needs of individuals with autism and other disabilities. We will continue to follow these and other advocacy issues, and update everyone regularly through our email lists and social media with advocacy tips and calls to action.

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.


Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society


Featured SCAS Service

Information & Referral

When a family hears that there child has autism, many questions come to their mind.  One of the most prominent questions is, “What do I do now?”  Other families have answered that question, but then a move puts them in a new state with unknown resources.

Information and referral is the cornerstone of our organization’s mission. SCAS aims to help provide accurate and timely information to families and professionals about autism spectrum disorders and services that are available throughout the state. We have dedicated staff to assist families in understanding ASD.

For more Information and Referral in your area, please contact us via the following emails:

• Upstate Counties (Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, Union):  click here.

• All Other Counties:  click here.


Upcoming Events


iCan Bike Camp

July 31-August 4
Taylors, SC

The South Carolina Autism Society is a proud Sponsor of the iCan Bike program in Taylors!


From July 31 - August 4, iCan Shine’s iCan Bike program will be in Taylors, SC to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become a lifelong independent rider!

iCan Bike uses a fleet of adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and a trained staff to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike.  Riders attend the same 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days (M – F) whereby they are physically assisted and encouraged by two volunteer “spotters”.

Over the course of the 5-day camp the adapted bike is adjusted to gradually introduce more instability in an effort to challenge riders at their own individual pace. The week is concluded with a touching and inspiring award ceremony!


ICan Bike riders are children ages 8 and up, teens and sometimes adults who have a diagnosed disability but able to walk without assistive devices and sidestep from side to side.

Parents, teachers and therapists describe our results as INCREDIBLE.  Last year, by the end of the 5-day camp over 80% of riders learned to ride a conventional bike independently.  Success in learning to ride a bicycle is a major accomplishment.  Learning to ride builds confidence and an improved self-image.

Registration for the camp is $100 due upon registration.  Rider Registration Form is available here.  To learn more about how to participate as a rider or volunteer e-mail: sbierwiler@ymcagreenville.org.


Be a Volunteer

Be a “spotter” for the same rider for each of the 5 days and experience the thrill of giving the gift of riding a bike!  75 invigorating minutes per day… it just may be the most rewarding exercise and emotional experience you’ve ever had!  Volunteer Form is located here.  To volunteer to be a spotter for a rider email:  sbierwiler@ymcagreenville.org.



Coffee Talk Parent Support August 2017

Coffee Talk Parent Support 

August 2
Upstate Office, Greenville

Join us from 9 - 11 am for Coffee Talk on the first Wednesday of every month at 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!


YMCA Spectrum Sunday - August 2017

YMCA Spectrum Sunday 

August 13, 5 - 7 pm
Simpsonville, SC

Join us for Spectrum Sunday at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, August 13th 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.  Just come out ready to have fun in a non-judging environment!

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

Cost is $5 per family.  Scholarships are available.  Contact Greg McKee at at gmckee@ymcagreenville.org or 963-3608.


Grand Strand Puberty & Sexuality Workshop

Grand Strand Puberty & Sexuality Workshop

August 26, 9:30 am
Myrtle Beach, SC

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.

For information on our upcoming Midlands Workshop, click here.


Other News

School Supply Assistance

School Supply Assistance

The following are resources for school supply assistance for students in need.  Please contact the providers directly for more information and registration.  We will continue to add more resources as we learn of them.  If you know of resources to add, please email SusanL@scautism.org.

• Abbeville-- United Way of Greenwood-Abbeville provides a backpack of school supplies, usually the week before school starts.  More information at http://www.unitedwaygac.org/ or call 864.229.4103.

• Aiken-- United Way of Aiken County provides school supplies TO SCHOOLS.  Contact your school for assistance.

• Anderson-- Anderson Interfaith Ministries provides school supplies TO SCHOOLS.  Contact your school for assistance.

• Charleston-- First Day Festival in August.  Date TBD.  More information at http://www.charleston-sc.gov/index.aspx?NID=486.

• Duncan -- Verizon in Duncan is giving away backpacks with school supplies from 1 - 4 on Sunday, July 23rd.  For more information 864 249 6535

• Easley-- United Christian Ministries provides school supplies TO SCHOOLS.  Contact your school for assistance.

• Gaffney-- ReGenesis Back To School Health Fair on July 29. More information at http://www.myrhc.org/calendar-of-events or call 864-582-2817, ext. 1015.

• Greenville-- United Way of Greenville County, August 12.  More information at https://www.unitedwaygc.org/school-tools or call 864.467.3333.

• Greenville -- 3rd Annual Upstate Family Expo​ presented by Absolute Total Care​.  Free school supplies while supplies last!  August 19, 2017,, 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM, at Greenville Shrine Club & Event Center, 119 Beverly Road, Greenville.  Visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/3rd-annual-upstate-family-expo-tickets-34574384916?aff=es2 for more information and registration.

• Greenwood-- United Way of Greenwood-Abbeville provides a backpack of school supplies, usually the week before school starts.  More information at http://www.unitedwaygac.org/ or call 864.229.4103.

• Lowcountry – Coastal Catholic Charities provides school supplies for children enrolled in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties. Register by July 21 by calling 843-531-5576.

• Midlands-- First Choice Community Center's Jump Start Back To School event, date TBD.  Dall 1-888-676-9588 for information.

• North Charleston – Back to School Bash hosted by Origin. Free backpacks on a first come first served basis.  August 4, 2017.  Call 843-735-7802 to register.

• Monks Corner – OneBerkeley Goes Back to School Festival provides fre book bags and supplies to BCSD students while supplies last. August 12 from 9 am – noon at Monks Corner Regional Recreational Complex, 418 East Main Street.

• Spartanburg-- ReGenesis Back To School Health Fair on August 12.  More information at http://www.myrhc.org/calendar-of-events or call 864-582-2817, ext. 1015.

• Spartanburg -- Verizon on Southport Blvd is giving away free backpacks with school supplies from 1-4 on Sunday, July 23rd.  For more information contact 864 699 9367.




Outreach & Exhibitor Requests

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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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

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