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DECEMBER 2014

MINI-UPDATE

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Hello there SCAS friend!

Welcome to our new newsletter for our new site... just in case you weren't aware.

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From the President

On behalf of the Staff and Board of Directors of the South Carolina Autism Society, Happy Holidays!

2014 has been a busy year for our organization.  In March, the Centers for Disease Control released the latest autism prevalence rates, noting that autism occurs in 1 in 68 children.  This represents a doubling of the number of individuals diagnosed with autism in the past 8 years.  Naturally as the prevalence rate increases, so does the need for services.

In response to those needs… 

• We increased our Case Management staff to ensure that our families receive the services and items needed to support their loved one with autism.

• We continue to provide Parent Mentors through our Parent School Partnership program to assist families and students in reaching their maximum potential in the educational system.

• We increased our Information & Referral staff to provide more targeted resources statewide.

• We expanded our family respite program to additional regions in the state.

• We held Strides for Autism events in Columbia and Greenville, providing increased autism awareness for the community and resources for families.

• We provided training courses statewide in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education.

• We advocated at the State House in Columbia, including efforts involving Medicaid and expanded insurance coverage for autism therapies.

• We coordinated with the LUCAS Network to provide a Thanksgiving meal to 95 autism families facing financial difficulty across the state.

• We partnered with organizations and agencies throughout the state.

We eagerly look forward to continuing these initiatives throughout the New Year, and increasing our efforts to provide even more resources and services to families!  In the meantime, we invite you to visit our website at www.scautism.org or contact us at scas@scautism.org if we can be of assistance to you or your family.

Sincerely,

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society

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End of the Year Contributions

As you wrap up 2014, we ask that you consider supporting the South Carolina Autism Society through your end-of-the-year donations.  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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Holiday Hours

Please note that all offices of the South Carolina Autism Society will be closed on the following days:

Wednesday, December 24

Thursday, December 25

Friday, December 26

Wednesday, December 31

Thursday, January 1

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Upcoming Events

SAVE THE DATE

 Please mark your calendars for the following Special Events in 2015!

• Friday, February 6 – Charleston Respite Event

• Wednesday, March 4 – Disability Advocacy Day Columbia

• Saturday, April 11 – Strides for Autism Upstate

• Friday, April 17 – Annual Conference -- Dr. Jed Baker, Keynote Speaker

• Saturday, May 2 – Strides for Autism Midlands

 Look for additional information in our January 2015 Newsletter!

Charleston Respite Event for Families Caring for Children with 
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Charleston Respite Event for Families 

The free event will take place on Friday, February 6 from 6 to 9 pm at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry located at 25 Ann Street, Charleston, SC.  Availability is limited to 75 children with autism spectrum disorder, and their siblings.

The children will enjoy many rooms for imaginative play including a castle and pirate ship, art room, market, and more! Snacks will be provided.  RSVP by Friday, January 30.

READ MORE >>

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Thanks to our Volunteers

We rely on volunteers to assist with many of our special events.  At this time, we would like to especially thank those volunteers who took time during the busy holiday season to support several events held this month. 

Thank you AT&T Pioneers for sponsoring our annual Upstate Holiday Party by providing a Santa Store and snacks for nearly 200 autism families.

Thank you Grace Church Pelham & Emily McGowan for providing space for us to hold the holiday party.

Thank you YMCA Adams Mill Program Center & Greg McKee opening your doors for the annual YMCA Spectrum Holiday Party. 

Thank you Alexis, April, Bill, Chris, Devin, Greg L, Greg M, Heart of Carolina Home Care, Joann, Kayla (Young Miss Teen Kershaw County), Lane, Logan, Marci, Mark, Stephanie, Susan, and Tomiko for volunteering at the Upstate Respite Event.

If you are interested in volunteering at future events, please visit http://scautism.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

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