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JANUARY 2015

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

We are excited to announce that the South Carolina Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) is moving forward with steps to provide Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) services to individuals with autism statewide. To be eligible, one must qualify for South Carolina Medicaid.  

DHHS has provided the following information:

• If someone is on the PDD waiver wait list, they are able to submit the documentation needed through the DHHS process.

• If someone is receiving services already and/or has begun working with a provider, DHHS encourages them to continue to do so to ensure that they are seen in a timely fashion.

• At this time, we have not yet received an answer about Private Insurance co-pays, but please remember that Medicaid is the payor of last resort. Other insurers need to be billed first before Medicaid is billed.

• Currently, there is no age limit. Please keep in mind, this is a temporary process as DHHS moves toward finalizing a state plan package for these services. As such, certain factors may change in the future.

• Currently, there is no age limit for the length of treatment. Again, please note that this might change with the introduction of a state plan package. 

As SC-DHHS develops coverage within the state plan, the following documents are necessary to process a request for ABA services:

• Letter of attestation by doctor, developmental pediatrician, or current private provider with recommendation about needed services

• Diagnostic assessment (developmental pediatric diagnostic assessment preferred, but not necessary if not available)

• DSM-V Diagnostic profile

• CHAT Assessment form (in toddlers, if applicable)

• Medical profile

• Speech and language profile, if applicable

• Family history (including, but not limited to, family hx of ASD)

• Past therapies profile sheet (i.e., kind of therapy, duration, outcome, etc.)

• Genetic testing, if applicable

These documents should be forwarded to DHHS at the attention of Dr. Pete Liggett, SC-DHHS, P.O. Box 8206, Columbia, SC 29202-4500 or liggettp@scdhhs.gov.  At this time, they will coordinate the movement and process. The providers will be contacted directly once the claim is processed and/or approved.

We will continue to share any updates we receive. For additional information at this time, please contact your Case Manager or SC-DHHS.

Sincerely,

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society

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Upcoming Events

2015 Annual Conference

2015 Annual Conference

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost:   $50 per person
Location: Saluda Shoals, 5605 Bush River Road, Irmo, SC  29212

Don’t miss the South Carolina Autism Society’s Annual Conference, featuring Jed Baker as Keynote Speaker.  Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization, serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism …

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Strides - Upstate 2015

Strides - Upstate 2015

Strides for Autism is the South Carolina Autism Society's signature fund-raising and awareness walk. Monies raised for South Carolina Autism Society stay in South Carolina and go towards family support, education, advocacy, and South Carolina-based research. According to the South Carolina Secretary of State, the South Carolina Autism Society devoted 90% of its total expenses to program services.

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Strides - Midlands 2015

Strides - Midlands 2015

WHAT TO EXPECT!

• Fun-walk

• Resource fair

• Family-fun activities

OUR GOALS ARE SIMPLE:

Raise the awareness of autism spectrum disorders, and raise funds for the South Carolina Autism Society.

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SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Corporate Sponsorship opportunities are available, as are spaces at the Resource Fair. For more information, visit:  https://scautism.org/sponsor/

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

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

Free - Registration Required

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, …

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Spectrum Valentine Ball

Spectrum Valentine Ball

Don’t miss out on our annual Spectrum Valentine Ball!  The 2015 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 – …

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The Missing Pieces

This is a NEW group for young adults with Autism. This group is for individuals ages 18 and up with High-Functioning Autism or Aspergers. The Missing Pieces began in January 2013 with a core group of 3 people and our counselor. We are the only group of its kind in the Midlands area of South Carolina. Our mission is to provide peer support through …

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Autism Connection Upstate

Autism Connection Upstate

Autism Connection meets on the 1st Monday of the month from 6:30 pm to 8:00pm at the Center for Developmental Service (CDS) in Greenville. Please contact Susan Kastner at 864-331-1340 for information on childcare.

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Coffee Talk Parent Support

Monthly coffee talk on the first Wednesday of every month at SCAS offices. Families can visit, talk, share resources, and have coffee with homemade goodies. Children are always welcomed, but childcare is not provided. 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. …

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Advocacy

Dear South Carolina Autism Friends,

We have exciting news!  The Ryan’s Law Amendment Bill has been filed!  It is Senate Bill 135.

Ryan's Law is a South Carolina law, which requires insurance companies to cover treatments for autism. The law states that insurance companies must provide up to $50,000, annually, on behavioral therapy, up to the age of 16. The law provides coverage for various treatments, including Applied Behavior Analysis, which was previously denied as "experimental". Ryan's Law also prohibits insurers from refusing other medical care to children because of their autism.

Now is the time to begin contacting your state senators.  Please ask them to sign on as co-sponsors of Senate Bill 135.  You can let your senator know that the primary sponsor is Senator Ray Cleary.  If you don’t know who your senator is, click on this link and enter your home address.

You can easily send your senator a message.  Here is a sample message:

Hi, my name is _____________, and I live in your district.  I want to ask you for a favor.  I have a child/grandchild/godson with autism, and I would like you to co-sponsor the Ryan’s Law Autism Amendment, Senate Bill 135, which is sponsored by Senator Ray Cleary.  It amends the Autism Insurance Bill that South Carolina passed in 2007 to make it comply with federal law.  It will also make autism coverage available to the groups that were excluded in 2007.  Will you please co-sponsor this bill for me?  Your support will mean a great deal to my family.  

We will continue to provide updates throughout the Legislative Session.

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Become a Member

We are committed to continuing to work hard to fulfill our mission, that every individual with autism in South Carolina reach their maximum potential.
 
  

Thank you to our new and renewing Members during the 4th Quarter of 2014!

Mr. James Bailey
Ms. Nicole Brown
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Good
Hope Greenwood
Mr. Mark Hoffman
Mr. & Mrs. Derrick Howle
Mr. Walter Jenner
Mr. Walter Jenner
Dr. Karen Lumb
Ms Elisa Mullan
Mr. Rick Murray
Mr. Kelly Nash-Benedict
Mrs. Joyce Nielsen
Ms. Kathleen Nixon
Ms. Sudeshna Pal
Mr. & Mrs. Ronald Rambo
Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson
Ms. Michaela Schenkelberg
Mr. Michael Smith
Ms. Don Weed

BECOME A MEMBER  >>

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Donations

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.

Thank you to all of our 2014 Donors!

 

Memorials

Autism Institute of South Carolina, LLC in memory of Anne Dudek

Autism Institute of South Carolina, LLC in memory of Anne Kemp

Mrs. Ann Bishop in memory of Anne Kemp

Ms. Mardrette Kemp in memory of Anne Kemp

Tri County Technical College in memory of Brad McClure

Mr. & Mrs. Douglas Scott in memory of Bradley McClure

First Thomasville Realty, LTD in memory of Dawn Kurtz Thomas

Georgia Regents University in memory of Dawn Kurtz Thomas

Georgia Regents University Counselor Education Program in memory of Dawn Kurtz Thomas

Mr. & Mrs. Paul McCollum in memory of Dawn Kurtz Thomas

Mr. & Mrs. Wallace Goodman in memory of Dawn Kurtz Thomas

Mrs. Joyce Nielsen in memory of Dawn Kurtz Thomas

Ms. Margaret Sainsbury in memory of Dawn Kurtz Thomas

Southwest Georgia Technical College in memory of Dawn Kurtz Thomas

Mr. & Mrs. Walter Rogan in memory of Dr. William F. Bishop

Autism Institute of South Carolina, LLC in memory of Dr. William F. Bishop

Mr. & Mrs. Delos Miles in memory of Dr. William F. Bishop

Mr. & Mrs. Lonnie Shull, Jr. in memory of Dr. William F. Bishop

Mr. & Mrs. G.F. Beck in memory of Dr. William F. Bishop

Mr. & Mrs. Jon Smith in memory of Dr. William F. Bishop

Mr. & Mrs. John Mathewes in memory of Dr. William F. Bishop

Mr. George Avent in memory of Dr. William F. Bishop

Ms. Nell Able in memory of Dr. William F. Bishop

Mr. & Mrs. Glen Casey in memory of Dr. William F. Bishop

Anderson School District 5 in memory of Elise S. Wilson

Mr. & Mrs. Richard Fulmer in memory of Elise S. Wilson

Barr-Price Funeral Homes in memory of Elise S. Wilson

Mr. & Mrs. David Stokes, Jr. in memory of Elise S. Wilson

Mr. & Mrs. Donovan Colman in memory of Elise S. Wilson

Mr. & Mrs. William Hilton in memory of Elise S. Wilson

Ms. Betty Smith in memory of Elise S. Wilson

Ms. Mattie Lynch in memory of Elise S. Wilson

Ms. Sonia Leverette in memory of Elise S. Wilson

The Principals of Anderson School District Five in memory of Elise S. Wilson

Southwood Academy of the Arts in memory of Elise Smith Wilson

Ms. Susan Berry in memory of Elise Smith Wilson

Mrs. Beverly McCarty in memory of Forrest Carlton

Mr. & Mrs. James Balthaser in memory of Joan Cecilia Troyer

Ms Jennifer Bennett in memory of Joan Trayer

Mr. Lee Kittle in memory of Joan Troyer

Ms. Jessica Majoros in memory of Joan Troyer

Ms. Lindsey Kittle in memory of Joan Troyer

Mr. & Mrs. Charles Easterling in memory of John Easterling

Ms. Debbie Mollycheck in memory of Joseph Matlock

Mr. & Mrs. John Pennington in memory of June Iris Eidson

Mr. John Darby in memory of June M. Ross

Dogwood Garden Club in memory of Mary Bell

Ms. Linda Brown in memory of Mr. Alvin Tate

Mid Carolina Credit Union in memory of Myrtle Branham

Ms. Dinah Sapp in memory of Myrtle Branham

Mr. Michael Schwartz in memory of Patricia Ann Clark

Mr. John Jones in memory of Richard McManus

Ms. Barbara McQuillin in memory of Richard McManus

Ms. Billie McLeod in memory of Richard McManus

Ms. Emily McGuirt in memory of Richard McManus

Ms. Cassandra Stryker in memory of Robert E. Ferry

In Honor Of 

Dr. Susan Walden in honor of all of the amazing parents I work with

Ms. Candy Baka in honor of Brady Baka

Ms. MaryEllen Swain in honor of Charles Marion Swain Jr.

Mr and Mrs Rakeishea McGriff-Mickles in honor of Dr. Karen Matlock

Mr. & Mrs. Clifton Simmons in honor of Jeffrey Rabon, Jr., Nicholas Lee, Brian Lee and Maxwell Skinner

Mr. Gator Hudson in honor of Kyle Hudson

Ms. Kimberly Huntley in honor of Lucas Howle for the Turkey Drive

Mr. & Mrs. David Hill in honor of Mattie Bradford

Mr. & Mrs. Gresham Barker in honor of Mattie Bradford

Ms Jennifer Jett in honor of McLane Jett

Ms. Frances Cooper in honor of Murat Tulbentci

Mr. Norman Wise in honor of Richie & Julie Maldonado

New Morning Foundation in honor of Senator Ray Cleary

Ms. Summer Hoffman in honor of the children that have entered my classroom and taught me so much about life

Mr. Robert Anstead in honor of the Leiby boys

Mr. Jamey Dagenhart in honor of Tonia Delgado

Ms. Kacee Purvis in honor of Wyatt Purvis; Cold Water Challenge

[Completed] Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive Donors

We want to thank everyone who gave donations to our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive.  Thanks to our community, over 600 families in need have been served since 2008.  To see a list of our wonderful supporters for our Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, please visit the fundraiser page.

Additional Donors

A Bright Idea, LLC/Learning Express 286

Alibaba's Pipe Emporium, LLC

Alloy Wheel Repair Specialists

Bunky's Tavern, Inc.

DMBT, LLC

Dodgeland of Columbia, Inc.

Don and Zelma Waggoner Foundation

Dutch Fork Civitan Club

Good Time Social Club

Greenville Road Warriors

JS Ventures LLC

Medical Services of America, Inc.

Meyer Mechanical Services, LLC

Mid Carolina Electric Cooperative

North Springs Elementary - Hearts for Hope

Resolute Forest Products

Spanky's Ride for Autism

SummaJoe's

Swansea First Baptist Church, Inc.

The Beaded Frog

The Haute Dog Lady

Travinia Italian Kitchen at Lexington LLC

Tri Hi Y

Two Bright Ideas, LLC

York Middle School -  National Jr. Art Society

Mr. Beasley Banister

Ms. Jane Bryant

Ms. Peggy Cagle, Medical Services of America, Inc.

Ms. Solange Caldwell

Mr. William Cogdill

Ms. Elizabeth Copher

Mr. Edward Davis, DMD, PA

Ms. Emmie Dawson

Ms. Elaine Fanning

Ms. Sue Gainey

Mr. & Mrs. Robert Goodman

Ms. Rosemary Gray

Mr. & Mrs. Mark Hunnicutt

Mr. Walter Jenner

Mr. John Keim, Medical Services of America, Inc.

Mr. Michael Lawson

Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Leiby

Mr. & Mrs. Janardan Naik

Mr. C. Tim Nalley

Ms. Sudeshna Pal

Mr. & Mrs. Premal Parikh

Ms. Evelyn Randich

Ms. Louise Riley

Ms. Jennifer Roper

Mr. Amir Schihada

Ms. Robin Stevens, Medical Services of America, Inc.

Ms. Melissa Strickland

Mr. & Mrs. Harvey Thomas

Ms. Del Cielo Torres

Mr. & Mrs. Roy Williams

Mr. & Mrs. Joe Zanetos

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Featured Item

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:

Silver Stretch Bracelet

Silver Stretch Bracelet

Made out of inner-connecting silver puzzle pieces, this will be a constant reminder that we are always looking to put the pieces of this puzzle together.

This is an adorable tiny bracelet, perfect for a little angle.  Made out of inner-connecting silver puzzle pieces, this will be a constant reminder that we are always looking to put the pieces of this puzzle together. It’s dainty but can stretch as needed to be fitted over her little hand.  The diameter of this bracelet is 2.75″ and can stretch to well over 4″ if needed.

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