South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

April 2015


Hello SCAS friend!

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From The President

Wow!  It has been a busy month already at the South Carolina Autism Society!  

We kicked off April with Upstate Strides for Autism at Heritage Park in Simpsonville.  Those who attended enjoyed a beautiful morning of fun activities, learning about various autism resources, and connecting with others in the autism community.  Thank you to everyone who came and all who volunteered, especially the AT&T Pioneers, Cub Scout Pack 527, and students from Bob Jones University.

Last Friday, we had the pleasure of hearing Dr. Jed Baker talk about preparing for the future and social skills at our Annual Conference.  There was a great turnout, including caregivers, educators, professionals, and self-advocates.  Thank you also to all the wonderful breakout session presenters who shared their expertise with our conference attendees!  

Not to slow down, on Saturday we partnered with several other organizations to bring Wings for Autism to the Columbia Airport.  Wings is a flight-rehearsal program designed to help individuals with autism become accustomed to the airport and flight experience.  Seeing the participants' reactions as they came of the plane proved that it was a successful and exciting experience for all who attended.

But Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month is not over yet!  We still have lots of great ways for you to get involved.  Consider participating in our Midlands Strides for Autism on May 2nd, or one of our other many opportunities mentioned in this newsletter.

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


Upcoming SC Autism Society Events


Midlands Strides for Autism

Saturday, May 2, 2015
Saluda Shoals Park, Irmo

Strides for Autism is the South Carolina Autism Society’s signature fundraising and awareness walk. Money raised for South Carolina Autism Society stays in South Carolina and goes 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.


Resource fair
Children's activities
Team Photos & Photobooth
Music Therapy Class
Bike/Stroller/Wagon Decoration Contest and Parade
Fire/Police/EMS Demos
PDQ Chicken and BoFreeze to purchase

...and more to come!


Emcee – Joe Pinner is known by past attendees at Midlands Strides for Autism e from his many years serving as our Emcee.  He brings great enthusiasm to the event, which he looks forward to participating in each year.  Joe has worked for WIS-TV since 1963, and is most known for his weather reports and the Mr. Knozit Show.  

Honorary Chair -- Kim Conant has been a pediatric nurse for 37 years. For the last 22 years at Palmetto Pediatric and Adolescent Clinic. She started a “Medical Home” program at Palmetto Pediatrics in September of 2002 and has worked with over 1100 families with a child or children with special needs in this capacity. She gives you the comfort of having one person working with your primary Palmetto Pediatric physician to keep track of all care needs. She also provides help in identifying or obtaining other resources your child may require.


• Raise the awareness of autism spectrum disorders. The better understanding our society has about autism, the better the quality of life for those on the spectrum will be.

• Raise funds for the South Carolina Autism Society.




To Register as an Individual or Family:

Click here to register for Midlands Strides

To Create a Fundraising Team:

Click here to Register (Step 1) and Create a Fundraising Team (Step 2)

Click here for additional directions for Step 2.


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

Additional information for Strides for Autism, along with information about autism and SCAS is available online at http://scautism.org/  or by calling the Columbia SCAS office at 1-800-438-4790.


We are always looking for volunteers to help with Strides for Autism!  Please visit http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0945a9af23a0f94-midlands3 to find out how you can help!





Strides Scout Flag Ceremony

Strides Scout Flag Ceremony

Since 2010, our Upstate and Midlands Strides for Autism events have kicked off with a flag ceremony.  These ceremonies are conducted by Scouts, both male and female, who have been affected by autism.  Some were scouts with autism, while others were peers who came out in support.

Now is the time to sign up to participate in our Strides Spectrum Scouts for 2015!  Our events will take place as follows:


May 2, 2014 at Saluda Shoals, Irmo, SC

• We welcome all Scouts, male or female, currently active or inactive, ASD or their peers who wish to come out in support.

• Uniforms are encouraged, but not required.

• Participants will report to the event site by 8:15 am for a brief practice.

We are also seeking adult scout leaders to lead the flag ceremony on the event day for both events.


Autism Awareness for First Responders

Autism Awareness for First Responders

The SC Autism Society is honored to announce that Autism Society Task Force members, Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe and Captain William Cannata, Jr, are coming to South Carolina in May to present training sessions in three locations around the state: Greenville, Charleston and Columbia.  They are providing ‘Autism Awareness for First Responders’ in collaboration with the SC Fire Academy, Mt. Pleasant PD, Greenville PD, and CICP Carolinas Institute.

This opportunity is being provided free of charge for all emergency response professionals including law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel and school resource officers. Our instructors are first responders with extensive experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Training is available in three different locations on three different days.

5/19/15 - Alhambra Hall, Mt. Pleasant, SC at 9:00 am

5/20/15 - Greenville Technical College, Greenville, SC at 9:00 am

5/21/15 - SC Fire Academy, Columbia, SC at 9:00 am

Capt. Cannata and Sgt. Donohoe have collaborated with the Autism Society in its Safe and Sound initiative since 2005. Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe is the creator of the ‘Take Me Home’ program, a database where participants who are unable to properly identify themselves register with a photo, physical description, and contact information so first responders can interact with increased knowledge when contacting a person with autism. Capt. William Cannata is retired from the fire service after serving more than 30 years, and is now the Program Director of the Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition, which was formed in 2003.

Read about how the SC Autism Society is working with First Responders statewide via Post & Courier.


Coffee Talk Parent Support

Coffee Talk Parent Support

Monthly coffee talk on the first Wednesday of every month at SCAS Upstate office from 9 - 11 am. Families can visit, talk, share resources, and have coffee with homemade 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!


Spectrum Spring Fling

May Spectrum Sunday 


Join us for Spectrum Sunday on Sunday, May 17th from 5 - 7 pm at the YMCA Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville.

Activities will include swimming, open gym, and arts & crafts.  And of course the opportunity to visit with fellow Spectrum families.  $5 per family.

All are welcome – you do not need to be a member of the YMCA or a resident of Greenville County.

Scholarships are available.

Click here to register now.

For more information

Contact Greg McKee at 864-963-3608 x 24 or gmckee@ymcagreenville.org

Please sign up to bring a drink or snack to share.

Sign Up Now



Fundraising Events


3rd Annual Deuce's Wild Golf Tournament for Autism

NEW DATE!  May 13th!

Indian River is once again hosting their annual tournament in which all proceeds go directly to SCAS!

This will be a 4 Member Captain's Choice (Best Ball).

Registration will be at 8:00am.  Tournament begins at 9:00 am

Each player pays $45.  This fee includes:

Green Fee - Prizes - Lunch and Drinks (cocktails included) - Golf Cart

For more information, contact Buddy at (803) 240-7097


Fundraiser Event: Car and Truck Show

Florence Car and Truck Show

Carolina Custom Truck and Accessories, along with Palmetto Stangs are having a Car and Truck Show benefiting South Carolina Autism Society at the end of April.

100% of all proceeds go directly to South Carolina Autism Society!

This family-friendly event will be showcasing 35 classes of cars and trucks.  Music will be provided at the show.  Showtime is from 8:00am to 3:00pm.  Food, Vendors, Door Prizes, 50/50 Raffles and more.

Admission is Free.



Upstate Car Show


Spanky’s 2nd Annual Ride for Autism, North Myrtle Beach


Team Kyle 2nd Annual Golf Tournament


Outside Events

Although we do not directly manage the following events, we want to share these with our community.


YMCA Spectrum Family Camps

MAY 8 - 10, 2015  & OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 1, 2015

Ridgetop Cabin - $310.00 for a cabin, up to 4 people    Additional person $80.00

Spectrum Family Camp takes place at YMCA Camp Greenville in the mountains just past Caesars Head.  It offers families with children on the autism spectrum a fun and safe environment, with well-trained staff that truly understand kids on the spectrum.  We'll take care of the details like sensory friendly activities, picture charts for easier transitions, and menus designed to accommodate diets (GF/CF? Covered!) upon advanced request.  Each family sleeps in a private heated cabin, with private bathroom.  All autism (or related) families are invited.  One need not be a member of the YMCA or a resident of Greenville.

What is there to do at Family Camp?

Click here to see a sample schedule. 

We provide fun activities for campers of all ages.

• Crafts

• Archery

• Riflery

• Hikes to places like Rainbow Falls

• Animal Center

• Zip Line

• Evening Programs: Campfire & Carnival

 Special Activities provided on certain weekends:

• Canoeing (May & October)

• Horseback Riding (October)

The activities listed above are all optional...it's OK just to head to the waterfront and sunbathe, visit "Pretty Place" for a little quiet inspiration or enjoy a leisurely hike around Camp. Your schedule is up to you! 

For details and additional information about Spectrum Family Camp, please contact us by email or at the phone number below:

Voice: 864.836.3291 X 107| Fax: 864.836.3140
Email: Michael Spradlin



Camp M.A.T.E.S. & Social Skills Groups In Columbia 

Dr. Randel is very excited to announce that under Brazendale Child and Family Services LLC (Dr. Randel's private practice), they will be running camp again this summer! Camp M.A.T.E.S. (Merging Activities to Enhance Social Skills, formally Camp P.A.L.S.) will begin in the middle of June 2015 and run on Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00am-2:00pm until August 2015. This summer, camp will consist of sports, social skills, nutrition, AND a fun academic component! They are still looking into where they will have camp, but they are looking into getting a bigger space and an outdoor area for the campers to be able to play.

There is already a lot of interest for camp, and they wanted to send this information to you in case you or someone you know would be interested. Please feel free to send this information to anyone that you think would be interested. Further, if you are interested, please send an email to CampMates803@gmail.com and let them know that you are interested so they can put you on their interest list. 

Also, they are starting social skills groups again January 12! They had an extremely successful 1st group term with 25 children and adolescents and they look forward to continuing to expand! Groups are on Monday nights from 4:15-5:15pm, 5:15-6:15pm, or 6:15-7:15pm at the Autism Academy in downtown Columbia. They are starting to recruit now and spots are going quickly! Please let them know if you or anyone you know would be interested by emailing drbrazendale@gmail.com ASAP! 


Monthly Workshops Yearly Calendar

To register for a Workshop, contact Delilah at 803-750-6988 x108 or iandr@scautism.org.


Thursday, April 23rd - How do I read my child’s IEP? Important factors that all parents should know.

IEP meetings can be overwhelming to say the least.  In this workshop, we will go over IEP’s and show you exactly what you need to know when you attend these meetings.  Crucial elements of the IEP will be discussed to ensure that your child is getting the services that they need.

Thursday, May 28th - Adolescents and Sexuality; Resources that can help

All individuals experience sexual urges and some students need help with learning how to deal with these feeling when they start.  In this workshop, we will go over how to deal with your sexuality for males and females, personal hygiene, and birth control.  We will also demonstrate various texts and websites that can help your adolescent child better deal with their sexuality.

Thursday, July 30th - Sensory Integration – How Can I Help My Child?

The majority of students with autism have Sensory Processing Disorder. Students can be hypersensitive or hyposensitive to certain sights, sounds, smells and especially noises. This disorder can interfere with everything in the child’s life. We will discuss what this disorder is and how we can help to desensitize children who experience problems in this area and how exercise and movements is vital to calm and relaxed to they can attend to various tasks. We will demonstrate items that can help students in these areas and discuss books that can help educators’ and parents to learn more about SPD.

Thursday, August, 27th - Creating Social Stories

Since students with ASD are extremely visual, social stores can help alleviate difficult behaviors, anxiety, stress and the unknown. In this workshop, we will discuss how to create a social story and we will also go over free and low-cost resources where you can find social stories that are pre-made. Bring your own computer or iPad if available.

Thursday, September 24th - Written Productivity - How you can help your child.

Many children on the autism spectrum have problems with writing; in this workshop we will go over various resources than can help a child with writing in school and in the home. We will talk about various word prediction programs as well as speech recognition programs that are free or low cost.

Wednesday, November 18th - Helping your Student/Child with the Transition Process

Transition services can be very confusing so in this workshop, we will explain how to navigate through the transition process and how to make a smooth transition for your child. We will discuss transition from Baby Net to Early intervention, transition from elementary school to middle school, middle school to high school and high school to work, tech school, or a post secondary institution. We will also discuss Vocational Rehabilitation and what they can offer your child.

Wednesday, December 3rd - Behavioral Supports for the home and school environment

In this workshop, we will demonstrate and discuss various behavioral intervention supports that can be used both in the school and home environment. We will also show you how to create behavioral intervention supports with what you have available.

Thursday, January 21st - Helping you child/student with socialization skills

Socialization can sometimes be a problem for individuals with ASD. In this workshop we will talk about socialization programs that you can use at home with your child. We will go over various programs, texts and website that can be helpful in the area of socialization.




Dear South Carolina Autism Friends – EXCITING NEWS!  The Ryan’s Law Amendment Bill has been filed as Senate Bill 135.  (It has not been filed in the House yet.)

On April 21st, the Bill was passed through Subcommittee, and now moves on to the full Banking & Insurance Committee on April 22nd.  Current updates will be posted through our email groups.

Please continue to contact your state senators and asking them to sign on as co-sponsors on  Senate Bill 135.  If you don’t know who your senator is, go here and enter your home address at the bottom under “Find My Legislator”:  www.scstatehouse.gov.

The following is an example of what you could say:

Hi, my name is ______ and I LIVE IN YOUR DISTRICT. I’m calling to ask you for a favor. I have a child/grandchild/godson with autism, and I would like you to co-sponsor a bill. It's the Ryan’s Law autism amendment bill, sponsored by Senator Ray Cleary, and it amends the autism insurance bill South Carolina passed in 2007 to make it comply with federal law and to make autism coverage available to the groups that were excluded in 2007. Will you co-sponsor it for me? It would mean a lot to my family.

We will continue to provide updates throughout the Legislative Session.


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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.



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:

3D Awareness Ribbon Pin

3D Awareness Ribbon Pin

This is a nice take on the traditional 2D 'flat' ribbon.  This 3D piece bows out from the middle creating a textured appearance.



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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

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