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South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

September 2015

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Hello SCAS supporter!

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From The President

One of the most common questions we hear in our office is, "I wish you had that in OUR area!"  We are listening!

Many of our families cannot get to Columbia to attend the valuable workshops we offer.  So we want to bring them to you!  Please complete our Workshop Interest Survey by clicking here.  This will help us plan which workshops are of the most interest to which areas.  

In October, we are partnering with the LUCAS Network and Project Hope Foundation to present the Upstate Autism Forum.  With workshops ranging from Autism 101 to Parent Tools, and state experts to discuss ABA coverage, this will be a great learning opportunity for families, self-advocates, and providers.  

We are expanding our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive to cover all of South Carolina.  In 2008, we partnered with the LUCAS Network in the Upstate to help provide holiday assistance to autism families in need.  As the need has grown, so has the program.  

But we need your support to continue expanding these opportunities to reach all of South Carolina.  Please consider participating in The Big Give for Autism on September 17th.  Your donations will stay right here in South Carolina.

Finally for you pizza lovers out there, grab your Domino's Slice the Price cards for just $10, and get great BOGO offers through next summer!  Half the purchase price will support the SC Autism Society!  

Information on all of these opportunities is included below!

As always, 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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Support the SC Autism Society!

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The Big Give for Autism

The Big Give for Autism

In partnership with the Autism Society of America, the South Carolina Autism Society is participating in The Big Give for Autism!

Through this nationwide event, you can donate locally to support autism programs right here in South Carolina.  All donations through the link below will go to support the South Carolina Autism Society.

On September 17th, visit https://www.autismbiggive.org/#npo/south-carolina-autism-society for your chance to participate in The Big Give for Autism!  Every dollar can make a difference for South Carolinians with autism!

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Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Since 2008, The South Carolina Autism Society and the LUCAS Network have partnered to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to families affected by autism who are going through financial difficulties. Thanks to the community’s donations, over 650 families in need have been served since 2008. Your donations supported over 100 families in 2014 alone! The need continues to grow.

For 2015, the two organizations will be collecting donations and distributing grocery store gift cards to recipients.

To make a donation, click here.  You can pay via PayPal, or send a check upon completion. Your donation is tax deductible.

To nominate yourself or someone else to receive this assistance, please click here to complete the nomination form. All nominations must be received by November 1st. Recipients must live in South Carolina, have a family member with autism living in the home, and be in need of financial assistance.

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Support the SC Autism Society with a Domino’s Pizza Card!

Support the SC Autism Society with a Domino’s Pizza Card!

Buy your “Slice the Price” card to support the South Carolina Autism Society!  50% of all sales stay with us!

Available only through Tuesday, September 29th!  Order now at http://scautism.org/shop/fundraiser/dominos-pizza-fundraiser/

• t’s good for buy a large pizza, get a large pizza free from Domino’s.

• Can be used for multiple purchases (buy 5 get 5, buy 8 get 8)

• Can be used as many times as you want until it expires.

• Costs just $10!  ($5 stays with the SC Autism Society!)

• Delivered to your mailbox in mid-October

Cards are valid in the following counties ONLY:

• BEAUFORT

• CALHOUN

• DILLON

• FLORENCE

• GEORGETOWN

• HORRY

• KERSHAW

• LEXINGTON

• ORANGEBURG

• RICHLAND

• SUMTER

• WILLIAMSBURG

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Volunteer Opportunities

Most of our events just wouldn't be possible without the involvement of our wonderful volunteers.  The participation of families, business and community groups, and students is a big part of what makes our events successful.  We appreciate all of your efforts!

If you are interested in volunteering with the South Carolina Autism Society, we would love to hear from you!  We have opportunities not only for our events, but also for special projects in our offices.  Please complete our Volunteer Registration Form online at http://scautism.org/get-involved/volunteer/.

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Upcoming SC Autism Society Events

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Upstate Autism Forum

Upstate Autism Forum

October 10, 2015

BMW Zentrum, Greer, SC

The Upstate Autism Forum will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9 am to 2 pm at the BMW Zentrum in Greer, SC.  This free forum is sponsored by BMW Manufacturing, LUCAS Network, the South Carolina Autism Society, and Project Hope Foundation.

Workshop Sessions will include:

• Autism 101:  Autism 101 focuses on the basics of autism. We discuss autism and the factors that contribute to being diagnosed and strategies to help them be successful.  Presented by the SC Autism Society.

• Parent Training & Toolkit:  This workshop provides strategies and tools for parents who are waiting for services.  Presented by Project Hope Foundation.

• Medicaid ABA Coverage:   Dr. Pete Liggett from SCDHHS and Susan Beck from SCDDSN will discuss the transition from the PDD Wavier program to the new coverage by Medicaid for ABA services from age 0-21.

Lunch will be available by advance purchase.  There are no refunds for lunch purchases.

The Upstate Autism Forum is recommended for families affected by autism, individuals with autism, educators, and disability professionals.  Capacity for the Forum is 200, so please register early to ensure your spot.

Registration is available online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/upstate-autism-forum-tickets-18412757052.

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Coffee Talk Parent Support

Coffee Talk Parent Support

Join us on Wednesday, October 7th for our monthly Coffee Talk at the SCAS upstate office. 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!

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Teen Dance Class

Teen Dance Class

September 26, 2 - 4 pm

Want to learn some new moves for the Teen Carnival & Costume Party in October? No problem! We've got Gloria Montalvo, a Columbia area dance instructor and her assistant, Summer Strickland scheduled to come out and teach a dance class the week before the party. Wanna learn to do the whip and nae nae? They can teach you! Come on …

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Teen Carnival & Costume Party

Teen Carnival & Costume Party

October 3, 6 - 8 pm

Join us on October 3 from 6 - 8 pm for a Carnival and Costume Party!  The party will be held at the Tri City Leisure Center, 485 Brooks Ave, West Columbia, South Carolina 29169.  Cost is $3 per person.

Stay tuned for additional details.

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Spectrum Harvest Fest

Spectrum Harvest Fest

Join us on Sunday, October 11th for one of the post popular family events of the year!  We will meet at the Hollingsworth Outdoor Center in Simpsonville for an afternoon of fun fall activities.  Tentative activities to include hayrides, pumpkin painting, archery, broom making, ash cakes,and more.

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

Cost is $10 per family. Scholarships are available.

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Honda Turkey Run

Honda Turkey Run

Join Us November 15, 2015!

​5k Walk/Run 10k Run

Click here to Register Now!

Certified Course (SC14054DW and SC14053DW)

This run is presented by Honda of South Carolina Mfg., Inc. and the Honda Federal Credit Union. The cost for both the 5k and 10k course is $30.00 for adults, $15.00 for students (ages 11-18) and free for children ages 10 and under.  Proceeds will benefit the South Carolina Autism Society.

Race times managed by Carolina Running Company. www.carolinarunningcompany.com

Event Schedule
7:00am...Packet Pick Up
8:00am...Sponsor Recognition and Course Overview
8:30am...Race Starts

After the event there will be a pancake breakfast with fruit, juice and coffee. Donations appreciated.

T Shirts for all early registered runners. Late registrants (after November 1, 2015) are not guaranteed shirt/size.
Race Location Address
1111 Honda Way
Timmonsville, SC 29161

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Upcoming Monthly Workshops

For questions about Workshops, contact Delilah at 803-750-6988 x108 or iandr@scautism.org.

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Written Productivity - How you can help your child.

Written Productivity - How you can help your child.

Join us at our West Columbia office on September 24 from 10 am - noon to learn about Written Productivity.  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.

Registration is required.  Please click here to register online now.

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To view additional upcoming Workshops, please Click Here.

Workshop Interest Survey

Workshop Interest Survey

The SC Autism Society is interested in bringing workshops to your region!  Please click here to complete the survey so that we can best schedule workshops to meet the needs of the South Carolina autism community!

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DDSN Autism Division Trainings

Additional free training classes are offered across the state by DDSN.  Please click here for more information.  

Pro Parents Training

Visit the Pro-Parents website at www.proparents.org to learn about free training classes.

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April is Autism Awareness Month!

 

Upstate Strides for Autism -- April 16
Midlands Strides for Autism -- April 30
Annual Conference -- April 29

Dates are tentative based on venue and presenter availability.

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Outside News & Opportunities

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DHHS State Medicaid Plan Update

DHHS State Medicaid Plan Update

Sharing from DDSN
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As part of continued efforts by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) to keep stakeholders updated on progress in implementing Autism Spectrum Disorder services in the State Medicaid Plan, a webinar was held on Thursday, September 3, 2015. The slides from this webinar are available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxPUvTczz65wODFaekZGNERMbU0/view?usp=sharing.

Additionally, individuals may follow the link below to access the archived recording of the webinar for information purposes.

https://level3.cwebcast.com/ses/jqBo-i89mmTfISvJ8lEXdQ~~…

As DDSN providers or system advocates, it may be beneficial to circulate this information via social media, and/or email blasts.

Thank you for your support and participation in provision of service to South Carolinians with disabilities.

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Spectrum Family Camps

Spectrum Family Camps

We Belong@ YMCA Camp Greenville!
OCTOBER 30 - NOVEMBER 1, 2015
Ridgetop Cabin - $310.00 for a cabin, up to 4 people    Additional person $80.00

Limited Scholarships Available

Spectrum Family Camp 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.  You do not have to be a resident of Greenville or a member of the YMCA to attend!

REGISTER NOW!

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!

REGISTER NOW! 

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

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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.

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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:

Mesh Colorful Bracelet with Dangle Ribbon

Mesh Colorful Bracelet with Dangle Ribbon

Mesh Colorful Bracelet with dangle Ribbon

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Connect with Us

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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