Dear SCAS Supporter!

I sent an email earlier today, and if you saw it and have already supported us, thank you! We still need the community's help. More than 3.3 million Americans live on the spectrum disorder. To us, that’s not just a number. That’s a person, a family, a friend, a community—those we have served for 45 years to enable these individuals and families to maximize their quality of life.

As I am sure you’ve heard, seen or read by now, during last night’s GOP debate, the issue of autism surfaced in the form of a question about vaccines. While this has generated robust dialogue, this needs to lead to a much needed conversation on the reality of life on the autism spectrum. Because as many of us know all too well, that is the conversation the country needs now.

We need to address the unnecessary obstacles placed in the path of individuals with autism as they transition to adulthood. For instance, over 70% of adults with autism are either unemployed or underemployed, when we know most adults with autism are fully capable of working in a job that is related to their skill level. And, for those parents and individuals who seek support, access is often out of reach due to limited financial means, location, and other factors, such as waiting lists for services that can be up to five years or longer.

The reality is simple...autism does not discriminate – it touches people from all walks of life. However, people with autism experience injustices daily. From denial of adequate housing and employment, to failure of far too many public school systems that should, but don’t provide an appropriate education to students with autism; society continues to fail these individuals.

We encourage the country to change the national discussion from simply one of cause, to one of cause, hope and support. We want to help provide the highest quality of life for each person living with autism and we are helping individuals and families gain access to opportunities others take for granted.

We are doing all we can today, but with your help, we can do so much more. The Big Give for Autism is on right now. I ask you to support those who deserve nothing less than our full support. Together we can create a nation where each person with autism can achieve their maximum potential.

With your support, we can encourage national discussion to one in which individuals with autism are appreciated for the unique gifts they have to offer.  And I think we can all agree that’s a great goal.

In order to give more individuals an opportunity to participate, we are extending The Big Give for Autism for one more day. If you’ve already supported us, please spread the word to your friends and family about this wonderful opportunity to make a real impact in the lives of those with autism.

Click here to show your support now! Every dollar can make a difference!

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society