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South Carolina Autism Society 

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November 2015

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Hello SCAS supporter!

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From The President

Here we are in November, and the year has flown by so fast!  We are taking our last donations for the Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, and planning several holiday events.  Soon we will be turning our focus to the New Year, and our slate of events for Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month in April!  

I would like to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported the mission of the South Carolina Autism Society this year.  Through your donations, we are able to provide even more services throughout the state.  Our volunteers are a huge part of making our events so successful.  And our dedicated staff members work tirelessly to support our families every day.  Many thanks to you all!

We hope to see you at one of our upcoming holiday events, trainings, or fundraisers!

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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Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

This weekend we will be mailing out grocery gift cards to 91 South Carolina autism families in financial need, to help them with their Thanksgiving meal.  

We are still collecting donations to cover the costs of this program. To make a donationclick here.  You can pay via PayPal, or send a check upon completion. Your donation is tax deductible.  

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. 

Thank you for your support of our families!

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Honda Turkey Run

Honda Turkey Run

Join Us November 14, 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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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/.

Volunteer of the Month!

Thanks to our Volunteer of the Month, Sarah Votta, for always stepping in to help!

 

Volunteer Training

Volunteer Training

Volunteer training will focuses on the basics of autism and get you prepared to assist in SCAS events and activities. To register for Volunteer Training please follow the link and complete the registration form below:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1EPCk3T5dBbCi5_T-mCCJ-y6JP-IbdF1ArK7IsGG4DrA/viewform

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Upcoming SC Autism Society Events

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Teen Carnival & Costume Party

Teen Carnival & Costume Party

Join us on November 14 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.

We are going to have drinks and snacks available to buy, so that attendees can practice those skills.  The cost to attend is free, but snacks, drinks and games will be available for purchase.

RSVP Required!

Click here to register online.

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YMCA November Spectrum Swim

YMCA November Spectrum Swim

Join us for Spectrum Sunday at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, November 15th from 5 - 7 pm.

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

All families affected by autism or related conditions are invited.  You do not need to be a Y member, nor a resident of Greenville.

RSVP Required!

Click here to register online.  Please sign up to bring a drink or snack to share.

Cost is $5 per family to cover lifeguards and supplies.  Scholarships are available.  Contact Greg McKee at at gmckee@ymcagreenville.org or 963-3608.

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Upstate Holiday Party

Upstate Holiday Party

 

Online registration required!  Click here to register now!

Join us for the annual Upstate Holiday Party presented by the AT&T Pioneers!  We will have snacks, visits with Santa, and a Holiday Shop for the kids to "shop" for a gift for their parents.

Drop-in anytime between 2 and 4 pm.  Spaces are limited so that we will be equipped with enough supplies.

If your child will be "shopping", please be sure to register for a "Shopping Pass".  Individuals with autism should take priority, although all family members are invited.

We look forward to seeing you on December 5th!

Thank you to the AT&T Pioneers for their ongoing sponsorship of this event, and to Grace Church Pelham for providing space!

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Holiday Respite Event

Holiday Respite Event

The SC Autism Society will be hosting a holiday respite opportunity for individuals with Autism at All Star Gymnastics in Columbia. While caretakers have an opportunity to run a few errands or shop for gifts, your loved one can run, jump and play in a safe environment. Registration deadline is November 30. For more information, please contact:christie@scautism.org or call 803-750-6988, ext. 117.

RSVP Required!

Click here to register online now!

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Spectrum Holiday Carnival

Spectrum Holiday Carnival

Join us for our annual Spectrum Holiday Party at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, December 6th from 2 - 4:30 pm.

Visit with Santa Claus, sock snowmen, grapevine wreaths, cookie decorating, pinata, Christmas snacks. And of course the opportunity to visit with fellow Spectrum families.

Cost is $10 per family.  Scholarships are available.  Contact Greg McKee at gmckee@ymcagreenville.org or 963-3608.

RSVP Required!

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

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Coffee Talk Parent Support -- December

Coffee Talk Parent Support -- December

Join us for our monthly coffee talk on Wednesday, December 2nd from 9 - 11 am 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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Midlands ASD Parent Support Group - December

Midlands ASD Parent Support Group - December

Join us on Wednesday, December 2nd from 10 am - 12 noon at our West Columbia office.  This group is for caregivers of individuals with ASD to provide support, education, and encouragement and to share resources to help our children and young adults reach their full potential.

RSVP Required!

Please click the link and RSVP at the bottom of the page so we know to expect you!

**Important Provider Notice!**

Please note that this is a parent and caregiver support format only. We appreciate you sharing the announcement with the families you serve. Businesses, organizations, and other providers may send or drop materials for us to distribute. Thank you for respecting the privacy of our families!

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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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Helping your Student/Child with the Transition Process

Helping your Student/Child with the Transition Process

We will offer this class at two different times.  You only need to register for one.

November 18, 10 am - 12 noon
November 18, 6 pm - 8 pm

Online Registration required.  Click here to register now!

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.

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Behavioral Supports for the home and school environment

Behavioral Supports for the home and school environment

We will offer this class at two different times.  You only need to register for one.

December 3, 10 am - 12 noon
December 3, 6 pm - 8 pm

Online Registration is required.  Click here to register now.

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.

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Coming in 2016 -- Statewide Trainings!

We are happy to announce that we will start offering our workshops across the state in 2016! Stay tuned for schedules in Greenville, Myrtle Beach, Charleston, Lancaster, and Florence!

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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Board of Directors

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Meetings of the Board of Directors of the South Carolina Autism Society are held quarterly, beginning at 10:00 am at the SC Autism Society, 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC.

2016 Meeting Dates:

• January 23rd

• May 7th

• August 27th

• October 29th (Annual followed by quarterly)

SCAS Members are welcome to attend meetings of the Board of Directors. If you would like to speak at the meeting, please call SCAS 803-750-6988 to be put on the agenda.

For more information on the Board of Directors, click here

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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:

Puff Puzzle Piece Silver Earrings

Puff Puzzle Piece Silver Earrings

Puff Puzzle Piece Silver Earrings

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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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