Quarterly Program Update

Parent School Partnership Program


Welcome to the first of our Quarterly SCAS Program Updates.  This quarter, we are featuring our Parent School Partnership Program.

The Parent-School Partnership Program is designed to assist children with autism spectrum disorders to reach their maximum potential in the educational system.   Through our Parent Mentors, the program builds collaboration between parents and schools, recognizing that both are essential partners in the child’s education.

So what does that mean for you?  

• Parent Mentors with up to twenty years experience assisting students with autism and education professionals.

• A program exclusive to autism, where every Parent Mentor is not only an expert in the educational needs of students with autism, but is the parent of a student with autism as well.

• For SC Autism Society Case Management families, additional collaboration between Parent Mentors and Case Managers to assist students in reaching their maximum potential in all environments.

• Quick access to Paula's Place Learning Lab, a lab dedicated to individuals with autism of all ages, parents, educators, paraprofessionals, and therapists to learn how to use various software and how to create supports for school and home use.

• This is a free service to both families and educators.

Whether you are a parent seeking assistance with navigating the educational system, or an education professional seeking information to better service your students with autism, the SC Autism Society's Parent School Partnership is here to help.  Additional specifics on the Program are included below.

To be connected to a Parent School Partnership Parent Mentor in your area, please contact us at 803-750-6988 or 800-438-4790, or by email at scas@scautism.org

We look forward to serving you!




• To facilitate partnerships between school personnel and the parents of students with autism

• To strengthen mutual respect and understanding between parents and school personnel

• To join parents and schools in guiding each child toward knowledge and independence

Support for Families:

• Helps families establish positive working relationships with school personnel

• Provides families with information and training about autism

• Helps families understand special educational rights and responsibilities

• Provides support in the referral process with other agencies

• Encourages parents to be active participants in their child’s education

• Parent Mentors attend IEP meetings with families on request

Support for Schools:

• Encourages collaboration and teamwork between schools and families

• Acts as a resource for schools on issues relating to autism spectrum disorders

• Provides information and training to schools

• Accepts referrals for families who might benefit from program resources

• Helps schools to involve parents in the education process