South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

January 2016


Hello SCAS supporter!

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From The President

It may be only January, but here at the South Carolina Autism Society, we are busy planning all kind of events for April -- Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month! There will be many opportunities for you to get involved statewide. 

We are excited to announce that Peter Gerhardt will be joining us as Keynote Speaker for our Annual Conference on April 15th.  Professionals may be interested in submitting a proposal to present in our Breakout Sessions, or signing up to exhibit in our Resource Fair.  Anyone can nominate someone for one of our Annual Awards.  Click here to register now!  Limited Scholarships are available.

Strides for Autism events will be held in the Upstate on April 16 and the Midlands on April 23.  We are currently seeking sponsorships from interested businesses, and a variety of levels and benefits are available.  Businesses, organizations and agencies are invited to participate in our Resource Fairs.  And of course we invite the community attend!  Register now!  Create a Team and get donations!  Click here for information on how you can get involved!

Of course we couldn't do any of this without our wonderful Volunteers!  Click here to find out about upcoming volunteer opportunities!

I hope you will plan to attend one of these special events, or one of the many other events outlined in this newsletter.  In the meantime, if we can be of assistance in any way, please contact us at 803-750-6988, at scas@scautism.org, or visit our website at scautism.org. 

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society


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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 Training

Volunteer Training

SC Autism Society will be hosting a volunteer training session on January 30, 2016. Participants are required to have a SLED check.

Click here to register now.



Upcoming SC Autism Society Events

High Schooler Hangout: Dinner & Comics-- January 2016

High Schooler Hangout: Dinner & Comics

January 23rd
1 - 3 pm
Columbia, SC

High School Hangout is designed to give high school kids an opportunity to socialize with friends out in the community.

This month we will meet at Five Guys Famous Burgers located at 285 Columbiana Drive near Harbison in Columbia at 1:00. The kids can spend some time hanging out and getting to know each other while they eat. After lunch, we'll head to Apocalypse Comics 2 for a tour of the store and to check out what sort of events the comic scene has to offer this year. The restaurant is just a few doors down from the comic book store... so we will walk from one to the other.

Please note that the kids will be responsible for the cost of their own meal and comic book needs.

Click here to register now.

The max number for participation is 8 students and we will have 2 chaperones. For more information, please contact: christie@scautism.org or call 803-750-6988, ext. 117.


Coffee Talk Parent Support February

Coffee Talk Parent Support

Wednesday, February 3rd
9 - 11 am
Upstate Office

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 and snacks. 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!


Midlands ASD Parent Support Group February

Midlands ASD Parent Support Group

Thursday, February 4th
10 am - 12 noon
West Columbia Office

NOTE!  Changed to the First Thursday of each month!

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.

Please click here to RSVP 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!


YMCA Spectrum Valentine Ball

YMCA Spectrum Valentine Ball

Saturday, February 20
6 - 8:30 pm
YMCA Adams Mill Program Center
Simpsonville, SC

Don’t miss out on our annual Spectrum Valentine Ball!

Click here to Register Now!

The 2016 Spectrum Ball is a night of dancing and celebration for families living with someone on the Autism spectrum.  It's a fun, safe, and sensory-appropriate event.

Don’t like to dance?  That’s okay!  We have plenty of other activities going on!  Including our amazing Balloon Man – always a huge hit!  Just come out and “have a Ball!”

Join us for our annual Spectrum Valentine Ball at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Saturday, February 20th from 6 - 8:30 pm.


Saturday, February 20, 6:00 – 8:30 pm


The YMCA Adams Mill Program Center Gym (aka, “The Ballroom”)
100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville

Who's Invited

Father/daughter couples, mother/son couples, or entire families.  Everyone!  All families affected by autism or related conditions are invited.  All ages are welcome.  You do not need to be a Y member, nor a resident of Greenville.  Bring a friend!


Semi-formal (or whatever you choose!  Really!  From a tux to jeans, all is welcome!)

Activities include:

A Rocking DJ ... and a Square dance!
Balloon Man, with amazing designs!  And often a giant balloon sword fight!
Snacks -- including a Chocolate fountain.  (We’ll try not to make it tip and spill this year!)
Family photos -- professionally done
...and more!


$25 per family (scholarships available).  Fees paid at the door on February 20th.

Please sign up to bring a drink or snack to share.  No peanut snacks please.

For more information

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


Strides for Autism

Strides for Autism

It’s time to start planning for Strides for Autism 2016!  Strides for Autism is the South Carolina Autism Society’s signature fund-raising and awareness walk. Monies raised for South Carolina Autism Society stay in South Carolina and go towards individual and family supports, education, advocacy, and training. According to the South Carolina Secretary of State, the South Carolina Autism Society devoted nearly 90% of its total expenses to program services.



Saturday, April 16, 2016
Heritage Park, Simpsonville
Click here for Registration


Saturday, April 30, 2016
Saluda Shoals Park, Irmo
Click here for Registration

Click here for more information and Registration.


Annual Conference

Annual Conference

Announcing the South Carolina Autism Society’s Annual Conference, featuring Peter Gerhardt, E.D. as Keynote Speaker, Breakout Sessions, Bookstore, and more!

Date:  Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost:   $75 per person, includes lunch
Location: Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC  29209

Keynote Speaker — Peter Gerhardt, E.D., is the director of education at the Upper School of the McCarton School and the founding chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). He has more than 30 years of experience using the principles of applied behavior analysis in supporting adolescents and adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) in educational, employment, residential, and community-based settings. Dr. Gerhardt is the author or the coauthor of articles and book chapters on the needs of adolescents and adults with ASDs and has presented nationally and internationally on this topic. He serves on the editorial board of Behavior Analysis in Practice and on numerous professional advisory boards. Dr. Gerhardt received his doctorate from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, Graduate School of Education.

Breakout Sessions to be announced by March 1, 2016.

Click here for information and registration.



Upcoming Monthly Workshops

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

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!  All 2016 Training sessions will be announced soon through our email lists, social media, and website.

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.


Board of Directors

Board of Directors Meeting (January)

Board of Directors Meeting 

January 23rd
10 am
West Columbia Office

The quarterly meeting of the Board of Directors will be held at the SC Autism Society office at 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169 beginning at 10:00 am. Members of the SC Autism Society are invited to attend.


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


Become a Member



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

We have lots of new items in stock this month!  

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:

SC Autism Society Baseball Hat

SC Autism Society Baseball Hat

Show your support of the SC Autism Society with this baseball hat!  Available in pink and blue.



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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