South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

February 2016


Hello SCAS supporter!

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From The President

Hello South Carolina Autism Society families and friends!  Looking outside on this sunny day reminds us that Spring will soon be here!  There are so many great opportunities to get involved in the coming months...

In March, we are happy to welcome back Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe and Captain William Cannata, Jr., who will be conducting Autism Awareness for First Responders training across the state.  This visit, they will also offer workshops for parents and caregivers on Preparing for Emergency Situations.  More information is below.

Last month we told you about our upcoming Strides for Autism events, to be held in the Upstate on April 16 and the Midlands on April 23.  Today I am excited to announce our Honorary Chairs!  In the Upstate, we will be joined by Chief Keith Grounsell of the City of Simpsonville Police, and Captain Stacey Owens of the City of Greenville Police.  In the Midlands, we will be joined by Ben Hoover of WOLO.  All are doing great things to advance autism awareness in our communities!  See the full Strides article below for information on registration, resource fairs, volunteers and more! 

I would also like to remind you to register for our upcoming Annual Conference on April 15th, featuring Peter Gerhardt. Businesses and organizations can sign 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.

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


Upcoming SC Autism Society Events

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


High Schooler Hangout: Lunch & Movie

High Schooler Hangout: Lunch & Movie

Saturday, February 20
12:30 - 3:30 pm
Dutch Square Mall, Columbia

We will plan to meet at Best China Buffet at 12:30 and then head over to AMC Theaters to see Zoolander 2. The restaurant is just a few doors down from the the theater so we will walk from one to the other. The movie should be over around 3:30, give or take a few minutes.

The cost is $9.50 for lunch and a drink. Students get a discounted rate of $8.70 for movies, but have to bring their student id with them. If they do not bring their id, the cost is $10.28. So $20 will be sufficient unless they want to buy snacks at the movie, then they should bring more money.

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

Register online at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/high-schooler-hangout-lunch-movie-tickets-21731285861



Coffee Talk Parent Support - March

Coffee Talk Parent Support - March

Wednesday, March 2
9 - 11 am
SCAS Office, Greenville

Monthly coffee talk on the first Wednesday of every month at 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!



Disability Advocacy Day

The Partnership of Disability Organizations will hold the next Disability Advocacy Day on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Statehouse in Columbia, SC.  This is an opportunity for individuals and families affected by disabilities to come together to let legislators know about issues important to them.

For more information, visit http://www.scdisabilityadvocacy.org



Sky Zone Fundraising Night

Sky Zone Fundraising Night

Friday, April 8
3 - 8 pm

Join us at Sky Zone Trampoline Park for a fundraiser to support the South Carolina Autism Society!  Check in between 3 and 7 pm, and $2.50 from each hour jumped will be donated to SCAS!  Spread the word and bring your friends!

SCAS Staff will be on-hand with information about Strides for Autism, and autism services in the Upstate.



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.



Workshops & Training

Adolescents with Autism and Sexuality: Resources that can Help

Adolescents with Autism and Sexuality: Resources that can Help

Wednesday, February 24
10 am - 12 noon
University Center, Greenville

Click here to Register Now!

All individuals experience sexual urges and individuals on the autism spectrum need help in learning how to deal with these feelings when they begin,  In this workshop we will go over various problems that might arise and how to help your child cope with them.  We will also discuss personal hygiene and birth control.  I will demonstrate various resources and websites that individuals might find helpful in teaching individuals on the spectrum about sexuality.  This workshop is for parents, caregivers, educators, and therapists.  There will be graphic materials presented and discussed. There is no charge for this workshop.

This workshop is free but registration is required.


Autism Awareness for First Responders -- York

Autism Awareness for First Responders 

Monday, March 14 - York
Tuesday, March 15 - Greenwood
Wednesday, March 16 - Hartsville

We are honored to announce that we are bringing Autism Society Task Force members, Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe and Captain William Cannata, Jr, back to SC in March to conduct training sessions in three locations around the state: York, Hartsville and Greenwood. This training is for all emergency response professionals including law enforcement, fire fighters, emergency medical personnel and school resource officers. Our instructors are first responders with extensive experience with ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Capt. Cannata and Sgt. Donohoe have collaborated with the Autism Society in it’s Safe and Sound initiative since 2005. Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe is the creator of the ‘Take Me Home’ program, a database where participants who are unable to properly identify themselves register with a photo, physical description and contact information so first responders can interact with increased knowledge when contact with a person with autism occurs. Capt. William Cannata, retired from the fire service after more than 30 years and is now the Program Director of ALEC, Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition, formed in 2003.

This training is free of charge and has been approved for 3.75 CLEE hours by the SC Criminal Justice Academy. Refreshments will be provided.

Click here to register now.

For more information, contact Christie Fleming at: christie@scautism.org or 803-750-6988, ext. 117.


Preparing for Emergency Situations

Preparing for Emergency Situations

Monday, March 14
2 - 4 pm
SCAS Office, West Columbia

Tuesday, March 15
6 - 8 pm
Piedmont Technical College, Greenwood

Click here to register now!

Autism Society Task Force members, Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe and Captain William Cannata, Jr, will be in South Carolina in March to conduct a training session for parents and caretakers of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, ASD. This training is designed specifically for caretakers concerning emergency situations and how to best prepare for them. Our instructors are first responders with extensive experience with ASD.  Capt. William Cannata and Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe have worked with the National Autism Society in it’s Safe and Sound initiative since 2005.

Sgt. Jimmy Donohoe is the creator of the ‘Take Me Home’  program, an identification database for individuals with communication difficulties. The ‘Take Me Home’ program was designed to promote better interactions between first responders and individuals on the Autism spectrum. Capt. William Cannata retired from the fire service after more than 30 years and is now the Program Director of ALEC, Autism and Law Enforcement Education Coalition, formed in 2003.

For more information, please contact Christie Fleming at: christie@scautism.org or 803-750-6988, ext 117.


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.


SC Autism Society Info

Hiring Case Managers

Hiring Case Managers

Case Managers
South Carolina Autism Society

Positions in:  West Columbia, Charleston, Surfside Beach

The case manager is responsible for identifying individual, needs, strengths, and resources; coordinating services to meet those needs; and monitoring the provision of necessary and appropriate services which are supportive, effective and cost efficient. Though the case manager will invariably have other responsibilities and will perform other activities.

Preferred Experience:

SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs case management experience.

Requirements and Knowledge:

• Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in social work or a related field from an accredited college or university. OR Bachelor’s degree (or higher) in an unrelated field from an accredited college or university AND one (1) year of experience in programs for people with disabilities or in a case management program.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills.

• Knowledge and understanding of the service delivery system.

• A demonstrated understanding of research principals.

• Computer Literate (preferably with Microsoft Office and MS Publisher).

• Excellent phone skills.

• Demonstrated organizational skills.

Job Type: Full-time

Required experience:

• Case Management: 1 year

Required education:

• Bachelor's

Email your resume to jobs@scautism.org, with Case Manager Positions in the subject line, or mail to 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC  29169.



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/.


Board of Directors

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:

• 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:

Autism Puzzle Lapel Pin

Autism Puzzle Lapel Pin

This is our traditional autism lapel pin.



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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