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March 31, 2016

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Hello SCAS supporter!

Below is an important update from the South Carolina Autism Society.

From The President

Today the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta released the latest autism prevalence rates.  Researchers reviewed both health and educational data for 8 year olds from 11 states across the country.

Based on their research, the CDC announced the autism prevalence rate remains at 1 in 68

It is too early to determine why the rate remained the same.  The numbers do not mean that the prevalence rate has stabilized, nor that there is no increase in the number of individuals diagnosed.  In fact as our population grows, the number of individuals diagnosed also grows.  There are still over 3 million individuals living with autism in the United States alone. 

The South Carolina Autism Society sees this as further evidence of the need for supports across the lifespan for those affected by autism.  Services are vital starting with early-intervention, and continuing through school age and adulthood.  Individuals affected by autism may need medical care, therapies, educational services and accommodations, employment and opportunities for independent living.  Further, they need to be understood and accepted as contributing members of society.  We will continue to work hard towards these goals. 

Please consider joining us in one or more of the special events we have scheduled this April in recognition of Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month.  Together we can ensure that all individuals with autism spectrum disorders reach their maximum potential.

To learn more about autism and the South Carolina Autism Society, please visit our website at scautism.org or contact us at 803-750-6988.

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society

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Major April Events!

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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.

Register to Participate and Create a Team and ask your family, friends and co-workers to support you!

WHEN AND WHERE!

Upstate

Saturday, April 16, 2016
Heritage Park, Simpsonville
Honorary Chairs:  Chief Keith Grounsell, City of Simpsonville Police, & Captain Stacey Owens, City of Greenville Police
Emcee:  Jenna Kochenauer
Click here for Registration

Midlands

Saturday, April 30, 2016
Saluda Shoals Park, Irmo
Honorary Chair:  TBA
Emcee:  Joe Pinner
Click here for Registration

Click here for more information and Registration.

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Twisted Dreams Car Show

Twisted Dreams Car Show

Saturday, April 2
1 - 5 pm
Simpsonville, SC

Join us for the 2nd annual car show at Dream Cars on Standing Springs Road, Simpsonville, April 2nd from 2-5. Registration will start at 1.

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Coffee Talk Parent Support April

Upstate Coffee Talk Parent Support

Wednesday, April 6
9 - 11 am
Upstate Office

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.

Midlands Parent Support will resume in May!

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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Sky Zone Fundraising Night

Sky Zone Fundraising Night

Friday, April 8
3 - 8 pm
Greenville

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.

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April High Schooler Hangout -- Lunch & Movie

April High Schooler Hangout -- Lunch & Movie

Saturday, April 9
9:45 - 1:30 pm
Dutch Square Mall

The movie starts at 10:00 am, so we will meet at the ticket area at AMC Theaters at 9:45 am. We will walk to Best China Buffet when the movie ends at 12:30. The featured movie is Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice and will be in a sensory friendly setting. The restaurant is just a few doors down from the theater so we will walk from one to the other after the movie. We should be finished with lunch by 1:30.

Best China Buffet charges $9.50 for lunch and a drink. The cost is $8.70 for movies. $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. For more information, please contact:christie@scautism.org or call 803-750-6988, ext. 117.

Click here to register online.

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YMCA April Spring Fling

YMCA April Spring Fling

Saturday, April 10
2 - 4:30 pm
Simpsonville, SC

Join us for our annual Spring Fling at Hollingsworth Outdoor Center, 259 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville.  Tentative activities include:   brick making, candle making, archery, balsa airplane competition($3), and more.  $10 per family.  Scholarships are available.

Click here to sign up now so we can plan for activities.  We ask that everyone bring a snack or drink to share.

Contact Greg McKee at gmckee@ymcagreenville.org; 963-3608, ex 24 for more information.

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Autism Afternoon at Hollywild

Autism Afternoon at Hollywild

Thursday, April 14
4:30 - 8:00 pm

Hollywild is opening for a special time to provide families facing the challenges of autism a fun, safe family outing away from the crowds!   April 14, 2016, 4:30pm – 8:00pm Special Discounted Admission: $5 per person   Representatives of the South Carolina Autism Society will be on hand with information about autism resources.   Experience our Safari Bus Rides where animals come to you for snacks, and keep your eyes peeled for “Tank”, our Southern White Rhino.   Visit our amphitheater for a special “Creature Feature” presentation and meet some of our education animals up close.   Walk the park to see our camels, bears, and tigers. Make sure to stop by “Mandella’s” enclosure to see our white lion! Visit our Farmyard to pet and feed a variety of animals as you enjoy relaxed family time together.

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Annual Conference Postponed to October 7, 2016.  

Click here for more information. 

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Car and Truck Show

Saturday, April 30

Carolina Custom Truck Accessories in Florence SC are holding their 2016 Car and Truck show to benefit show for the SC Autism Society!

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Additional Upcoming Events

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Deuce's Wild Golf Tournament

Deuce's Wild Golf Tournament

Wednesday, May 11
Indian River Golf Club
West Columbia, SC

Come support our 4th annual Captain's Choice best ball golf tournament support the SC Autism Society!  Openings for golfers and sponsors!

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May High Schooler Hangout -- Lunch & Movie

May High Schooler Hangout -- Lunch & Movie

Saturday, May 14
9:45 - 1:30 pm
Dutch Square Mall

The movie starts at 10:00 am, so we will meet at the ticket area at AMC Theaters at 9:45 am. We will walk to Best China Buffet when the movie ends at 12:20. The featured movie is Captain America: Civil War and will be in a sensory friendly setting. The restaurant is just a few doors down from the theater so we will walk from one to the other after the movie. We should be finished with lunch by 1:30.

Best China Buffet charges $9.50 for lunch and a drink. The cost is $8.70 for movies. $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. For more information, please contact:christie@scautism.org or call 803-750-6988, ext. 117.

Click here to register online.

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Coming Soon -- 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.

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SC Autism Society Info

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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/.

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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

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Become a Member

Membership
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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

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 Heart Lapel Pin

Autism Heart Lapel Pin

This is our autism heart lapel pin.

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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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