South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

July 2016


Hello SCAS friend!

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From The President

Hello SCAS Friends!  I am really excited to share several new opportunities with you this month!

You may have noticed that the South Carolina Autism Society has experienced significant growth in recent years.  To help us better assess the needs of individuals, families and professionals across the state, we are conducting a survey on the State of Autism in South Carolina.  Please click here to complete the survey now.  Your voice matters!

Have you reserved your tickets for our Annual Conference featuring John Elder Robison as Keynote Speaker?  The Conference will take place on Friday, October 7th in Columbia.  This will be an exciting event that you don't want to miss!  More information is below, or click here to register now.  

We've added a new event this fall -- the 1st Annual SCAS Oyster Roast! Just $25 will get you a day of delicious food and fun!  For those who aren't oyster fans, we'll have burgers and hot dogs too!  Check out the article below, or click here to buy your tickets.

But it doesn't end there!  Coming up are activities for teens in the Midlands, a family movie outing in Charlotte, and Spectrum Sunday in the Upstate!  We have special editions of Coffee Talk this month -- Midlands will be heading to Chick Fil A, and Upstate will be having a back-to-school education special!

Plus our all-new Annual Corporate Sponsorships!  

This newsletter contains details on all these and more! 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.


Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society


Special Events


SCAS Annual Conference
Keynote -- John Elder Robison

You are invited to attend the South Carolina Autism Society's Annual Conference on October 7th in Columbia with keynote speaker John Elder Robison.

This event will be addressing the needs of all individuals at every age during their journey with ASD. Please join us for this important time of learning and sharing. Breakout groups addressing a multitude of topics will be available. You will not leave disappointed.

Please visit our website for registration information and reserve your space today!


Date:  Friday, October 7, 2016 
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm 
Cost:   $50 per person, includes lunch 
Location: Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC  29209

Keynote Topic — Hiring on the Spectrum: Neurodiversity at the Workplace

Robison’s books Look Me in the EyeBe Different, and Raising Cubby are the most widely read accounts of life with Asperger’s in the world. His books have been translated into more than fifteen languages, and they are sold in 60+ countries. His newest book—Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening—was published in March 2016. Robison has also authored or contributed to over 100 autism-related articles. 

SCAS Oyster Roast

SCAS Oyster Roast

The “1st Annual South Carolina Autism Society Oyster Roast” is an outdoor event that is a perfect opportunity for people to ride their bikes and enjoy all the food you can eat.  We will have oysters, hamburgers, hotdogs, and other sides. The food, drinks, and music will be available from 12:00 pm until 4:00pm.  We encourage everyone to enter our 50/50 raffle and enter to win one of our many door prizes.  Door prizes and the 50/50 raffle will be awarded through out the day.  Pre-Register for $25 or buy your ticket at the door for $30. Don't forget to bring cash for the raffles! The monies raised will help to send children with autism to summer camp. This is a great chance to join together with friends, enjoy some good food, and help the community.


Click here to purchase your tickets online now!

• Pre Registration: $25.00

• At the Event: $30.00

Tickets include all you can eat food and one raffle ticket!


Sponsorship opportunities are available!  Click here to find out more!

Can't attend, but still want to support the event?  Then In Spirit is for you!  Just $10!



The State of Autism in South Carolina

SURVEY: The State of Autism in South Carolina

The South Carolina Autism Society is conducting a survey to assess The State of Autism in South Carolina.  This is our most comprehensive evaluation to-date, and will help us determine areas of need statewide. This survey is designed for Self-Advocates, Family Members, Caregivers, Professionals, and the Community.

Your responses will help us determine where to focus our efforts for new projects in the months to come. Data will be compiled and may be used as evidence of need when applying for grants or other funding.  

No information identifying any individual will be tracked or shared.  The SC Autism Society does not sell any data, personal or otherwise.

Should you have any questions, please email Susan Leiby at SusanL@scautism.org.

Click here to take the Survey now!


Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities


We have many ways you can support the South Carolina Autism Society. Below are our current Sponsor and Exhibitor opportunities.

Please know that we appreciate any level you're able and willing to sponsor.  We're delighted that you've taken the time to find our more information about how you can help us bring support and awareness to South Carolina on autism.  

Click here for Annual Conference Exhibitor Opportunities

Click here for Oyster Roast Sponsorships

Click here for Corporate Annual Sponsorships


Register to Vote!

Your Vote Counts! Many individuals with disabilities are eligible to vote!

Your Vote Counts! Many individuals with disabilities are eligible to vote!

October 8th is the Deadline for citizens in South Carolina to register to vote.  The 2016 General Election will be held on Tuesday, November 8th.  Below are links with information on how to register to vote and county voter office listing. To determine eligibility to vote, please review the requirements from the South Carolina Election Commission: In order to vote, South Carolina …



Outreach & Exhibitor Requests

Outreach & Speaker Requests

Outreach & Speaker Requests

The South Carolina Autism Society is available to provide staff members and/or information for your event.  Whether you are looking for a Keynote Speaker for a Conference, a Speaker for a class or meeting, or an exhibitor table, we would love to talk to you! Please click here to complete our Outreach/Speaker Request Form.  We will review your request and …



Upcoming Events

Midlands High Schooler Hangout

Midlands High Schooler Hangout

July 30
12 - 2 pm

Let's go bowling! On Saturdays the leagues clear out at 12, so let's swoop in and grab a lane. We plan to play some games, eat and hit the arcade.

Games are $3.50 per person, (we will play 2 or 3 games) and shoe rentals are $3.25 plus tax. They should bring extra money for food and arcade games.

High School Hangout is designed to provide an opportunity for teens with ASD to practice the independent living and social skills they've worked so hard to learn. It gives them a chance to just hang out with other teens in a lightly monitored setting. This event is for a maximum of 8 participants and we will have a chaperone. For more information contact Christie Fleming at: christie@scautism.org

Click here to register now!


Talleres sobre la Educacion Especial Para Padres De ninos con Autismo

Julio 30
Horario de 3 pm - 5 pm
Oficina de Greenville


Upstate Coffee Talk: Special Edition on Education

Upstate Coffee Talk: Special Edition on Education

August 3
9 - 11 am

Join us on Wednesday, August 3rd from 9 – 11 am for Upstate Coffee Talk!  This month, Coffee Talk will be facilitated by our Upstate Parent Mentors, who work in our Parent School Partnership Program.  If you have questions or concerns about back-to-school, IEPs, 504s, or educations services and accommodations, we are here to help!

For this special event, we ask that you please click here to RSVP to ensure we have enough room.

We meet at our office at 211 Century Drive, Suite 203-A in 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 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 Coffee Talk @ CFA - August 2016

Midlands Coffee Talk @ Chick Fil A 

August 4
9:30 - 11:30 am

Midlands Coffee Talk takes place on the first Thursday of every month at our West Columbia office from 9:30 to 11:30.  This month we are doing it at Chick Fil A in West Columbia. Let the kids play while we visit and share resources.

It's a great way to visit and share resources with other families advocating for individuals with ASD. Children are always welcomed, but childcare is not provided. We hope that you will RSVP so we will know how many to expect, but "drop-ins" are always welcome.

Please click here to RSVP so we know to look for you!

**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!

Family Outing: Movie & Lunch

Family Outing: Movie & Lunch

August 13
10 am
AMC Carolina Pavilion 22
Charlotte, NC

Bring your family and join us for the Sensory Friendly showing of Pete's Dragon!  The movie starts at 10:00 am, so we will meet at the ticket area at AMC Theaters at 9:45 am. Afterwards we will go to Chick Fil A for lunch.

This is a great opportunity for our Lancaster, Fort Mill, Chester, Chesterfield area friends!

Click here to RSVP so we will know to look for you!

YMCA Spectrum Sunday - August 2016

YMCA Spectrum Sunday - August 2016

August 14
5 - 7 pm

Join us for Spectrum Sunday at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, August 14th 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.  Just come out ready to have fun in a non-judging environment!

Click here to sign up to bring a drink or snack to share.  Please no snacks containing peanuts!

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

August Middle School Hangout

August Middle School Hangout

August 19
6:30 - 8:30 pm
West Columbia

Click Here to Register Online Now!

The intent of this program is to provide middle school age youth who are on the autism spectrum a safe place to develop social skills. These “hangouts” will he held once a month at the West Columbia SCAS office location from 6:00 pm to 8:30 pm. The first movie will be Star Wars Episode Four. From the second date on ward the children will be allowed to pick the movie from a pre-approved list. All movies will be rated no higher than PG.  Drinks and snacks will be provided. It will cost each child $5.00 per “hangout”, that will be paid at the door. This is not a respite event. This is a skill building opportunity for those on the ASD spectrum who are on the independent living track.


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


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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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