South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

October 2016


Hello SCAS friend!

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From The President

Hello SCAS Friends!  

Wow, what a month!  We appreciate everyone's understanding as we rescheduled the Annual Conference due to the effects of Hurricane Matthew. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who are still feeling the effects of this disastrous storm.  

The Conference is rescheduled for Friday, November 4th.  We do still have some tickets available, and hope you will consider attending this very informational event.  Please click here for more information and to register now.  

Our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive is in full swing, but more donations are needed!  Through your generous donations, we have been able to provide Thanksgiving assistance to almost 750 families statewide!  Please see the story below or click here to donate now!

We have several fun holiday events coming up as well! Look for them in this newsletter. Be sure to register early, and come ready to celebrate the holidays with your autism family friends!

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

The South Carolina Autism Society's Annual Conference with keynote speaker John Elder Robison has been rescheduled for November 4th!  Get your tickets now!

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!  Tickets are going fast!


Date:  Friday, November 4, 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. 

Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

In 2008, the South Carolina Autism Society and the LUCAS Network partnered to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to families affected by autism who are going through financial difficulties. Thanks to the community’s donations, over 750 families in need have been served since 2008. Your donations supported 100 families in 2015 alone! The need continues to grow.

For 2016, we will again be collecting financial donations and distributing grocery store gift cards to recipients.  Your donations allow this beneficial program to continue!

To make an online donation, click here.  You can also send a check made out to the SC Autism Society, with "Turkey Drive" in the memo field.  Mail it to SCAS, 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC  29169.

To nominate a family, click here.  Recipients must live in South Carolina, have a family member with autism living in the home, and be in need of financial assistance.

Your donation is tax deductible.  Thank you for supporting our families!

Belk Charity Sale Ticket

Support the South Carolina Autism Society by purchasing a ticket to the Belk Fall 2016 Charity Sale!

Belk offers a private, 4-hour sale that is dedicated to supporting non-profit organizations. You can help raise money for SCAS by purchasing a ticket to this exclusive sale. A $5.00 ticket grants you access to this special 4-hour sale in which you will be able to save 20-70% off Belk purchases storewide including special savings on rarely-discounted brands.  All customers will also receive $5 back on their first purchase.

Belk’s spring charity sale of the year will take place Saturday, November 5 from 6 a.m. – 10 a.m. in all Belk stores. The four-hour, private shopping event in-store is an excellent fundraising tool for participating organizations that sell $5 tickets to their supporters. It’s also an opportunity for customers to give back to local nonprofits while taking advantage of special in-store discounts on purchases during the event.

Can I still participate if I can't go shop that day?  Yes. Customers are welcome to reserve their desired merchandise for the event beginning on October 25. Simply present your Charity Sale ticket to a Belk associate and ask them for details about reserving merchandise.

Online Ticket Sales End Monday, October 31 at 12:00 noon to allow for mailing.


The State of Autism in South Carolina

SURVEY: The State of Autism in South Carolina

Have you completed our Survey yet?  We’ve been getting great responses, and have already applied for several grants based on what YOUR responses indicate are needed!  But we need more!  If you haven’t completed the Survey yet, please click here and complete it today!

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!


Upcoming Events

Upstate Coffee Talk Parent Support - November 2016

Wednesday, November 2
9 - 11 am
Greenville Office

Monthly coffee talk takes 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.

Our new office is located at 318 Prado Way, Greenville.  We are off Woodruff Road near WalMart.

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!

Wings for Autism Myrtle Beach

Saturday, November 12
5:00 pm
Myrtle Beach

Wings for Autism is coming to Myrtle Beach, and the South Carolina Autism Society is proud to be a sponsor!

Wings for Autism is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The program is designed to alleviate the stress that families who have a child with autism experience when flying. It provides families the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane. Airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals, and other personnel also have the opportunity to observe, interact, and deliver their services in a structured learning environment.

The Wings for Autism event will take place on November 12, 2016 at Myrtle Beach International Airport. The event will begin at 5:00 pm.

Space is limited. A total of 76 participants will be permitted to attend the event. This registration form will allow one family member to accompany one individual with disabilities.

Click here to register now!  Volunteers also needed!  Click here to be a volunteer!  (Volunteers do not go on the plane.)

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Megan Galloway (Megan@arcsc.org). If you have any questions or need assistance with completing this form, please contact Phuong Nguyen at nguyen@thearc.org or by phone at 202-600-3483.

YMCA Spectrum Sunday - November 2016

Sunday, November 13
5 - 7 pm
Simpsonville, SC

Join us for Spectrum Sunday at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, November 13th 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 now.  Signups required to plan for lifeguards and activities.  We ask that you 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.

Midlands Middle and High School Hangout- Smores & A Movie

Friday, November 18
6 - 8 pm
Lexington, SC

In November, we will be hosting an outdoor movie night for middle and high school students. We'll kick off the evening by having hot dogs, s'mores and chips for dinner by the campfire. Our featured movie is The Sandlot... a fan favorite. The cost is $15, to be paid to the YMCA when we arrive. Please register at the link below:

Our Teen Hangout is designed to provide an opportunity for teens with ASD to practice the 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. For more information, please contact: breck@scautism.org

Upstate Holiday Party

Saturday, December 3
1 - 3 pm

It’s time to plan for the annual Upstate Holiday Party!  

Join us on Saturday, December 3rd at Grace Church Pelham Road for our annual Upstate Holiday Party!  We will have snacks, visits with Santa, crafts, and a Holiday Shop for the kids to "shop" (free) for a gift for their parents.

Registration is required so that we can plan for supplies. Click here to register now.  Then drop-in anytime between 1 and 3 pm.

If your child will be "shopping", please be sure to register for a "Shopping Pass".Individuals with autism should take priority for "shopping", although all family members are invited to the party.

We look forward to seeing you on December 3rd!

Funded through a grant from the Barbara Stone Foundation

Space provided by Grace Church Pelham

Midlands Holiday Respite

December 3rd
1 - 4 pm
All Star Gymnastics
4046 Fernandina Rd # D
Columbia, SC 29212

The SC Autism Society will be hosting a holiday respite opportunity for individuals with Autism at All Star Gymnastics in Columbia. While caretakers have an opportunity to run a few errands or shop for gifts, your loved one can run, jump and play in a safe environment. Registration deadline is November 30. For more information, please contact: breck@scautism.org or call 803-750-6988.

Click here to register now.

Spectrum Holiday Carnival -- 2016

Sunday, December 4th
2 - 4:30 pm
Simpsonville, SC

Join us for our annual Spectrum Holiday Party at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, December 4th from 2 - 4:30 pm.

Visit with Santa Claus, sock snowmen, grapevine wreaths, cookie decorating, pinata, Christmas snacks. And of course the opportunity to visit with fellow Spectrum families.

Cost is $10 per family.  Scholarships are available.  Contact Greg McKee at gmckee@ymcagreenville.org or 963-3608.

Click here to sign up now.  Signups required to plan for activities.  We ask that everyone sign up to bring a drink or snack to share.  Please no snacks containing peanuts!


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 …



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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


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:

Silver Ribbon Keychain

Silver Ribbon Keychain


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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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