South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

November 2016


Hello SCAS friend!

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From The President

Hello SCAS Friends!  

Happy Thanksgiving!  We truly do have much to be thankful for this year!

Thank you to all of the attendees, exhibitors, and presenters at our recent Annual Conference!  Special thanks to our Keynote Speaker, John Elder Robison for his flexibility as we worked through the postponement due to Hurricane Matthew.  It was a remarkable event full of great information to support individuals with autism.  

Thank you to everyone who donated to our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive!  Through your generous donations, we provided Thanksgiving assistance to 130 families statewide!   We welcome any additional donations to fully cover the cost of this project.  Please click here to donate now!

Thank you to all our SCAS families who entrust their needs to our Case Managers, Parent Mentors, and other staff.  We will continue to work hard to provide the best services possible.

Thank you to all of our partners across the state.  From fellow service providers to corporate sponsors, we appreciate the opportunity to work with you to maximize the potential for everyone with autism in our state.  

Finally, thank you to the Staff  of the South Carolina Autism Society for hard work every day.  It is because of you that we continue to provide such a high level of services to our consumers.

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

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.


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

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!

Upstate Coffee Talk Parent Support - December 2016

Wednesday, December 7
9 - 11 am
318 Prado Way, 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 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!


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 …



Research Opportunities


Emory Autism Center is one of a network of clinical sites—autism centers and research institutions—that SPARK has partnered with across the country. The goal of SPARK is to accelerate autism research in order to gain a better understanding of causes and treatments for autism. By building a community of tens of thousands of individuals with autism and their biological family members who provide behavioral and genetic data, SPARK will be the largest autism research study to date.

There is no cost to participate, and upon completion of the registration process, the individual with autism will receive a $50 giftcard.

By joining SPARK, you will be making invaluable contributions to advancing the understanding of autism.

To register for SPARK:
· Click the Join SPARK Now button below
· Be sure to register using the email address that this invitation letter was sent to.


Registration takes about 20-30 minutes, and we’d love to have you onboard. As part of your participation in SPARK, we ask that you register and complete a few questionnaires online, and provide a saliva sample using a saliva collection kit that will be shipped directly to your home. Find out more about what’s involved on our SPARK FAQ page.

Together, we can improve lives by helping to accelerate research. SPARK sincerely appreciates your time, effort and participation in this landmark research initiative, and we look forward to learning more together!

All the best,

Addie Welch 


My name is Tiffany and I am a third year doctoral candidate in the Counselor Education program at the University of South Carolina. I am conducting my dissertation study which focuses on examining chronic sorrow among parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). I am writing to inquire about the possibility of recruiting participants from your agency to participate in my study. Each participant must be a parent/guardian of a child (ages 3-17) with ASD and currently resides with the child. Each participant will complete a 20 minute online survey. However, I am willing to meet with participants in person, if possible, in order for them to complete the survey on paper.

Additional information is available by clicking here.

If you have any questions or would like to further discuss my study, please contact me. I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time.

Tiffany M. Bordonada, M.S., M.P.A. 
Doctoral Candidate 
Counselor Education & Supervision
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 


Introducing a 14-week study to see if an investigational medication may reduce symptoms of autism in children ages 3 – 8. Please click here for information, or contact Segal Institute for Clinical Research at 843-576-6750 or adayson@segalinstitute.com.


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.



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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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