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South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

December 2016

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Hello SCAS friend!

Below is the latest edition of our monthly newsletter.

From The President

Hello SCAS Friends!  

We've had a great month celebrating the holidays with families across the state!  Thank you to everyone who came out to our various holiday events, including the Upstate Holiday Party, Midlands Respite, and YMCA Spectrum Holiday Carnival!  In total, we helped provide an autism-friendly holiday experience for more than 400 people!

As we wrap up the year, I invite you to Join the South Carolina Autism Society as a Member, or Donate with your end-of-the-year Gift.  Because of your generosity, we are able to provide so many beneficial services to individuals with autism and their families.  Click here to find out more about how you can help!

We are already starting to plan events for 2017, in particular our annual Strides for Autism walk and awareness event.  Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 1, 2017, when we will hold both our Upstate and Midlands events.  That's right!  2 parks, 2 walks, 1 great day!  Details will be coming soon.  Remember, small steps make big strides!

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.

Happy Holidays from all of us at the South Carolina Autism Society!

Sincerely,

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society

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Special Announcements

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Holiday Closings

Holiday Closings

All offices of the South Carolina Autism Society will be closed on the following dates so that staff can celebrate the holidays with their families.  For emergencies, please call our main office number at 803-750-6988. Friday, December 23 Monday, December 26 Tuesday, December 27 Monday, January 2

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Your Gift Will Help Us Do More In 2017!

Your Gift Will Help Us Do More In 2017!

Dear SCAS Friend: Thanks to you, thousands of individuals with autism in South Carolina are receiving needed services, succeeding in school, and participating in the community.  On behalf of them, thank you for helping them reach their maximum potential. Each year, we meet new individuals and families who are new to autism, or have been on their journey alone.  Our …

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Upcoming Events

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Coffee Talk Parent Support January 2017

Coffee Talk Parent Support January 2017

Wednesday, January 4
9 - 11 am
318 Prado Way, Greenville

Join us for Coffee Talk on the first Wednesday of every month at SCAS Upstate office.  Parents, Grandparents, and Guardians 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 …

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Strides for Autism

Strides for Autism

 

Save the Date!  April 1, 2017.

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 …

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YMCA Spectrum Sundays

Coming Soon!

The 2017 schedule of Spectrum Sunday activities will be announced soon.  Please follow our online calendar or Facebook Page for the latest information!

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Outreach & Exhibitor Requests

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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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Research Opportunities

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If you have Autism and need help with learning, MUSC has a treatment study that may help!

They are recruiting 14-17 year old males with Autism for a brain stimulation study to enhance learning.  Compensation available for participants.

To learn more, contact Dr. Frampton Gwynette or Dr. Jane Joseph at 843-792-9162.

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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.

JOIN SPARK NOW
http://SPARKforAutism.org/emory

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 
addison.lynn.welch@emory.edu

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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 
bordonat@email.sc.edu

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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.

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Become a Member

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Membership
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Donations

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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.

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Featured Item

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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:

Multicolored Puzzle Piece Necklace & Earring Set

Multicolored Puzzle Piece Necklace & Earring Set

Multicolored Puzzle Piece Necklace & Earring Set

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Connect with Us

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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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