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South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

January 2017

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From The President

Hello SCAS friend!

Happy New Year!  

With a new year brings preparations for our annual Strides for Autism walks!  We are excited this year to be holding both our Upstate and Midlands Strides events on the same day this year -- Saturday, April 1.  That's right!  2 parks, 2 walks, 1 great day!  Check out the article below for details.  

Strides is a great opportunity to bring autism awareness to your friends, families, and community. Create a Team, and invite them to support you at the walk, or even come out to enjoy the day with you! As always, we will have an informative resource fair and lots of family-fun activities!

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.

Sincerely,

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society

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Strides for Autism

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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 1, 2017
8:30 am

Upstate Strides for Autism
Heritage Park, Simpsonville

Midlands Strides for Autism
Saluda Shoals Park, Irmo

 

Register Now!

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Upcoming Events

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Coffee Talk Parent Support February 2017

Coffee Talk Parent Support

Wednesday, February 1
9 - 11 am
Upstate Office

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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2017 South Carolina Safe Schools Summit

2017 South Carolina Safe Schools Summit

Friday, February 10
Columbia

Presented by the State Coalition for Youth Empowerment & Access February 10, Edventure Children’s Museum Click here for more information!

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Sensory Friendly Day @ SC State Museum - Valentines

Sensory Friendly Day @ SC State Museum

Monday, February 13
Columbia

The South Carolina State Museum is excited to offer Sensory Friendly Days at the museum for schools and families with special needs. General admission is free for children with special needs and one adult in each family with reduced prices for 4D experiences and planetarium shows. Celebrate Valentine’s in this special Sensory Friendly Day at the State Museum. On this day visitors will be able …

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YMCA Spectrum Valentine Ball 2017

YMCA Spectrum Valentine Ball

Saturday, February 18
6:30 - 9:00 pm
Simpsonville

Register Now! Don’t miss out on our annual Spectrum Valentine Ball!  The 2017 Spectrum Ball is a night of dancing and fun for families living with someone on the Autism spectrum.  It's a fun, safe, and sensory-appropriate event.  Don’t like to dance?  That’s okay!  We have plenty of other activities going on!  Including our amazing Balloon Man – always a …

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Other Events

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February 9 - 10
Greenville

Springbrook Behavioral Health invites professionals from across the nation to converge for two days of presentations and breakout discussions covering a wide range of topics related to Autism—from diagnosis, behavioral health, and treatment and therapy results.

Click here for more information. 

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March 10 - 11
Furman University

Empowering a Future is Able SC’s annual transition conference for professionals working with young adults with disabilities.  Mapping Your Future is the free companion event for young adults with disabilities in transition and up to two family members. Both conferences are intended to raise expectations, foster awareness of best practices, and build critical skills.

Click here for information and registration.

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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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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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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:

Autism Awareness Silicone Bracelet

Autism Awareness Silicone Bracelet

Autism Awareness silicone bracelet

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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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