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South Carolina Autism Society 

News and Happenings

February 2017

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From The President

Hello SCAS friend!

We are in the midst of planning both our Upstate and Midlands Strides events, and we've got lots of exciting activities planned!  Both will be held on the same day this year -- Saturday, April 1.  That's right!  2 parks, 2 walks, 1 great day!  

Join us for one of these fun and informative events!  Opportunities are available for you to Register and Start a Team, Donate, or become a Vendor or Sponsor!  Check out the article below for details.  

To keep our families and friends up-to-date on what's happening at the Statehouse in Columbia, we're adding a Legislative Update to our newsletter.  See this section below for information on autism and disability-related bills in the South Carolina House and Senate.  We encourage you to make your voice heard!

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 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.

Opportunities are available for Participants, Vendors, and Sponsors!  Join us for this great day of autism awareness and fun!

Saturday, April 1, 2017
8:30 am

Upstate Strides for Autism
Heritage Park, Simpsonville

Midlands Strides for Autism
Saluda Shoals Park, Irmo

CLICK HERE FOR DETAILS AND REGISTRATION  >>

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Upcoming Events

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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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Coffee Talk Parent Support (March 2017)

Coffee Talk Parent Support 

Wednesday, March 1
9 - 11 am
Greenville 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 or drop materials for us to distribute.  Thank you for respecting the needs of our families!

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Sensory Friendly Day @ SC State Museum (March 2017)

Sensory Friendly Day @ SC State Museum

Monday, March 6
10 am - 5 pm
SC State Museum

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. Hunt for leprechauns in this special Sensory Friendly Day at the State Museum. On this day visitors will be …

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YMCA Spectrum Sunday - March 2017

YMCA Spectrum Sunday 

Sunday, March 12
5 - 7 pm
Simpsonville

Join us for Spectrum Sunday at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, March 12th 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 …

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Other Events

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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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Legislative Update

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The following Bills are under consideration in the South Carolina Legislature.  Please click the links for additional information.

Senate 0344 - To allow a driver's license applicant with a medical diagnosis of autism to voluntarily disclose that they are autistic, which can be indicated with a symbol on the driver's license.

Senate 0031 - The SC Department of Education would award a Special Education Diploma instead of a Certificate of Attendance, and to provide requirements for the Special Education Diploma.

Senate 0180 - The Department of Disabilities and Special Needs is headed and governed by a Director appointed by the Governor.  

Senate 0307 - For autism insurance coverage and eligibility, autism spectrum disorder means any of the Pervasive Developmental Disorders or Autism Spectrum Disorders as defined by the most recent edition of the DSM in effect at the time of diagnosis. 

House 3520 - That a SC parent may enroll their disabled child in any school district or private school in the state that they consider best capable of meeting the unique needs of the child's disability, provided the child meets other admissions criteria of the school.

House 3117 - To require certain facilities and programs of the SC DDSN to install and operate video monitoring equipment in common areas and to maintain copies of the recordings.  

Other - Director of HHS, Christian Soura, has recently requested a 27% increase in ABA therapist rates in order to attempt to address the hourly rate that is well below the southeastern average to the Ways & Means Healthcare subcommittee. 

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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:

Puzzle Heart Pocketbook

Puzzle Heart Pocketbook

Lovely pocketbook with puzzle hearts.

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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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