From The President

Hello SCAS friend!

We are just a few days away from April, when we recognize Autism Awareness & Acceptance month.  This is a special month where we strive to make the community more aware of autism spectrum disorders and accepting of our autistic population.

The most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control show that 1 in 68 children has an autism spectrum disorder.  Most will need medical care, therapies, and educational assistance.

These children grow in to adults, who seek employment, housing, and independent living.  

But what ALL children with autism and adult autistics want and need is ACCEPTANCE.  For people to see them not as broken, but as valuable and contributing members of the community.

The South Carolina Autism Society will be very active this month bringing the message of Autism Awareness & Acceptance to events across the state.  Please look through this newsletter, and consider visiting us at these events.  Keep an eye on our website and Facebook too, as additional events may be scheduled!

If we can answer any questions, or provide you or your family with assistance, please contact our Main Office at 803-750-6988, or email scas@scautism.org. 

 

Thank you,

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society

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April 2017 Events

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Strides for Autism

Saturday, April 1
Strides for Autism
Upstate & Midlands

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 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION >>

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Exhibiting at Sensory Sensitive Sunday

Sunday, April 2

Sensory Sensitive Sunday
Chuck E Cheese
Greenville

Join us at Chuck E. Cheese in Greenville from 9 - 11 for their FIRST Sensory Sensitive Sunday! Stop by our table and say HI!
1. Less crowding and noise
2. Dimmed lighting
3. Show and music turned off or down
4. Limited appearances by Chuck E.
5. Food and games are offered
https://www.chuckecheese.com/deal…/sensory-sensitive-sundays

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Exhibiting at Clemson PD Community Event

Sunday, April 2
Police Community Event
Clemson

National Crime Victims' Rights Week (NCVRW) is April 2-8, 2017.  To kick of this special week, the Clemson Police Department is hosting a community event on Sunday, April 2nd from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm at Nettles Park in Clemson, SC.  This community event will be filled with activities and games for children, entertainment, food and live demonstrations - all aimed at showcasing community services.  The goal of the event is to enhance a sense of community and to increase the public's awareness of victims' rights and services available.

Stop by the SC Autism Society table and say hi!

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Coffee Talk Parent Support April 2017

Wednesday, April 5
Coffee Talk Parent Support Upstate

Join us for Coffee Talk on the first Wednesday of every month at SCAS Upstate office from 9 - 11 am.  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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Stomp-the-Violence

Friday, April 14
Stop the Violence Charity Step Show
Columbia

To benefit the South Carolina Autism Society!  Click here to get your tickets now!

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Autism Night at Cherokee Speedway

Saturday, April 15
Autism Night at Cherokee Speedway
Gaffney

Join us at Cherokee Speedway in Gaffney on April 15 for a night of racing to benefit the South Carolina Autism Society!  Details coming soon!

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Exhibiting at Haywood Mall

Monday, April 17 (11 am -1 pm)
Thursday, April 20 (11 -1)

Tuesday, April 25 (11 -1)

Exhibiting at Haywood Mall
Greenville

Stop by Belk Department Store, Door 1 or 2, and say hi!  You can also purchase your Belk Charity Day tickets to benefit the South Carolina Autism Society!  Just $5 per ticket!  You can also click here to order your Belk Charity Day tickt online!

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Exhibiting at Community Resource Night

Thursday, April 20
Community Resource Night
Columbia

Stop by and say hi at Columbia Place Mall

7201 Two Notch Road, Richland 2 Conference RoomColumbia, SC 

READ MORE >>

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Exhibiting at PaLo's Autism Walk

Saturday, April 22
PaLo's Autism Walk
Conway

We will be at Whittemore Park Middle School from 1 - 6 pm for the 2nd Annual "A Walk to Remember for Autism".  Lots of great activities, information, food and drink!  Stop by the SC Autism Society table and say HI!

READ MORE >>

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YMCA April 2017 Spring Fling

Sunday, April 23
YMCA Spring Fling
Simpsonville

Join us from 2 - 4:30 pm for our annual Spring Fling at Hollingsworth Outdoor Center, 259 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville.  Tentative activities include:   brick making, candle making, archery, balsa airplane competition($3), and more.  $10 per family.  Scholarships are available.

Click here to sign up now so we can plan for activities.  We ask that everyone bring a snack or drink to share.

Contact Greg McKee at gmckee@ymcagreenville.org; 963-3608, ex 24 for more information.

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Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser

Tuesday, April 25
Texas Roadhouse Fundraiser
Columbia

Join us all day for a fundraiser to benefit the South Carolina Autism Society!  400 Columbiana Drive location.

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APRIL172

Saturday, April 29
Car and Truck Show
Florence

Carolina Custom Truck Accessories in Florence SC are holding their 2017 Car and Truck show to benefit show for the SC Autism Society!

 

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Wings for All at GSP

Saturday, April 29
Wings for All at GSP
Greenville

Wings for All®, an initiative of The Arc of the United States is an airport rehearsal program for families who have a member with Autism or any intellectual/developmental disability that may make it hard to travel via airplane.

The South Carolina Autism Society is a proud partner for this event!

This event at Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport is being made possible through a collaboration between The Arc of South Carolina,Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport, Delta Air Lines, TSA, SC Autism Society, Agapi Behavioral Consultants, and Project HOPE Foundation, Inc., and with funding from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, SC Physicians Care Charity, and ASE Advisory Group.

Spaces are sure to fill up fast!  Registration for Participants: https://fs30.formsite.com/wingsforautism/form261/index.html

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Facebook Profile Picture Frame

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Update your Facebook Profile Picture to support Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month!  Click here to set it up now!

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Stay Connected!

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The South Carolina Autism Society has several great ways to keep informed of events, information, and all things autism in South Carolina.

• SCAS Website:  http://www.scautism.org

• SCAS Monthly Newsletter:  http://scautism.org/get-involved/membership/newsletter-sign/

• SCAS Facebook Group:  https://www.facebook.com/groups/36939022248/

• SCAS Announcements Email 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 Email 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

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