In the early 1970's a group of dedicated parents of children with autism came together for fellowship. They realized how little was known about autism and recognized that children with autism have their own special needs. Services were nonexistent or inappropriate. The parents stood together as a unified voice and worked diligently to improve life for individuals with autism and their families in our state.
Their grass roots efforts would come to be known as the South Carolina Autism Society. The organization was chartered by the State of South Carolina in 1972 and received 501(c)(3) status from the Internal Revenue Service in 1974.
For all who provide care for children and adults with autism, the Society provides information and referrals for services. The Society is also a strong advocate for state and federal legislation to provide services for South Carolinians who have autism.
The South Carolina Autism Society has been a United Way participant since 1976. Other financial support is provided by memberships, personal donations, grants, and fundraisers.
The purpose of the South Carolina Autism Society is to enable all individuals with autism spectrum disorders to reach their maximum potential.