Autism Awareness Month is coming up in April, and there are several exciting events coming up! The latest to be added include:
Rolling for Autism Awareness Bowling Tournament
Autism Awareness Poker Run
Click here for more information on these and other Special Events!
Click here to view the latest SC-DDSN Family and Friends Newsletter.
The February SCAS Update Newsletter is now posted online.
Click here to find out more about Disability Advocacy Day, Strides for Autism, and many other Upcoming Events!
Mark your calendars for Disability Advocacy Day 2011 to be held on Wednesday, March 2.
Click here for a complete package of information.
Parent Enrichment Workshop for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders:
Discipline & Understanding for Children with ASDs Click here for more information 6-week Workshop for Parents of Children aged 2 to 6 yrs diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14
Discipline & Understanding for Children with ASDs
Click here for more information
6-week Workshop for Parents of Children aged 2 to 6 yrs diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders
March 10, March 17, March 24, March 31, April 7, April 14
This program is a collaborative of PRIDE and the Children’s Hospital Autism Program.
Playing Fifth Base – The First Inning
Join us for a sensory-friendly performance of Winnie the Pooh, presented by North Greenville University.
The play is free, but reservations are needed. Please click here for more information and to reserve your spot!
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Contact: Southard Nowak
(828) 252.2924 (w)
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SNIP-ITS KIDS HAIR SALON TO OPEN IN LEXINGTON
--Grand Opening to Help Support Children with Autism in the Midlands Area--
LEXINGTON, SC (Feb. XX, 2011) – Snip-its (www.snipits.com), one of the country’s fastest-growing chains of children’s hair salons, is opening in Lexington, S.C. on Feb. 25. The salon will be located in the Hope Ferry shopping center on Sunset Boulevard, and will offer children’s haircuts, spa services, birthday parties, entertainment, prizes, natural hair products, accessories, toys, and more. As part of its grand opening, Snip-its Lexington, SC will donate 20 percent of its proceeds to the South Carolina Autism Society (SCAS). The money raised will help SCAS support families and children with autism in the area through its programs and services. Grand opening events will take place Friday, Feb. 25 – Sunday, Feb. 27. Children will enjoy $10.00 haircuts (with a coupon), face painting, sand art, prizes and more.
The Snip-its Corporation partnered with the national Autism Speaks organization to create a haircutting guide for stylists and parents of children with autism. All of Snip-its’ stylists are trained to work with children with autism and other special needs. In addition to donating 20 percent of its grand opening profits to SCAS, Snip-its Lexington, SC will allow haircut appointments to be made for children with autism and other special needs on an ongoing basis. (Appointments are generally not accepted.)
First launched in 1995 by founder Joanna Meiseles, Snip-its has since been revolutionizing the hair care industry by creating a branded entertainment concept designed to untangle the hair-care challenges of children. Currently, Snip-its has more than 60 locations in 26 U.S. states. The Lexington, SC location is the first salon for owners Jill and Gil Davis.
“Gil and I are thrilled to be able to share the Snip-its experience with Lexington and love that the concept helps children form positive associations with hair care and promotes self-esteem at an early age. Our goal is to provide a destination where children and parents’ needs and expectations are met and often exceeded,” said Jill Davis. “We chose Lexington for our first location in the Midlands because we love calling it home, and we know the community will welcome the concept with open arms. As a community partner, we are excited to donate a portion of our grand opening proceeds to the South Carolina Autism Society, and look forward to building a lasting partnership with this critical organization.”
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A Cut Above the Rest
With life-size characters, music and games, Snip-its has turned what was once a tedious chore into an amazing adventure, filled with fun, games and excitement. Upon entering the Snip-its salon, parents and children step into a magical cartoon world of adventure characterized by floor-to-ceiling cartoon murals and
splashy vibrant colors. In the waiting area, they can enjoy the Snip-its show, featuring a whimsical cast of
cartoon characters or visit the retail space to browse the natural hair care products, hair and fashion accessories, and toys. Each cutting station includes a special chair for parents to sit close at hand, and an entertainment station featuring custom computer games and activities. Upon completion of the haircut, children insert a lock of hair into the “Snip-its Magic Box” for a prize. Snip-its Lexington, SC also offers a “baby’s first haircut” package, which includes a haircut certificate, lock of hair and commemorative photo.
It’s My Party…
In addition to hair care, the Lexington, SC location will offer spa services, such as mini manicures, pedicures and facials, and birthday parties. Children can select from one of five fun-filled-themed parties, including:
· Glamour Party – The birthday girl and up to 9 special guests glam it up in feathers, sequins and sparkles, complete with nails, makeup and hair.
· Spa Party – Pampered is the key word here. The birthday girl and 9 guests wear pink and purple VIP robes for an afternoon of cucumber facials and their choice of either a mini manicure or mini pedicure.
· Trip-to-Hollywood Party – This is for the little star who belongs on the red carpet, surrounded by paparazzi after the birthday girl and her 9-person entourage get the movie-star makeover with hair, nails and makeup.
· Rock Star Party - Kids dreaming of becoming the next Hannah Montana or Justin Bieber will love this party theme, which includes getting the “rock-star treatment” of a funky hairstyle, makeup, nails and accessories. The little Rock Star then jams to karaoke tunes with 9 of his/her biggest fans.
· Slumber Jam Party – It’s a pretend sleepover! The birthday girl and 9 friends get to wear their pajamas for this party, while they do each other’s makeup and nails. Of course, dancing and singing are part of the “sleepover” fun.
All parties include invitations; cupcakes; a kid-friendly, age-appropriate craft; and party favors for guests to take home.
About South Carolina Autism Society
The South Carolina Autism Society (SCAS) is a non-profit organization with a mission to enable all individuals with autism spectrum disorders to reach their maximum potential. Founded in the early 1970s by a group of dedicated parents of children with autism, SCAS has grown to support and improve the lives of thousands of individuals with autism and their families in South Carolina. SCAS provides information and services for care providers of children and adults with autism and is a strong advocate for state and federal legislation to provide services for South Carolinians with autism. SCAS has been a United Way participant since 1976. Additional financial support is provided by memberships, personal donations, grants and fundraisers. To learn more about SCAS, please visit www.scautism.org.
Snip-its, originally headquartered in Natick, Mass., was conceived by creator and founder Joanna Meiseles in 1995. In 2010, Snip-its relocated its headquarters to Eden Prairie, Minn., under the direction of President and CEO, James George, who has been involved in the franchise and hair salon industry for the past three decades. The five original Massachusetts locations have been joined by seven more locations for a total of 12 in Massachusetts and nearly 20 locations in New England. The chain has expanded nationally to approximately 60 salons in 26 states and continues to offer numerous franchise opportunities throughout the U.S. For further information, visit www.snipits.com or call toll-free 877-SNIP-ITS.
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The new SC Autism Society commercials are online! These are the commercials that played in Columbia's WACH-TV on Super Bowl Sunday. One even played during the Super Bowl!
Click here to visit our You Tube site for these and other SCAS videos.
For those of you who will be watching the Super Bowl this Sunday on WACH Fox 57 (Columbia and surrounding area) keep an eye out for a brand new South Carolina Autism Society commercial.
Yes that is right, among the Doritos, Budweiser, GM and the rest of the big commercials; SCAS will be airing a 30 second commercial. Later in the week, we will get an idea about the approximate time the commercial will air. There will also be several other SCAS Commercials airing before and after the game.
We are able to do this with the ongoing support of Thermo Technologies and WACH Fox 57. There is no cost at all to SCAS.
I would like to thank not only Thermo Technologies and WACH Fox 57, but also all of the families you have worked with us for the past 3 years to produce the commercials! We could not have had this awareness campaign without all of your support!!!!
For those of you outside the viewing area of WACH Fox 57, we will have a link on our website next week or so to FOX 57’s site where all of the commercials can be viewed.
Below is the newest Medicaid Bulletin.
Also please not that HHS will make their budget presentation to the Ways and Means subcommittee tomorrow around 2:30 (1.5 hours after adjournment) This will be in room 108 of the Blatt Building.
DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Post Office Box 8206
Columbia, South Carolina 29202-8206
January 31, 2011
TO: Providers Indicated
SUBJECT: Medicaid Reductions Update
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) issued a Medicaid Bulletin dated December 14, 2010, announcing the elimination and reduction of specific services effective February 1, 2011, or April 1, 2011. After further review, the following services will not be eliminated or reduced February 1, 2011 and will continue to be offered for fee for service recipients:
¨ Hospice care for adults;
¨ Respite provided through the Community Long Term Care (CLTC) Community Choices waivers;
¨ 14 home delivered meals weekly in the CLTC waivers;
¨ Nutritional Supplements in Waivers will not be eliminated, but will be restricted based on medical necessity.
The reduction in private therapy visits as stated in the December bulletin will now be effective April 1, 2011. A separate Medicaid Bulletin will be issued with further details.
All other service reductions and eliminations will remain as stated in the December 14, 2010 bulletin until further notice. If you need additional information please refer to the following link for review: http://www.dhhs.state.sc.us/Internet/pdf/MedicaidReductionsBULLETIN.pdf
Questions regarding this Medicaid Bulletin should be directed to your Program Manager. Thank you for your continued support.
Anthony E. Keck
NOTE: To receive Medicaid bulletins by email, please register at http://bulletin.scdhhs.gov/.
To sign up for Electronic funds Transfer of your Medicaid payment, please go to: http://www.dhhs.state.sc.us/dhhsnew/hipaa/index.asp and select “Electronic funds Transfer (EFT)” for instructions.