Public Notices for CLTC Waiver Amendments/Prime and Transition Plans

Notification to Amend Medicaid Home and Community-Based Waivers The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) intends to file amendments with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to three of its home and community-based waiver programs operated through the Community Long Term Care (CLTC) Program. These waivers are: SC.0186 HIV/AIDS Waiver SC.0405 Community Choices Waiver SC.40181 Mechanical Ventilator Dependent Waiver The waiver amendments will address Healthy Connections Prime. Click here to view the full announcement....

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Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Since 2008, The South Carolina Autism Society and the LUCAS Network have partnered to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to families affected by autism who are going through financial difficulties. Thanks to the community’s donations, over 650 families in need have been served since 2008. Your donations supported over 100 families in 2014 alone! The need continues to grow. For 2015, the two organizations will be collecting donations and distributing grocery store gift cards to recipients. To make a donation, click here.  You can pay via PayPal, or send a check upon ...

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Specialisterne: Employment Opportunities for Individuals with Autism and Similar Challenges

Earlier this year, The Arc of the Midlands was awarded a grant from the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs to develop a Specialisterne program in South Carolina. Specialisterne programs look to harness the special characteristics and talents of people with autism and use them as a competitive advantage, and as a means to help people with autism secure meaningful employment. We are excited to announce The Arc of the Midlands is currently soliciting SC candidates for the Microsoft Corporation Autism Program! Microsoft Corporation has engaged with Specialisterne ...

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Proposed Renewal of the ID/RD & HCBS Waiver Program

PUBLIC NOTICE SUBJECT: Proposed Renewal of the Intellectually Disabled and Related Disabilities Home and Community-Based Services Waiver Program The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice that a draft of the waiver renewal document for the Intellectually Disabled/Related Disabilities (IDRD) home and community-based services (HCBS) waiver will be submitted to the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS), and available for public review and comment. The Department previously submitted the waiver proposal to CMS; however, due to ...

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Valeska Gioia Joins SC Autism Society

The South Carolina Autism Society is happy to announce that Valeska Gioia is joining our staff.  Valeska will be running our new software and enrichment lab (Paula’s Place) and consulting with school districts.  She has expertise in the areas of communication, visual supports, behavioral modification, supports to the curriculum, as well as Universal Design for Learning in the classroom, and assisting with IEP goals and objectives.  Since she is a certified Crisis Prevention Instructor, she can conduct workshops for parents of children that need assistance in the area ...

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Paula’s Place Learning Lab Open House

The South Carolina Autism Society is holding an Open House at our West Columbia office for our new Paula’s Place on August 4th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Caregivers, self-advocates, educators, autism professionals, and other interested members of the community are invited to attend. Paula’s Place is a software and enrichment lab, which can assist anyone on the autism spectrum with the various software and resources we have available.  Educators, therapists, and caregivers can come in and get training on software that can assist their students/children in all areas ...

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Autism 101 & Volunteer Orientation

Join us for Autism 101 and Volunteer Orientation at the West Columbia SCAS office on August 6th from 6 - 8:30 pm.  Autism 101 focuses on the basics of autism and the etiology. We discuss autism and the factors that contribute to being diagnosed and then we talk about how visual and communication supports can help all students to alieve anxiety, reduce frustration, and also help them to become organized in everything they do. Volunteer Orientation will take place right after the Autism 101 workshop for our friends who would like to help us with respite events, fundrai...

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Presise & Michael Chaney Fundraiser for SCAS

Join us at Lula's Coffee Co. on September 4th from 8 - 11 pm for some great music as we raise funds for the SC Autism Society!  Lula's is located at 600 Pamplico Hwy, Florence, SC 29505. We owe a huge THANKS to Mr. Michael McNeill for organizing this fundraiser! Please take a minute to read about his motivation and share the event with your friends! *PERSONAL MOTIVATION FOR RAISING AWARENESS/FUNDING* Having a son with autism took some time getting use to. When he was first diagnose at the age of 3, I was completely astounded with the news and clueless as to what ...

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Independence Day Closing

In observance of Independence Day, all SC Autism Society offices will be closed this Friday, July 3rd.  Should you have an emergency, please call our Columbia office at 803-750-6988 (Toll-Free: 800-438-4790) for instructions.  Thank you!

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Training for Careers with Autism

The Autism Academy of South Carolina is offering training programs for those interested in working with children with autism.  The training if offered free by the highly trained staff at the Autism Academy of SC to help the State of South Carolina expand its capacity to serve children with autism through this evidence-based intervention. For additional information, please click the track in which you are interested. Click here for Registered Behavior Technician. Click here for BCBA/BCaBA Supervision Experience.

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SCDHHS Autism Services Guidances

In order to immediately meet the needs of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis, the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) has set up a temporary process where families who have a child (or children) diagnosed with ASD can request ASD services. Please click here to read the entire announcement from SCDHHS.

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No Upstate Coffee Talk in June & July

Upstate Coffee Talk is Taking a Coffee Break Upstate Coffee Talk will be on break for June and July. The weeks when it would have been held conflict with the busyness of the last week of school, and then the July 4th holiday week. We look forward to seeing everyone again in August! If you need our assistance prior to then, feel free to call or email! Happy Summer!

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Greenville ADA Celebration

Join Greenville CAN for a special ADA 25th Anniversary Celebration on Friday, June 5th at Fluor Field in Greenville!  This free event runs from 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm. Event Features... The ADA Legacy Tour traveling exhibit featuring displays highlighting milestones in the disability rights movement. Resource Fair featuring local disability service providers. ADA Proclamation presentations by the City of Greenville and Greenville County. Marth Childress, Keynote Speaker:  Martha's life changed in late October 2013 when she was struck by a bullet waiting for ...

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Announcing Paula’s Place Learning Lab and Software Training

The South Carolina Autism Society would like to announce the addition of Paula’s Place to their main office in West Columbia. Paula’s Place is a learning lab dedicated to individuals with autism of all ages, parents, educators, paraprofessionals, and therapists to learn how to use various software and how to create supports for school and home use. Paula’s Place contains software for visual supports, behavioral and communication supports, social stories, and various software that can assist individuals with ASD with accessing assistive technology and assisting ...

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World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day

South Carolina Autism Society to Recognize April 2nd as World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day West Columbia, SC – April 1, 2015 -- April 2nd is World Autism Awareness & Acceptance Day.  Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability that can cause significant social, communication, and behavioral challenges.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, the current autism prevalence rate is 1 in 68.  Boys continue to be affected by autism at much greater rates than girls.  For boys, an estimated 1 in 42 has an autism spectrum disorder, ...

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SCAS Hosts Annual Conference Featuring Dr. Jed Baker

West Columbia, SC- March 23, 2015– The South Carolina Autism Society announces its Annual Conference featuring Jed Baker, PhD.. The event will take place Friday, April 17, at Saluda Shoals in Irmo, SC.  The cost is $50 per person and includes lunch. Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization, serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he ...

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SCAS Hosts Strides for Autism in the Midlands

Irmo, SC- March 31, 2015–The South Carolina Autism Society announces its annual signature fundraising and awareness walk, Strides for Autism 2015. The event will take place Saturday, May 2, at Saluda Shoals Park in Irmo, SC. Onsite Registration begins at 8:00 am, with the Event Kickoff at 9:00 am.  Strides for Autism includes a fun walk, resource fair, and family fun activities. Proceeds will stay in South Carolina and go toward family support, education, advocacy, and South Carolina-based research. For more information, please call 803-750-6988 or visit www.scautism....

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SC Autism Society Provides Autism Awareness for First Responders Training Statewide

West Columbia, SC- March 24, 2015– The SC Autism Society is honored to announce that Autism Society Task Force members, Sergeant Jimmy Donohoe and Captain William Cannata, Jr, are coming to South Carolina in May to present training sessions in three locations around the state: Greenville, Charleston and Columbia.  They are providing ‘Autism Awareness for First Responders’ in collaboration with the SC Fire Academy, Mt. Pleasant PD, Greenville PD, and CICP Carolinas Institute.  Law Enforcement Officers will receive 3.75 hours of CLEE credit and the SC Fire Academy ...

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South Carolina Autism Society, Bojangles, Lexington Police Partner for Autism Fundraiser

West Columbia, SC- March 24, 2015– From March 30 - Apr. 5, Bojangles stores in the Midlands will be donating 50 cents from every two-pack of Bo Berry Biscuits to the South Carolina Autism Society!  Check with your local store to see if they are participating.  Lexington Police officers will be icing the Bo Berry Biscuits at Bojangles in Lexington on Hwy 378 on April 2, World Autism Awareness Day, at 7:00 am and 11:00 am. About the South Carolina Autism Society (SCAS) The South Carolina Autism Society is the only state-wide organization advocating for children and ...

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SCAS Hosts Strides for Autism 2015 in the Upstate

The South Carolina Autism Society announces its annual signature fundraising and awareness walk, Strides for Autism 2015. The  event will take place Saturday, April 11, 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., at Heritage Park in Simpsonville, SC. Strides for Autism includes a fun walk, resource fair, and family fun activities. Proceeds will stay in South Carolina and go toward family support, education, and advocacy. April is National Autism Awareness month. For more information, please visit our event listing or call 803-750-6988. Register & Form a Team Residents are encoura...

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