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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South Carolina Autism Society Hosts Charleston Respite Event for Families Caring for Children with 
Autism Spectrum Disorder

The South Carolina Autism Society will host its Charleston Respite Event for families caring for children with special needs.  The free event will take place on Friday, February 6 from 6 to 9 pm at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry located at 25 Ann Street, Charleston, SC.  Availability is limited to 75 children with autism spectrum disorder, and their siblings. The children will enjoy many rooms for imaginative play including a castle and pirate ship, art room, market, and more! Snacks will be provided.  RSVP by Friday, January 30. You can register ...

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SCAS Announces 
Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

Over 550 Families in Need Have Been Served Since 2008 Columbia, SC- October 15, 2014–Since 2008, The LUCAS Network and the SC Autism Society 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 550 families in need have been served since 2008. For 2014, the two organizations will be collecting donations and distributing grocery store gift cards to recipients. To make a donation, click on the fundraising link under 'Get Involved' above (or follow this ...

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SCAS Announces Meeting to Discuss New Rulings

Columbia, SC- October 13, 2014-  Autism Speaks along with the South Carolina Autism Society, the ARC of South Carolina, and Family Connection SC invites everyone to an informational meeting about new rulings on Sunday, October 19th.  New rulings and amendments to Ryan’s Law, Medicaid coverage for treatment of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA), and other issues related to autism spectrum disorder and intellectual and developmental disabilities will be discussed.  The meeting will take place from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Autism Academy of South Carolina, which is ...

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The South Carolina Autism Society Hosts Midlands Respite Event for Families Caring for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Saturday, August 16 from 2 to 5 pm Columbia, SC- July 30, 2014–The South Carolina Autism Society will host its Midlands Respite Event for families caring for children with special needs. The free event will take place on Saturday, August 16 from 2 to 5 pm at All Star Gymnastics located at 4046 Fernandina Road, Columbia, SC. Availability is limited to 75 children with autism spectrum disorder, and their siblings. Snacks will be provided. RSVP by Monday, August 11. You can register at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0945a9af23a0f94-midlands or contact Sarah at 803.750...

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The South Carolina Autism Society Unveils its Specialty License Plate

Columbia, SC- June 23, 2014–The South Carolina Autism Society announces its Autism Awareness specialty license plate is now available for purchase. The plate is available to all SC residents for a fee of $30 every two years in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee.

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New Autism Prevalence Rate

Today the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta released the latest autism prevalence rates. These statistics are based on 2010 data. Researchers reviewed both health and educational data for 8 year olds from 11 states across the country.

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Kim Thomas Named CEO

Kim Thomas has been named CEO and President of the South Carolina Autism Society. She assumes the role after having served as interim CEO for the past year. Thomas was selected from four final applicants, following a search that began in Fall 2013.

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