Today the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta released the latest autism prevalence rates. Researchers reviewed both health and educational data for 8 year olds from 11 states across the country.
Based on their research, the CDC announced the autism prevalence rate remains at 1 in 68.
It is too early to determine why the rate remained the same. The numbers do not mean that the prevalence rate has stabilized, nor that there is no increase in the number of individuals diagnosed. In fact as our population grows, the number of individuals diagnosed also ...
It has come to our attention that the South Carolina Autism Society’s Annual Conference is scheduled on the same date as the Special Olympics Area 7 and Area 9 Spring Games.
Because of this conflict and its effect on registration, we have made the decision to postpone our Conference to this Fall. We believe it is important to ensure that educators and families have the opportunity to support their athletes, and also attend an important conference to educate themselves on how they can better support their students and loved ones.
We have rescheduled our conference ...
Attached please find the public notice for the public comment period on the SC Home and Community-Based Services Statewide Transition Plan – revised version. You are welcome to share this information with colleagues, beneficiaries and their families, and other interested parties.
Click here to view the Public Notice.
Click here to view the Statewide Transition Plan.
SCDHHS will hold a live online webinar to discuss the revised Statewide Transition Plan draft for public input.
Date: Feb. 24, 2016
I am a doctoral student at Louisiana State University and have been working in the field of ASD for a decade trying to improve service access. My colleagues and I are studying factors that affect caregivers’ experiences accessing diagnostic and treatment services for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). We feel this is a particularly salient issue at present given recent changes in many major insurance policies as well as state and national initiatives surrounding ASD service provision.
Accordingly, we’ve developed an online survey for caregivers of ...
ON BEHALF OF SUSAN BECK:
On July 7, 2014, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS) released an informational bulletin pertaining to Medicaid coverage for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Per the bulletin, coverage for autism related services like Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) would be available under the State Plan instead of the Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) Waiver.
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS), the agency responsible for Medicaid services in South Carolina, is responsible for developing the ...
Una educación pública gratis y apropiada incluye servicios relacionados que un niño necesita para poder beneficiarse de su educación especial.
SERVICIOS DE APOYO:
La identificación y evaluación temprana de las condiciones de discapacidad en los niños.
Transporte, patología y audiología del habla y lenguaje.
Para una lista completa, ayuda e información gratuita comuníquese con Laura Vazquez coordinadora bilingüe de la sociedad del Autismo de Carolina del sur al 803 814-8666 correo electrónico email@example.com
It’s time to start planning for Strides for Autism 2016! 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.
WHEN AND WHERE!
Saturday, April 16, 2016
Heritage Park, Simpsonville
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Announcing the South Carolina Autism Society’s Annual Conference, featuring Peter Gerhardt, E.D. as Keynote Speaker, Breakout Sessions, Bookstore, and more!
Date: Friday, April 15, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $75 per person, includes lunch
Location: Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC 29209
Keynote Speaker — Peter Gerhardt, E.D., is the director of education at the Upper School of the McCarton School and the founding chair of the Scientific Council for the Organization for Autism Research (OAR). He has more than ...
The South Carolina Autism Society is excited to provide these holiday opportunities for families. Please click each event for details and RSVP information.
Upstate Holiday Party: Saturday, December 5th. An annual event presented by the AT&T Pioneers and hosted by Grace Church Pelham. Drop in between 2 and 4 pm for visits with Santa, holiday shop for kids, and snacks.
Midlands Holiday Respite: Saturday, December 5th. Drop off the kids while you finish your holiday shopping, grab a bite to eat, or just relax! Your loved ones will be taken care of ...
The National Center for Health Statistics today released the results of their 2014 Parent Survey on Autism Prevalence. In this survey, parents were asked if a doctor or health professional had ever told them that their child had any form of autism. Affected children were between the ages of 3 and 17
The estimated prevalence of ASD based on 2014 data was 2.24%, or approximately 1 in 45. This is a significant increase from the estimated prevalence of 1.25% based on 2011–2013 data, or approximately 1 in 80. It is difficult to assess if this increase reflects an ...
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HOME AND COMMUNITY-BASED SETTINGS QUALITY REVIEW
The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice of an open comment period on changes to the Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS)/waiver programs. Specifically, the agency seeks input as to whether the residential and day programs, funded by SCDHHS, provide opportunities for people receiving HCBS/waiver services to be part of the community. This agency will use this input to compile a list of programs throughout the state to review.
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Sharing from DDSN
As part of continued efforts by the South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) to keep stakeholders updated on progress in implementing Autism Spectrum Disorder services in the State Medicaid Plan, a webinar was held on Thursday, September 3, 2015. The slides from this webinar are available at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxPUvTczz65wODFaekZGNERMbU0/view?usp=sharing.
Additionally, individuals may follow the link below to access the archived recording of the webinar for information ...
Below is a list of Holiday Assistance programs we have found. We will continue to update the list as we learn of more.
The Salvation Army will be taking Christmas Applications at our 112 Tolly Street office location October 14 through October 17. Applications will be taken from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm. Applicants with children between the ages of birth to 12 years will need to bring the following documentation with them:
Picture ID for the person making the application, Birth Certificates for all children, Proof of income for the ...
October 10, 2015
BMW Zentrum, Greer, SC
The Upstate Autism Forum will be held on Saturday, October 10, 2015 from 9 am to 2 pm at the BMW Zentrum in Greer, SC. This free forum is sponsored by BMW Manufacturing, LUCAS Network, the South Carolina Autism Society, and Project Hope Foundation.
Workshop Sessions will include:
Autism 101: Autism 101 focuses on the basics of autism. We discuss autism and the factors that contribute to being diagnosed and strategies to help them be successful. Presented by the SC Autism Society.
Parent Training & Toolkit: ...
The SC Autism Society is interested in bringing workshops to your region! Please click here to complete the survey so that we can best schedule workshops to meet the needs of the South Carolina autism community!
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....
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...