Upstate Holiday Party

Join us for the annual Upstate Holiday Party! We will have light snacks, visits with Santa, crafts, and a Holiday Shop for the kids to "shop" for a gift for their parents. Date:  Saturday, December 2, 2017 Time: Drop-in anytime between 1 and 3 pm Place: Grace Church, Pelham Road Click here to register now. Registration is required so that we will be equipped with enough supplies.  If your child will be "shopping", please be sure to register for a "Shopping Pass". Individuals with autism should take priority for "shopping", although all family members are ...

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Puberty & Sexuality Workshops

The South Carolina Autism Society developed a new 2 hour training called “The Birds, the Bees, ASDs, and Everything In-between” To navigate puberty we are asked to quickly develop new social skills and implement them correctly. Parents will leave this training with the knowledge to start taking on all the various challenges that come along with puberty and transitioning into adulthood. We cover basic topics such as bodily changes, privacy, and personal hygiene. We will discuss more in depth topics such as consent, safe sex, sexuality and gender identity, intimacy, and ...

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Join us at Lexington Uno’s!

Join us at Uno's Chicago Grill for a fundraiser to support the South Carolina Autism Society!

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Spectrum Valentine Ball

Don’t miss out on our annual Spectrum Valentine Ball!  The 2017 Spectrum Ball is a night of dancing and fun for families living with someone on the Autism spectrum.  It's a fun, safe, and sensory-appropriate event.  Don’t like to dance?  That’s okay!  We have plenty of other activities going on!  Including our amazing Balloon Man – always a huge hit!  Just come out and “have a Ball!” When Saturday, February 18, 6:30 – 9:00 pm Where The YMCA Adams Mill Program Center Gym (aka, “The Ballroom”) 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville Who's ...

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2017 South Carolina Safe Schools Summit

Presented by the State Coalition for Youth Empowerment & Access February 10, Edventure Children's Museum The Summit is an opportunity for South Carolinians committed to creating safer living and learning environments for youth to learn more about the problems and challenges youth face in schools and beyond, including bullying, dating violence, discrimination, etc., and be empowered to affect change. The Summit will bring together youth, in addition to school officials, teachers, students, counselors, community advocates, and other practitioners working with student ...

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Spectrum Chili Cookoff

Join us for our FIRST Annual Spectrum Chili & Cake Cookoff!  Sunday, January 22 from 5 – 7 pm at the YMCA Adams Mill Program Center in Simpsonville. Bring your favorite chili and/or cake for official judging... and eating!  We will also have swimming at the event.

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Strides for Autism

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! Upstate Saturday, April 16, 2016 Heritage Park, Simpsonville Click here for Regist...

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Annual Conference

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 ...

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Upstate Autism Forum

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:  ...

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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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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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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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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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