SCAS Welcomes Mary Sturgill

SC AUTISM SOCIETY HIRES FORMER NEWS ANCHOR AS THE FUNDRAISING AND PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTOR West Columbia, SC – December 7, 2017.  The South Carolina Autism Society wishes to tell the story of all the important programs and families in our organization.  To that end, we are proud to announce that we have hired retired award-winning journalist, Mary Sturgill as our Director of Fundraising and Public Relations.  Sturgill’s duties will include organizing all of SCAS fundraising events. She will also be responsible for writing grants for SCAS.  These duties ensure ...

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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 & Autism

In 2017, through a grant from the Hussman Foundation, the South Carolina Autism Society presented a series of workshops on Puberty & Sexuality. To ensure that all interested individuals, families, and professionals have access to this important information, the workshop slides are available online.   Click here to complete a brief information form and receive access to the Puberty & Sexuality Workshop slides.

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Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive

In 2008, the South Carolina Autism Society and the LUCAS Network first partnered to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to families affected by autism who are going through financial difficulties. Thanks to the community’s donations, almost 900 families in need have been served since 2008. Your donations supported 130 families in 2016 alone! The need continues to grow. For 2017, we will again be collecting financial donations and distributing grocery store gift cards to recipients.  Your donations allow this beneficial program to continue! To make an online ...

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CALL TO ACTION! Proposed Federal Healthcare Bill

By the end of next week, the US Senate is expected to vote on another proposed Health Care Bill.  This bill is casually known as the Graham-Cassidy Bill.  The South Carolina Autism Society shares the concerns of many other disability organizations about the effect this Bill on individuals with autism and other disabilities. According to the Center for Public Representation, the following are significant concerns about the Graham-Cassidy Bill: Would cap federal Medicaid spending (per capita caps), leading to devastating cuts in funding Eliminates the Medicaid ...

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Emergency Preparedness

**Note new items below with red dates. With the potential of Hurricane Irma impacting South Carolina next week, we wanted to put together some information that may help families prepare for the storm.  For the most up-to-date information, please check your local news or visit the South Carolina Department of Emergency Management.  You may also consult the SC-EMD's Hurricane Guide, which can be found here. Although we do not know if or where Irma may hit, the State has declared a state of emergency, and recommends that residents begin preparing. If a mandat...

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School Supply Assistance

The following are resources for school supply assistance for students in need.  Please contact the providers directly for more information and registration.  We will continue to add more resources as we learn of them.  If you know of resources to add, please email SusanL@scautism.org. Abbeville-- United Way of Greenwood-Abbeville provides a backpack of school supplies, usually the week before school starts.  More information at http://www.unitedwaygac.org/ or call 864.229.4103. Aiken-- United Way of Aiken County provides school supplies TO SCHOOLS.  Contact ...

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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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Summer Programs

The South Carolina Autism Society has compiled a list of summer camps and programs that may serve individuals with autism or other disabilities.  Click here to access the list.  Click here for a printable version. Families may also contact the South Carolina Child Care Inclusion Collaborative or the South Carolina Child Care Resource & Referral Network for additional resources. If you have any programs you would like to add to the list, please click here. The South Carolina Autism Society does not endorse or recommend any specific products, services, ...

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Statement on Autism and Criminal Acts

West Columbia, SC- May 10, 2017 – News stories are circulating in our state regarding some very tragic situations where the individuals accused or convicted have been diagnosed with autism or suspected of having autism.  We at the South Carolina Autism Society feel compelled to issue a statement in support of the 1 in 68 individuals in our state with an autism spectrum disorder. Please note that there is no evidence or reliable research suggesting a link between autism and violent crimes.  Further, no evidence exists to link autism and premeditated violence ...

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Statement on American Health Care Act (AHCA)

The South Carolina Autism Society has bee following the the proposed American Health Care Act (AHCA), and we share the concerns of our fellow advocates as to how these cuts will affect people with disabilities. The AHCA will cut an estimated $800 billion from Medicaid over the next 10 years.  If these cuts occur, what could happen? Already lengthy waiting lists for disability Waiver services will grow to record levels, and services may be severely limited. People with disabilities who require Medicaid services to make it possible to live in their own homes, ...

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Disability Friendly Place of Worship Survey

The South Carolina Autism Society is updating it's All Are Welcome faith inclusion program, located at http://www.AllAreWelcome.info. All Are Welcome provides a turnkey training for faith communities, spiritual leaders, and families to help create a warm and welcoming faith community for all, including those affected by disabilities. We need your help!  We would like to include a list of all disability-friendly places of worship in South Carolina.  If you know if a church, synagogue, mosque, or other place of worship that is disability friendly, click here to fill ...

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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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Fundraiser at Anderson Sonic

Join us at the Sonic in Anderson on Tuesday, February 28 from 5 - 9 pm for a fundraiser for the South Carolina Autism Society! Find out about autism and the services we offer. Register for Strides for Autism! 10% of profits go to the South Carolina Autism Society!

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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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Your Gift Will Help Us Do More In 2017!

Dear SCAS Friend: Thanks to you, thousands of individuals with autism in South Carolina are receiving needed services, succeeding in school, and participating in the community.  On behalf of them, thank you for helping them reach their maximum potential. Each year, we meet new individuals and families who are new to autism, or have been on their journey alone.  Our Staff Members work diligently to ensure they are not only receiving the supports they need, but to make sure they know we are their partners in creating the best future for each personal with autism. ...

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Holiday Closings

All offices of the South Carolina Autism Society will be closed on the following dates so that staff can celebrate the holidays with their families.  For emergencies, please call our main office number at 803-750-6988. Friday, December 23 Monday, December 26 Tuesday, December 27 Monday, January 2

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Speaker Request

Our professionals are available to speak to businesses, organizations, schools, and community groups.  Please click here to for more information and to complete our Speaker Request Form.

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SURVEY: The State of Autism in South Carolina

The South Carolina Autism Society is conducting a survey to assess The State of Autism in South Carolina.  This is our most comprehensive evaluation to-date, and will help us determine areas of need statewide. This survey is designed for Self-Advocates, Family Members, Caregivers, Professionals, and the Community.  Your responses will help us determine where to focus our efforts for new projects in the months to come. Data will be compiled and may be used as evidence of need when applying for grants or other funding.  No information identifying any individual ...

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