Advocacy is provided by SCAS at all levels, from the individual services to the system-change, statewide level. We also work with policy makers throughout the state to help improve the services available to individuals with an autism spectrum disorder.
We have worked with families and legislators to generate funding for programs and develop new programs like the Pervasive Developmental Disorder Program, and Ryan’s Law. We have also been working with the State Department of Education to update the eligibility criteria under the autism category to include the full spectrum.
In our role as advocates, SCAS participates in many committees and taskforces statewide. SCAS has been represented on the Act Early Project hosted by the Center for Disability Resources, the Superintendent’s Advisory Committee on Special Education, and many more groups throughout South Carolina. Through our active networking, we hope to increase the understanding of ASD and to improve the quality of life for those living with an ASD.