The Parent-School Partnership program is designed to assist families with students with autism spectrum disorders to reach their functional and academic potential in the educational system. Families will be connected with a Parent Mentor in their area who is a parent of an individual with ASD. The program strives to build collaboration between parents and schools – recognizing that both are essential partners in the education of students with ASD.

Partnership Objectives

  • To facilitate partnerships between the parents of students with autism and school personnel
  • To strengthen mutual respect and understanding between parents and school personnel
  • To assist parents and schools in guiding each student with ASD towards knowledge and independence

Support for Schools

  • Encourages collaboration and teamwork between schools and families
  • Acts as a resource for schools on issues relating to autism spectrum disorders
  • Provides information to schools
  • Schools and districts may refer families to the PSP program
  • Helps schools to involve parents in the education process

Support for Families

  • Helps families establish positive working relationships with school personnel
  • Provides families with information and resources about autism
  • Helps families understand special educational rights and responsibilities
  • Provides support in connecting with other agencies
  • Encourages parents to be active participants in their child’s education

Parent Mentors


Angelica Allen-Gadson

Servicing: Spartanburg 1-7, Cherokee, Union, Laurens 55 & 56, Upstate.
Ph(864) 504-9103

Chantelle Paxton

Servicing: Abbeville, Anderson 1-5, Greenwood 50, 51 & 52, Pickens, Oconee, SCSDB
Ph(864) 607-7623

Dandrea Woolridge

Servicing: Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton, Jasper, Orangeburg 3 and 4.
Ph(843) 762-2713

Kim McHugh

Servicing: Darlington, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington 1 & 2, Orangeburg 5, Richland/Lexington 5, Richland 1 & 2, Sumter, DOD.
Ph(803) 333-0343

Melissa Weathersby

Servicing: Aiken, Barnwell, Calhoun, Edgefield, Lexington 1, 2, 3 & 4, Newberry, Richland/Lexington 5, Saluda.
Ph(803) 269-4061

Jill Powell

Servicing: Clarendon, Dillon, Florence, Georgetown, Horry, Marion, Marlboro, Williamsburg.
Ph(843) 999-3561

Melissa Knox

Servicing: Greenville.
Ph(864) 894-0002

For more information, please contact us at 803-750-6988 or 800-438-4790 or via our online contact form.

Building Connections


We are actively building connections with businesses, schools, government and churches to provide resources to families in need across South Carolina. If you need help in your home or would like to help, please contact us! We cannot wait to hear from you!