Parent School Partnership Program.

The Parent-School Partnership program is designed to assist families with students with Autism 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 Autistic individual. The program strives to build collaboration between parents and schools – recognizing that both are essential partners in the education of Autistic students.

Parent-School Partnership objectives.

  • To facilitate partnerships between the parents of Autistic students and school personnel
  • To strengthen mutual respect and understanding between parents and school personnel
  • To assist parents and schools in guiding each Autistic student 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
  • 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-School Partnership Team


Catogni "Toni" Smith

Program Supervisor/Outreach Coordinator

Ph (803)244-8494

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, McCormick
Ph(803) 269-4061

Jill Powell

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

Rhoda Tyler

Servicing: Greenville County School Districts
Ph (864) 631-9111

Amy Layman

Servicing: Cherokee, Chester, Lancaster, Laurens 55 & 56, Spartanburg -1,2,3,4,5,6 &7, Union, York- 1,2,3,4
Ph: (864) 603-9849

For more information, please contact us at 803-750-6988 or 803-244-8494 or via our online contact form.