Children with Disabilities
The Autism Academy of South Carolina (AASC) is a not-for-profit private facility offering intensive, individualized ABA-based instruction to youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). The Academy operates year-round and also offers overnight summer camps and community education workshops.
Autism Speaks is the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. The Autism Speaks? Family Services website contains information tool kits. A state by state resource guide and a resource library to assist families in dealing with the medical, educational and social challenges posed by autism.
The Continuum of Care is an office in the Children’s Services Division within the Office of the Governor that serves children with severe emotional disturbance. The Continuum has one administrative office (State Office) in Columbia and four regional offices located in Columbia, North Charleston, Greenville and Florence that provide services throughout the state. The Continuum is funded primarily with state revenues and Medicaid funds.
This Department serves South Carolinians with special needs or disabilities and includes divisions devoted to persons with autism, head and spinal cord injuries, and mental retardation.
The Governor's Office of Children's Affairs advocates for improved services for children and families in the public sector by providing Constituent Services for children and families and reviewing cases through the Children's Case Resolution System (CCRS). The Office of Children's Affairs seeks to ensure the delivery of the best possible services to the children and families of South Carolina.
Every hour of every day, someone in South Carolina needs essential services-from finding substance abuse assistance, getting the latest information in a crisis, to securing adequate care for a child or an aging parent. Faced with a huge number of public and private agencies, help lines, and phone numbers, people often don't know where to turn or how to get through ‘the maze’. In many cases, people end up going without these necessary and readily available services because they do not know where to start. SC 2-1-1 will provide South Carolinians with information about and referrals to services throughout the State for every day needs and in times of crisis.
SCAS has multiple services that they offer which include: Family Support, Information and Referral and Advocacy; Autism and Informed Response (first responder training program); Parent School Partnership - a program that provides parent mentors to assist in the educational process; All Are Welcome - a special project developing turnkey materials for faith Communities; Advocate for individuals on the spectrum at all levels from local services to system change; provides training opportunities and a statewide conference; and Service Coordination (must be DDSN eligible).
The South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind (SCSDB) is a specialized instructional and resource center. It provides services statewide for individuals who are deaf, blind or sensory multidisabled (children and adults), their families and the professionals who work with them. SCSDB offers programs for preschool, elementary, middle school, high school, sensory multidisabled, vocational and postsecondary educational students, as well as a variety of outreach and support services. The main campus is in Spartanburg, and regional centers are located throughout the state.
A statewide non-profit foundation serving families with children with autism by providing a range of services including community education seminars with autism experts, publications for families, materials for therapy and social skill building opportunities.
Workplace Fairness is a non-profit organization that provides information, education and assistance to individual workers and their advocates nationwide and promotes public policies that advance employee rights. Our goals are that workers and their advocates are educated about workplace rights and options for resolving workplace problems, and that the policy makers, members of the business community, and the public at large view the fair treatment of workers as both good business practice and sound public policy. Workplace Fairness works toward these goals by: (1) making comprehensive information about workers' rights – free of legal jargon – readily available to workers and to advocates and organizations that assist workers; (2) providing resources to support the work of legal services organizations, community-based organizations, law schools, and private attorneys that provide free legal information and services to low-income workers; (3) presenting the employee perspective in publications, policy debates, and public discussion.