Monday, July 16, 2018

Ask Your Questions to the Gubernatorial Candidates 


Let Your Voice Be Heard!

Able SC is reaching out to individuals with disabilities and their allies to ask disability policy-related questions to the SC Gubernatorial Candidates -- Henry McMaster (R) and James Smith (D). Please submit the questions you'd like to be asked by Friday, July 20.

Questions will be released to the candidates on July 26, the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

2018 Life with Brain Injury Conference

Conference Information
Event Information
When: Friday, July 27, 2018
           8:00 AM - 4:15 PM
Where: DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center
            2100 Bush River Road
            (Bush River Road @ I-20)
            Columbia, SC 29210
Conference Hosts
Brain Injury Association of South Carolina (BIASC) is a nonprofit organization that was developed by persons with brain injury, their families, and concerned professionals in an effort to provide information and support to those who have experienced a brain injury and their families. BIASC is a chartered affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America. Our mission is to create a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education, and advocacy. For more information, please visit, email Joyce Davis, Executive Director, at, or call 803.731.9823 or 1.877.TBI.FACT (in-state).
South Carolina Brain Injury Leadership Council (SCBILC) is the state's advisory council on brain injury as mandated under South Carolina Law and the federal Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Act of 1996. It serves as an active forum for addressing system issues, service gaps, funding constraints, and public awareness related to brain injury. The mission of SCBILC is to provide leadership and empowerment to persons with brain injury by promoting a range of accessible services that are responsive to their needs. Please visit
Conference Objective
This conference will provide a forum for the exchange of information on programs, resources, and best practices in brain injury rehabilitation and services. It will facilitate opportunities for networking among individuals with brain injuries, family members, and service providers.
35 exhibitors will be present to provide information on available services for survivors of brain injury and their families. Exhibitors will be located in room Congaree B. Our list of exhibitors and sponsors will be updated on our Exhibitors and Sponsors Page as they register.
Continuing Education
Professional attendees will receive a CEU tracking form when they check in the day of the conference. Each attendee is responsible for having the moderator from each session sign the CEU tracking sheet at the conclusion of each session attended. This will serve as proof of attendance. Professional attendees are responsible for submitting their own information to their approving boards in order to receive continuing education credit for the sessions they attend at the conference.
Conference Site
The DoubleTree Hotel and Conference Center, 2100 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC 29210
There are blocked rooms just for YOU. There is a special LWBI Conference rate of $135. To reserve your room, visit using code BIA or contact Clint at 803.744.0142.
Scent free/Smoke free conference
Please remember, out of respect to those with allergies, you are asked to refrain from wearing any scented products at the conference. Also, the DoubleTree is a smoke-free facility.


Thursday, July 05, 2018

The Sky's the Limit -- FREE Training on Travel!

The Sky's the Limit!

Transportation and Travel Training
Have you ever wanted to travel?
Join Able SC for a FREE training and get firsthand tips on preparing for travel from a person with a disability. We'll also have someone from Delta Airlines discussing air travel for people with disabilities. 
Online: Monday, July 16, 2-3 PM
In-person: Tuesday, July 17, 2-3:30 PM
720 Gracern Road, Suite 106,

For questions or accommodation requests,
contact Dori at 800-681-6805/TTY: 803-779-0949 or
Please make accommodation requests a week in advance of the training. 

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

FREE Webinars on Assistive Technology

compiles this listing of free webinars from around the Web!
Follow the ATC Facebook page for late additions.

Here are the free webinars for July 2018!
Some require pre-registration.
All are 1 hour long unless otherwise noted.

Free Webinars – Adults and General

Change is hard, automating web accessibility isn’t from deque
July 12th at 10:30 am Pacific, 1:30 pm Eastern (30 min.)

Communicating with ALS: Keeping the Conversation Going from ALSA
July 23, 2018 at 11 am Pacific, 2 pm Eastern

Global Platform Infrastructure Initiative and Raising the Floor from EASI
Dates TBA

Free Webinars – K-12

Strategies and Ideas for Creating a Dyslexia-Friendly Classroom from
July 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EDT

Why is the Student Having Difficulty With Eye Gaze? from AbleNet
July 17, 2018 at 12 pm Pacific, 3 pm Eastern

Too Many Apps for That? How to Find, Choose, and Evaluate Mobile Apps from PACER on July 19, 2018 at 12 pm Pacific, 3 pm Eastern (90 min.)

Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions from AbleNet
July 24, 2018 at 9 am Pacific, 12 pm Eastern

Virtual Reality & Assistive Technology: Learn about the New New Things! from CTD
July 24, 2018 at 1 pm Pacific, 4 pm Eastern

AAC Language Modeling from ATC
July 25, 2018 at 2 pm Pacific, 5 pm Eastern

Apps to Teach Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder from
August 1, 2018 at 12 pm Pacific, 3 pm Eastern

Where to start? Examining the Language Organization of Communication Devices and Strategies to Support Their Use from AbleNet
August 2, 2018 at 8 am Pacific, 11 am Eastern

AT Resource Pick of the Month

The INDATA Project! Indiana’s AT Program offers weekly assistive technology tech tips in video format.

Monday, July 02, 2018

July Association Updates


Our summer travel series continues!
Our Midlands Breeze peer support group had some really good tips for finding accessible hotels for traveling with spinal cord injury.  We wanted to take that a little further and share some tips for booking the best wheelchair accessible hotels, as well as some hotel room hacks.

  • Search online for a rough view on accessibility features, then CALL the hotel.
  • Ask questions and voice concerns and accommodations needed. What one hotel views as accessible may not be what you need, or what another hotel views as accessible.
  • Ask for photos so you can get an idea of size of the room, space available, and set up.
  • Get a confirmation. One of the biggest tips we heard from our members was they made sure to get the name of the person who helped answer their questions, and who they ultimately booked with.  

  • Bring essentials with you, like a hair dryer in case you can't reach the one provided, or a shower seat.
  • No accessible rooms available? Ask for a free upgrade to a larger, more spacious room.
  • If someone helps you with your luggage, get their name-- they will be your go-to during your stay.
  • Make sure the thermostat is accessible.
  • Check the bed-- if it does not allow for easy transfer, get someone at the hotel to adjust the bed height by removing whatever is giving the bed its height.
  • Make sure there is a clear wheelchair path, and if not-- have someone at the hotel remove extra furniture, like a desk chair.
  • Travel with a power strip.

Join us August 7th for a fundraiser Fireflies baseball game at Spirit Communications Park! The game starts at 7:05.  Tickets are $10 each and we will receive 50% of proceeds from ticket sales. The organization who sells the most tickets will be entered into a drawing for a cash prize.

Stop, Focus, Connect:
Pathway to Pleasure After SCI
We are hosting a conference on sexuality and disability in three different cities,
featuring speaker and self proclaimed Sexologist, Dr. Mitchell Tepper, PhD, MPH.
Sign up on our website, cost is $26 per person, per city.
August 28 - Charleston
August 29 - Columbia
August 30 - Greenville
The 2018 Roll on Capital Hill
The 2018 Roll on Capital Hill was attended by more advocates than ever before-- among those advocates was South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association Executive Director, Angela Rodriguez and members Joe Pomeroy and Charles Hall! Over 120 wheelchair user members, clinicians, partners and other disability advocates from 33 states gathered in Washington D.C. and visited more than 200 congressional offices.  Representatives from our Association met with 4 congressmen and 2 senators, including Senator Tim Scott and Congressman James Clyburn. We are so proud to have been a part of this event and to have advocated for the members of our Association with spinal cord injuries.

We have moved office locations!
We are so excited to have successfully moved into our new offices located in Encompass Health Columbia.  We are still in transition but will be available to help you in any way we can during this time, so please do not hesitate to call-- we are here for you.
Our new address is:
ATTN: Spinal Cord Injury Association
2935 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
Amazon Prime Day is July 17th!

Your shopping makes a difference. Amazon donates to South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association when you shop Prime Day deals at
Amazon's fourth-annual Prime Day is coming up on Tuesday, July 17 and will feature one-of-a-kind deals exclusively for Prime members. This is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and a great time to for you to support our Association.


FREE Webinar!
Join the conversation at our next webinar on Nutrition and Weight Management with Dr. Jesse Lieberman.  This educational webinar will focus on proper nutrition and weight management for individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Thursday, July 12 at 1:30 ET
Dr. Lieberman is a physician in the outpatient clinic at Carolinas Medical Center who primarily serves patients with spinal cord injuries.  His areas of interest include cardiovascular disease prevention in individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries, primarily through nutrition interventions.

We will be closed on July 4th for the holiday. 
Thank you in advance for letting us spend time with our families.
Hope everyone has a great holiday!


Greenville Peer Support: July 19 at 6 pm, Roger C. Peace, 701 Grove Rd, Greenville 29605
Midlands Peer Support: July 21 at 7:05 pm, Spirit Communications Park
Orangeburg Peer Support: July 12 at 6:30 pm, 3000 St. Matthews Rd, Community Annex Building (by the car dealer)
Rock Hill Peer Support:July 17 at 6 pm, Piedmont Medical Center
Spartanburg Peer Support: July 17 at 6:15 pm, Spartanburg Rehabilitation Institute
Low Country Peer Support: July 10 at 6 pm, Trident Medical Center. Topic is a demo of the equipment "Up n' Free"
Horry Peer Support: July 18 at 6 PM, Health Finders @ Coastal Grand Mall, 2000 Coastal Grand Cir, Myrtle Beach
Florence Peer Support: To be determined 

Friday, June 29, 2018

Free Webinar on Nutrition & Weight Management

Join the conversation at our next webinar on Nutrition and Weight Management with Dr. Jesse Lieberman.  This educational webinar will focus on proper nutrition and weight management for individuals with spinal cord injuries.
Thursday, July 12
1:30 ET

Dr. Lieberman is a physician in the outpatient clinic at Carolinas Medical Center who primarily serves patients with spinal cord injuries.  His areas of interest include cardiovascular disease prevention in individuals with chronic spinal cord injuries, primarily through nutrition interventions.
After the webinar, we will have a Q&A session!

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Our Greenville Office is Moving!

Our Greenville Office is Moving!

On Thursday, June 28, 2018, our Upstate office will be moving. During the move, phones and emails may temporarily be down. We hope to have everything back up by Friday mid-afternoon. If you need immediate assistance please contact our Columbia office at 803-779-5121.

Our New Upstate Address is
135 Edinburgh Court
Suite 101
Greenville, SC 29607

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

SC Spinal Cord Injury Association is Moving!


Our new location will be at HealthSouth Columbia:
2935 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203
A message from the Executive Director:
"We are excited to let you know we will be moving our office location! Starting June 28, we will be in transition to our new home at HealthSouth Columbia. This is going to be a great move and a wonderful partnership.

While our office is in transition, we will still continue to assist you.  Provided below is contact information you can use for assistance while we move. We anticipate completing our move by the first of July.  We appreciate your patience during this time."
--Angela Rodriguez, MSW

Please contact us during our transition by calling (803) 240-3576 and leaving a message or emailing 

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

PACK THE PARK: SC Spinal Cord Injury Association Fundraiser

Help us... 

SC Spinal Cord Injury Association and the Columbia Fireflies invite you to a special game night! Pack the Park for Midlands Gives on Tuesday, August 7th at 7:05 PM. We will receive 50% of proceeds from tickets purchased; organizations who sell the most tickets will be entered to win a cash prize. Each ticket is $10 and you must purchase through the organization.
It's also $2 Tuesday! Soft drinks, hot dogs and popcorn are all just $2. MUST ORDER BY AUG 1! We will send you an order form to fill out, tickets can be picked up at will call the day of the game. Guests who buy tickets through our association will be seated together as seats are available.

This fundraiser is separate from the Midlands Breeze peer support group meeting
taking place at the Fireflies stadium on July 21st.

 SC Spinal Cord Injury Association
720 Gracern Rd, Suite 106
Columbia, SC 29203

Monday, June 25, 2018

Xbox Launches Adaptive Gaming Controller

by Aaron Broveman
June 18, 2018
Microsoft Xbox is the first major console brand of this generation to have its own proprietary adaptive controller for gamers with limited upper body function.
The Xbox Adaptive Controller has two huge buttons and the ability to plug in up to 19 adapted  buttons or directional peripherals so gamers can customize a setup that best suits their function and the game they’re playing. It also has mapping options that can configure button position to anywhere a player needs and co-piloting capabilities that allow two controllers to play as one.
“If one person only has function on their left hand, they can control the left side of the controller and another person can use all the buttons on the right side. It’s called co-piloting because you can control the character, but if you need assistance, your co-pilot can take control immediately,” says Mike Luckett, a C6 quad and gamer. He tested and provided feedback on the XAC thanks to his involvement with Warfighter Engaged, a nonprofit that provides free adapted and custom-made controllers and peripherals to injured veterans and others with disabilities.


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Project Search Grants Available

**Project SEARCH Grants Now Available**

The Arc of the Midlands is announcing the availability of training and technical assistance resources to implement Project SEARCH youth transition and employment sites in South Carolina. This initiative is sponsored by the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council.  The training and technical assistance initiative includes partial licensing fees up to $8,000 each to implement up to four (4) new Project SEARCH sites for the 2019-20 school year.

Project SEARCH is a business led internship program for transition-age students and working-age adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) that enables people to gain real world experience, learn competitive job skills, and become employed in the community. The development of a Project SEARCH site is a community collaboration between local education agencies (generally serve as lead applicant for the high school transition model), South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department, and a Host Business. DDSN qualified community employment service providers/vendors supporting individuals with I/DD generally serve as the lead applicant for the adult model.

Please see the attached documents for the official application, details and timeline, as well as additional background information on Project SEARCH.

Applications are due September 7, 2018 by 5 p.m. 

All questions can be directed to The Arc of the Midlands via Melinda Moore -  


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University of South Carolina School of Medicine (UCEDD)

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Center for Disability Resources
University of South Carolina School of Medicine  Department of Pediatrics
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The South Carolina Department of Education,
The South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council
The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs

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