Friday, March 06, 2015

SC Assistive Technology Expo 2015

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Free Trainings Sponsored by the AT Coalition

Free Webinars - Younger Children

Pre-Writing Apps from SETC
Thursday, April 2, 2015 at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern
Free Webinars - K-12 & Adults

Switch Assessment, Part 2: for those w/increased muscle tone  from AbleNet
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 9am Pacific, Noon Eastern

Free & Low-cost Strategies to Improve Reading and Writing- Tweetchat from CTD
Tuesday, March 10 at 5pm Pacific, 8pm Eastern

Examining Your School's AT Service Design: Session 1 from AbleNet
Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 9:30am Pacific, 12:30pm Eastern

The Top 5 iPad apps for Struggling Readers and Writers from CTD
Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at 1pm Pacific, 4:00pm Eastern

What Is Speech Recognition Software, How It Is Used, and What You Should Know about When Authoring Web Content - from the ADA Centers
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 11:30am Pacific, 2:30pm Eastern

AEM (Accessible Educational Materials) in the IEP from NCAEM
Monday, March 23, 2015 at 1:30pm Pacific, 4:30pm Eastern

Voices in AAC Apps: What Are the Options...? from AbleNet
Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 8am Pacific, 11am Eastern (30 min.)

Personalized Learning with Assistive Technology from PACER
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 4:30pm Pacific, 7:30pm Eastern

Connecting All People to "Places:" Content and Design Considerations for App Accessibility - from the ADA Centers
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 11:30am Pacific, 2:30pm Eastern

K-12 Teachers may also want to look at the 16 other webinars from the Special Ed. Technology Center in WA, mainly held at 3:30 PM Pacific, 6:30 PM Eastern. Topics: joystick & switch access for iPads, Fast ForWord, adapted books, AAC, etc.

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Thursday, March 05, 2015

Accessible Technology Webinar Series Session 2015

The Great Lakes ADA Center in collaboration with the ADA National Network is pleased to announce the March 19, 2015 Accessible Technology Webinar Series Session:

Title:   "What is speech recognition software, how it is used, and what you should know about when authoring web content"

This presentation will describe what speech recognition is and the people who use and benefit from speech recognition. It will cover what is available on different platforms such as Windows, Mac, and mobile platforms. Sample demonstration of speech recognition will be provided and a review of designing websites for use with speech recognition will be provided. This review will include what to know about speech recognition and the Accessible Rich Internet Applications Specification (ARIA). Follow-up resources will also be provided and questions will be taken.
Presenter:  Jonathan Avila, Chief Accessibility Officer, SSB

Time:  2:00-3:30PM ET
Cost:   Free
Registration is available on-line at:   (New users will be required to establish an account in our system prior to completing registration)
Format:  The webinar will be held using the Blackboard Collaborate Web Conferencing System v 12.6   Real-time captioning will be provided via the webinar platform.   Audio is delivered via the webinar platform or telephone connection.
Questions?: Call 877-232-1990 V/TTY M-F 8-5pm CT or email at

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Monthly Workshops Offered at the SC Autism Society

All workshops will be held at the SC Autism Society 
806 12th Street West Columbia
10:00 AM Until Noon
Space is limited
Register by calling Delilah at 750 6988 ext 108 or email

Thursday, March 19thVisual Supports in the Home and School EnvironmentVisual supports are crucial to children with autism.  They help them to break down tasks into small steps, know what is expected of them, know what to do and how to do it, and to help alleviate anxiety that comes from not knowing what to expect.  A student with autism needs structure and visual support that can help them in many ways.  In this workshop, we will demonstrate many wonderful free or low cost materials and resources that can be used for scheduling, task analysis and behavioral modification.
Thursday, April 23rdHow do I read my child’d IEP?  Important factors that all parents should know.IEP meetings can be overwhelming to say the least.  In this workshop, we will go over IEP’s and show you exactly what you need to know when you attend these meetings.  Crucial elements of the IEP will be discussed to ensure that your child is getting the services that they need.
Thursday, May 28thAdolescents and Sexuality; Resources that can helpAll individuals experience sexual urges and some students need help with learning how to deal with these feeling when they start.  In this workshop, we will go over how to deal with your sexuality for males and females, personal hygiene, and birth control.  We will also demonstrate various texts and websites that can help your adolescent child better deal with their sexuality.
Thursday, July 30thSensory Integration – How Can I Help My Child?The majority of students with autism have Sensory Processing Disorder.  Students can be hypersensitive or hyposensitive to certain sights, sounds, smells and especially noises.  This disorder can interfere with everything in the child’s life.  We will discuss what this disorder is and how we can help to desensitize children who experience problems in this area and how exercise and movements is vital to calm and relaxed to they can attend to various tasks.  We will demonstrate items that can help students in these areas and discuss books that can help educators’ and parents to learn more about SPD.
Thursday, August, 27thCreating Social Stories 
Since students with ASD are extremely visual, social stores can help alleviate difficult behaviors, anxiety, stress and the unknown.  In this workshop, we will discuss how to create a social story and we will also go over free and low-cost resources where you can find social stories that are premade.  Bring your own computer or iPad if available.

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Resources To Help Families With Autism

Columbia (WLTX) Sandi Bretten has been blessed with two wonderful boys... who happen to have autism.
"Some children with autism are brillant and some children like mine are learning disabled. Some children have splinter skills, " said Bretten.
Those with autism can have varying degrees of difficulty in a multitude of areas, like speech, learning and sensory and social skills.
"Chase is an amazing musician. My son Julian was reading at a third grade level when he was three years old but can barely string three or four words together in a sentence", said Bretten.
But one of the problems a 2012 study confirmed and that many parents already knew, wandering by children with autism is common. It's dangerous and puts tremendous stress on families.
To read this story in full & to read tips to help prevent wandering and wandering-related incidents please visit:
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

SC Autism Society: Mini Update

From The SC Autism Society President:

Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month may not arrive until April, but the staff at the South Carolina Autism Society is busy planning many opportunities for families and professionals to learn, advocate, and just have fun in the coming months.  

We are busy planning Disability Advocacy Day at the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday, March 4th.  Whether you can get to Columbia or not, please take a moment to contact your State Legislators to share your thoughts and needs regarding autism.  This is a great opportunity to talk to them about the need for the expansion of Ryan’s Law, thank them for maintaining funding for critical services and expanding ABA services through Medicaid, or simply sharing your own family story.

Our April events kick off with our annual Strides for Autism event in the Upstate on Saturday, April 11th.  Come out for a fun morning with other families affected by autism!  We will have a walk, music, and lots of fun family activities.  

On Friday, April 17th, we are excited to have one of the foremost presenters on autism and social skills, Jed Baker, PhD, at our Annual Conference.  Dr. Baker will talk to us about “Preparing for Life”, and how we can start preparing for transition now. 

We have been busy working with partner organizations to bring Wings for Autism to the Columbia Airport on Saturday, April 18th.  This is a chance for individuals with autism to “practice” getting through the airport, going through security, and boarding the plane.  We hope to partner with other airports to bring this event to different locations throughout the state.

Finally, we will extend our awareness and acceptance efforts in to May when we hold our Strides for Autism event in the Midlands on Saturday, May 2nd.  We are excited to be moving the event to Saluda Shoals Park in Irmo this year!

Please contact us if you have questions, need assistance, or would like to get further involved.  Our main number is 803-750-6988, or visit our website at

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wings for Autism is Coming to Columbia!

We all look forward to taking vacations and visiting family and friends. These experiences create lifelong memories and strengthen the important relationships in our lives.  However, for many people with autism and other intellectual/developmental disabilities, the experience of air travel can be overwhelming and difficult, making these trips seem impossible.

Wings for Autism® program is an airport rehearsal program specifically designed for individuals on the autism spectrum, people with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families. The program gives families the chance to experience the process of taking a flight. Families arrive at the airport, check in at the ticket counter and receive their boarding pass, go through TSA security, and board a plane. 

The original program was designed for a family that had a negative experience while attempting to travel. Their story prompted the Charles River Center (CRC), a local Chapter of The Arc, to reach out to other families to understand their experiences with air travel. CRC learned that hundreds of individuals with autism and their families in the greater Boston area were interested in participating in an air travel training program, and as a result designed the Wings for Autism program with the Massachusetts Port Authority Boston Logan International Airport.

We are delighted to bring Wings for Autism to the Columbia Metropolitan Airport (CAE) on Saturday, April 18, 2015, and we would like to extend an invitation to you to join us. There is no registration cost but families are responsible for paying their own costs to travel to and from the airport. Space is limited.  The South Carolina Autism Society is partnering with several organizations to bring this exciting program to South Carolina.  We hope to schedule additional events at other South Carolina airports in the future.  

Click here for additional information and to register for this event!  

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

NEDAwareness Week 2015

Get Involved in NEDAwareness Week!

NEDAwareness Week 2015 kicked off on Sunday, February 22nd and there are so many ways to get involved! In addition to online events happening every day, there are many live events taking place in your area.
Check out these events in South Carolina:
However you decide to get involved, please take pictures and share them via social media, using the #NEDAwareness hashtag, so that we can keep up with all of the great stuff you're doing!
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Monday, February 23, 2015

Brain Injury Association of SC Annual Golf Tournament

Golf FORE! Awareness!  *  Golf FORE! Support!  *  Golf FORE! a Better Future!

Register Today!

Support the Brain Injury Association of South Carolina and register your team for the 12th Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser!

Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Location: Indian River Golf Club, 200 Indian River Drive, West Columbia, SC 
Format: Captain's Choice
Tee Off Time: 11:00am Shotgun Start
How to Register: Register online here.

Lunch and dinner will be provided!

Contests include: 
-Top three teams
-Hole in one prizes- Kindle Fire, $500 Visa Giftcard, Nike Irons, $10,000 cash prize. 
-Men's and Women's longest drive
-Closest to the pin 
-$50,000 Putting Shot Chance*

*Purchase $10 tickets for a chance to putt for $50,000! Ten different names will be drawn at the end of the tournament. The ten individuals whose names are drawn will get a chance to putt 10 ft, 30 ft, and 50 ft away from hole. Those that make it in all three times will win $50,000! There is no limit to the number of tickets you can purchase. 

For more information on other ways to register or sponsor, please contact us at 803.731.9823/877.TBI.FACT or visit our website,

SC Autism Society Annual Conference 2015

Jed Baker, Ph.D. is the director of the Social Skills Training Project, a private organization, serving individuals with autism and social communication problems. He is on the professional advisory board of Autism Today, ASPEN, ANSWER, YAI, the Kelberman Center and several other autism organizations. In addition, he writes, lectures, and provides training internationally on the topic of social skills training and managing challenging behaviors. He is an award-winning author of five books.
His presentation is titled, “Preparing for Real Life: Harnessing Strengths, Overcoming Obstacles and Learning Relevant Skills” and reviews some of the key predictors of successful adult outcomes among students with special needs, including the awareness of strengths and challenges, perseverance, learning skills to accomplish realistic goals, and preventing disruptive behaviors. The second part of the presentation details effective social skill training strategies for all individuals and reviews some common skill needs for young adults, including the realm of sexuality and dating.

Limited Scholarships are available for parents and self-advocates.  Click here to apply.

Annual Conference, Friday, April 17, 2015Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Saluda Shoals
5605 Bush River Road, Irmo, SC  29212

Cost: $50 per person

For additional questions, please email, or call 803-750-6988.
Click here to Register for this Conference

Friday, February 20, 2015

Mapping Your Future

Hurry to reserve your spot for a FREE conference on transitioning to adulthood for parents and young adults with disabilities!

Furman University | February 28

Sessions Include:
  • Empowering Yourself for Independence (Student Session)
  • Empowering Your Child as a ‘Parent’ and an ‘Ally”
  • Student Led IEPs
  • Legal Rights
  • SCVRD Transition & Benefit Planning
  • Life after High School: College, Employment, and Community Life
  • Mapping Your Future

Guest Speakers:
  • Family Connection of South Carolina
  • Pro Parents
  • I’m Determined Project
  • And many more!
For more information please call 800-681-6805

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Assessment and Curriculum Integration Strategies for Students with Multiple Disabilities

DateThursday, March 5, 2015
Time9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Collaborative Training Center
Midlands Center
8301 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC

Description: Participants will explore assessment tools and strategies used to identify needs of students with complex communication and multiple access challenges. Strategies for integrating technology as a vehicle to access and succeed within the curriculum will be shared. Participants will also be introduced to AbleNet’s AT Support Service, a year-long program of virtual assistance to help educators meet the needs of identified students.
  • Morning Session (9:00 – 11:30)
    *Assessment 101: AT Solutions for Our Most Challenged Students 
    Participants will explore assessment tools and strategies used to identify possible solutions that students with complex communication and curriculum access needs require to be active participants in the school environment.
  • Afternoon Session (1:00 – 3:30)
    *Increasing the Potential for Success and Demonstrating Progress
    Participants will be introduced to research-based and common-core-aligned curriculum, appropriate for students with significant disabilities. Strategies that integrate technology as a vehicle to access and succeed within the curriculum will be noted.
  • *Additional Support Required? 
    An introduction to AbleNet’s AT Support Service, a year-long program of virtual assistance to help educators meet the needs of identified students will also be discussed, as applicable.
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required.

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SC NEDA Walk 2015

The Columbia, SC NEDA Walk is this Saturday, February 21st at 1:00PM! Join us in forming a community of those supporting friends and family in the fight against eating disorders!

NEDA Walks build a sense of community, hope and belonging. We think that’s pretty special and we’re looking forward to seeing you there.

If you haven't already, you can register online at , pre-registration closes at 3pm EST on Friday, February 20th so be sure to register online and form a team right away!

Walk InformationWalk: Columbia, SC NEDA WalkDate: Saturday, February 21st, 2015Location: Carolina Children's HomeWalk Coordinator: Karen McMullenContact Email:

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Assessment and Curriculum Integration Strategies for Students with Multiple Disabilities

Description: Participants will explore assessment tools and strategies used to identify needs of students with complex communication and multiple access challenges. Strategies for integrating technology as a vehicle to access and succeed within the curriculum will be shared. Participants will also be introduced to AbleNet’s AT Support Service, a year-long program of virtual assistance to help educators meet the needs of identified students.

DateThursday, March 5, 2015
Time9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location:Collaborative Training CenterMidlands Center8301 Farrow RoadColumbia, SC
To register for this workshop: Complete the Assessment and Curriculum Integration Strategies online registration form.

For questions about registration, call Will McCain at (803) 935-5004 or Lydia Durham at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.

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Monday, February 16, 2015

NEDA WALK: Save a life.

Are you ready for the 3rd Annual Columbia, SC NEDA Walk? It’s less than two weeks away on Saturday, February 21st, 2015!
It’s going to be a day of action, community and recovery. It’s going to be a celebration of life! We’ll be making friends, taking a stand and showing the world that eating disorders are no match for us!
There is still plenty of time to send those fundraising emails and utilize your social media to ask for donations!
Not registered for the walk yet? Join today and form your own team and fundraise! If you are unable to attend the walk be sure to visit our website to make a donation.
We look forward to seeing you in Columbia on Saturday, February 21st at 9:30AM for our NEDA Walk!
P.S There is a Special Pre-Walk Event!
Kickoff NEDAwareness Week with this special event before the walk at 11:30 AM for a Lunch and Learn! The event will feature a panel presentation moderated by Timothy Brewerton, MD, Executive Medical Director at the Hearth Center for Eating Disorders.

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Friday, February 13, 2015

Able South Carolina: Developing Healthy Relationships

Join us to learn how to improve and grow healthy, satisfying connections with your peers!

Free Training Class for Individuals with Disabilities
Developing Relationships and Sexual Intimacy
  • Do you want to meet some new friends or start a new relationship, but aren't sure where to start?
  • Do you know how to tell if your relationship is a healthy one?
  • Would you like some tips on using social media to make connections in a safe way?

Wednesday February 18, 2015
2:00PM - 4:00PM

Able South Carolina
136 Stonemark Lane, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29210

Please contact Able SC to register for the training:
(803) 779-5121, ext 126
TTY: (803) 779-0949

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Stress & Anxiety Following TBI Webinar

The Defense Centers of Excellence for Psychological Health and TBI (DCoE) will host a webinar on February 12th as part of its monthly webinar series. 

Stress and Anxiety Following TBI
When: Thurs., Feb. 12, 2015
Time: 1:00-2:30 p.m. EST

At the conclusion of this webinar, participants will be able to: 
Describe the complex interaction between the effects of stress and anxiety during the recovery course of TBI.
Examine and select strategies for treating co-morbid symptoms with the core symptoms of TBI.
Discuss the integration of evidence-based practices into the assessment of stress and anxiety following TBI.

Current research notes when injury or stress occurs, behavior reinforces the optimal biological conditions of survival. Similarly, when a brain injury occurs on the battlefield, the injured service member may experience both a TBI and a stress or fear response. If the threat or anxiety becomes overwhelming, the service member may revert to protective modes, including exacerbation of posttraumatic stress disorder, family conflict, alcohol or substance abuse, or other maladaptive reactions. The discussion will include a variety of evidence-based assessments and treatment strategies related to stress and anxiety following TBI.

For more information about DCoE’s monthly webinar series, please visit

Thursday, February 05, 2015

Save The Date!

Save The Date for the 2015 Advocacy Day for Access & Independence. The day’s events will feature disability advocate speakers, a rally, and the opportunity for community members to meet with lawmakers.  This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act, so it’s more important than ever to come together to promote change in South Carolina!
Registration will open March 1st.
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Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Hearing Help for Public Places Program

"What Everyone Who Serves the Public Should Know About Hearing Loss and Hearing Loops"

When: February 23rd and repeated February 24th
Time: Begins at 9:00 AM and concludes after lunch at 1:30 PM
Where: 311 West Main Street, Lexington, SC at the Greater Lexington Chamber & Visitor Center 
Speaker: Dr. JuliĆ«tte Sterkens, an audiologist and spokesperson for HLAA relating to hearing loops 
Cost: $12 to cover the cost of lunch and refreshments

Each workshop is limited to 35 participants

Dr. Juliƫtte Sterkens, the HLAA National Loop Advocate will be in your "neck of the woods" as the featured speaker at a special half-day symposium on Feb. 23 with an encore performance on Feb. 24. For those of you who have seen Dr, Sterkens speak, this event offers you a rare treat and opportunity to gain new invaluable insights on how the hearing loop is changing our lives and how to promote it in your community.

This program is sponsored by the Lexington Sertoma Club and other organizations (including HLAA).

All details are available on the following website:

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