Wednesday, September 02, 2015

SC Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund

South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Research Fund 

Bring your lunch and learn about the work of three current grantees.

When: November 13, 2015 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Doors open at 11:45)

Where: University of South Carolina School of Medicine 6439 Garners Ferry Road, 
Columbia, SC 29209 
VA Campus, Building #3 - Dean’s Board Room


SC Spinal Cord Injury Association
2935 Colonial Drive
Columbia, SC 29203

Low Vision Workshop

Assistive Technology & Magnification Solutions

Still a few spaces open!! 

Date: September 1, 2015

Time: 9:00 am – 11:30 am


Midlands Center
8301 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC

Speaker: Stacy Fortney, Eschenbach Optik of America
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required.


This workshop will provide an overview of the most technologically advanced portable video magnifiers and CCTV's with OCR/TTS products. Hands-on demonstration of Magnification Solutions (Hand held, stands, monocular, telescopes, contrast enhancing filters, lighting, hands free spectacle solutions and more) for all ages and all age related eye diseases. How to assess magnification in seconds w/dioptric equivalents. Training of focal lengths and best training techniques while using magnifiers. Addressing the needs of contrast and lighting. Join us for an informative and hands-on demonstration.

Targeted groups include teachers, administrators, VR counselors, students, AT consultants/specialists, individuals who are visually impaired, and anyone interested in Low Vision. Devices such as hand held magnifiers, stands, telescopes and other vision devices will be demonstrated.
This workshop has a maximum of 10 participants.

To register for this workshop:
For questions about registration, call Will McCain at (803) 935-5004 or Lydia Durham at (803) 935-5263 or 800-915-4522.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Reading Supports

Register for the Reading Supports Workshop
Date: September 2, 2015 

Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am 


Cost: Free!

Students who are struggling with reading fluency and comprehension or who have other disabilities can benefit from free or low-cost literacy supports. In this workshop, we will demonstrate many of the resources that can be easily implemented in the classroom. We will approach literacy supports through the Universal Design for Learning concept for all learning styles. We will discuss text-to-speech software, Microsoft built-in features, and mobile solutions, as well as other free resources.

About the Speaker:

Madalina Tudora is an Assistive Technology Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She supports school districts in building capacity for assistive technology by providing guidance, resources and training for local assistive technology teams in SC. She also conducts workshops for teachers, therapists, administrators, and parents on various assistive technology topics. Her undergraduate degree is in Special Education, and her graduate degree is in Psychology. She is nationally certified as an Assistive Technology Professional through RESNA.

Research confirms that seeing the world in ‘a different way’ sparks unique ideas

(The Guardian) - A new study suggests that people with autism display higher levels of creativity and imagination.  In the study, people with autism were far more likely to come up with unique and novel answers to creative problems despite having traits that are typically considered to be socially and occupationally crippling.

Co-author of the study, Dr. Catherine Best, speculated that these findings ‘may be because they are approaching things very differently.  It goes a way towards explaining how some people with what is often characterized as a disability exhibit superior creative talents in some domains’.

‘There are many misconceptions and myths about autism,’ said Jolanta Lasota, chief executive of the charity Ambitious about Autism, ‘the biggest one including being antisocial and having a lack of empathy. However, what people with autism struggle with is fitting their feelings of sympathy and caring into everyday interactions’.

Friday, August 28, 2015

SC Autism Society Workshop Interest Survey

Workshop Interest Survey
The SC Autism Society is interested in bringing workshops to your region!  Please click here to complete the survey so that we can best schedule workshops to meet the needs of the South Carolina autism community!