Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Impact SC 2019 Conference: Save the Date!

Save The Date

Date: May 23, 2019
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
 Place: Embassy Suites, 200 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210
Registration information to be available in January 2019

Concurrent Breakout Sessions:
 Self-Determination, Person-Centered Planning, 
Assistive Technology and Self-Advocacy

Hosted By: Impact SC 


Friday, November 09, 2018

Webinar: In Case You Missed It!

Did you miss our webinar?!

Don't worry -- we got you.  Click below for links to the recording.

Dr. Mary Hanley is the Medical Director of Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine at Roper St. Francis Hospital in Charleston, SC.  She offered some extremely informative content.  Go watch now.

 With captioning:

With slides: 

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Using YOUR Voice at Advocacy Day for Access and Independence

What Barriers Do You Want to Address?
Advocacy Day for Access & Independence
will be here before we know it.
Save the date for April 4, 2019, at 10:00 AM!
As we begin the planning process we have one big question for you, what barriers do you want us to address with state lawmakers? Help us break down barriers and address the issues most important to you by taking this survey:

Now that voting is over, we would love to know how it went for you! Was your polling place perfect? Was there room to improve?

Thank you for your participation! 

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Orcam for the Blind or Visually Impaired

Orcam Demo Day

Date: November 13, 2018

Time: 11:30 am to 4:00 pm (Register for the class; a staff member will contact you to set up your 30 minute appointment with a maximum of two people per 30 minutes)

Cost: Free

Location: SC Assistive Technology Program, 8301 Farrow Road, Poplar Building, Columbia, SC 29203 (Directions)

Participants will have hands-on exploration of the OrCam MyEye 2.0, a breakthrough wearable artificial vision device designed to assist people who are blind, visually impaired, or have a reading disability. The intuitive, lightweight smart camera instantly and discreetly reads printed and digital text aloud—from any surface, printed and digital alike—and recognizes faces, products, and money notes, all in real time.

Monday, November 05, 2018

Adapted Toys for the Holidays

The SC Assistive Technology Program
will offer its first ever Adapted Toy Workshop
just in time for the holidays
Dates: Thursday, November 8th –or– Friday, November 9th
Time: 1:00 to 5:00 pm (arrive at any time—no appointments)
Where: SC Assistive Technology Program, 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203, Poplar Building Resource Center (Directions)
Cost: Free (bring your own toy)

Children with disabilities often have difficulty interacting with toys. Families, professionals and school staff are invited to bring battery-operated toys (see examples below) to the SC Assistive Technology Resource Center to have the toys adapted for switch use. The toys should have an on/off switch and only one action. An example would be Flappy the Elephant as he only flaps his ears when he is turned on or Robo Alive T-Rex Robotic Pet that only walks when it is turned on. SC Assistive Technology Program staff and students from Rich/Lex School District will help you create your own switch to operate the adapted toys. Everyone will leave with their toy adapted for switch use and a switch to operate it. For more information please call 803-935-5263.

Examples of toys that can be adapted:

Rusty Rivets – Botasaur
Rusty Rivets Tiger Bot Build
DRIVEN by Battat Fire Truck
DRIVEN by Battat Dump Truck
DRIVEN by Battat Bulldozer
Peek-a-boo Teddy Bear Animated Stuffed Animal By Bo Toys
Animated Plush Peek A Boo Bear, Unicorn, Fox, Dog or Frog Baby Entertainment Laughing Giggling (hippo)
Cuddle Barn Animated Plush Toy Banana Boat Bruno the Monkey - Sings Day O
JENSEN MR-550-BK Portable AM/FM Radio (Black)
O2COOL 5-Inch Battery Operated Clip Fan
O2COOL 5-Inch Portable Fan, Gray
Paint Art Spinner
Bubble Machine
Bubble Machine-Pink
LEGO Star Wars Darth Vader Torch

Friday, November 02, 2018

Free Webinars on Assistive Technology

The Accessible Technology Coalition compiles this listing of free webinars from around the Web!

Follow the ATC Facebook page for late additions.
Free webinars from around the web

How Do I Develop Scanning Skills? from AbleNet
November 13, 2018 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern
Creating Accessible Documents with Adobe InDesign from Great Lakes ADA
November 15, 2018 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Apps to Support Youth with Vision Loss in the Transition to Adulthood from PACER
November 27, 2018 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

A Healthy Start with Augmentative Communication at Home from PACER
November 29, 2018 at 4pm Pacific, 7pm Eastern (90 min.)

Using Smartphones, Watches, and Wearables to Support Executive Function for All Ages from PACER

December 3, 2018 at 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern (90 min.)

From SETC: (at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern unless other time is given)
 AT Resource Pick of the Month

Utah Assistive Technology Program YouTube Channel

UATP's goal is to help people use technology to be more independent in education, employment, and community settings. They offer a variety of AT videos - great information!

Thursday, November 01, 2018

SC Assistive Technology Exchange: New Website!

Our new Assistive Technology Exchange site
is now up and running!
The Assistive Technology Exchange is an online database where users can post assistive technology items and durable medical equipment that they are looking to purchase from other individuals or are looking to sell or give away. It is free to browse listings, post items and communicate with other users directly regarding their posted items.
Here is the link for the new Exchange site:
If you have any questions feel free to contact Alli Upchurch at 803-935-5273.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

FREE Training on Successful Socializing!

Successful Socializing

Join us for this FREE training on successful socializing and learn about:
  • types of communication
  • developing relationships
  • tips for improving your social skills

Monday, November 5
2:00-3:00 PM

Tuesday, November 6
2:00-3:30 PM
Able SC Midlands
Register Here!

For questions or accommodation requests,
contact Dori at dtempio@able-sc.org or
800-681-6805/TTY: 803-779-0949


Monday, October 29, 2018

United Spinal Newsletter October 2018

United Spinal Newsletter 
October 2018

Advancing Community Support for People with SCI/D
United Spinal gathered key affiliated chapter representatives in Orlando, Florida, October 11-13 for its 6th annual Chapter Leadership Meeting to strengthen programs, services and outreach to people living with spinal cord injuries and disorders nationwide.

Breast Cancer Screening for Women with Disabilities 
In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, United Spinal urges women with disabilities to make every effort to get screened. Here’s useful information on finding accessible facilities and preparing for the exam.

Tips for Employers on Accommodating Job Seekers with Disabilities
Employers should take appropriate steps when applicable to remove barriers and make reasonable accommodations for people with disabilities, whether they use wheelchairs and other mobility devices or live with impairments and require assistive technology.

So Many Wheelchairs, So Little Time
Today’s wheelchair users have so many choices that they often need the help of assistive technology specialists, therapists, and wheelchair providers in order to select the right chair and components. Check out the variety of wheelchair types available.

Surviving Modern Rehab
This month's New Mobility Magazine features two young Californians fighting to regain their independence after recent spinal cord injuries. Their unique stories on navigating the hurdles of health care and rehabilitation can make a difference in your own recovery or that of someone close to you. Read more.

REV UP The Vote!
United Spinal has partnered with the American Association of People with Disabilities to increase the political participation of the disability community while also engaging candidates and the media on disability issues. Let your voice be heard.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Free ASHA Approved AAC Trainings

Date: November 26, 2018
Location: SC Assistive Technology Program, 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203, Poplar Building Resource Center (Directions)
Cost: Each Training is Free
Presenter: Loyal Truong, MS, CCC-SLP, ATP. Currently on the Learning Services Team with Tobii Dynavox
Solutions for Children with Complex Communication Needs
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
ASHA CEUs: .3 (Introductory Level, Professional Area)
Participants will gain understanding of the characteristics and supports needed for children with complex communication needs and gain exposure to the device and software features as well as educational supports from Tobii Dynavox. Participants will be given the opportunity to participate in interactive stations to complete hands-on activities with Tobii Dynavox products to facilitate learning, ask questions in the moment, and apply knowledge in practical ways. Participants will leave the session with an awareness of AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) options as well as resources and practical tips that can be used immediately following the training!

Tips and Tricks with Snap + Core First
Time: 12:45 – 3:30 p.m.
ASHA CEUs: .25 (Introductory Level, Professional Area)

You are invited to attend and participate in the exploration of the Snap + Core First communication software from Tobii Dynavox. Using lecture and hands-on exploration activities, participants will learn about the communication solutions of Snap + Core First that support communication engagement, literacy and language growth. Techniques for customization, simplification, and implementation will be our focus. Each participant will leave the session with a handful of resources and practical tips that can be used the very next day!

Monday, October 22, 2018

Don't forget to sign up for the October Webinar!

Do not forget to sign up for October's webinar!
OCTOBER 31st @ 3 PM
We will be discussing wound prevention & care.

You don't want to miss this! We have Mary E. Hanley, DO, UHM, CWS-P, Medical Director of Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Roper St Francis with us!!!  Webinar will be OCTOBER 31st @ 3 PM EST.  We will be releasing instructions on how to join to all those who register with the link below.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Casting Calls Extended


Trustus Theatre is partnering with Able SC and seeking two actors with disabilities to portray two characters in our upcoming production of “COST OF LIVING,” winner of the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

WHEN: Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 7 pm | Saturday, Oct. 27 at 3 pm
WHERE:  Trustus Side Door Theatre * 520 Lady St. * Enter through the glass doors on the Huger St. side of the building.


ANI, 40s. female. Pronounced “Ah-nee”. She is in a wheelchair. Severe incomplete spinal cord injury following an automobile accident. Quadriplegic. Though some of the fingers of one hand are still partially functioning. [played by actor living with disability]

JESS, 20s. female. First generation child of an immigrant. Has a hard time keeping her feelings and opinions to herself.
JOHN, 20s. male. He is in a wheelchair. He is handsome. John has cerebral palsy. A kind of halted way of speaking. Otherwise, he is determinedly polished. Comes from wealth and wears it well. [played by actor living with disability]

EDDIE, 40s. male. An unemployed truck driver. When he slips into sadness, he bounces back fast. He would have made a great uncle.

One of the most powerful shows of 2018 comes to the Trustus Side Door theatre. Eddie, an unemployed truck driver, reunites with his ex-wife Ani after she suffers a devastating accident. John, a brilliant and witty doctoral student, hires overworked Jess as a caregiver. As their lives intersect, this play delves into the chasm between abundance and need and explores the space where bodies—abled and disabled—meet each other. [Note: Both ANI and JOHN appear in bathing scenes.]


Auditions will be cold-readings from the script. Read the script here:


The show runs FEBRUARY 22 – MARCH 2, 2019

Rehearsals would begin 4-5 weeks prior to opening. Rehearsals are evenings during the week, and one day per weekend (weekend scheduling varies per show at Trustus).


Actors are paid $150 for the full run of the show.


Contact Artistic Director Chad Henderson at chad@trustus.org

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Web Access: EdTech 2018

EdTech 2018 Accessibility and AT Sessions

How Assistive Technology Impacts Communication
Session ID: 246
A demonstration of various assistive technologies by people who use them for everyday life and communication. Come see, and ask questions of experienced users to learn more about different technologies. See augmentative communications devices, screen magnifiers, screen readers, mobile devices and other technology that makes a difference. Moderated by Janet Jendron. Participants: David Bundy, Kim Wooten, Denise James, Kimberly Tissot, Ruben Alvarez
Date: 10/24/18
Time: 2:15 - 3:15
Room: MR203

Inclusive Teaching and Learning: Access Ability Through Universal Design for Learning
Session ID: 235
Presenter: Clayton Copeland
This session shares recent research findings exploring the impact of accessibility/integration of tools and resources that facilitate multimodal learning for students. It offers concrete strategies for implementing accessibility and multimodal tools and resources into courses. Participants will discuss and practice skills for creating accessible courses designed to meet student needs.
Date: 10/24/18
Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Room: MR102-A

South Carolina Web Testers Program
Session ID: 247
Presenters: Janet Jendron, Denise James, Boris Klaric
Learn more about the evolving SC Web Testers Program, under the administration of Able South Carolina and Access South Carolina IT (ASCIT). Testers who use assistive technology and some who don't, evaluate websites and other information and communication technology for accessibility and usability. Testers? findings include accessibility issues, descriptions of the testers? successful and unsuccessful experiences in accessing information, basic explanations of accessibility/usability principles involved, and resources for correcting barriers. Tests are uniquely designed for the agency/organization's budget and needs. Come with specific questions for administrators and site testers.
Date: 10/24/18
Time: 10:30 - 11:30
Room: MR104-B

School District Website Requirements and Considerations - State/Federal
Session ID: 126
Presenter: Valarie Byrd
District websites are a resource to communicate with district communities and they have statewide and national outreach. These websites include some content that is required by state and federal regulation
Date: 10/24/18
Time: 1:00 - 2:00
Room: MR102-C

How Parents with Disabilities Navigate School Systems
Session ID: 226
Parents with disabilities face unique challenges when accessing physical sites and electronic information related to their children's education. Join an enlightening discussion by parents with years of experience accessing schools and electronic information on websites and online education. Learn how they navigate the system, face and overcome challenges. Moderated by Janet Jendron. Participants: Ruben Alvarez, David Bundy, Kimberly Tissot, Kim Wooten, Denise James
Date: 10/24/18
Time: 1:00 - 2:00
Room: MR104-B

Assistive Technology Supports for Chrome Users
Session ID: 145
Presenter: Madalina Tudora
This workshop will provide valuable, ready-to-use solutions for all learners. We will review Chrome apps, extensions and add-ons that can help students with reading, writing, grammar, note-taking, organization, and more. Free resources available for immediate implementation will be shared.
Date: 10/24/18
Time: 2:15 - 3:15
Room: MR102-C

Various Technologies That Assist Students with Special Needs
Session ID: 230
Presenter: Valeska Gioia
This session will focus on various technologies that can assist students with learning disabilities and special needs. I will demonstrate free and low-cost technologies that can assist students with decoding, comprehension, written productivity, math, and much more. Teachers will learn about resources that they already have available in their classroom for assistance with helping their students learn using the Universal Design for Learning concept.
Date: 10/24/18
Time: 2:15 - 3:15
Room: MR104-A

Creating Accessible Documents for the Web
Session ID: 62
Presenter: Michael Simmons
This session will demonstrate techniques for creating documents which meet accessibility standards as required by Section 508. In addition techniques will be shown to test document accessibility and repair issues which are flagged.
Date: 10/25/18
Time: 8:30 - 9:30
Room: MR203

Using Google Chrome Accessibility and Extension to Engage Struggling Learners
Session ID: 129
Presenter: Meghan Blackburn
Google Chrome accessibility options and extension can be useful in addressing the needs of students in both general education and those with more specific needs in special education. Learn more about those options and the academic tasks they address.
Date: 10/25/18
Time: 11:00 - 12:00
Room: MR202-B

Exploring iOS Built-In Accessibility Features
Session ID: 203
Presenter: Elizabeth Moore
Come explore all the ways you can make your iOS device more accessible. We will explore built-in features to aid with vision, literacy, learning and more! Bring your iOS device and let's start exploring!
Date: 10/25/18
Time: 1:45 - 2:45
Room: MR102-A

Using iPad Accessibility and Apps to Engage Struggling Learners
Session ID: 130
Presenter: Meghan Blackburn
iPad accessibility options and apps can be useful in addressing the needs of students in both general education and those with more specific needs in special education. Learn more about those options and the academic tasks they address.
Date: 10/25/18
Time: 1:45 - 2:45
Room: MR202-B

Assistive Technology Services? Where do we start?
Session ID: 172
Presenter: Rebecca McKenzie Appling
Assistive Technology!?! Where do we start??? Come hear how one school district has expanded their assistive technology services to reach students with a variety of disabilities and needs. Learn about our referral process, sample evaluations tools, IEP recommendations and accommodations, progress monitoring of is assistive technology interventions, and staff training.
Date: 10/26/18
Time: 9:00 - 10:00
Room: MR203

Monday, October 15, 2018

Join us at the Easley Benefits Workshop!

Disability Benefits & Employment Workshop
  • Are you interested in going to work or increasing your earnings?
  • Do you need information on how working will affect your disability benefits? (SSI & SSDI)
  • Do you want to connect with local agencies that can assist with finding a job and providing supports?

Join us at
Easley SC Works
Wednesday, October 17
1:30-3:30 PM
1774 Powdersville Rd, Room 103
Easley, SC 29642

Please make accommodation requests by October 10 by contacting hiremesc@able-sc.org or 800-681-7715/TTY: 864-235-8798

This event is coordinated through the efforts of Hire Me SC. Hire Me SC is a campaign that promotes a culture of inclusion across the state of South Carolina, one in which employment for every individual, disability or not, is the norm rather than the exception. Hire Me SC is supported through funding from the Administration for Community Living at the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Be Prepared!

Be prepared!

SCATP is here when you need durable medical equipment and assistive technology after a disaster. We also want to help you be prepared for a disaster before it happens.
Here are some quick tips to prepare for an emergency:
  • Make sure all assistive technology, including cell phones, communication devices, and wheelchairs, are fully charged. Have extra batteries ready.
  • Identify accessible transportation in the event of an evacuation.
  • Create an emergency kit that includes assistive technology devices or medical equipment that you may need.

For a complete guide on how to prepare for an emergency, visit https://www.ready.gov/individuals-access-functional-needs

Download the SC Emergency Manager, the official app of South Carolina Emergency Management Division, to help prepare for emergencies:
If you need medical equipment, please contact Alli Upchurch at SCATP at 803-935-5273 or alli.upchurch@uscmed.sc.edu .

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Join Us for the Columbia Buddy Walk!

Be a Rock Star!

Join us Sunday, October 21 at Saluda Shoals Park for the Columbia Buddy Walk
to raise awareness while promoting acceptance and inclusion
of those with Down syndrome.

Have a child or sibling with Down Syndrome?
Register your Special Buddy for free and get his or her name added to the official
walk t-shirt. And they get a t-shirt for free, along with special recognition at the walk.

Monday, October 08, 2018

Don't forget to sign up for the October Webinar!

We will be discussing wound prevention & care.
You don't want to miss this! We have Mary E. Hanley, DO, UHM, CWS-P, Medical Director of Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine at Roper St Francis with us!!!  Webinar will be OCTOBER 31st @ 3 PM EST.  We will be releasing instructions on how to join to all those who register with the link below.

Tuesday, October 02, 2018

FREE Webinars on Assistive Technology

Free webinars from around the web - all K-12 this month

Apps, Extensions, and Tech Tools for ADHD Brains from ADDitude
October 3, 2018 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern

Feature Match… What’s That? from AbleNet
October 4, 2018 at 11am Pacific, 1pm Eastern

How Do I Develop Switch Skills? from AbleNet
October 17, 2018 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

What do you know about twice exceptionality? Ground breaking tools for addressing the needs of the twice-exceptional student from AbleNet
October 24, 2018 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

From SETC:

10/02: Switch Access for Early Switch Users at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern

10/03: Fast ForWord at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern

10/04: Supporting Writers across Platforms with Co:Writer Universal
            at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

10/08: AT Chatter - Core Vocabulary at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

10/09: AAC Implementation - parent buy-in at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

10/10: Explore Snap + Core First at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

10/17: Protecting Student Data Privacy in Apps
            at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern

10/18: Core Vocabulary for Group Games at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

10/22: Designing UDL Lessons using the Microsoft Platform
            at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern

10/23: TouchChat Introduction and Customization
            at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern

10/24: Digital Math:  Let’s check out what’s new!
            at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern

10/25: Universal Protocol for Accommodations in Reading (uPAR)
            at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern

10/29: Beyond Requesting: I Have More to Say at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

10/29: Closing the Gap Recap: What is New in the World of AT!
            at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern

11/01: AT Chatter: OT Collaboration at 11:30am Pacific, 2:30pm Eastern
AT Resource Pick of the Month

The Perkins School for the Blind offers a series of webinars on assistive technology. You can also opt to get CEUs for watching the webinar. Check it Out!