Thursday, March 22, 2018

Who wants access, independence and equality?


Advocacy Day for Access & Independence
April 25, 2018 at 10:00 AM at the South Carolina State House

We invite you to join us as we gather at the SC State House 
for a rally to unlock the barriers for individuals with disabilities! 
The rally will include speakers from the disability community, 
legislators, and disability advocates.
Let us know you are coming by registering today
Free T-shirts will be available on a first come, first serve basis.

Come have breakfast with your representatives 
to address the barriers impacting South Carolinians with Disabilities, as well!
Breakfast will be served in 112 Blatt on the State House grounds from
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Use our hashtag on social media platforms to share your stories 
about unlocking barriers for people with disabilities! 
Read about others' stories and share your experiences!

Visit Our Website

Our mailing address is:
Able South Carolina
720 Gracern Road
Suite 106
Columbia, SC 29210


Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What is a Concussion?

For more information contact:
Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
121 Executive Center Dr., Ste. 135
Columbia, SC  29210
Telephone: 803-731-9823

Monday, March 19, 2018

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month

Do you know the number of adults and children who injured each year?
A staggering 2.5 million children and adults are injured each year!

Friday, March 16, 2018

March Transition Newsletter

Spring time is on the way!

Read further for transition news and events from around the state.
March 27th
March 28th
April 25th
Advocacy Day for Access & Independence support has grown to 25 organizations statewide all unified in an effort to ensure people with disabilities have equal access and opportunity!
September 30th -October 2nd
Congrats Colleton!
Congrats to Colleton County
on their first combined Preschool Inclusion
and Secondary Transition Interagency Teams' Transition Fair!
Why Choose SCOIS?
This website provides links to why schools should use SCOIS; a blog maintained by the SC Department of Education with updates on Microburst Learning, SCIOS, and Climb; programs offered; introductions of the SCDE SCOIS team, and more.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

FREE Assistive Technology Items!

Check out some of the items that we have available for
through our Reuse Service!
If you have questions or want to pick up an item,
please email me, Alli Upchurch, or call 803-935-5273.
Rifton Metal Gait Trainer
Model K24
Frame height 19 inches;
armrest height 21-29 inches;
100 pound capacity.

Pediatric Wheelchair
Seat width 9 inches;
back height 11 inches.
450 lb. capacity
Size medium
Adaptive Stroller
Rifton Prone Stander
Don’t see what you are looking for?
Check out the AT Exchange!

Alli Upchurch, MRC, CRC Program Coordinator II
SC Assistive Technology Program
Center for Disability Resources (UCEDD)
  University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Columbia, SC  29208 | Phone: 803-935-5273 | Fax: 803-935-5342

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month!

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month!

We are excited to get the month started! We would love for you all to join in on the calendar events! We have Tia Chi, 'Cocktails that Care' and monthly brain injury support group meetings across the state! We look forward to seeing your faces at these events! Make sure you look on our social media pages for BI facts of the week.

#changeyourminds #bewareofbi
Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
121 Executive Center Drive, Suite 135
Columbia, South Carolina , 29210
Telephone: 803-731-9823


FREE Webinar Trainings!

Free webinars - K-12

AT and Apps to Support Math for Diverse Learners! from CTD
March 14, 2018 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Assistive Technology: What is it and How to Use it from PACER
March 21, 2018 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern (90 min.)

Study Skills 2: Multi-Sensory Learning and Review from CTD
March 22, 2018 at 9:30am Pacific, 12:30pm Eastern

ABCs & AAC: Alphabet Books in AAC Implementation from AbleNet
March 28, 2018 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern (75 min.)

SETC webinars are at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern, except as noted.

March 14:   Overview of Reading Accommodations
March 15:   Switch Access to Chromebooks and iPads
March 19:   Top 5 AAC Apps (12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern)
March 20:   Access to Print & Electronic Text
March 22:   Speech Recognition: When, Where, & Why
March 26:   3rd Party Keyboards in iOS

You May Have Missed

AT101: Understanding and Advocating for Assistive Technology from Learning Disabilities Assn. of America

AT102: Back to the Basics-Tablets and Apps for LD from Learning Disabilities Assn. of America

PDF Accessibility: A Deeper Dive - Exploring Tools and Solutions from Great Lakes ADA Center

AT Video Pick of the Month

Symbols and Learning to Read with Dr. Caroline Musselwhite. Dr. Caroline Musselwhite is an assistive technology specialist with more than 30 years of experience working with children and adolescents with significant disabilities.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Free Training on Money Management

Learning to manage money helps people with disabilities to create goals for the future and get the things they need in order to live independently. Join Able SC for this FREE training to learn:

• Steps to take to help you reach your financial goals
• Budgeting tools to help manage your money
• Tips on how to track daily spending habits

Online: Monday, March 19, 2-3:00 PM
In-person: Tuesday, March 20, 2-3:30 PM

720 Gracern Road, Suite 106, Columbia SC 29210

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 date.

Tai Chi in the Park

121 Executive Center Drive, Suite 135
Columbia, SC 29210

Tuesday, March 06, 2018

Every 13 Seconds...

Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
121 Executive Center Drive, Suite 135
Columbia, South Carolina , 29210
Telephone: 803-731-9823

Monday, March 05, 2018

2018 Hopes & Dreams Conference

Monday, March 19 & Tuesday, March 20
The River Center at Saluda Shoals Park
The 2018 Hopes & Dreams conference on Monday, March 19 and Tuesday, March 20 will feature keynotes and breakout sessions geared to parents and caregivers and the professionals who serve them. Don’t miss this chance to learn more and collaborate to better meet the needs of those with disabilities and special healthcare needs.

Monday’s keynote panel – Resilience in Action – will feature Master Sergeant Walter J. McDaniels and Deputy Jamel Bradley of the Richland County Sheriff’s Department along with Andy Broughton of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice INSIDERS program. The panel will provide the audience with a qualitative approach to understand the effects of toxic trauma.

Dr. Sandy Magaña will discuss the development of a culturally based approach to addressing the informational needs of Latino parents as Tuesday’s keynote speaker. Latinos represent the fastest growing population in the U.S., and Latino children are one of the fastest growing populations with Autism. Dr. Magaña holds the Professorship in Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disabilities at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, University of Texas at Austin. Her research focus is on the cultural context of families who care for persons with disabilities across the life course. Speaker sponsored by the Developmental Disability Council.

Each day will also feature
three 75-minute breakout sessions,
with several options for each. 
CEUs ARE available.

Space is limited. Please register and encourage others to do so now!

Thursday, March 01, 2018

United Spinal Newsletter

United Spinal Association
One of the Deadliest Hurricane Seasons Ever
The 2017 hurricane season upended hundreds of thousands of lives. Cindy Otis reports on United Spinal’s relief efforts for those with disabilities. Read more.

Our Resource Center Continues to Thrive
Since 2011, United Spinal’s Resource Center team has tackled over 20,500 cases, assisting people with SCI/D, including our Nation’s veterans to live full, independent lives in the community. Check out our Resource Page and share with your friends and loved ones.

Moving Forward with Our Peer Mentoring Program
There is no greater support than that of your peers. Learn how our national network of peer support groups is changing lives for the better from those who have participated in this rewarding program.

Jim Weisman Honored as Humanitarian of the Year
Our NYC chapter presented Jim Weisman, president and CEO of United Spinal with the 2018 Peter Zarba Humanitarian of the Year Award. Jim has spent over 35 years working to protect the rights of people with disabilities and advocating for inclusion and accessibility.

Sexual Sustainability After SCI
In the latest United Spinal webinar, Dr. Marcalee Alexander shares valuable insight on sexuality after SCI, what your potential is, how our unique backgrounds affect us and how our medical care may be impacting our ability for sexual satisfaction. View the webinar here.

H&R Block Tax Referral Program
For every new client who files their taxes with H&R Block or Block Advisors, $20 will be donated to United Spinal. Just present this referral form to your tax preparer prior to completion of the initial tax interview. Use referral code: 40010001098837.
New Mobility Magazine, February 2018
Sex, Wheels & Relationships: Couples We Love

Does Your Bladder Bug You?
Urinary symptoms are common after spinal cord injury or multiple sclerosis. Please consider taking one of the following surveys on urinary symptoms to help validate a new self-assessment tool to help diagnose UTI. Take the surveys here.

Find the Right Support
United Spinal Peer Support Groups set the highest standards in assisting people living with SCI/D to overcome challenges and remove roadblocks that limit independence. Find a peer support group near you!

Our Business Member Champions
Take a moment to visit with our United Spinal Business Member Champions. These are businesses who have made a special commitment to partner with us and further our mission. Go there.
Catch United Spinal at These Upcoming Events
NMEDA Annual Conference & Expo - March 6-8, Daytona Beach, FL
International Seating Symposium - March 6-9, Vancouver, BC, Canada


Our mailing address is:
120-34 Queens Blvd. #320
Kew Gardens, NY 11415