Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Introduction to Sign Language

An Introduction to Sign Language for Parents and Professionals

Friday January 13th, 2017
SC Assistive Technology Program
15 participants
This is an introduction to sign language workshop. It covers 25 single signs, the manual alphabet, and numbers 1-10. Participants will learn and practice the signs and learn tips for teaching signs to children. It also covers how sign language can encourage speech and language development, enhance overall communication and reduce frustration for children who are not yet able to effectively communicate using speech.
Jill Eversmann is a pediatric speech-language pathologist with 30 years of experience and is a Signing Time instructor. In addition to working in early intervention, she teaches sign language workshops for parents and professionals and is a national speaker with Cross Country Education. She loves working with young children and their families, teaching sign language and sharing the many benefits signing can offer to preverbal and non-verbal children, children with hearing loss as well as to typically developing children. Jill received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University. She is ASHA certified and licensed in SC.
*Make checks payable to "Jill Eversmann." (Due on date of training.)
*FREE for parents of children with special needs
*FREE for professionals who work with children with special needs

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Call for Proposals!

The 2017 Hopes and Dreams Conference is seeking proposals for our 2017 Hopes and Dreams Conference that reflects the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, practice and cognizant of issues of inclusion and disabilities.

This annual conference provides an opportunity for professionals, family members and self advocates to learn more about the resources and support available to the special needs community. Family members are also able to connect with professionals who care for children of all ages with various disabilities and long-term healthcare issues. This increased collaboration between parents and professionals sets the stage for all children and individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Visit our Call for Proposals page to learn more about how to submit a proposal.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SURVEY ENDING SOON: The State of Autism in South Carolina

Survey Closes November 30th!

The South Carolina Autism Society is conducting a survey to assess The State of Autism in South Carolina. This is our most comprehensive evaluation to-date, and will help us determine areas of need statewide.

This survey is designed for Self-Advocates, Family Members, Caregivers, Professionals, and the Community. Your responses will help us determine where to focus our efforts for new projects in the months to come.

Data will be compiled and may be used as evidence of need when applying for grants or other funding. No information identifying any individual will be tracked or shared. The SC Autism Society does not sell any data, personal or otherwise.

Please click here to complete the survey now if you have not already done so!

Should you have any questions, please email Susan Leiby at SusanL@scautism.org.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Autism Speaks Grant for iPads

Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce that this year, 685 iPad Airs will be awarded to financially disadvantaged people with autism. The application is now open!

Eligible applicants are individuals who:
• Have been diagnosed with autism by a licensed professional
• Reside in the United States
• Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad.

The timeline is below:
• November 7: Online application opens at 6:00 a.m. EST
• November 11: Application closes at 11:59 p.m. EST
• November 15 - December 9: Review committee selects recipients
• December 15: Recipients announced and iPads sent out!

Applications must be submitted by the person with autism, an immediate family member of the person with autism, or a licensed social worker or therapist. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review applications and select the iPad award recipients. All applicants selected to receive an iPad Air will be contacted by December 15. If selected, the iPad will be shipped via UPS directly to the address provided with the application. Others will receive an email informing them of their status.


You must create a login and further instructions will be provided.

Questions? Contact us at ipads@autismspeaks.org. Please note that emails will take up to 12 hours to receive a response, but every email will be answered! Also, we cannot accept applications from outside the United States.

*This year’s iPad program was generously funded by the proceeds from GameStop’s April in-store donation campaign.* 


Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Free Assistive Technology Webinars

 Free Assistive Technology Webinars

Free Webinars - General, Adult, and All Ages
5 New Accessibility Features in iOS 10 from AbleNet
11/1/2016 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern

Best Practices for More Accessible Social Media from the Nat. Ctr. on AEM
11/9/2016 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Implementing Accessible Workplace Tech: Creating Accessible Tables for the Web from PEAT on 11/9/2016 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Tools to Enable Authors Creat ePub Documents from EASI (Date not posted yet,)

Accessibility Features in Mobile Devices – What Is New in iOS and Android? from AbleNet on 11/29/2106 at 11am Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Free Webinars -  K-12 Educators & Parents

iCATER has short (10-20 min.) webinars held at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern. (No need to pre-register.)

     • Chrome – Snap and Read Universal (11/2)
     • iPad - Sounding Board (11/09)
     • Chrome – Science Bits (11/16)
     • iPad – 30/30 (11/30)

Apps and AT to Support Executive Functioning from AbleNet
11/10/2016 at 1:30pm Pacific, 4:30pm Eastern

SETC is back with webinars at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern:

     • AAC Considerations for Students with Multiple Disabilities -  Nov. 1, 2016
     • ThingLink and Padlet (free tools) -  November 2,2016
     • Tech for Writing: Speech Recognition -  November 2
     • Let’s RAAP With Kids: Read, Ask, Answer, Prompt -  November 7
     • Google Chrome Reading & Writing tools -  November 8
     • Let’s Explore Sway.com -  November 9
     • Snap&Read -  November 28
     • Office 365 in Education -  November 29
     • Intro to OneNote & Learning Tools -  November 30
     • Co:Writer -  December 5

Recently Recorded Webinars

From Center on Technology and Disabilities

     • Innovations in STEM Education: Technology to Support Students with Autism
     • 3-D Printing in Education: Building New Pathways for Learning
     • Supporting Students with Dyslexia: Standards, Accommodations, and Strategies

Short 10-20 min. lessons from iCATER on YouTube 

     • FlipWriter
     • Verbally
     • Mod Math
     • Extensity on Chrome
     • Blindfold Games for iPad

Speaking the Same Language: Making Closed Captioning Work from ADAOnline

Monday, October 24, 2016

Free AT Tools for Transition to College Training

                                                AT Tools for Transition to College

Date: November 3, 2016
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Presenter: Sara McKay
Cost: Free
Location: Poplar Building Conference Room


Are your juniors and seniors ready for college? Don’t let the time to plan and prepare for this transition slip away! This workshop will present useful tools for note taking, reading, writing, collaborative work, and studying. Participants can bring these tools back to students, giving them the time to practice and become proficient with them while they are still in high school. Imagine students entering college with a stronger sense of confidence!

Friday, October 21, 2016

Come See This Important Film!

 October 27, 2016
5:30 - 7:00 pm

Sign up today, this event will sell out!
Free Popcorn for Movie Goers!

In recognition of National Disability Employment Awareness Month, Able South Carolina will be screening Bottom Dollars, a Rooted in Rights original documentary. Bottom Dollars exposes the exploitation of nearly 250,000 people with disabilities in the U.S. that are legally being paid less than the minimum wage, on average, less than $2 an hour.

The goal of Bottom Dollars is to empower advocates and policymakers looking at the needs of workers to start focusing on giving workers with disabilities the basic protection of a minimum wage.

Please register to join us for this important screening.


Greer City Hall
301 East Poinsett St
Greer, SC 29651

Click here to register for the GREER location. 

Able SC - Columbia
136 Stonemark Ln, Ste100
Columbia, SC 29210
Click here to register for the COLUMBIA location.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Are you a person with a disability affected by Hurricane Matthew?

Hurricane Matthew Survivors with Disabilities

Are you a survivor of Hurricane Matthew with a disability living in South Carolina? 

If so, The University of South Carolina needs your input regarding your experiences during the Hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding. The information collected will not be identifiable and will be used to enhance South Carolina’s emergency response services for persons with disabilities during and after a crisis.

COMPLETE SURVEY HERE:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SCHurricaneDisability

If you have any questions or if you would like assistance (ie. have the survey read to you, alternative format, etc.) completing the survey, please contact Dr. Robert Dawson at 803-386-1711 or email at crisisawareness@gmail.com.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Exciting Assistive Technology Training Opportunity!

Trash to AT Treasures
Date: Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Time: 9:00am - Noon
Location: SC Assistive Technology Resource Center, Poplar Building, Midlands Center, 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC
Presenter: Jacqueline Wynter, Occupational Therapist

To register for this workshop:
Complete the Trash to AT Treasures online registration form. 

Description: Assistive technology devices can be very expensive, but don't always have to be. Examples of how to make assistive technology devices using common objects around the home will be demonstrated. The fundamentals of appropriately selecting and the functional use of various assistive technology devices will be reviewed. The workshop will conclude with a make-and-take opportunity for participants to choose from different projects to construct and keep. New this year is a sock aid, iPad stand, iPad access bar, and finger spacer for improving writing skills. 

Jacqueline Wynter is an occupational therapist with over sixteen years' experience serving diverse populations. She received her Bachelor of Science in Occupational Therapy from Utica College of Syracuse University and her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy from A. T. Still University. Jacqueline is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS) and has a passion for assistive technology and using it to improve function and performance.

This workshop has a maximum of 12 participants.

Cost: $15.00, payable to the University of South Carolina.

Bring your checks or purchase orders to the workshop or send to:
Lydia Durham
SC Assistive Technology Program
USC Center for Disability Resources
Columbia, SC 29208

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Are You Ready to be a Leader?

Discover the Leader in You!

People with disabilities can affect change in our local communities through active participation on boards, committees, and councils that impact transportation, education, employment, healthcare, or accessibility services. These sessions will give you the tools and resources necessary to effectually participate in a leadership role, including information regarding professional dress, ethical and legal responsibilities, and Robert's Rules of Order.

The academy consists of six (6) sessions either online or in-person. These sessions will broaden your leadership skills so that you can make a positive transformation in your community. Some of the sessions include:

• Community Leadership
• Functions of a Nonprofit Board
• Government Committees and Councils
• Networking Skills
• Hands on Skills Practice

In-person sessions:
Monday's - October 31 - December 5 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
(Able SC Midlands Office)

Online sessions:
Tuesday's - November 1 - December 6 from 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

To Register:
Contact Dori Tempio
803-779-5121 or 800-681-6805
TTY:  803-779-0949
Email: dtempio@able-sc.org

Please make reasonable accommodation requests for these events a week in advance.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Run For Thought 2016

It's that time again! We are hosting our 9th Annual Run for Thought on Saturday, November 12, 2016 at Conestee Park, located at 840 Mauldin Road, Greenville, SC 29607. It is a wonderful time for brain injury survivors and supporters to come together to bring awareness to the community about brain injury. Below you will find information about the race and how you can support the BIASC.
                                                      We hope to see you there!

Here are three ways you can show your support :

1. Register to run or walk! Click here to register.

2. Create a fundraising page through FirstGiving! There is no charge to make and use this   fundraising page. Click here to create.

3. Become a sponsor! Please give us a call at (803) 731-9823 to get more information about our sponsorship opportunities.

-Innovative Sponsor     $7,500+
-Visionary Sponsor       $5,000
-Philosopher Sponsor   $2,500
-Activist Sponsor         $1,000
-Leader Sponsor             $500

Don't forget to register by October 28th to be guaranteed a Run For Thought race shirt!
For more information, please click here to visit our website.  
Contact us at (803) 731-9823.

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Be Employable

Be Employable!
                               Inclusion Works: Learn How You Can Work

After this training you will understand:

• Your employment rights under Title I of the ADA
• Ways to highlight your strengths in the Employment Process
• The Process for Requesting Reasonable Accommodations
• The Benefits of the Ticket to Work Program

Join us - online or in-person

Online Training is October 17, 2016 -  from 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
To register please click here

In Person Training is October 18, 2016 -  from 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
To register please click here

              Please make reasonable accommodation requests at least one week in advance.

Monday, October 10, 2016

Announcing Rescheduled Date for Annual Conference!

The South Carolina Autism Society is happy to announce that our Annual Conference has been rescheduled for Friday, November 4th

Same time, same location, same great speakers!

Tickets are available for this new date! Click here to order your tickets now before they're gone!

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we worked through these necessary changes due to Hurricane Matthew.

Date: Friday, November 4, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $50 per person, includes lunch
Location: Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC  29209

Tuesday, October 04, 2016

Spectrum Harvest Festival! Sign Up Now!

                                   Spectrum Harvest Festival!

Join us on Sunday, October 9th for one of the post popular family events of the year! We will meet from 2 – 4:30 pm at the Hollingsworth Outdoor Center at 259 Adams Mill Road in Simpsonville for an afternoon of fun fall activities. (Right down the street from where we usually meet at for swimming.) Tentative activities to include hayrides, pumpkin painting, archery, broom making, ash cakes, and more.
All families affected by autism or related conditions are invited. You do not need to be a Y member, nor a resident of Greenville.
RSVPs are needed to plan for supplies. Please click here to sign up now.  We ask that everyone sign up to bring a drink or snack to share.
Cost is $10 per family. Scholarships are available.
For more information contact:
Greg McKee at 843-963-3608 or gmckee@ymcagreenville.org

Upstate Coffee Talk is This Wednesday at our NEW Office!

                                    UPSTATE COFFEE TALK PARENT SUPPORT
Join us on Wednesday, October 5th from 9 – 11 am for Upstate Coffee Talk! We meet at our NEW office at 318 Prado Way in Greenville. Our office is off Woodruff Road near Walmart, behind Discount Tire and Quick Trip. Click here for a map and directions. Please pardon the dust!

Coffee Talk is a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to come find out about what’s going in the Upstate autism community, ask questions, and get support. Coffee Talk is held on the first Wednesday of every month at SCAS upstate office. Families can visit, talk, share resources, and have coffee with goodies. Children are always welcomed, but childcare is not provided.

Important Provider Notice: Please note that this is a parent and caregiver support format. Businesses, organizations, and providers are welcome to send or drop materials for us to distribute. Thank you for respecting the needs of our families!

Monday, October 03, 2016

Free Assistive Technology Trainings

Free Webinars - Post-Secondary, Adults & General
Accessible Signage (A refresher) from the Southeast ADA Center
10/6/2016 at 11:30am Pacific, 2:30pm Eastern. (Register by 10/5/16.)

Apps for Communication from GA Tools for Life
10/6/2016 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Today's Top Online Assistive Technology Resources from PACER
10/25/2016 at 4:30pm Pacific, 7:30pm Eastern (90 min.)

Introducing DAP: the Document Accessibility Toolbar from EASI
10/30/2016 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

5 New Accessibility Features in iOS 10 from AbleNet on
11/1/2016 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern
Free Webinars -  K-12 Educators & Parents
Speech Dude Tells All: Tech Tools For The Special-needs Classroom
from AbleNet on 10/4/2016 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Apps Across the Curriculum – Supporting Diverse Learners with Google and iOS
from AbleNet on 10/11/2016 at 1:30pm Pacific, 4:30pm Eastern

iCATER has four short (10-20 min.)webinars planned at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern
• Chrome - EasyBib (10/5)
• iPad - Lamp Words for Life (10/12)
• iPad – iDev Books  - division (10/19)
• Chrome – Stay Focused (10/26)
• Chrome – Snap and Read Universal (11/2)

Acquiring Accessible Print Materials in K-12 from AEM
10/12/2016 at 11am Pacific and 2pm Eastern

Acquiring Accessible Print Materials from AEM (slightly different than above)
10/27/2016 at 11am Pacific and 2pm Eastern

‘Appy Hour’: Apps for Scanning & PDF Notes from PACER
11/4/2016 at 4:30pm Pacific, 7:30pm Eastern

SETC is back with webinars at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern:
• Bookshare on the iPad on October 3, 2016
• TouchChat Introduction & Customization on October 5, 2016
• Team Approach to AT Assessment on October 6, 2016
• Free E-Books - Bookshare and Beyond on October 11, 2016
• ChooseItMaker3 & HelpKidzLearn on October 12, 2016
• Team Approach to AT Implementation on October 25, 2016
• Tech for Writing: Speech Recognition on October 27, 2016
• AAC Considerations for Students with Multiple Disabilities on Nov. 1, 2016
ThingLink and Padlet: Explore these free tools on November 2,2016

Friday, September 30, 2016

Family Connection News!


Family Connection of South Carolina hosted its first 5K in Columbia on Saturday, September 24 at Saluda Shoals Park.

It was a great first effort, promoting inclusion and active lifestyles for everyone. Enjoy scenes from the event by clicking here.

There's still time to join the Anderson event on Saturday, October 8 at the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center.

Thanks to Ainsley's Angels, those who cannot complete a 5K on their own, can now experience the thrill of crossing the finish line, promoting active lifestyles for everyone. See the impact firsthand here.

Register today!
Anderson 5K: http://go-greenevents.com/event/id/4970.

Thanks to Modern Woodman, title sponsor in Columbia, and Ahead Start and the Y, title sponsors in Anderson, for your support.

Angels Among Us?

Know of an Angel Rider, child/adult with disability, or interested in being an Angel Runner? Maybe you're up for the challenge and ready to share your legs with someone who can't run. Please join us as we raise awareness and promote inclusion and healthy lifestyles for all!

Angel Runners register on the go green sites and pay the registration fee. Angel Riders register for free at www.ainsleysangels.org.

Questions? Contact Michelle Johnson at (864) 444-8683 or mic1dan2@bellsouth.net.

Your Education Connection

Family Connection now provides information, resources and training around education, helping parents and individuals with disabilities throughout their journey, from birth to school settings to adulthood.

Need help navigating education? Call (803) 252-0914.

Interested in Getting Involved?

We're looking for individuals to serve on our Parent & Youth Advisory Council (PYAC).

The Council will be a collaborative effort for parents of children/youth with disabilities (ages 0-26) AND young adults (ages 18-26) with any type of disability. The goal is to provide perspective and suggestions on training, education, issues, policies, and more related to the  disability population and activities geared towards this population across South Carolina.

Download the application by clicking here.

Si habla español y desea participar en alguno de los grupos 
por favor comuníquese con: 
Adriana Shacklock 888.808.7462

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Annual Conference With John Elder Robison is NEXT WEEK!

Next week is the South Carolina Autism Society's Annual Conference featuring John Elder Robison as Keynote Speaker! We just opened an additional block of tickets to meet the great demand!

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $50 per person, includes lunch
Location: Medallion Conference Center,
7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC  29209

Monday, September 26, 2016

The SC Autism Society Upstate Office is Moving!

The SC Autism Society Upstate Office is Moving!

Our current office will be closed effective Wednesday, September 28 for packing. We will reopen at our new location on Monday, October 3rd.  Staff members will be available via cell phone and email during this time.

The new office address is 318 Prado Way, Greenville, SC  29607.  We will be conveniently located off of Woodruff Road, east of I-385.  The office complex is across the street from WalMart, behind Discount Tire and the new QT Station.  Click here to view a map.

      We look forward to serving you in our new location starting Monday, October 3rd!

Trivia Night Fundraiser

Join us Wednesday at The Village Idiot in Five Points (2009 Devine St., Columbia) for TRIVIA NIGHT! Starting at 4:00 pm, a percentage of sales will go to benefit the BIASC...so bring your friends and family, and help spread the word! Trivia will start at 8:30, and this trivia will include questions on brain injury.
The generous owners of Village Idiot have offered to extend the percent night to their accessible store! We are very happy to announce that the Forest Drive (4517 Forest Drive) location will also be donating a percentage of their sales! If you choose to dine at this location please tell your waiter you are with the BIASC!

                                                       We hope to see you there!