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Friday, April 18, 2014

Strides for Autism

We would like to invite you to join us at this exciting event as an Exhibitor in our Resource Fair.  Rates are $100 per event for non-profits and government agencies, and $150 for businesses.

Exhibitors to date include:

Bright Start, Butterfly Effects, Camp Talk, Carolina Center for Counseling & Behavioral Interventions, Davis Orthodontics,

Early Autism Project, First Priority Medical Transport, Greenville Health System Autism Wonders Program, Key Changes Music Therapy,
Palmetto Autism Interventions, Pine Grove, Springbrook Behavioral Health System

More Coming Soon!

We have two goals with our Strides events:

To raise the awareness of autism spectrum disorders.  The better understanding our society has about autism, the better the quality of life for those on the spectrum will be.

To raise funds for the South Carolina Autism Society. This fundraiser is to help ensure SCAS can meet the needs of families through:
Service Coordination:  Our Service Coordinators work to ensure that the individuals on their caseloads receive the best services to which they are entitled.

Parent School Partnership:  Our Parent Mentors work to assist children with autism in reaching their maximum potential in the classroom through appropriate services and accommodations.
Information & Referral.  We aim to help provide accurate and timely information to families and professionals about autism spectrum disorders and services available throughout the state.

Training.  We work in partnership with the South Carolina Department of Education to provide training to families and professionals about various strategies and supports.

Advocacy.  We work with policy makers throughout the state to help improve the services available to individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

Events.  In addition to our Strides for Autism events, we regularly partner with other community organizations to provide respite and family activities statewide.

SCAS is the only statewide agency advocating for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families, while also providing assistance and resources.  SCAS promotes, educates and raises awareness that one in every 88 births in the U.S. is a child with autism, and provides support for South Carolina-based research and development.  Most importantly, SCAS works to ensure that the almost 54,000 individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) living in South Carolina have opportunities to achieve a quality of life comparable to their peers.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Women with Physical Disabilities Needed for Study

Women with Physical Disabilities Needed for Study

The University of South Carolina needs your input on your family planning desires.
The information collected will be confidential and used to support an application for a federal grant.

Are you a woman?
Are you between 18-40 years old?
Do you have a physical disability?

If you answered "yes" to all of those questions, we invite you to take up to two
30-minute online surveys and

To complete the survey, go to or
Contact Margaret Holland at (803) 777-8887 or

Monday, April 14, 2014

2014 Brain Injury Association of South Carolina Golf Tournament

2014 Brain Injury Association of South

Carolina Golf Tournament

Indian River Golf Club
200 Indian River Drive, West Columbia, South Carolina 29170 USA

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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Using tablets to reach kids with autism

Using Tablets to Help Kids With Autism

(CNN) -- Two 5-year-old boys, one with autism, were having some friendly playtime when they had a communication breakdown. One boy didn't respond to the other and walked away. The ignored kid got frustrated and pushed over a small staircase, causing the first boy to fall.

Their speech therapist, Jordan Sadler, decided to address the issue by recreating it in an iPad app called Puppet Pals. She restaged the scenario as a movie, even taking photos of the room for the background and of the kids for the characters. Using the app to show an instant replay of the scuffle, Sadler and the kids identified what went wrong and then recreated the scene, this time making better decisions.
Creating custom stories to help kids learn communication skills or understand complex situations is just one of the ways parents, therapists and educators have taken advantage of tablets to work with kids with autism.

Tablets as tools, not miracles

When the iPad made its debut in 2010, it was hailed as something of a miracle device and there was a rush among parents of kids with autism to get the $499 gadget.

Four years later, tablets still play a big role in the autism community. But the expectations for the technology have come down to earth a bit. Now app creators, autism educators and parents are exploring new ways of using tablets and apps to work with the 1 in 68 kids in the U.S. with autism.

Sadler gives iPad workshops all over the country, teaching people about the most effective ways to use the device. She tries to move parents away from using mobile devices as a reward, letting children just play games or watch YouTube videos. She encourages parents to seek out dynamic apps that can help with the core challenges of autism while also being fun.

"It's really important to learn and improve social communication skills," said Sadler. "But it has to be something that grabs them."

Mixing laughter and lessons

Flummox and Friends is a hybrid of an app and a TV show for kids on the autism spectrum that seeks to be more than just educational or just entertaining. Released on the iPad in April, it's a live-action comedy show that aims to educate children by being entertaining, not condescending.

The main characters are inventors and their friends, and they're written so children with autism can relate to them. They find themselves in tricky situations that they need to invent their way out of. The idea is to teach social and emotional skills through funny plots.

Using pop-up prompts, the app sets up situations that kids with autism may have trouble with, such as anticipating someone else's perspective, managing someone else's emotions, and being flexible instead of being rigid. A scene might show some of the ways communications can break down, then walk the viewer through ways to fix the problem.

"Typically, how this stuff has been taught is giving kids scripts saying, 'Say this when you meet someone,'" said the show's creator, Christa Dahlstrom. "It's kind of suggesting (they) aren't doing this right and need to be normal."

Flummox and Friends is geared more toward acceptance, and Dahlstrom is interested in working with the kids whose minds are wired differently, not correcting them. The app reflects a larger shift in the community away from "fixing" autism to accepting and embracing it.

"(Technology) can make a profound difference to the kids with autism, but it's not like it's a cure for it," Dahlstrom said. "You've got to stop thinking of this as a parental problem."

Dahlstrom, who has worked in learning design her whole career, has observed firsthand how her own 10-year-old son with autism learns and what he struggles with. She noticed that he tends to open up when people are laughing, having fun and quoting TV shows. After realizing comedy could be a great tool for reaching children with autism, she started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for the first Flummox and Friends episode.

The show is meant to appeal to 6- to 12-year-olds, which is a slightly older audience than most autism apps.
"In terms of apps for kids with autism and special needs, there's a lot of stuff for preschoolers. There's not as much when you start going up to an older audience, especially when it comes to social skills," she said.
The multi-purpose rectangle

Tablets have replaced a number of other tools for parents and educators, including handmade visual aids, expensive communication devices and, increasingly, TVs.

The gadgets are a more affordable alternative to the dedicated augmented-communication devices some nonverbal kids use to communicate. Those can cost between $6,000 and $8,000, but with a tablet, kids who aren't speaking can use voice-output apps instead.

Teachers and therapists no longer have to slog through the mundane task of making visual tools. Making cue cards is a common technique when working with nonverbal children, but it requires taking photos, uploading them to computers, printing them out, laminating them, adding some velcro and sticking them on boards. The addition of a camera in the second version made the process even easier.

"It really sort of took us out of the dark ages in terms of how quickly we could make visual supports for the kids and how quickly kids could access what they wanted," said Sadler.

One thing that makes Flummox and Friends unusual is that it is a fully scripted TV show delivered as an app.
Tablets give kids much more control than they have with a TV. They can hold a tablet in their hands and have a more intimate experience with a story or game. Watching clips and shows repeatedly is common among children with autism, and with tablets they can rewatch favorite segments over and over.
"We've really started to see children's media migrate from the TV screen to the iPad," said Dahlstrom.

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Free AT webinars from UATP, AbleNet, Georgia Tech & MITS.

Free AT webinars from UATPAbleNetGeorgia Tech & MITS.

Professional Development and Training in AT
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
9:30 AM Pacific, 12:30 PM Eastern from AbleNet

Eligibility requirements for getting assistive technology
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
2 PM Pacific, 5 PM Eastern from the Utah Assistive Technology Program (UATP)

Data Review – Will This AT Be Appropriate Next Year?
April 17, 2014
3:30 PM Pacific, 6:30 PM Eastern from MITS

What Administrators Need to Know about Assistive Technology
Tuesday, April 22 2014
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern from AbleNet

Exploring Apps for the Classroom and Transition
Tuesday, April 22 2014
12 PM Pacific, 3 PM Eastern from Georgia Tech's Tools for Life

Using Low Tech to Support Literacy Learning
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern from AbleNet

How to Control a Speech Generating Device Through the Power Wheelchair Drive Method
Tuesday, April 29 2014
8 AM Pacific, 11 AM Eastern from AbleNet

Assistive Technology Implementation: The Basics
Thursday, May 1, 2014
11 AM Pacific, 2 PM Eastern from AbleNet

Access to the Core Standards for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
12 PM Pacific, 3 PM Eastern from Georgia Tech's Tools for Life

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Friday, April 11, 2014

Able South Carolina

Join us on April 16th from 2pm-4pm as we discover how to use computers to create Microsoft documents, design creative flyers, use Accessibility Features of Google, and use the computer to express your ideas effectively.

This FREE training for individuals with disabilities will help you:
  • Learn how to use the computer to complete everyday communication tasks.
  • Explore the Accessibility Features of MS Word and Google.
  • Communicate your creativity through flyers, invitations, and Clip Art selection.
  • Use social media safely to connect with employment and personal opportunities.
Able South Carolina
136 Stonemark Lane, Suite 100
To register please contact Dori Tempio at 800-681-6805, TTY: 803-779-0949 or by email:
Please make reasonable accommodation requests for the training a week in advance of the event date.

Learning and Growing: Exploring Apps for the Classroom and Transition
When: Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST
Cost: Free!
Presenters: Pat Satterfield, Center for AT Excellence, a Tools for Life Network Partner, and
Martha Rust and Liz Persaud, Tools for Life - Georgia's Assistive Technology of Georgia
How to Access this Webinar: Click this link to join the meeting:
To sign on, choose the option "Guest" and add your name and organization. Please use the URL above as it is unique to this TFL webinar.
With the introduction of apps, we are experiencing a drastic technology evolution that is revolutionizing the field of Assistive Technology and producing positive life changing results for individuals with disabilities. Apps are assisting students by promoting more independence, increasing opportunities for inclusion, promoting depth of learning, providing equal access in educational settings and supporting smoother transitions. This session will provide participants with opportunities to explore specific app solutions that promote success in the school setting and that can ultimately assist with successful transitions into the workplace and community.
If you need additional accessibility services, including captioning, please contact two (2) weeks prior to the date of the live webinar.

Kids Biking 4 Kids Bike Race

You are invited to our Kids Biking 4 Kids Bike Race for Special Needs and Families on the Village Green in Lake Carolina on May 4, 2014. This event is to support our non-profit organization (Abundant Life Equipment Lending Library). When you bike in the Lake Carolina’s Fun 1 mile loop – we can help even more children overcome their physical obstacles to thrive and live abundant lives.
Abundant Life Equipment Lending Library is helping children  in Columbia area to receive equipment to recover from devastating illnesses and accidents. Abundant Life Equipment Lending Library was developed because there was such a large need. Columbia did not have adurable medical equipment library, a library that lends wheelchairs, standers, walkers, positioning equipment, nerve and muscle stimulators, weights, books and a variety of tools to assist the residents of Columbia in achieving a full, abundant life. This need was met when the non-profit organization, Abundant Life Equipment Lending Library was established in October 2010.
This is a financially responsible program. Thousands of dollars can be saved when equipment tools can be borrowed. Progress can be made steadily when the appropriate equipment is available. Durable equipment should be reused and repurposed.
Abundant Life Equipment Lending Library was also deliberated for the following reasons:
  1. To operate a lending library program of physical therapy equipment to assist individuals with rehabilitation.
  2. To encourage members of the community to become involved in activities which support the physical, mental, and emotional development of individuals requiring rehabilitation.
  3. To educate the general public about issues related to physical, mental, and emotional rehabilitation.
  4. To raise funds for additional physical therapy equipment. This includes but it is not limited to manual and power wheelchairs, standers, seating systems, chairs, walkers, canes and bathing equipment.
  5. To lessen the burden of government through the fundraising and purchasing of physical therapy equipment to provide for those individuals who require such equipment for development rehabilitation purposes.
We would like to invite you to this event and encourage others to participate. If you have any questions, please call (803) 720-5240 or email us at
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