Monday, April 24, 2017

Governor Proclaims April 26 Advocacy Day!

Governor McMaster Proclaims April 26, 2017
Advocacy Day for Access and Independence in SC!

Individuals with Disabilities are recognized!

The SC Governor proclaimed that people with disabilities are capable and contributing members of South Carolina. Let's rally to show all of South Carolina that people with disabilities need full access and inclusion!

Share your stories on Social Media using the hashtag: #AccessInSC

FREE t-shirts available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

An Introduction to Sign Language

An Introduction to Sign Language for Parents and Professionals

May 17th, 2017


(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

Poplar Conference Room at the SC Assistive Technology Program, 8301 Farrow Road, Midlands Center-Poplar Building, Columbia, SC 29203

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. 

MUSC is a clinical partner in groundbreaking autism research

MUSC is a clinical partner in groundbreaking autism research 

(The Post and Courier) - Researchers know that autism, a disorder associated with social and communication challenges, is caused both by genetics and by environmental factors. SPARK, an autism study launched last year by the Simons Foundation, aims to one day provide answers to the question of what causes autism and pinpoint potential treatments for the range of disorders on the autism spectrum. The Simons Foundation is a major research funder, particularly in the autism field.
"It would be nice to give them some real answers," said Laura Carpenter, a professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. MUSC became one of four new clinical partners in the study this year.
Carpenter said the average size of a study on autism is about 100 participants. Finding answers to autism's key questions has been a challenge because of such small sample sizes. Because autism disorders fall on a spectrum and symptoms associated with it can vary widely, much more genetic information is needed in order to draw conclusions. SPARK aims to enroll 50,000 study subjects nationwide and make their genetic information available — after informed consent is given — to researchers across the country.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Did You Register?


Free T-shirts on a first come, first serve basis!

Advocacy Day for Access and Independence
SC Statehouse North Steps
Rally to unlock barriers for people with disabilities!

Advocacy Day for Access and Independence will include a rally with speakers from the disability community, legislators, and disability advocates. Join us to help make South Carolina a better place for people with disabilities to live, work, and play!

For questions, 
or call 803.779.5121


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Join Us At the Five Points Fountain!

AASC Families & Friends,
Please join us Wednesday, April 12, at 3:45pm as we dye the Five Points Fountain BLUE in celebration of Autism Awareness Month!
WHO: AASC families, friends, staff, and supporters of Autism Awareness! Please invite your friends, family, and co-workers!
WHAT: Help us carry on the Autism Academy tradition of dyeing the Five Points Fountain BLUE!
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12th, immediately after dismissal, approximately 3:45-4:00pm
WHERE: Five Points Fountain, 747 Saluda Ave., Columbia, SC 29205
WHY: Increase Autism Awareness among your family, friends and neighbors!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Puberty & Sexuality Training

The South Carolina Autism Society developed a new 2 hour training called “The Birds, the Bees, ASDs, and Everything In-between” To navigate puberty we are asked to quickly develop new social skills and implement them correctly. Parents will leave this training with the knowledge to start taking on all the various challenges that come along with puberty and transitioning into adulthood. We cover basic topics such as bodily changes, privacy, and personal hygiene. We will discuss more in depth topics such as consent, safe sex, sexuality and gender identity, intimacy, and healthy relationships. Most importantly, we will be giving the parents the tools they need to actually have “The Talk” with their individual/s with ASD.

This class is FREE. 

Please click your desired location to register online now.
• May 27 — Charleston
• July 22 — Spartanburg
• August 26 — Myrtle Beach
• September 23 — West Columbia

Contact Breck at or 803-750-6988 for more information. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

BIASC's Golf Tourney

Join us on April 24, 2017, for our 14th Annual Golf Tournament
The Woodlands Golf & Country Club Columbia, SC

Proceeds from this event will assist BIASC in providing help and support to persons with brain injury and their families, educate the public on the risks and impact of brain injury, and advocate for legislation and improved medical and community based services.

            This year’s tournament is in memory of Dr. Linda Veldheer.

Dr. Veldheer was the Director of the Head and Spinal Cord Injury Division of the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. She was a strong advocate for individuals with brain injuries and their families. She also was a member and supporter of BIASC. She attended our events, conferences, provided valuable information to our committees, and was a mentor. Linda was not a golfer but always was represented by her husband, David Johnson, at this annual event.

Come enjoy a day full of golf, 
lunch provided by Zaxby's, 
dinner served by the course afterwards, 
door prizes, Hole in One contest, 
and a chance to putt for a cash prize of $25,000!

Register or become a sponsor today by visiting 
You only have 2 weeks left till tee time! 


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

AT Webinars in April

Free Webinars - General and Adult

Free and Low-Cost Reading Tools for the Common Man from EASI
April 6 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Hands-Free: An Intro to Switch Support on iOS Devices and Apple TV from AbleNet
April 25, 2017 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern

Creating Audio Descriptions for Videos from EASI
April 24 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Free Webinars -  K-12 Educators & Parents

AEM in the IEP: Where Do Accessible Materials and Technologies Fit? from AEM
April 4, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

AT and Apps to Support Learners with Autism from CTD
April 5, 2017 17 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction from AbleNet
April 11, 2017, 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern for Part 2
April 20, 2017, same time for Part 3.  (Part 1 is archived.)

'Appy Hour' : Apps for Pre-Academic Skills from PACER
April 17, 2017 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern

One Note - Helping Students with Organizational Difficulties from CallScotland
April 26, 2017 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 30 min.

Ghotit - Writing and Reading Assistive Technology for People with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia from CallScotland
May 2, 2017 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 30 min.

Classroom-wide Core Vocabulary Instruction for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities from AbleNet
May 2, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

SETC webinars are at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern
• April 11, 2017   Google Apps & Extensions for Special Needs
• April 12, 2017  Math iPad apps: Mod Math, Panther Math paper and more
• April 13, 2017  Clicker 7 Overview
• April 17, 2017  No Boundaries. No Barriers, Kurzweil Presentation
• April 17, 2017  Partner Assisted Scanning  
• April 19, 2017  Team Approach to AT Assessment   
• April 20, 2017  Access to the iPad for Switch Users
• April 25, 2017  Managing iPads in Your District: Practical Strategies
• April 26, 2017  Team Approach to AT Implementation
• April 27, 2017  Read&Write Chrome Extension

Recently Recorded Webinars

Monday, April 03, 2017

Free AT Supports for Math Training

 AT Supports for Math

Date: April 5th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Presenter: Madalina Tudora
Cost: Free

SCATP, 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203, Poplar Building Conference Room

Registration Link

As  students struggle with basic mathematical skills, the importance of addressing difficulties with math through use of AT has gained the attention of educators and parents. Generalization of math skills is important for the transfer of skills to other settings, assisting students in the completion of daily living tasks and more. This workshop explores various assistive technology tools for classroom use, including free and low cost resources designed to facilitate students success in mastering math skills.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Ways to Light It Up Blue!

Each year people across all seven continents come together to

Light It Up Blue 
on April 2
as we kickoff April
World Autism Month

We hope that you will encourage friends and family to:

Wear blue!
• Light your home blue
• Post photos using hashtag #LightItUpBlue
Make a donation
• Host an autism-friendly event

Find more ideas on our Light It Up Blue website!

With your help, we can make 2017 even bigger!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Julia, A Muppet With Autism, Joins The Cast Of 'Sesame Street'

For the first time in a decade, the classic children's television show Sesame Street will introduce a new Muppet on the air.

Her name is Julia. She's a shy and winsome 4-year-old, with striking red hair and green eyes. Julia likes to paint and pick flowers. When Julia speaks, she often echoes what she's just heard her friends Abby and Elmo say. Julia has autism.

"There's so many people that have given her what she is. I'm just hoping to bring her the heart," says Stacy Gordon, the veteran puppeteer selected to play the part.

Presenting Julia to the gang requires a bit more explanation of her differences and hidden talents for the other Muppets — and their young viewers. As Abby Cadabby (the 3-year-old fairy played by Leslie Carrara-Rudolph) explained during NPR's recent visit to the set in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens, N.Y., it can be hard to get Julia's attention. Big Bird had to repeat himself to get her to listen, for example. And she sees things where others don't.

"That's just Julia being Julia," Abby said.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

AT Expo - March 22nd!

SC Assistive Technology Expo 2017
Open to the General Public
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
8:30 am – 3:30 pm

Columbia Metropolitan Convention Ctr.
1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201

Cost: Free
Parking: Free (on grounds and at Park Street Parking Garage, 1007 Park Street, Columbia)

 Over 70 exhibitors!
 Learn more about the SC Assistive Technology Expo 2017 at:

 The 2017 SC Assistive Technology Expo is sponsored by the SC Assistive Technology Program, Center for Disability Resources, USC School of Medicine, USC School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, SC Department of Education, SC Developmental Disabilities Council.

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

AAIDD 2017 Conference: Register and Reserve Your Room Now!

Promoting Health & Well-being

AAIDD's 141st Annual Meeting, Promoting Health & Well-being, June 26-29 in Hartford, Connecticut is really the "must attend" meeting of the year!

See the full schedule of events, find hotel, and register by clicking here.

Join us for informative and inspiring plenary sessions, cutting edge concurrent sessions, posters addressing emerging issues, and in-depth pre- and post-conference meetings on a number of important topics.

The three plenary sessions at this year's conference will feature a host of insightful speakers who will provide their observations on how to promote health and well-being for and with people with intellectual disability across all life domains.

Health Equity

Sandy MagaƱa, PhD
University of Illinois at Chicago

Wendy Jones, MEd, MSW
Georgetown University

Tim Shriver, PhD
Special Olympics

Promoting Health & Wellbeing
Susan M. Havercamp, PhD, FAAIDD
President-Elect, AAIDD Board of Directors; The Ohio State University

American Association on Intellectual
and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD)
 501 3rd Street, NW, Suite 200
Washington, D.C. 20001
Telephone: 202-387-1968
Fax: 202-387-2193

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

2017 Strides for Autism

Join us April 1, 2017 for Strides for Autism!

Strides for Autism is the South Carolina Autism Society’s signature fund-raising and awareness walk.

To register, set up your own fundraising page, and create/join a team, please text STRIDES to 71777 and follow the link, or click here. Please note: After initially registering, you will be asked if you would like to become a fundraiser. Please click 'yes' to join our cause and set up your page and/or team.

Click here for information on creating your own fundraising Team!

Registration is $15 per person, which includes the annual t-shirt and your own website to help promote your efforts and receive donations from your friends and family. 


Heritage Park
861 S.E. Main St.
Simpsonville, S.C. 29681

Saluda Shoals
5605 Bush River Rd.

Columbia, S.C. 29212
For additional information on Strides for Autism, 
please visit or email
You may also call our Columbia office at 1-800-438-4790.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Go for the Goal!

Go For T

Go For The Goal!

In-person or online training

Register Today!

This training will teach you how to set goals in a creative and effective way.
You will learn:
  • the difference between long and short term goals
  • the steps of the goal-setting process
  • how to be S.M.A.R.T when setting your goal

Please make reasonable accommodation requests a week in advance of training.
On Line Training - March 13, 2017 from 2 pm to 3 pm. Click Here to Register!
In-person Training - March 14, 2017 from 2 pm to 3:30 pm. Click here to Register!
In-person training takes place at:
136 Stonemark Lane, Ste. 100
Columbia, SC 29210
TTY: 803-779-0949

Free Assistive Technology Webinars

Assistive Technology Webinars
Free Webinars -  General and Adult
AT Discovery Topic: Vision from Oklahoma AbleTech
March 7, 2017 at 1:45pm Pacific, 4:45pm Eastern
Building Drupal: Solid Accessibility Defaults from AccessibilityOnline
March 16, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
Implementing Accessible Workplace Tech: PDFs and Accessibility from PEAT & ODEP on March 23, 2017 at 11am Pacifc, 2pm Eastern
Free Webinars -  K-12 Educators & Parents

Count the Ways: Assistive Technology for Math  Georgia Tech Tools for Life
March 2, 2017 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern
InftyReader Making Math More Accessible from EASI
March 21, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
Pearson Publishing Creating Accessible E-books from EASI
March 28, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
Assistive Technology for STEAM in Early Childhood from PACER
March 30, 2017 at 4:30 Pacific, 7:30pm Eastern
SETC webinars are at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern except for the one noted.
  • March 9, 2017    OT/PT Role in AAC Access
  • March 13, 2017  Clicker 7- Sentence and Connect Sets (Note: 1PM Pacific)
  • March 16, 2017  Mounting Options for tablets, Aug Comm and switches
  • March 21, 2017  Voice Over/Vision  
  • March 22, 2017  Overview of Alternative Access   
  • March 28, 2017  OneNote Tips and Tricks      
  • March 29, 2017  Math Writing supports: Math Type & Google g(Math) Add-on
  • March 30, 2017  Activities for Early Switch Users

Friday, March 03, 2017

Strides for Autism

Join us April 1, 2017 for

Strides for Autism!


We are just one month away from Strides for Autism!  2 events, 2 parks, 1 great day!  There's not much time remaining to Create your Strides Team!  Invite your family and friends to join you!  Working together, we can make a difference for individuals with autism in South Carolina!

Upstate Registration Special!

Register for Upstate Strides online by March 28th and receive a free entry ticket for our Strides Prize Drawing for each registration!  Additional tickets will be available for purchase at Upstate Strides for $1 each until 9:30 am.  Drawing will be held at 10 am.  You must be present to win!  Current donors include: Best Buy, Southern Om Hot Yoga, Mellow Mushroom, and Panera Bread!  Click here to register now!  Click Sign Up Now, and then select Upstate as your event location.
To register, set up your own fundraising page, and create/join a team, please text STRIDES to 71777 and follow the link, or click here. Please note: After initially registering, you will be asked if you would like to become a fundraiser. Please click 'yes' to join our cause and set up your page and/or team.
Click here for information on creating your own fundraising Team!

Registration is $15 per person, which includes the annual t-shirt and your own website to help promote your efforts and recieve donations from your friends and family. 
Strides for Autism is the South Carolina Autism Society’s signature fund-raising and awareness walk. Monies raised for South Carolina Autism Society stay in South Carolina and go towards individual and family supports, education, advocacy, and training. According to the South Carolina Secretary of State, the South Carolina Autism Society devoted nearly 90% of its total expenses to program services.


Heritage Park

861 S.E. Main St.
Simpsonville, S.C. 29681
* Fox Carolina’s Cody Alcorn, Honorary Chair
* Field Games by Scout Troop
* $1 Special Train Tickets* Simpsonville Fire Trucks
* JayDee Balloon Art
* Enclosed Playground
* Bojangles Bo-Berry Biscuits* Kona Ice

Day Agenda

8:30 a.m. - Registration/Check In
9:00 a.m. - Honorary Chair
9:10 a.m. - Start Walk
10:00 a.m. - Team Awards

If you have any questions, please reach out to Brandy or Breck at We hope to see you there!

Saluda Shoals

5605 Bush River Rd.
Columbia, S.C. 29212
* Cosplay Superheros* Field Games by Project AuSome
* Rolling Video Games Truck
* Saluda Shoals Train
* Pelicans of Irmo Snowballs
* CiCi's Pizza
* Jimmy John's

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Section 508 Webinar Series

U.S. Access Board 
Section 508 Webinar Series Schedule 

The U.S. Access Board announces this year's schedule for the Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series which will be devoted to the Board's recent final rule updating its Section 508 Standards. The rule also refreshes guidelines for telecommunications equipment covered by Section 255 of the Communications Act.

The next five webinars, which are free and held every other month, will cover different sections of the rule, including referenced standards such as Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0:

• March 28, 1:00 - 2:30 (ET)
  WCAG 2.0 and the Revised Section 508 Standards

• May 30, 1:00 - 2:30 (ET)
  Old vs. New: Original Section 508 Standards (2000) compared to the Revised Section 508  Standards (2017)

• July 25, 1:00 - 2:30 (ET)
  Revised Section 508 Chapter 4 Hardware (including Mobile)

• September 26, 1:00 - 2:30 (ET)
  Revised Section 508 Chapter 5 Software (including Mobile)

• November 28, 1:00 - 2:30 (ET)
  W3C WCAG 2.0 Resources

For more details or to register for any of these webinars, visit

The Board conducted a webinar that provided an overview of the rule on January 31, which was repeated on February 2. Both sessions were recorded are archived.

The Section 508 Best Practices Webinar Series provides helpful information and best practices for federal agencies in meeting their obligations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act which ensures access to information and communication technology in the federal sector. This webinar series is made available by the Accessibility Community of Practice of the CIO Council in partnership with the Access Board.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

SCPDO Community Engagement Day

The South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations 
invites the public, lawmakers and community partners 
to attend Community Engagement Day
(formerly known as Disability Advocacy Day)
on March 1, 2017.

This will be our 28th year in gathering advocates, community partners, and the public to raise awareness in preserving services and supports for people with disabilities, as well as honoring South Carolina communities who have proudly accepted, embraced, and included those with disabilities. 

Our theme is  
Stronger Together: Bringing Individuality to Where we Live, Work and Play.

Community Engagement Day will be held on the North side (Gervais St.) 
of the South Carolina State House grounds.

Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. with activities starting at 10.

Events include a walk, rally, and speeches by community partners.

We look forward to seeing you there! Don't forget to wear RED!