Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Fall Free Webinar Schedule

Fall Free Webinar Schedule

Compass – Let’s Review Core First

Wednesday September 9th, 2015 12-1pm ET
Core First is Tobii Dynavox’s own pageset centered around core words. Presented in a variety of layouts to facilitate development and meet access needs, Core First has two key options: the Fitzgerald Key and Keyboard Core. Join us in this session to review the communication potential.

Compass – Teaching Social Skills to Individuals Using AAC

Monday September 28th, 2015, 12-1pm ET 

For individuals with complex communication needs, social competence goes beyond establishing connections with others. It allows them to control their environment, develop language and literacy skills, offers a means to deescalate behaviors, improves respect from communication partners and increases communicative opportunities. This course will be offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Back to School with Communicator 5

Monday September 14th, 2015, 12-1pm ET

This session is for the Teachers and Therapists who have students using the Communicator 5 software, and will focus on the easy to use edit tools.  We will review the existing content and page set activities that can be customized to support back to school routines. Suggestions will be provided to support individuals at all communication levels.

Focus on the Functional: Compass Stroke & Brain Injury Persona

Thursday October 15th, 2015, 12-1pm ET

Persons with aphasia (PWA) have unique perspective, skills and needs that require unique features and tools in AAC. The Compass Stroke & Brain Injury Persona and supporting resources were designed with these in mind. Learn how to use these communication tools and resources to maximize your client’s participation in their life. This course will be offered for .1 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

 (Click on title of webinar to register.)

Monday, July 27, 2015

Paula's Place Learning Lab & Software Training

Paula’s Place Learning Lab Open House

The South Carolina Autism Society is holding an Open House at our West Columbia office for our new Paula’s Place on August 4th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Caregivers, self-advocates, educators, autism professionals, and other interested members of the community are invited to attend.

Paula’s Place is a software and enrichment lab, which can assist anyone on the autism spectrum with the various software and resources we have available.  Educators, therapists, and caregivers can come in and get training on software that can assist their students/children in all areas of academics, communication, and socialization, while individuals who are on the spectrum can try out various software that can assist them in school, work, and home environments.

Valeska Gioia will be demonstrating software that is available for use in the lab as well as symbol supported software that individuals can use to create supports for children and adults with autism spectrum disorder.  We supply all the resources needed and guide you through the process of creating supports for your home, school, or agency.  There is absolutely no cost to families, schools, or agencies for these services.

We are also available to discuss consultation and training for your agency or district in the areas of visual and communication supports, transitioning, behavioral modification, sensory integration, and anything else that you might have questions or concerns about.

There will be refreshments served throughout the day so come and join us to learn how we can help individuals with autism socialization, academics, communication, and much more.

Paula’s Place was created in memory of Paula Devan, who was an individual with autism.  Paula worked at the South Carolina Autism Society for many years.  She was loved by all who knew her, and worked with her.  Paula was a remarkable, funny, and loving woman who is greatly missed.

Our office is located at 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC.  For more information, please call Valeska Gioia at 803-316-3190 or email her at val@scautism.org.


Friday, July 24, 2015

MMR Vaccine Not Linked to Autism

MMR vaccine not linked to autism, 

even in high-risk kids

(Reuters Health) - The measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine is not linked to development of autism spectrum disorders, even among children considered to be at risk, a large new study finds.
Among nearly 100,000 children, receipt of the MMR vaccine did not increase the risk for autism spectrum disorder (ASD), regardless of whether kids were at higher risk because an older sibling already had the condition, researchers write in JAMA.

"Even for children who are high-risk, the vaccine does not play a role," said lead author Dr. Anjali Jain of healthcare consulting firm The Lewin Group in Falls Church, Virginia. "We don’t know what does unfortunately, but it’s not the MMR vaccine."

The results should be reassuring, she said. 

Autism spectrum disorder is a range of symptoms that often includes difficulties with communication and social interaction, according to the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health. It's may also include restricted and repetitive behaviors.

The 1998 study that claimed to find a connection between the MMR vaccine and ASD was later debunked. The Lancet, the medical journal that originally published it, withdrew it. Studies continue to vouch for the safety of the vaccine.

Still, some people continue to believe that the vaccine is connected to ASD.

Parents of children with ASD may also believe there is a genetic component, and so they decline to vaccinate their other children, Jain and colleagues noted in their report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Click here to continue reading this article.

SOURCE: JAMA, online April 21, 2015.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Disability Benefits & Employment

Disability Benefits & Employment

Make it Work for You!

Newberry County One-Stop Workforce Center


833 Main St.
Newberry, SC 29108

Join us for this FREE community event!
  • Are you interested in going to work or increasing your earnings?
  • Do you need information on how working will affect your disability rights? (SSDI & SSI)
  • Do you want to connect with local agencies that can assist with finding a job and providing supports?
Then this workshop is for you! 

To register or request accommodation please contact:
Phone: 800.681.6805
TTY: 803.779.0949
Email: lbosma@able-sc.org
Accommodation requests need to be made at least 72 hours in advance.
For more information on the Ticket To Work Program, visit us online at:

This event is brought to you by the SC Employment Works Taskforce, a coalition of employers, state, and private agencies working to address the employment barriers of people with disabilities in South Carolina.  The Taskforce is made possible with funding from the Southeast ADA Center and the SC Developmental Disabilities Council.