Thursday, October 16, 2014

Parkinsons Disease Southern Symposium, Upstate SC

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Free Webinar!

Free Webinar from Georgia Tools for Life
Title: Exploring Transition Service Plan Technology Supports : A Unique Perspective
Date: Thursday October 23 2014Time: 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EST
Registration: None
Description: This webinar is a combination of instruction for writing Transition Service Plans and conversations with people with disabilities who have already or are about to transition to post-secondary life. The presenters, experts in the field of transition planning and assistive technology, interviewed current and former students and families about what they wish they had known about transitioning from school to the workplace. In the candid conversations, the dialog was paired with the Georgia Transition Service Plan emphasizing the need for assistive technology integration for post-secondary success. Join us to listen to these eye opening revelations and learn ways you can improve your Transition Service Plan writing skills and opportunities.
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

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Columbia Area Events - Family Connection SC

October 14Morning Coffee10:00 AM
Panera Bread on Harbison in Irmo

October 18ABM Information DayBy Appointment
The Therapy Place- Covenant Road Columbia SC 29204Bring your child and experience this cutting edge method of improving the lives of children with special needs. It is a non-medical, learning based approach that uses gentle touch and movement to enable the child to improve physically, mentally and emotionally.
This event is intended to allow families to learn more about ABM and how it could help their child. Families are seen individually for an appointment that will take one hour. Your child will receive an ABM session and plenty of time is set aside for questions and discussion.
Further information : (Please note: attendance is by appointment only - call or email to schedule)
For more info, contact: John Robson or 828 - 423 - 3173

October 19, 2014Buddy Walk Sesquicentennial State Park
Complete details can be found on our website.

October 27Smiles Mom's Night Out7:00 PM
For parents of children with special needs.  Cracker Barrel 2208 Bush River Road Columbia SC 29210

October 19Fall Festival6:30 - 8:00 PM
Fall Festival- Bethel Worship Center, 814 Fair Street Camden
For children and adults with disabilities and their families or caregivers. 

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Check Out These Free Upcoming Live Webinars!

October 21, 2014 6:30pm CDT - 60 minutes
Title: AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness, Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 2: Fluency in Reading, Writing and Math
Opportunities for learning academic content is essential for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Functional skills can be taught as part of any academic lesson. This workshop will explore instructional and access strategies for literacy, math and science concepts for students with significant cognitive disabilities
Cost: FREE
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October 22, 2014 2:00pm CDT - 45 minutes
Title: Introduction for Practitioners to AbleNet's New Assistive Technology Support Services
As part of the IEP planning process, IDEA mandates that the assistive technology (AT) needs of students be considered, yet the selection and implementation of AT continues to be a significant challenge for districts around the country. This webinar will introduce teachers and practitioners to the new Assistive Technology Support Service from AbleNet, a comprehensive program designed to help school districts meet the AT needs of identified students. This year-long program of support includes help with conducting AT assessments, providing product trials, delivering on-going support with technology implementation, and documenting AT utilization. This webinar will provide an overview of the program, as well as a look at AbleNet’s Learning Management System, an online tool for teachers and administrators, to support and document effective implementation practices.
Cost: FREE
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October 28, 2014 12:00pm CDT - 60 minutes
Title: Classroom Suite Activity Exchange
Since the early 1990s people have been creating and sharing activities using Classroom Suite. This session is an overview of the Classroom Suite Activity Exchange. In the Activity Exchange, there are over 4,500 activities currently available to download for FREE. And, there are new activities being added almost every day. Activities about holidays, the seasons and activities aligned to Common Core standards are very popular. The Activity Exchange is a huge and wonderfully useful resource that truly enhances the application of Classroom Suite. The Activity Exchange is free to join. The strategy for the effective use of the Activity Exchange is to download selected activities and import them into Classroom Suite. Learning how to search for activities, download them and then use the activities within the Classroom Suite
Cost: FREE
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October 29, 2014 11:00am CDT - 60 minutes 
Title: Positioning for Access
This webinar will present positioning strategies to optimize access, focusing on providing a stable and functional posture. Access methods include direct, switch and voice, as well as mouse and joystick. Targeted positional changes may be required to determine or optimize an access method for successful assistive technology use. A series of case studies will be used to illustrate these principles.
Cost: FREE
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October 30, 2014 3:00pm CDT - 60 minutes
Title: Sorting through AAC Options (Apps / Devices): Making Educated Choices
After you evaluate an individual who would benefit from AAC options, how do you decide which AAC solution best meets the individual’s functional communication needs? This webinar provides resources to help you decide what the optimum solution is, whether it is an AAC App or an AAC device. AAC TechConnect has developed a set of evaluation forms which can not only assist you in identifying what communication functions to consider, pros/cons of Apps / Devices, but also a list of required features to consider. These forms will be discussed and offered to participants as well as access to an online clinical tool (AAC Apps and AAC Device Assistant) that will do the work of searching through required features you have identified and then give you popular options of either AAC apps or AAC devices to consider in a side-by-side comparison chart.
Cost: FREE
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Columbia Buddy Walk

Sunday, October 19th
Sesquicentennial State Park, 9564 Two Notch Road, Columbia, SC 29223.

Family Connection of South Carolina will host its 15th Annual Columbia Buddy Walk on Sunday,
October 19, during National Down Syndrome Awareness Month at Sesquicentennial State Park.

This is a day to celebrate the Down syndrome community and to promote acceptance and inclusion. As more people are introduced to and interact with individuals with Down syndrome, barriers fall, prejudices diminish and doors open. The event is FREE and includes bounce houses, food, games, music and lots of fun!

We hope to see you there!

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Growth in Autism Confirmed

Autism cases aren't up just because mental health professionals are overdiagnosing the disorder. A study by two researchers using market theory shows the disorder really is more prevalent.

The number of autism cases has soared over the past three decades, leading some to wonder if mental health professionals might be overdiagnosing the disorder.Two economists who used market theory to study the trend in autism growth, however, have confirmed that at least part of the increase is real.
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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

7th Annual Run for Thought

The Brain Injury Association of SC will be hosting it's 7th Annual Run for Thought on Saturday, November 8, 2014. Have you registered yet?

With your help, the BIASC will be able to:

  • Continue prevention programs such as Heads Up! SC!, a concussion education program, and ThinkFirst, and injury prevention program.
  • Provide financial support to nine brain injury support groups throughout SC through stipends, which help send group members to workshops, webinars, social outings and more.
  • Provide an annual statewide brain injury conference that is a forum for the exchange of information on programs, services, and resources for brain injury survivors, caregivers and professionals.
  • Print bi-annual newsletters and other print material that is sent to over 2,000 survivors, caregivers and professionals. Individuals depend on this information to learn more about brain injury, make informed decisions, and gain peer support.
Click to go to our event website. On our event website, you can register to run or walk, create a fundraising page, and become a sponsor!

Please contact our office at 803.731.9823 if you have any questions.

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Get Your Fundable Tickets Today!

Get Your Tickets Today!

Fundable is a month away!
The evening will feature live music from Drink Small, a silent auction, awards ceremony, open bar, and heavy hor d'oeuvres. We hope to see you there as we celebrate independence for people with disabilities!

Click here <> to register for Fundable and get your tickets today.
See you in November!

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Friday, October 03, 2014

Speech Disability? A Free Phone Service!

Speech-to-Speech is a service for people with speech disabilities. 

Do you know someone who has a speech challenge and does not use the phone because of it? Learn how to use 7-1-1 Speech to Speech at (and click Speech-to-Speech Relay)

Or, attend a free webinar!
To register for the webinar send an email to 

Webinar dates:
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Thursday, April 3, 2014
Thursday, May 1, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Thursday, November 6, 2014
Thursday, December 4, 2014
0.1 ASHA CEUs available for free

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Thursday, October 02, 2014

SC Assistive Technology Expo 2014!

Mark your calendar!
SC Assistive Technology Expo 2015
Thursday, March 26, 2015
9 am – 4 pm
1066 Sunset Boulevard
West Columbia, S.C. 29169

Come see what's new in assistive technology and attend presentations about assistive technology and its use. It’s all free!

You can see information (and pictures) from the SC Assistive Technology Expo 2014 at our webpage: 

We are looking forward to seeing you at the 2015 SC Assistive Technology Expo!

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Assistive Technology Consideration and Assessments: Utilizing the SETT and the WATI

There are still a few spots available in the Assistive Technology Consideration and Assessments: Utilizing the SETT and the WATI workshop that will be held next Wednesday, October 8th, in the Assistive Technology Resource Center in Columbia, SC.

Assistive Technology Consideration and Assessments:  Utilizing the SETT and the WATI

  Conducting student AT assessments can be sometimes difficult, but by using the WATI assessment and SETT framework, your assistive technology team will understand the process and will have the materials needed for documentation. The WATI and SETT are research based and used by many assistive technology specialists throughout the country. We will review resources and materials to show you how to conduct a professional AT assessment with students who need adapted materials, access to technology, help with seating, written productivity, and much more. Free materials and resources will be provided.

Date: Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am
Presenter:  Madalina Tudora, Assistive Technology Specialist, SC Dept of Education
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required

Register for the Assistive Technology Considerations and Assessments workshop

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Fundable Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction

On November 7th, 2014 Able South Carolina will host the second annual Fundable, an Awards Ceremony & Silent Auction at the Columbia Conference Center.

Join them from 6:30PM-9:30PM as we celebrate independence for people with disabilities. The evening will be unforgettable fun and include: dancing, live music, a silent auction, awards ceremony, beer/wine and heavy hors d’oeuvres.

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Signing Time: Free Online Classes

Learn new signs with Rachel Coleman! Sign up for free online classes:
  • Lesson 1 - Family Signs
  • Lesson 2 - Animal Signs
  • Lesson 3 - Signs that Build Self-Esteem
Each lesson includes sign videos, music videos, free MP3s, and printables - plus exclusive coupons

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Webinar: Taking Down the 2 Giants of Inaccessible Web

Need to make your web content accessible but don’t know where to start?

You know that you need to be thinking about web and document accessibility, but understanding how it applies to you and where to start can be a challenge.

Join HiSoftware and NetCentric for our Webinar on Taking Down the 2 Giants of Inaccessible Web Content

We'll look at the basics of web accessibility, and solutions to help you automate testing and remediation of Web content, Microsoft Office and PDF documents in compliance with standards including Section 508 and WCAG.

Attend this webinar and you will learn:
What accessibility is and the different standards that govern it

About faster, easier and more efficient ways to:
Identify inaccessible web content and documents
Remediate web content including Office and PDF documents
How to build accessibility testing into your processes so content starts and stays accessible

Don't miss this Webinar. Register Now!

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Location Change

for those registered for the free training on
spinal cord and traumatic brain injuries!
This Friday, September 26, 2014- 9:30-4:30

The training registration is closed with registration being full. If you have already registered for the training, please note the location change:

William L. Yates Conference Center at SCHA
The South Carolina Hospital Association is located just NW of the intersection of I-20 and I-26 in Columbia.
Physical address: 1000 Center Point Road, Columbia, SC 29210

William L. Yates Conference Center-803.744.3529/803.744.3501

For questions or confirmation of your registration for the training, please contact:
Stephanie Smith-

Medicare Funding of Speech Devices

While the University of SC, Center for Disability Resources and the SC Assistive Technology Program do not engage in lobbying efforts, this publicly available information is being provided as a service to SCATP’s listserv members.

This is from Prentke Romich Company:

“Important News about Medicare Funding of Speech Devices
On December 1, 2014, Medicare is expected to make a decision about a change in funding of Speech-Generating Devices (SGDs). PRC and other organizations that serve individuals with disabilities believe this will have a devastating impact on the quality of life for people with communication disorders.

You should know the facts about this looming rule change so you can take action to help prevent its approval.  Here is some background.

Last March, a “Coverage Reminder” issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced an amendment under consideration that would severely limit the functionalities permitted on a Medicare-covered SGD to speech output only. The device would not be permitted to offer any non-speech functions, such as email, Internet access, or environment controls used to turn lights on and off, for example.
Many AAC users depend on these advanced capabilities to communicate in their personal lives and work environments and to maintain maximum independence, so they opt to “unlock” these functionalities at their own expense.  But as ofDecember 1, Medicare will no longer pay for any device that has even the potential to be unlocked.

How You Can Help If You Choose– and Why It’s Important to Act Now

With December 1 quickly approaching, taking action now is vital. We have provided several resources on our website at to help you understand the issue and take action against this proposed rule

  • Learn more about SGD funding, the proposed Medicare change, and its impact
  • Find contact information for CMS executives and your elected Congressional representatives
  • Use our Letter Template to communicate your concerns to CMS officials, members of Congress, and others in position of influence”
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Abundant Life Physical Therapy: Fundraiser Bike Race, October 18th

Abundant Life Physical Therapy would like to invite everyone to our October Festival for Special Needs and Families on the Village Green in Lake Carolina on October 18, 2014.
This event is to support our non-profit organization’s Equipment Lending Library and items such as wheelchairs, walkers, standers and more!

Saturday, October 18th
10:30 AM

Lake Carolina at Village Green
212 Eastcott Place
Columbia SC 29229

Ages: 3 years – 13 years
$10 per child

One mile bike loop for special needs children and able bodied children.
Bring your bikes!
Bring your helmets!
Prizes and fun for all. 

RSVP:  Call (803) 720-5240 or e-mail

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Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Centre - Focus Groups

The Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (RRTC) on Employment of People with Physical Disabilities is asking your help in connecting with individuals who have physical disabilities. Specifically, we are interested in talking with individuals who have physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy, arthritis, muscular dystrophy, spina Bifida, or a physical disability due to a traumatic brain injury or other neurological impairment. Anyone between the ages of 18 and 64 are encouraged to participate! RRTC is  specifically interested in finding transition age youth between the ages of 18 years and 24 to participate.

RRTC is conducting focus groups about people with physical disabilities' work experiences including what has helped them find or keep a job as well as advance in careers. These focus groups will be held over the telephone. Participants will receive a toll free number and the information shared with the RRTC will be confidential! Participants will also receive a $50 gift card that can be used at a location of their choice.

If you want to participate, contact Grant Revell to assist you in signing up at or by phone at: 804-828-6989.

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