Monday, June 30, 2014

Summer Camps

It’s not too late to find some great camp experiences for children with special needs! Check out a list of summer camps at: .
There are camps available for different needs:

-General/Multiple Disability
-Autism Spectrum Disorder
-Vision and/or Hearing Impairment
-Brain Injury
-Cancer and Blood Disorders 
-Mental Health 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Equip Young Adult Leadership Summer Series


Summer Series

Join us for an activity-filled, exciting six week Leadership Program where individuals ages 14-25 with any disability will learn the following skills and topics:
Effective Communication |  Self Empowerment
Self Advocacy | Disability Rights Movement
Long & Short Term Goal Setting | Disability Pride
Self Esteem & Confidence | Friendship & Relationship Building

Every Tuesday from July 8th to August 12th

EQUIP is a program FOR young adults with disabilities led BY young adults with disabilities. The EQUIP Summer Series Program will allow you to understand disability rights, accomplish goals, participate in community activism, and plan for your future. Join us for an amazing opportunity to have fun, make friends, and make a difference in your life and your community.

Learn more about EQUIP at

Midlands Location

Able South Carolina
136 Stonemark Lane, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29210

Upstate Location

Able South Carolina
330 Pelham Rd., Suite 100A
Greenville, SC 29615
To register for the EQUIP Summer Series please contact:
Rachel Kaplan
Phone: (800) 681-7715
TTY: (864) 235-8798
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Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29210

Friday, June 13, 2014

Walgreens Now Offers Talking Prescription Labels

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Walgreens Now Offers Talking Prescription Labels

Congratulations Walgreens! Today the national pharmacy retailer announced that it is providing talking prescription labels free of charge to customers with visual impairments in over 8,000 stores and through mail order. Jump to the press release below. This initiative is a result of ongoing Structured Negotiations with the American Council of the Blind, The Illinois Council of the Blind, and the California Council of the Blind and their lawyers, Linda Dardarian of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian and Ho and the Law Office of Lainey Feingold.
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    DEERFIELD, Ill., June 3, 2014 — Walgreens, the nation’s largest drugstore chain (NYSE: WAG) (Nasdaq: WAG), today announced the launch of a nationwide program offering talking prescription devices to customers with visual impairments. The initiative introduces a new service that complements other accessible prescription information Walgreens currently provides.

Research Highlight: Depression in People with Spinal Cord Injuries

Research Conducted by the Longevity After Injury Project

Depression is the most common mental health problem reported after spinal cord injury. Depression also increases the risk for early death.  Research has shown certain risk factors are associated with depression. In a recent study, conducted by the Longevity After injury Project, risk factors, such as pain and substance abuse, were looked at for participants reporting symptoms of depression. It was found that women and non-white participants were more likely to report more severe depressive symptoms. Those who increased medication use for pain and sleep were also more likely to report worsening symptoms of depression.

The relationship between symptoms of depression, the amount of pain, and how pain interfered with daily activities was then explored.  Pain interference can influence things like sleeping and working. It was found that when pain and pain interference increase, the more symptoms of depression are reported.

Future research will involve looking at symptoms of depression over time in persons with spinal cord injury.  It will be necessary to find other factors that may increase the risk of depression. 

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Basic EADLs - Still a Role in the iPad World?

AbleNet University

June 17, 2014 10:00am CDT - 60 minutes 
Title: Basic EADLs - Still a Role in the iPad World? 

Description: Electronic Aids to Daily Living provide alternative control of devices within the environment. Basic EADLs can be used in the home or classroom to develop cognitive skills, provide independent play, socialization and participation, provide object manipulation, meet therapy goals and prepare clients for future, more sophisticated assistive technology use. As Tablets are becoming such a key tool in the classroom and therapy, is there still a role for this technology? This webinar will present product options, modes of control and application ideas of both Basic EADLs and Tablets to meet these goals. 
Category: Assistive Technology
Presenter: Michelle Lange, OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS 
Cost: FREE
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To access the CDR Library catalog, please click on this link

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Mobile Technologies for Educating Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities

AbleNet University

June 10, 2014 11:00am CDT - 45 minutes 
Title: Mobile Technologies for Educating Students with Low-Incidence Disabilities 

Description: Education is changing and educators, including related services professionals need to change with it! The potential of wireless and mobile technology to enhance teaching and learning is so great that it is currently at the forefront of technological advancements in education. Mobile learning is here and it is impacting how students learn and how educators teach. Research and anecdotal studies suggest mobile technologies are suitable for learning purposes with the possibilities of enhancing the quality of life for students with disabilities. Mobile and electronic devices and multimedia contents increase student’s interest in learning and attention. These devices can be viewed as a communication device in the pocket, a learning device “on the go” and a lifesaver for some. Features of these technologies, which will be described discussed, include flexible multimedia content and storage, portability, mobility and affordability.
Category: Assistive Technology
Presenter: Patricia R. Ourand, MS, CCC-SLP 
Cost: FREE

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Greenville Library to Receive National Award

Greenville Library to Receive National Award

Columbia, SC – The Greenville County Library System is the winner of the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Agencies (ASCLA)/Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS) & National Organization on Disability (NOD) Award.

Greenville County Library System was selected for its extensive work in creating “Intentional Strides," which increased programs, library services and staff awareness of serving individuals with disabilities and special needs in Greenville County. The library also dedicated funds from its operating budget specifically to enhance and improve library programs, services and staff awareness with regard to patrons with disabilities.

The award consists of $1,000 and a citation supported by Kay and David Holloman of Keystone Systems, developer of the Keystone Library Automation System (KLAS), and the National Organization on Disability.

The Greenville County Library System will be recognized at the American Library Association’s annual conference in Las Vegas on Saturday, June 28.

For more information, please contact the Association of Specialized and Cooperative Agencies at

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:                                                                    
Dr. Curtis R. Rogers                                                                                                                      
May 22, 2014