From The SC Autism Society President:
|Autism Awareness & Acceptance Month may not arrive until April, but the staff at the South Carolina Autism Society is busy planning many opportunities for families and professionals to learn, advocate, and just have fun in the coming months. |
We are busy planning Disability Advocacy Day at the South Carolina Statehouse on Wednesday, March 4th. Whether you can get to Columbia or not, please take a moment to contact your State Legislators to share your thoughts and needs regarding autism. This is a great opportunity to talk to them about the need for the expansion of Ryan’s Law, thank them for maintaining funding for critical services and expanding ABA services through Medicaid, or simply sharing your own family story.
Our April events kick off with our annual Strides for Autism event in the Upstate on Saturday, April 11th. Come out for a fun morning with other families affected by autism! We will have a walk, music, and lots of fun family activities.
On Friday, April 17th, we are excited to have one of the foremost presenters on autism and social skills, Jed Baker, PhD, at our Annual Conference. Dr. Baker will talk to us about “Preparing for Life”, and how we can start preparing for transition now.
We have been busy working with partner organizations to bring Wings for Autism to the Columbia Airport on Saturday, April 18th. This is a chance for individuals with autism to “practice” getting through the airport, going through security, and boarding the plane. We hope to partner with other airports to bring this event to different locations throughout the state.
Finally, we will extend our awareness and acceptance efforts in to May when we hold our Strides for Autism event in the Midlands on Saturday, May 2nd. We are excited to be moving the event to Saluda Shoals Park in Irmo this year!
Please contact us if you have questions, need assistance, or would like to get further involved. Our main number is 803-750-6988, or visit our website at scautism.org.
|Kim Thomas, President & CEO|
South Carolina Autism Society