Friday, May 29, 2015

Help Us Spread the Word - 46th Autism Society National Conference

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Pack your bags and head to Colorado for the Autism Society National Conference and Exposition, July 8 – 11, 2015!

We, of course, would love to see you and your colleagues there, but we are asking for your help. Please join us and spread the word about this fantastic opportunity! Help us promote the Autism Society 46th Annual National Conference far and wide so all who might benefit can attend.

The Autism Society’s National Conference brings together the expertise and experience of a wide range of autism community members to empower attendees to make informed decisions, advocate effectively and obtain needed services and supports. Typical attendee demographics are: 63% professionals (22% educators, 16% BCBA, SLP, OT, PT, Social Worker, etc.), 24% parents or family members, and 10% individuals with ASD. Our conference offers three full days of 100+ outstanding workshops covering the entire autism spectrum and the whole lifespan. We provide several CEUs and have varied presenters that cover a wide-range of topics. Registration costs are very reasonable and individuals with ASD can request registration fees be waived if financial need exists.

There is nothing more powerful than when this community comes together to support one another, celebrate, and share ideas, stories and hope.

We hope you are able to make it to the conference this year, but we really need you to help us spread the word! Please promote the Autism Society National Conference to your customers/clients/network. We’ve compiled some tips for you:
  1. Share the information via an email to your network, include the conference flyer.
  2. Make a mention of the event on your social media platforms. If you’ve attended our conference in the past share some insights as to the experience as a whole and some unique benefits in particular. Mention if you are attending this year and how great it would be to see them there!
  3. Share the conference link on your website, Show your support for the Autism Society National Conference and provide your visitors with easy access to registration and schedule of break-out sessions.
  4. Include conference promotional announcements in your newsletter or other communications.
  5. Place conference promotional announcements in other key communication channels in your local community and ask others to spread the word about this great event.
  6. Add the Autism Society’s National Conference to your calendar of events.
  7. Join the conversation on social media! The Autism Society is active on several social media outlets, so engage with us and follow hashtag #connect2autism!
  8. If you have other ideas and would like something from us, please contact us at 800-328-8476 *9620 or We will gladly provide any support we can.
There is only one place to be this summer and that’s with the Autism Society celebrating our 50th Anniversary at the 46th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado!

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to receive updates and special content leading up to and during the conference.  Hope to see you in the Mile High City this summer!

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Pro-Parents Workshop, June 10th

"How To Be an Effective Advocate"
For: Parents, Self-Advocates, Family Members,Support Staff and others
Presented By: Partners in Policymaking
PRO*Parents of South Carolina

Tanya M. Inabinet
Project Coordinator
June 10, 2015
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
Cecil Tillis Training Center
        2111 Simpkins Lane           
Columbia, SC  29204
This workshop will cover:
*Person First Language
*Active Listening
*Different ways to communicate
*Keeping Good Records
*Positive Relationship Building name a few

Seating is limited
To register please 

Call (803) 772-5688 ext 105

Friday, May 22, 2015

ADA Legacy Tour Bus is coming to Able SC in Columbia

ADA Legacy Tour Bus

June 3, 2015
136 Stonemark Lane, Suite 100
Columbia, SC 29210
Able SC Staff members in front of the ADA Legacy Tour Bus

Columbia Friends & Partners,

The ADA Legacy Tour Bus is coming to Able SC in Columbia on Wednesday,
June 3 from 12:00-2:00PM. Please stop by for photo ops and sign making
as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act!

Facts about the Legacy Bus
The ADA Legacy Tour is rolling across the country raising awareness and building excitement toward ADA25 - the 25th anniversary of the ADA in 2015! The Tour includes:

  • The "Road to Freedom" ADA Bus - which traveled to 48 states in 2007 to
    raise support for the ADA Amendments Act - courtesy of the Disability
    Rights Center and driven by veteran disability rights photographer, Tom Olin.
  • A four-panel display on the history of self-advocacy, courtesy of the Museum
    of disABILITY History.
  • Displays on The ADA Legacy Project and its effort to preserve of disability
    history; celebrate disability history milestones; and educate future generations
    of disability advocates.
  • The ADA quilt - add your signature to thousands of others who have
    participated in the Tour.
  • Displays on the history of the Road to Freedom Tour.
  • Information and swag. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


You can work and still receive some or all of your Social Security Benefits! Join Us for a free training!
If you are worried about how working will impact your Social Security benefits, 

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

This FREE training for individuals with disabilities will help you: 

  • Understand the benefits of the Ticket to Work Program
  • Learn how working affects your Social Security Benefits and health insurance
  • Find out about Benefits Counseling services
  • Discover Employment information specific to job seekers with disabilities

Able SC provides assistance with the following employment services:
  • Reasonable Accommodations/ADA Title I Options for Employees
  • Resume Development
  • Application and Interviewing Tips
  • Job Search Assistance
  • Connections with Community Resources

To register please contact Dori Tempio:
800-681-6805, TTY: 803-779-0949 or by email:
Please make reasonable accommodation requests for the training a week in advance of the event date.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Considered Scuba Diving? From the SC Spinal Cord Injury Association...

Is Scuba Diving For You?

Scuba Diving Certification For ALL!

Have you ever wanted to enjoy the under water mysteries? Is scuba diving on your bucket list? If your answer is YES, then now is the time to train to obtain your scuba diver certification.

Did you know that even if you have a spinal cord injury (quadriplegia or paraplegia) you can still become a certified scuba diver? Thomas Powell and his team of trained scuba professionals from Air Hogs Scuba will be delighted to train people with spinal cord injuries as well as people with all abilities.

Most people with spinal cord injuries will need a buddy to scuba dive. Therefore, if your loved one or friend would like to become a certified diver or help you as you become one, please tell him/her to come along.

The course will require the completion of an online academic program, a series of confined water pool dives, and four skill-based scuba dives in an open water environment. To assist students with differing physical capabilities, the training program will be adapted to ensure enjoyment and quality education. All necessary materials and equipment will be provided.

Fee: Discounted price of $400.00  
​South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association board member Yanisse Scott is interested in coordinating a scuba class for individuals with spinal cord injuries. Interested? Need more information? Please contact Yanisse at or 803-403-4506. Already signed up? Confirm with Yanisse and download the Medical Form.

NOTE: To access the CDR Library, click here.

One study finds that scuba diving may help improve muscle movement, touch sensitivity and post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms in people with spinal cord injuries. Paralyzed Veterans of America

Scuba diving has unique therapeutic effects on the minds and bodies of people with spinal-cord-related paralysis.Johns Hopkins University 


Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Support the South Carolina Autism Society

through Midlands Gives on May 5th

Dear SCAS Friend,

If you are like me, you love South Carolina.  The South Carolina Autism Society has its main office in the Midlands region of the state. The communities, the people and the organizations that work so hard − all make our region an awesome place to live, play and work.
On May 5, 2015 we have the chance to do something remarkable here in the Midlands: raise as much money as possible for the organizations throughout the Midlands that make our communities vibrant.
The South Carolina Autism Society is participating in Midlands Gives and during this 24-hour period every donation of $20 and above through Midlands Gives will give us the chance to earn extra prize money.  Midlands Gives is Central Carolina Community Foundation’s online resource that connects donors with nonprofit organizations like us.
On May 5, please visit anytime between midnight and 11:59pm, and click “Donate Now.” Your donation will go a long way in helping us continue to enable all individuals in South Carolina with autism spectrum disorders to reach their maximum potential.
It is 24 hours of unprecedented giving and a way to join with thousands of others to stand together, for the Midlands.
Just remember to Magnify the Midlands on May 5 — whether out of bed, from your desk or on your couch, just give! Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have questions. Join us on May 5 and Magnify the Midlands!

Kim Thomas, President & CEO
South Carolina Autism Society

Monday, May 04, 2015

National MS Society Accepting Applications for Pilot Programs

Deadline: July 1, 2015
amount: Unkown

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society mobilizes people and resources to drive research for a cure and to address the challenges of everyone affected by MS.

To that end, the society is accepting applications for its Pilot Grant Program, which funds high-risk pilot projects to test novel ideas that may serve to advance its mission of stopping MS progression, restoring function, improving quality of life, and preventing MS. Grants will support fundamental as well as applied studies — non-clinical or clinical in nature — including projects in patient management, care, and rehabilitation. Funding is provided for a year to test cutting-edge ideas or unproven methods and gather sufficient preliminary data that can be used to apply for longer-term funding.
Researchers who have completed their postdoctoral training are invited to apply. Individuals who are currently postdoctoral fellows or the equivalent, or who are graduate/medical students are not eligible for support under this program.
Visit the National MS Society website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Link to Complete RFP (Guidelines attached)

The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina is excited to announce that our office will be moving!


Effective Monday, May 4, 2015, our new office address will be:
121 Executive Center Drive, Suite 135
Columbia, SC 29210

Due to our move, we will have very limited access to phones and emails on Monday and Tuesday, May 4-5. We should have full availability of phones and emails on Wednesday, May 6. We apologize for any inconvenience and greatly appreciate your understanding. 

NOTE: To access the CDR Library, click on the following link: