Friday, September 30, 2016

Family Connection News!


Family Connection of South Carolina hosted its first 5K in Columbia on Saturday, September 24 at Saluda Shoals Park.

It was a great first effort, promoting inclusion and active lifestyles for everyone. Enjoy scenes from the event by clicking here.

There's still time to join the Anderson event on Saturday, October 8 at the Anderson Sports & Entertainment Center.

Thanks to Ainsley's Angels, those who cannot complete a 5K on their own, can now experience the thrill of crossing the finish line, promoting active lifestyles for everyone. See the impact firsthand here.

Register today!
Anderson 5K:

Thanks to Modern Woodman, title sponsor in Columbia, and Ahead Start and the Y, title sponsors in Anderson, for your support.

Angels Among Us?

Know of an Angel Rider, child/adult with disability, or interested in being an Angel Runner? Maybe you're up for the challenge and ready to share your legs with someone who can't run. Please join us as we raise awareness and promote inclusion and healthy lifestyles for all!

Angel Runners register on the go green sites and pay the registration fee. Angel Riders register for free at

Questions? Contact Michelle Johnson at (864) 444-8683 or

Your Education Connection

Family Connection now provides information, resources and training around education, helping parents and individuals with disabilities throughout their journey, from birth to school settings to adulthood.

Need help navigating education? Call (803) 252-0914.

Interested in Getting Involved?

We're looking for individuals to serve on our Parent & Youth Advisory Council (PYAC).

The Council will be a collaborative effort for parents of children/youth with disabilities (ages 0-26) AND young adults (ages 18-26) with any type of disability. The goal is to provide perspective and suggestions on training, education, issues, policies, and more related to the  disability population and activities geared towards this population across South Carolina.

Download the application by clicking here.

Si habla español y desea participar en alguno de los grupos 
por favor comuníquese con: 
Adriana Shacklock 888.808.7462

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Annual Conference With John Elder Robison is NEXT WEEK!

Next week is the South Carolina Autism Society's Annual Conference featuring John Elder Robison as Keynote Speaker! We just opened an additional block of tickets to meet the great demand!

Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost: $50 per person, includes lunch
Location: Medallion Conference Center,
7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC  29209

Monday, September 26, 2016

The SC Autism Society Upstate Office is Moving!

The SC Autism Society Upstate Office is Moving!

Our current office will be closed effective Wednesday, September 28 for packing. We will reopen at our new location on Monday, October 3rd.  Staff members will be available via cell phone and email during this time.

The new office address is 318 Prado Way, Greenville, SC  29607.  We will be conveniently located off of Woodruff Road, east of I-385.  The office complex is across the street from WalMart, behind Discount Tire and the new QT Station.  Click here to view a map.

      We look forward to serving you in our new location starting Monday, October 3rd!

Trivia Night Fundraiser

Join us Wednesday at The Village Idiot in Five Points (2009 Devine St., Columbia) for TRIVIA NIGHT! Starting at 4:00 pm, a percentage of sales will go to benefit the bring your friends and family, and help spread the word! Trivia will start at 8:30, and this trivia will include questions on brain injury.
The generous owners of Village Idiot have offered to extend the percent night to their accessible store! We are very happy to announce that the Forest Drive (4517 Forest Drive) location will also be donating a percentage of their sales! If you choose to dine at this location please tell your waiter you are with the BIASC!

                                                       We hope to see you there!


Friday, September 23, 2016

MIDLANDS: For Dancers and Fans Along the Spectrum

Autism-Friendly Dance Class in a Sensory-Friendly Environment

These dance and movement workshops, led by professional dance educators, are open to dancers of all experience levels -- including no experience at all! -- and to their siblings and caregivers. More information and registration available at
  • Saturday, October 1, 2016 /10am to 11:30am / $5
  • Saturday, October 22, 2016 / 10am to 11:30am / $5
  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016 / 6pm to 7:30pm / $5
All open to dancers 7 and older. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SCAS Conference -- JUST ADDED! Morning Presentation by DJ Svoboda!

                                               2016 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
JUST ADDED!! The Annual Conference will now feature a morning presentation by inspirational speaker, D.J. Svoboda, creator of the Imagifriends of Imagiville! D.J.'s page says, "I am the creator of The Imagifriends of Imagiville. The Imagifriends are based on experiences I faced growing up and living with Autism. There were days when I was made fun of, picked on, and treated mean. These made me feel very sad and hurt. From these experiences came the idea of The Imagifriends of Imagiville." Check him out at Friends of DJ Svoboda and the Imagifriends. Then get your registration in today at

D.J. Svoboda was diagnosed at the age of 3 with Autism Spectrum Disorder with psychomotor retardation which included speech delays and issues with his fine motor skills. He found it difficult to even hold a pencil. Today, D.J. is an dynamic, motivational public speaker, accomplished artist and author with three books to his credit; My Imagiville, The Mupperezmo and the Rainbow, and The Inspirations of Imagiville.  Growing up, D.J. was teased and bullied. These negative experiences inspired D.J. to create the land of Imagiville; a safe place in his imagination where everyone is treated kindly and accepted just the way they are. (Bio from My Imagiville.) Click here to learn more.

Date:  Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 8:00 am – 4:30 pm
Cost:   $50 per person, includes lunch
Location: Medallion Conference Center, 7309 Garners Ferry Road, Columbia, SC  29209 
Click here to Register Now!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Wings for Autism is coming to Myrtle Beach! Register Now!

Wings for Autism is coming to Myrtle Beach, and the South Carolina Autism Society is proud to be a sponsor!

Wings for Autism is an airport “rehearsal” specially designed for individuals with autism spectrum disorders. The program is designed to alleviate the stress that families who have a child with autism experience when flying. It provides families the opportunity to practice entering the airport, obtaining boarding passes, going through security and boarding a plane. Airport, airline, Transportation Security Administration professionals, and other personnel also have the opportunity to observe, interact, and deliver their services in a structured learning environment.

The Wings for Autism event will take place on November 12, 2016 at Myrtle Beach International Airport. The event will begin at 5:00 pm.

Space is limited. A total of 76 participants will be permitted to attend the event. This registration form will allow one family member to accompany one individual with disabilities.

Click here to register now!  Volunteers also needed!  Click here to be a volunteer! (Volunteers do not go on the plane.)

If you have any questions about the event, please contact Megan Galloway ( If you have any questions or need assistance with completing this form, please contact Phuong Nguyen at or by phone at 202-600-3483.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Have You Completed Our Survey on The State of Autism in South Carolina?

Have you completed our Survey yet? We’ve been getting great responses, and have already applied for several grants based on what YOUR responses indicate are needed! But we need more! If you haven’t completed the Survey yet, please click here and complete it today! 

The South Carolina Autism Society is conducting a survey to assess The State of Autism in South Carolina. This is our most comprehensive evaluation to-date, and will help us determine areas of need statewide. This survey is designed for Self-Advocates, Family Members, Caregivers, Professionals, and the Community. Your responses will help us determine where to focus our efforts for new projects in the months to come. 

Data will be compiled and may be used as evidence of need when applying for grants or other funding. No information identifying any individual will be tracked or shared. The SC Autism Society does not sell any data, personal or otherwise.

For more information, please contact:
Susan Leiby
Information & Grant Coordinator

SC Autism Society – Upstate Office
211 Century Drive, Suite 203-A
Greenville, SC  29607

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Register for YMCA Spectrum Family Camp!

                                 Greetings from YMCA Camp Greenville!!

There are a lot of exciting things happening up on the mountain. Marguerite Elmore has joined our staff full time as our new Group Services Director. We have begun our Fall season, which means it is time to sign up for Spectrum October weekend. The staff is putting a lot of effort into this weekend. The fall program staff did a wonderful job with our Stargazers weekend and are looking forward to the Spectrum Weekend.

So what is Spectrum Camp?  It’s a weekend where families affected by autism come together to participate in traditional camp activities in an environment where everyone understands that “autism happens”.   You do not have to be a member of any YMCA or a resident of Greenville County to participate.  There are no age limits, bottom or top. We'll take care of the details like sensory friendly activities, picture charts for easier transitions, and menus designed to accommodate diets (GF/CF? Covered!) upon advanced request.

                                            Click here to see a sample schedule.

Cost is $310.00 for a cabin, up to 4 family members.  Additional people are $80.00.  Your family will have their own cabin with bunk beds and private bathrooms.  All cabins are heated in the event of cool weather.  To see our cabins click here.

                                    Please click here to register:  Spectrum Registration

For any questions, please contact:

Susan Leiby
Information & Grant Coordinator
SC Autism Society – Upstate Office
211 Century Drive, Suite 203-A
Greenville, SC  29607
Cell:  864-517-0501
(please check announcement above for specific contact info before calling)

Greg Dodd
YMCA Camp Greenville
4399 YMCA Camp Road
Cleveland, SC 29635
864.836.3291 ext 111

Monday, September 12, 2016

AAIDD 2017 Call for Papers

Call for Presentations
AAIDD Conference, Hartford, Connecticut, June 26-29, 2017

Promoting Health and Well-being

About the Conference
The 141st AAIDD Annual Meeting will provide researchers, clinicians, practitioners, managers, educators, policymakers, local, state and federal agencies, and advocates with cutting edge research, effective practices, and valuable information on important policy initiatives in complex times. The conference will:
  • Include thought-provoking plenary sessions concerning emerging issues and the complexities that these issues bring to people's lives and the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  • Feature panel presentations, poster presentations, taskforce and special interest group meetings, and multiple networking opportunities for attendees to learn from one another as well as the presenters. 
  • Include select pre- and post-conference workshops that address relevant topics of interest in greater detail.
In addition, the conference will identify ways in which professionals can prepare themselves and their organizations to embrace the complexities brought on by ever-changing contexts in research, policy, practices and in people's lives.

AAIDD members have been leaders at the cutting edge of ground-breaking research, practice, and policy in the field of intellectual and developmental disabilities for over a century. AAIDD continues to be the leading interdisciplinary professional organization in intellectual and developmental disabilities. The 141st annual meeting of the association will continue that long-established tradition. Our plenary sessions will focus on emerging and complex issues facing professionals from multiple disciplines whose work is focused on supporting people with intellectual and developmental disabilities to be included in their communities as full participating citizens. The conference will create a forum for sharing expertise in the areas of research, practice, and policy relevant to promoting health, well-being and quality of life for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Friday, September 09, 2016

This Weekend! Drag Boat Race in Myrtle Beach


BIASC Families! 
We want to invite you to join us for the Drag Boat Races at Bucksport Marina!  The event takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 10-11, 2016.  Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and the races begin at noon.  We will be able to meet the drivers and visit with them prior to the races.  The address is 135 Bucksport Rd, Conway SC.  A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the BIASC. YOU are eligible for free admission.  Simply PRINT this email and bring it to the gate to be exchanged for your free tickets! All family members welcome at no charge!

Admit One individual or Family to The Drag Boat Races at Bucksport Marina in Conway SC as part of our Partnership with the Brain Injury Association of SC, per Hype Marketing & Promotions.

                                                 Don't forget your lawn chairs!
    Visit the website for info on the location at and click on events.
                    Call 803-317-3912 to speak with Deedra Simmons with concerns.