Friday, January 27, 2017

Nutrition for People with a Spinal Cord Injury

Good Nutrition Leads to Healthy Life

Greetings everyone,

The United Spinal Association is raising awareness on the secondary health issues of people with spinal cord injuries due to poor nutrition by hosting a webinar. The two main health issues that they will address are obesity and pressure sores. The discussion will include the types of food that promote good health verses food that promote bad health, the amount of food intake, and nutritional strategies that promote healthy dieting. The audience includes people with spinal cord injury and their family members, caregivers, and health care providers.

When: Thursday, February 2, 2017 at 3:00-4:00 pm

If you are interested in participating, register here

Presenters:  Kylie James and Joanne Smith

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Save the Date! Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day for Access & Independence was first created as an initiative in the State Plan for Independent Living in 2014, its inaugural gathering attracted over 300 South Carolina residents in May 2014. Since then, support has grown to 25 organizations statewide all unified in an effort to ensure people with disabilities have equal access and opportunity. People with disabilities face unnecessary and discriminatory barriers to transportation, employment, healthcare, and housing. Advocacy Day for Access and Independence will shine a light on these barriers in hopes of improving the lives of all South Carolinians.
For more information click here.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Shuck-A-Rama is Coming Up!

We hope you plan on joining us! 
Get your tickets today by visiting
Sponsorship Opportunities are available until January 27,2017. 

If you are coming from out of town, we have a special hotel rate of $119/night at The Tides on Folly Beach. Please contact Tonie Saxson at 843-633-5437 to book your reservation. Be sure to tell her you are attending the BIASC's event to get the special rate. 

If you have any other questions feel free to contact our office at 803-731-9823.

This will be a fun night and we look forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Hurricane Matthew Survivors with Disabilities

Hurricane Matthew Survivors with Disabilities

Are you a survivor of Hurricane Matthew with a disability
living in North or South Carolina?

If so, The University of South Carolina needs your input regarding your experiences during Hurricane Matthew and the subsequent flooding. The information collected will not be identifiable and will be used to enhance the Carolina’s emergency response services for persons with disabilities during and after a crisis.

If you have any questions or if you would like assistance (ie. have the survey read to you, alternative format, etc.) completing the survey, please contact Dr. Robert Dawson at 803-386-1711 or email at
Please Click Here to Complete the Survey

Able SC Transition Conference

Empowering a Future is Able SC’s annual transition conference for professionals working with young adults with disabilities.  Mapping Your Future is the free companion event for young adults with disabilities in transition and up to two family members. Both conferences are intended to raise expectations, foster awareness of best practices, and build critical skills.

Both conferences will be held at Furman University. Empowering a Future will run for a full day on Friday, March 10, 2017. Mapping Your Future will run for a full day on Saturday, March 11, 2017. If you’d like more information about registering, participating as a vendor, or sharing your transition knowledge as a presenter, you have come to the right place!

Important Event Information

This is an open call to share your expertise with professionals! To promote access to more material and better engage attendees, this year’s Empowering a Future will feature short presentations and a much greater variety of presenters. Each presenter will be sharing an innovative practice or practical tool that conference attendees can take with them when they leave. Young adult self-advocates, parents, graduate and undergraduate students, teachers, rehabilitation counselors, professors, and anyone else who has something innovative to share are all encouraged to submit a proposal! All selected presenters will receive a free conference registration to Empowering a Future as our way of thanking you for sharing your expertise. The proposal form is very short and can be found by following this link. The deadline for submitting a proposal to present is January 18, 2017.
      Vendor registration is currently open. Vendor registration is $50.00 and covers a six-foot table and lunch at both conferences (Friday and Saturday). Click here for a vendor registration form and more details. The deadline to register as a vendor is January 18, 2017.
Mapping Your Future and Empowering a Future 2017 are made possible through support from Able South Carolina, Transition Alliance of South Carolina, SC Department of Education, Family Connection of SC, Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

11th Annual Nurturing Developing Minds Conference

Theme: Addressing the Challenges of Adversity

Friday, February 24, 2017
Kroc Conference Center • 424 Westfield Street, Greenville, SC 29601

Keynote Speaker
Jeffrey Brosco, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami
Associate Director, Mailman Center for Child Development
Regional Medical Director, CMS, South Region

Nurturing Developing Minds is a regional conference providing an innovative learning opportunity for a broad interprofessional workforce. Plenary sessions will feature national experts on brain development and function, the impact of adversity, and interventions to support healthy child development. A selection of breakout sessions will give participants the opportunity to learn practical applications to use in their daily work with children and families.

For detailed program/registration information, go to

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Free UDL Webinar

From CAST:

                          UDL Now! Revised with Katie Novak

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Cost: Free
Presenter: Katie Novak


Are you interested in bringing the excitement back to the classroom, engaging your students, and empowering them to personalize their journey? Learn about the importance of involving students in the design and delivery of their instruction, supported by practical tools and strategies to help you begin applying these concepts immediately.

In the revised and expanded edition of her bestseller UDL Now! Katie Novak, a leading UDL expert and author, provides new insights and strategies for helping all learners meet high standards using the Universal Design for Learning framework.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Free Accessibility Trainings

Free Webinars

FittingAccessible Educational Materials in Your Teacher Education Program from NCAEM
1/11/2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

2017Digital Accessibility Trends from SSB BART Group
1/17/2017 at tbd

Teaching Accessible eRecruiting as a Business Strategy from PEAT
1/19/2017  at 11am Pacific, 2PM Eastern

Implementing Accessible Workplace Tech: Videos & Accessibility from ODEP/PEAT
1/26/2017 at 11am Pacific, 2PM Eastern
Accessibilityfor Google Drive: A closer look at Add-ons as AT from Ablenet
1/26/2017 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Recently Recorded Webinar

CreatingAccessible Tables for the Web from PEAT