Thursday, April 27, 2017

AT for Low Vision

AT for Low Vision

 Tuesday, May 9, 2017
1:00 PM – 3:00 PM
 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203
 (Required for all attendees)
Presenters: Frank Beard & Edna Beard, AT Consultants, Quintex Low Vision
Audience: teachers, administrators, VR counselors, students, AT consultants/specialists, individuals with low vision, and anyone interested in low vision technology
Description: Assistive Technology is a lifeline for people with low vision. From video magnifiers to screen enlargement software - all of these items are essential. Whether you're a teacher,   AT specialist, counselor, or person with low vision, this presentation will be of benefit. An overview of the latest and greatest - from portable video magnifiers to OCR products to units that do both distance and close-up - you will see it all. Please join us for this informative and hands-on presentation.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Governor Proclaims April 26 Advocacy Day!

Governor McMaster Proclaims April 26, 2017
Advocacy Day for Access and Independence in SC!

Individuals with Disabilities are recognized!

The SC Governor proclaimed that people with disabilities are capable and contributing members of South Carolina. Let's rally to show all of South Carolina that people with disabilities need full access and inclusion!

Share your stories on Social Media using the hashtag: #AccessInSC

FREE t-shirts available on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Thursday, April 20, 2017

An Introduction to Sign Language

An Introduction to Sign Language for Parents and Professionals

May 17th, 2017


(Make checks payable to “Jill Eversmann.” Due on date of training.)
*FREE for parents of children with special needs
*FREE for professionals who work with children with special needs

Poplar Conference Room at the SC Assistive Technology Program, 8301 Farrow Road, Midlands Center-Poplar Building, Columbia, SC 29203

15 participants


This is an introduction to sign language workshop. It covers 25 single signs, the manual alphabet, and numbers 1-10. Participants will learn and practice the signs and learn tips for teaching signs to children. It also covers how sign language can encourage speech and language development, enhance overall communication and reduce frustration for children who are not yet able to effectively communicate using speech.


Jill Eversmann is a pediatric speech-language pathologist with 30 years of experience and is a Signing Time instructor. In addition to working in early intervention, she teaches sign language workshops for parents and professionals and is a national speaker with Cross Country Education. She loves working with young children and their families, teaching sign language and sharing the many benefits signing can offer to preverbal and non-verbal children, children with hearing loss as well as to typically developing children. Jill received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University. She is ASHA certified and licensed in SC. 

MUSC is a clinical partner in groundbreaking autism research

MUSC is a clinical partner in groundbreaking autism research 

(The Post and Courier) - Researchers know that autism, a disorder associated with social and communication challenges, is caused both by genetics and by environmental factors. SPARK, an autism study launched last year by the Simons Foundation, aims to one day provide answers to the question of what causes autism and pinpoint potential treatments for the range of disorders on the autism spectrum. The Simons Foundation is a major research funder, particularly in the autism field.
"It would be nice to give them some real answers," said Laura Carpenter, a professor of pediatrics at the Medical University of South Carolina. MUSC became one of four new clinical partners in the study this year.
Carpenter said the average size of a study on autism is about 100 participants. Finding answers to autism's key questions has been a challenge because of such small sample sizes. Because autism disorders fall on a spectrum and symptoms associated with it can vary widely, much more genetic information is needed in order to draw conclusions. SPARK aims to enroll 50,000 study subjects nationwide and make their genetic information available — after informed consent is given — to researchers across the country.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Did You Register?


Free T-shirts on a first come, first serve basis!

Advocacy Day for Access and Independence
SC Statehouse North Steps
Rally to unlock barriers for people with disabilities!

Advocacy Day for Access and Independence will include a rally with speakers from the disability community, legislators, and disability advocates. Join us to help make South Carolina a better place for people with disabilities to live, work, and play!

For questions, 
or call 803.779.5121


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Join Us At the Five Points Fountain!

AASC Families & Friends,
Please join us Wednesday, April 12, at 3:45pm as we dye the Five Points Fountain BLUE in celebration of Autism Awareness Month!
WHO: AASC families, friends, staff, and supporters of Autism Awareness! Please invite your friends, family, and co-workers!
WHAT: Help us carry on the Autism Academy tradition of dyeing the Five Points Fountain BLUE!
WHEN: Wednesday, April 12th, immediately after dismissal, approximately 3:45-4:00pm
WHERE: Five Points Fountain, 747 Saluda Ave., Columbia, SC 29205
WHY: Increase Autism Awareness among your family, friends and neighbors!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Puberty & Sexuality Training

The South Carolina Autism Society developed a new 2 hour training called “The Birds, the Bees, ASDs, and Everything In-between” To navigate puberty we are asked to quickly develop new social skills and implement them correctly. Parents will leave this training with the knowledge to start taking on all the various challenges that come along with puberty and transitioning into adulthood. We cover basic topics such as bodily changes, privacy, and personal hygiene. We will discuss more in depth topics such as consent, safe sex, sexuality and gender identity, intimacy, and healthy relationships. Most importantly, we will be giving the parents the tools they need to actually have “The Talk” with their individual/s with ASD.

This class is FREE. 

Please click your desired location to register online now.
• May 27 — Charleston
• July 22 — Spartanburg
• August 26 — Myrtle Beach
• September 23 — West Columbia

Contact Breck at or 803-750-6988 for more information. 

Monday, April 10, 2017

BIASC's Golf Tourney

Join us on April 24, 2017, for our 14th Annual Golf Tournament
The Woodlands Golf & Country Club Columbia, SC

Proceeds from this event will assist BIASC in providing help and support to persons with brain injury and their families, educate the public on the risks and impact of brain injury, and advocate for legislation and improved medical and community based services.

            This year’s tournament is in memory of Dr. Linda Veldheer.

Dr. Veldheer was the Director of the Head and Spinal Cord Injury Division of the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. She was a strong advocate for individuals with brain injuries and their families. She also was a member and supporter of BIASC. She attended our events, conferences, provided valuable information to our committees, and was a mentor. Linda was not a golfer but always was represented by her husband, David Johnson, at this annual event.

Come enjoy a day full of golf, 
lunch provided by Zaxby's, 
dinner served by the course afterwards, 
door prizes, Hole in One contest, 
and a chance to putt for a cash prize of $25,000!

Register or become a sponsor today by visiting 
You only have 2 weeks left till tee time! 


Tuesday, April 04, 2017

AT Webinars in April

Free Webinars - General and Adult

Free and Low-Cost Reading Tools for the Common Man from EASI
April 6 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Hands-Free: An Intro to Switch Support on iOS Devices and Apple TV from AbleNet
April 25, 2017 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern

Creating Audio Descriptions for Videos from EASI
April 24 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Free Webinars -  K-12 Educators & Parents

AEM in the IEP: Where Do Accessible Materials and Technologies Fit? from AEM
April 4, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

AT and Apps to Support Learners with Autism from CTD
April 5, 2017 17 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Play, Pause, Stop, Rewind: The Impact of Video in Instruction from AbleNet
April 11, 2017, 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern for Part 2
April 20, 2017, same time for Part 3.  (Part 1 is archived.)

'Appy Hour' : Apps for Pre-Academic Skills from PACER
April 17, 2017 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern

One Note - Helping Students with Organizational Difficulties from CallScotland
April 26, 2017 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 30 min.

Ghotit - Writing and Reading Assistive Technology for People with Dyslexia and Dysgraphia from CallScotland
May 2, 2017 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern, 30 min.

Classroom-wide Core Vocabulary Instruction for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities from AbleNet
May 2, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

SETC webinars are at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern
• April 11, 2017   Google Apps & Extensions for Special Needs
• April 12, 2017  Math iPad apps: Mod Math, Panther Math paper and more
• April 13, 2017  Clicker 7 Overview
• April 17, 2017  No Boundaries. No Barriers, Kurzweil Presentation
• April 17, 2017  Partner Assisted Scanning  
• April 19, 2017  Team Approach to AT Assessment   
• April 20, 2017  Access to the iPad for Switch Users
• April 25, 2017  Managing iPads in Your District: Practical Strategies
• April 26, 2017  Team Approach to AT Implementation
• April 27, 2017  Read&Write Chrome Extension

Recently Recorded Webinars

Monday, April 03, 2017

Free AT Supports for Math Training

 AT Supports for Math

Date: April 5th, 2017
Time: 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Presenter: Madalina Tudora
Cost: Free

SCATP, 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203, Poplar Building Conference Room

Registration Link

As  students struggle with basic mathematical skills, the importance of addressing difficulties with math through use of AT has gained the attention of educators and parents. Generalization of math skills is important for the transfer of skills to other settings, assisting students in the completion of daily living tasks and more. This workshop explores various assistive technology tools for classroom use, including free and low cost resources designed to facilitate students success in mastering math skills.