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838December Holiday Update - SC Autism Society

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  • Susan Leiby
    Dec 19, 2013
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      December Holiday Update - SC Autism Society






      December 2013


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      The Update
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      Happy Holidays from the
      South Carolina Autism Society!

      The South Carolina Autism Society would like to extend holiday greetings to all families affected by autism.  We hope that the New Year will bring good health and happiness to you and your loved ones.

      If there is any way that we can assist your family, please call your closest SC Autism Society office, or simply contact our main office in Columbia.  Just a few of the services we provide at no charge include:

      • Information and Referral:  Providing information to parents and professionals about autism and available services.
      • Advocacy:  SCAS provides advocacy on all levels from the individual level on up to the system change level.
      • Autism and Informed Response:  Training for emergency responders (law enforcement, EMS, fire fighters, etc) on autism, using parent volunteers.
      • Parent-School Partnership:  PSP seeks to assist children with autism in receiving the best education possible by helping to build relationships between the school and the parents.
      • Service Coordination:  Is an expansion of the society’s existing programs of information and referral and advocacy.  SCAS will provide service coordination to individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

      As you wrap up 2013, we ask that you consider supporting the South Carolina Autism Society through your end-of-the-year donations.  Your support will help us continue to reach out to families and to expand our services in South Carolina without a waiting list or limiting the amount of support we can offer.

      Thank you in advance for your support. Please remember, more than 93 cents of every dollar goes directly to programs and your donation is tax deductible. (From the SC Secretary of State website.)
      You can donate by mailing a check to SC Autism Society, 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC  29169, or online by visiting www.scautism.org, or click here now.

      End of the Year Membership Special!
      Through December 31st, you can earn up to 6 extra months for free!  Purchase a BASIC or STUDENT membership and receive 3 additional months free!  Purchase a SUPPORTING or BENEFACTOR membership and receive 6 additional months free!  Memberships begin at just $10, and are available for both individuals and families.

      Click here for a description of the different membership levels and their perks.
      Visit www.scautism.org to purchase your membership, or click here now!


      Please make note of our holiday hours!







      The South Carolina Autism Society & the Junior League of Columbia
      Present a
      Pre-Holiday Respite Event!


      santaOur goal is to give caregivers an opportunity to do last minute Holiday preparations while creating a memorable and fun event for our friends on the spectrum!  Siblings are invited as well.
      Saturday, December 21st,  2-5pm
      All Star Gymnastics, 4046 Fernandina Rd.
      Columbia, SC 29212
      All Star Gymnastics is an indoor facility that offers a safe, fun and physically interactive environment.  Food will be provided to include gluten free options.
      Space is limited!! Register by calling or emailing Sarah at 803-750-6988 ext. 120 or sarah@....



      Save the Dates!

      Upstate — Saturday, April 5
      Midlands — Saturday, May 4

      Wednesday, March 5, 2014
      Stay tuned for more information, or visit www.scdisabilityadvocacy.org

      Coffee Talk Parent Supportcoffee

      Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for Coffee Talk!  These parent support groups are held at each of the SCAS offices statewide.  Contact your local SCAS office for more information.

      Due to the New Year’s Holiday, we will not meet in January.

      Please note that this is a parent and caregiver support format. 
      Businesses, organizations, and providers are welcome to send or drop materials for us to distribute. 
      Thank you for respecting the needs of our families!

      Join the YMCA of Greenville for monthly family activities for families affected by autism.  No Y membership needed to attend.  All are welcome.  Information and registration online at scautism.org, or email gmckee@...
      2014 Schedule Coming Soon!




      A New Way to Support SCAS!

      What if you had a way to support the mission of the South Carolina Autism Society, receive great discount offers, and have a chance at winning $5,000, all at the same time?  What if you could do all this in just seconds a day?

      Introducing South Carolina Autism Society on i-Text! 

      How does it work?

      • Sign up for the South Carolina Autism Society i-Text group, and agree to receive no more than 3 text messages per day, starting in October.
      • For each text sent to your phone, the South Carolina Autism Society earns money!  You don’t even have to open the text message!  Just delete it if you want! Your only obligation is to merely receive the offers.
      • You may want to open those messages though, as they will contain special offers from local and national companies who want your business.  Some of the national companies include McDonalds, Nike, P&G, Coke, and MORE! 
      • There’s a chance one of those messages may even include one of the ‘no strings attached’ winning sweepstakes messages, worth up to $5,000!

      All messages are family-friendly.  I-Text will not accept advertising involving alcohol, tobacco, weapons, or adult themes.  Messages will only be sent during regular businesses hours in your time zone.  There is no risk involved – cancel at any time. 

      You do not have to buy, rent or consume anything. Just receive these great offers you likely will both want and/or need.  Donate your goodwill to help us support the South Carolina Autism Society.

      Take a moment and sign up today!

      From your cellphone:

      Send a message to 70000

      In the message box type:


      your email address

      your zip code

      OR go online: signup.i-texts.com/scautism

      Click on Enroll Now

      Complete your profile by filling out the interest survey.

      You will receive special offers/ads related to your interests.

      Your information is secure, never sold, and you can cancel at any time.  To cancel, text to 70000, and in the message box enter the word “STOP”.

      Sign up today for this easy way to support the South Carolina Autism Society! 





      SC Autism Society Monthly Workshops in Conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Education
      806 12th St., West Columbia, South Carolina 29169, (800) 438-4790

      Click here for the full list for 2013-2014.

      January 22, 2014

      Autism 101***

      10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

      February 26, 2014

      Written Productivity – How to help children with the mechanics of writing.

      10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

      April 30, 2014

      Executive Functioning a/k/a Getting your Child/Students Organized – Various resources and strategies to help organize your child or student.

      10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

      May 28, 2014

      Creating Social Stories with Digital Supports – Learn how to create social stories and use then with Power Point and other digital supports.

      10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

      June 4, 2014

      Autism 101***

      10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

      July 30, 2014

      Sensory Integration – How to Help your Child with Sensory Processing Disorder.

      10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

      August 27, 2014

      Strategies for Working with Student with Autism Spectrum Disorder – Various Strategies that will help students with academic, organizational, and social skills.

      10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

      September 24, 2014

      Free Literacy Supports and Study Aids – Free or low-cost literacy supports for students to use in the classroom and at home.

      10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

      ***Autism 101 – Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder
      Valeska Gioia Ed.S. – Assistive Technology Specialist/Autism Consultant
      Division of Accountability, Office of Exceptional Children, Assistive Technology Services

       To register and receive confirmation, contact Delilah by phone at (803) 750 6988 ext 108  or by email at iandr@...

      South Carolina Department of Education - Regional Autism Workshops –
      2013/2014 School Year

      workshops 5 
      Valeska Gioia Ed.S. – Assistive Technology Specialist/Autism Consultant
      Division of Accountability, Office of Exceptional Children, Assistive Technology Services

      To register and receive confirmation, contact Delilah by phone at (803) 750 6988 ext 108  or by email at iandr@...
      Additional Trainings

      The following organizations also provide trainings that may be of interest:



      Thank You to our 3rd Quarter Donors!

      Progressive Church of our Lord Jesus Christ, Inc.
      Ms. C. Camille Cooper
      Mr. & Mrs. Wes Culp
      Ms. Kathi Lacy
      Mrs. Joyce Nielsen
      Mr. James Smalley
      Mr. & Mrs. Don Waggoner
      Money Monday$ - Resolute Forest Products
      in honor of Hunter Deschamps
      Ms. Sandy Lybrand
      Ms. Amanda Westerkam
      in memory of Daven Williams
      Mr. & Mrs. John Moody
      in memory of JoeAnna Royal
      Ms. Madeline Foster
      Ms. Elizabeth Kirven
      in memory of JR Roberts
      Ms. Valeria Christner
      Mr. Robert Mogel
      Mr. & Mrs. Norman Paulson
      Mr. & Mrs. Robert Reid
      Turkey Drive
      Mr. Terry Bolda
      Mr. & Mrs. Mark Hoffman
      Mr. & Mrs. Alex S. Holbert
      Mr. Kelly Nash/Benedict
      Ms. Kathleen Nixon
      Ms. Andrea Owens
      Mr. Vasilios Strifas
      New and Renewing Members!

      New Members
      Basic Individual
      Ms. Shellia Daniels-Anderson
      Mr. Kelly Nash/Benedict
      Ms. Deborah Pittman
      Mr. & Mrs. Hilery Powell
      Ms. Lisa Ward

      Supporting Family
      Mr. & Mrs. Mark Hoffman

      Benefactor Individual
      Mr. Robert Hock

      Full Time Student
      Dr. James DuRant, III
      Ms. Jamie Henry
      Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson

      Renewing Members
      Basic Family
      Ms. Susie Tolson

      Basic Individual
      Ms. Anjeanette Dearybury
      Ms. Jill Douds
      Ms. Sally Keiper

      Supporting Family
      Mr. & Mrs. Stephen  W. Park
      Ms. Don Weed

      Supporting Individual
      Mr. Walter Jenner

      Benefactor Family
      Dr. & Mrs. William F. Bishop
      Mr. & Mrs. Alex S. Holbert
      Ms. Margaret Moore
      Mrs. Joyce Nielsen
      Mr. & Mrs. Erik Norton
      Mr. Roy Williams
      Mr. James Yarbrough

      Benefactor Individual
      Mr. Derrick Howle


      We have come a long way in our knowledge about autism and the education and treatments that best help children with autism spectrum disorders.  Nonetheless, there is still much work to be done.  You can make a difference by volunteering your time or resources to the South Carolina Autism Society.  You can join even if you don’t have a family member with autism, but want to help out in some way.  A financial contribution might cover the costs of printing materials or long distance telephone calls to support a family living in a remote part of our state.   

      Membership Levels

      BASIC                     BENEFACTOR             SUPPORTING
      Individual ($10)     Individual ($75)         Individual ($35)
      Family ($20)           Family ($100)             Family ($50)  


      Event & Activity Calendar

      December 21

      Pre-Holiday Respite Event

      January 1

      NO COFFEE TALK due to New Year’s Holiday

      January 25

      SCAS Board Meeting, 10:00, Columbia

      February 5

      Coffee Talk Parent Support

      March 5

      Disability Advocacy Day in Columbia

      March 5

      NO COFFEE TALK due to Disability Advocacy Day

      April 5

      Upstate Strides for Autism

      May 3

      Midlands Strides for Autism


      South Carolina Autism Society
      806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC  29169



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