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  • Susan Leiby
    Jul 21, 2014
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      SCAS July Mini-Update Newsletter




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      July 2014




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      Remembering Dawn Thomas


      The South Carolina Autism Society regrets to inform you of the passing of Dawn Thomas, one of our Parent Mentors in the Parent School Partner program.  Dawn died as a result of injuries received in an accident.


      Dawn started working for SCAS in 2004, advocating for a free and appropriate public education for children with autism in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick and Saluda counties.  Many students’ educational careers were positively impacted by her efforts.  She will be deeply missed and forever remembered for her contagious laugh and love for helping other parents with school related issues.


      Dawn leaves behind two sons, as well as her extended family.  Please pray for Dawn’s family as they deal with this sudden tragedy.


      Autism families needing IEP assistance in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Edgefield, McCormick, and Saluda counties may contact AJ Dearybury at aj@....


      Obituary for Dawn Kurtz Thomas


      The Visitation for Ms. Dawn Kurtz Thomas, 44, of Warrenville, SC, who entered into rest June 13, 2014, will be conducted at Posey Funeral Directors Wednesday evening from 5 until 7.


      Ms. Thomas was a native of Oscoda, Michigan, having made Aiken County her home for the past 18 years. She was a member of the Lutheran Church and Chi Sigma Iota. Ms. Thomas was a graduate of the University of Phoenix and pursing a Masters Degree from Georgia Regents University. She was employed by the South Carolina Autism Society.


      Survivors include two sons, Collan Thomas and Scott Thomas both of Warrenville; parents, Gerald and Geraldine Kurtz, Thomasville, Georgia; three brothers, Donald Kurtz, Thomasville, Georgia, James (Stephanie) Kurtz, Las Vegas, Nevada and Michael Kurtz, Jackson, Michigan.


      In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the South Carolina Autism Society, 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC 29169.

      Service Expansions


      Pickens County Service Coordination


      We are pleased to announce that the South Carolina Autism Society will be accepting service coordination referrals for Pickens County. Previously we only accepted PDD cases from Pickens but have decided to expand to full service coordination for the area. This county joins Cherokee, Spartanburg, Greenville Anderson, and Laurens where we already provide service coordination services. Please contact Melissa at  melissa@... or 864-978-5912 if you have any questions or wish to make a referral for service coordination. 


      Upstate Information & Referral


      The South Carolina Autism Society is collecting information on Autism Service Providers in the Upstate.  We plan to use this to expand our Information, Referral, and Outreach services in this region.  Data collected will be made available to both families and providers once it is processed.


      Please click here and submit any Autism Service Providers you know of in the Upstate region.  Consumers and Providers are welcome to submit information.


      Thank you for your assistance in this project!

      SC Autism Awareness 

      Specialty License Plate

      Funds to support the South Carolina Autism Society


      We are excited to announce the launch of the South Carolina Autism Society’s “Autism Awareness” specialty license plate program. 


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      The license plate fee is $30.00 every two years in addition to the regular motor vehicle registration fee. The plate is available to the general public and there are no special requirements for acquiring the plate. A portion of the fees collected will be used to support the mission of the South Carolina Autism Society.


      Please visit the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles website at http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/PlateGallery.aspx?q=Specialty to order your plate online.

      Back to School Assistance

      The South Carolina Autism Society has identified the following programs offering school supply assistance to families in need in South Carolina.  Some programs may require proof of need.  Please contact the programs directly for additional information.

      If you know of other groups offering back to school assistance, please email the information to SusanL@....  Thank you!


      Upcoming Events

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      SCAS Events

      Midlands Respite Event


      Our Midlands Respite will be held on Sat. Aug. 16th from 2-5pm at All Star Gymnastics (4046 Fernandina Rd, Columbia, SC 29212, (803) 561-9682). Snacks will be provided.


      RSVP by Monday, Aug. 11th. Limit of 75 kids.  Click here to register.


      DATE: 8/16/2014 (Sat 2:00PM - 5:00PM)

      LOCATION: All Star Gymnastics (4046 Fernandina Rd, Columbia, SC 29212


      CONTACT:  Sarah at sarah@... or 803-750-6988.


      Visit your local SC Autism Society office on the first Wednesday of each month from 9 - 11 for our monthly parent-support gatherings.  Light snacks and drinks are provided.  


      Please note that there is no Coffee Talk during August.  Next date:  September 3rd.


      Note:  This is a parent/caregiver support forum.  Business/Organizations may drop off materials in advance for distribution.  Thank you for respecting the privacy of our families.

      SCAS Trainings

      The South Carolina Autism Society offers numerous workshops throughout the year in Conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Education


      For the following classes, please register by calling Delilah at 803-750-6988


      Columbia Office Classes:

      806 12th St., West Columbia, South Carolina 29169


      July 30, 2014, 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.

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


      August 27, 2014, 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.

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


      September 24, 2014, 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.

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


      2015 Strides for Autism

      Tentative Dates


      Upstate:  April 11

      Midlands:  May 3

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      Sunday, August 17

      Simpsonville, SC


      Join us for Spectrum Sunday at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, August 11th from 5 - 7 pm.


      Activities will include swimming, open gym, and arts & crafts.  And of course the opportunity to visit with fellow Spectrum families.


      All families affected by autism or related conditions are invited.  You do not need to be a Y member, nor a resident of Greenville.


      Please consider signing up to bring a drink or snack to share.


      Cost is $5 per family.  Scholarships are available.  Contact Greg McKee at at gmckee@... or 963-3608.


      Click here to register online.


      If you have an event you would like to share, please email it to pr@....

      Other Events

      iCan Bike Coming to Upstate


      icanbikeThe Eastside Family YMCA Brings To You Its 2nd Year “iCan Bike” Camp For Individuals With Disabilities!

      Coming to Taylors, SC the week of August 11-15 2014!


      From August 11-15, iCan Shine’s iCan Bike program will be in Taylors, SC to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a conventional bike and become a lifelong independent rider!

      iCan Bike uses a fleet of adapted bicycles, a specialized instructional program and a trained staff to teach individuals with disabilities how to ride a bike. Riders attend the same 75-minute session each day for five consecutive days (M – F) whereby they are physically assisted and encouraged by two volunteer “spotters”.

      Over the course of the 5-day camp the adapted bike is adjusted to gradually introduce more instability in an effort to challenge riders at their own individual pace. The week is concluded with a touching and inspiring award ceremony!


      Riders and Volunteers Needed!

      iCan Bike riders are children ages 8 and up, teens and sometimes adults who have a diagnosed disability but able to walk without assistive devices and sidestep from side to side.

      Rider Requirements (limited spots available):

      • Must be at least 8 years old by start of camp and have a disability 
      • Must be able to walk without an assistive device and sidestep to both sides
      • Must be able to attend the same 75-minute session each day of the 5-day camp
      • Must be under 220 lbs. and have a minimum inseam measurement of 20” (measure from floor with sneakers on)

      Be a Volunteer

      Be a “spotter” for the same rider for each of the 5 days and experience the thrill of giving the gift of riding a bike! 75 invigorating minutes per day… it just may be the most rewarding exercise and emotional experience you’ve ever had!

      Volunteer Requirements:

      • At least 16 years old (unless accompanied by an adult)
      • Able to attend 90 minutes at the same time each of the 5 days of camp (15 minutes of training/daily debriefing)
      • Able to provide physical, emotional and motivational support to assigned rider
      • Able and willing to get some exercise (light jogging/running) for a great cause!

      Those interested in registering for this great program as a rider or volunteer should e-mail us at icanbikegreenvillesc@....  For more info go to: www.icanshine.org


      Connect With Us!

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      For more immediate information, consider joining one of the following:



      SCAS Announcements Forum: This group is for the distribution of events and announcements by the South Carolina Autism Society.  To subscribe, send a blank email to scasannouncements-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


      SC Autism Forum:  A discussion group for South Carolina parents and families whose lives are affected by autism. Share your joys, stories, challenges, and solutions.  To subscribe, send a blank email to scautismforum-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


      Autism South Carolina:  An online support group is for teachers, professionals, service providers and family members.  To subscribe, send a blank email to autismsouthcarolina-subscribe@yahoogroups.com


      Visit our Website:  http://www.scautism.org





      If you believe in someone who has an autism spectrum disorder, then you believe in the Autism Society's mission. Please click here to make a donation today.


      The South Carolina Autism Society is a 501(c)(3) organization, and a registered charity in the state of South Carolina.  


      SCAS Offices


      Main Office (Midlands):

      806 12th Street

      West Columbia, SC  29169

      Phone: 803-750-6988

      Toll-Free: 800-438-4790

      Fax: 803-750-8121



      5 Century Drive, 

      Suite 132

      Century at Keith

      Greenville, SC  29607

      Phone: (864)241-8669

      Fax: (864) 241-8667



      (Mailing Address)

      4 Carriage Lane, 

      Suite 302

      Charleston, SC 29407


      Fax: (843)573-1926


      Grand Strand:

      1504 Azalea Drive

      Surfside Beach, SC  29575


      Email:  scas@...



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