SC Autism Society's July 2012 Newsletter
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In this IssueIn this Issue:
All Are Welcome
Strides for Autism
Fall Golf Tournament
Upstate Autism Forum
Become a Member
To view as a PDF
Do you believe in someone with autism? Then you believe in the South Carolina Autism Society and its mission. How can we meet such a big mission? With support from you and others like you. We can't improve the lives of people with autism spectrum disorders without ongoing support. Your support allows us to continue what we've begun, find new ways to help, better serve the families who speak for loved ones, and come closer to solving the many puzzles of ASD. If you believe in someone who has an autism spectrum disorder, then you believe in the Autism Society's mission.
806 12th Street
West Columbia , SC
4 Carriage Lane
Charleston, SC 29407
PO Box 30425
3242 Holmestown Road
Myrtle Beach , SC 29588
5 Century Drive
Century at Keith
Greenville , SC 29607-1578
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Volume 40, Issue 7
South Carolina Autism Society
The purpose of the South Carolina Autism Society is to
enable all individuals with autism spectrum disorders to reach their maximum potential.
To view this newsletter as a pdf, click here.
From the Desk of the President…
The South Carolina Autism Society recently received funding from the SC Developmental Disabilities Council for the “Guarding, Advocating, and Protecting Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities” (GAP) program. This project will develop easily understood materials for families concerning the care and protection of their loved ones with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
Philosophically, SCAS believes guardianship should be the last option chosen. Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities should be afforded all the opportunities possible to make their own choices, to live in the community, and to retain their rights. However, there are some individuals that will need a great amount of guidance and assistance in making these decisions. Therefore, SCAS plans to develop a guide in the form of a booklet that will assist families with options to ensure the appropriate level of protection. This guide will also include the process necessary it takes for various options.
Guardianship is the most restrictive option and it is a decision that should not be taken lightly. It is a legal process that is spelled out in SC Code of Laws, Title 62 — South Carolina Probate Code, Article 5 — Protection of Persons Under Disability and Their Property. Guardianship is a legal determination that protects an incapacitated person and their property. When people become adults — including people with intellectual and developmental disabilities — they get all legal rights and responsibilities of any adult. Only the courts have the authority to remove these rights.
We will include other options such as power of attorney, limited guardianship, conservatorship and other informal support system. The booklet will include a guide to help families make the appropriate choice. We will work with a number of attorneys to ensure the material is legally accurate and in compliance with the SC regulations and procedures.
We need your feedback to ensure that this guide meets the needs of families in South Carolina . Please take a moment and complete the online survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WVCFTPZ.
President & CEO
SC Developmental Disabilities Council Grants
All Are Welcome
All Are Welcome works to develop resources to help faith communities to be come inclusive and welcoming to individuals with disabilities. This is a turnkey program distributed to faith communities and available online to help them to become an inclusive community.
These resources are available online at
We also invite you to visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SCASAllAreWelcome.
Evidence Based Learning Center
for Parents and Professionals
We are excited to announce the new Evidence Based Learning Center for Parents and Professionals. Evidence-Based Practice simply means the use of teaching techniques and interventions that have been researched and are known to work. Evidence-Based Practices help increase skills and decrease unwanted behaviors in the most cost effective manner possible. This means that with less time and money individuals with autism can have significant improvements in their quality of life.
This on-line Learning Center has been developed to help you learn about evidence-based practices and how you can use them to help improve the quality of life for someone with autism.
Strides for Autism
Our fall Strides for Autism events of 2012 are coming up soon! Plan to join us:
Plyler Park on the Oceanfront
Memorial Waterfront Park
Each event will include a fun-walk, resource fair, and family fun activities. Our staff are working hard to make these events even better than last year!
Start your Teams, sign up to walk, or donate online at
We are looking for volunteers to help with Strides for Autism. Whether it is to hang posters and distribute flyers prior to the walk, or helping out on event-day. We’d love to have you! Your suggestions and input are always welcome! Please contact Susan Leiby at SusanL@....
Sponsorships and Exhibitors
Do you own a business? Work with families affected by autism? Then join us at Strides for Autism as a Sponsor or Exhibitor in our Resource fair! Opportunities are available at a wide-range of levels. For more information, visit
10th Annual Fun in the Fall Golf Tournament
Friday, October 26, 2012
Cost: $125 per player or $500 per foursome
Event will begin at 1 pm at The Members Club at Woodcreek, Elgin , SC.
Thanks to our sponsor:
Modified "Shamble" Format
Each team member hits a drive, the team picks the best one. From that point, each player plays his or her ball out and the best two scores of the team are recorded. Pick up double bogeys.
12:00 pm Registration & Driving Range
1:00 pm Tee Time (shotgun start)
Live music, silent and live auction, and dinner provided. Spouse and/or guest welcome after the tournament for dinner and awards ceremony.
Cost: $125/player & $500/foursome
greens fee, cart, practice balls,
dinner, refreshments, gift bag and beverages.
Closest to the Pin
Raffle Tickets $ 5.00
What Can I Do?
- Put a team together! Gather your friends and support the SC Autism Society.
- Ask your friends or business associates to become a sponsor.
Why Should I Participate?
- Proceeds from the tournament will be used to enhance programs for families and individuals with autism spectrum disorders.
- Autism is a developmental disability that interferes with the development of the brain in reasoning, social interaction and communication skills.
- The South Carolina Autism Society has been serving individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families for over thirty-five years. Approximately 1 in 88 individuals have autism spectrum disorders.
For more information on the Tournament, Sponsorships, and Registration, visit
Summer Respite & Family events
The South Carolina Autism Society has received funding to provide the following free Respite and Family Events this summer. Register now! You may attend as many of the events as you choose!
Greenville Family Event
Sunday, August 12th, 1:30—5:30 pm
Otter Creek Water Park , 101 West Darby Road , Greenville
Columbia Respite Event
Saturday, August 18th, 6—9 pm
All Star Gymnastics, 4046 Fernandina Road , Suite D Columbia
Advanced registration required!
To register online,
and click on Summer Respite/Family Events on the left menu.
Click here to register online.
2012 Annual Meeting & Conference
Saturday, October 20
Columbia Conference Center - Columbia , SC
Dr. Stephen Shore
Friendship, Dating and Deeper Relationships
The author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome; Ask and Tell: Self-Advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum; and the critically acclaimed Understanding Autism for Dummies
Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher
from the film Wretches and Jabberers
Where two men with autism embark on a global quest to change prevailing attitudes about disability and intelligence. This global buddy movie gives viewers an eye opening perspective on autism, done with compassion and humor.
9 - 9:15 am
9:15 - 10:15
Dr. Stephen Shore, Friendship, Dating and Deeper Relationships
10:15 - 10:45
Break (Bookstore & Silent Auction open)
10:45 - 11:45
Dr. Stephen Shore Conclusions & Questions
11:45 - 12:45
Annual Meeting & Awards
*silent auction closes at 3:00
12:45 - 2:45
Larry Bissonnette and Tracy Thresher
Movie Viewing - Wretches and Jabberers
2:45 - 3:00
Break (Silent Auction closes at 3pm - Bookstore is OPEN)
3:00 - 4:00
Q & A with Larry and Tracy
Pick up Silent Auction items
SCAS Members NON Members
Family Member/Full-Time Student/Ind w/ASD $75 $100
Two Family Members $110 $140
Professional $100 $125
2 or more Professionals of same group/each $90 $115
For more information and registration visit
The SC Autism Society Annual Conference will take place on October 20, and we are working to make it better each year! As part of the Conference, we always have a Silent Auction. This Silent Auction is a great fundraising tool, and helps SCAS provide many of the free services available to families statewide.
Our Silent Auction is most successful when we have donations that are of interest to those attending the conference, including families, professionals and educators. Ideas for items include hotel packages, vacation rentals, restaurant and attraction certificates, art/crafts/jewelry, services, classes, and more! Anything you think may be a good silent auction item is welcome!
We are asking for you help!
- · Do you have a product or service you would like to donate to the Silent Auction?
- · Do you have any contacts with people who may be interested in donating to the Silent Auction?
- · Are you interested in being part of a committee designated to work on getting items for the auction?
Contact Sarah at sarah@... if you're interested or have questions.
Upstate Autism Forum
Plans are underway for the annual Upstate Autism Forum. Mark your calendar for August 25th 2012 at Brookwood Church in Simpsonville.
Click here to view the schedule and registration. Register Now!
Workshops to include:
- Rixon Lane on Siblings and Autism
- Karen Driscoll-Autism Speaks-Autism and its Impact on the Military Family
- MUSC and Dr. Jane Charles-Autism Prevalence and Research
- Cyber-bullying: Bullying in the Digital Age - Dr. Robin Kowalski-Clemson University
- Project Hope Foundation - Susan Sachs and Lisa Lane
- Autism and Adulthood - Susan Kastner
- Dr. Buscemi - DDSN and Planning for the changes to come
- Maternal Parenting Stress and ASD - Julie McElrath
- Planning for an IEP
- USC Autism Research projects - Dr. Jane Roberts
- DSM-V and Its Implications and Impact - Dr. Anne Kinsman and Dr. Lisha Bullard
Meanwhile, we are seeking nominations for our first SC Autism Award, recognizing someone from the SC Autism Community for their efforts in helping families or an individual with autism here in SC. To nominate someone, visit http://www.scautism.org and click on the Upstate Autism Forum link on the left menu.
The South Carolina Autism Society, in conjunction with the South Carolina Department of Education, will be presenting a series of free workshops.
Click here for a listing of workshops. Online registration will be available soon on the SC Autism Society's website.
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