Strides for Autism! Announcing our Honorary Chairs!
We are excited to announce our Honorary Chairs for the Upstate & Midlands Strides for Autism events!
Upstate – Dale Savidge, PhD
Dr. Savidge is Chair of the Department of Theatre at North Greenville University and Executive Director of the Applied Theatre Center. He was named Volunteer of the Year by SCAS in 2012 for his work with young adults who have ASD, using applied theater techniques to help them develop social and communication skills needed to navigate typical daily routines.
Midlands – Kelly Nash
Since 2005, Mr. Nash and his partner Jonathon Rush have been a team on Columbia radio. First heard on Top 40 WNOK, they currently host 5:30-9 in the morning on Country 97.5 WCOS, and 3-6 in the afternoon on News Talk 100.1 WVOC. Mr. Nash is the parent of a young-adult with autism, who was not diagnosed until he was in his teens. He strives to encourage early diagnosis and intervention for autism spectrum disorders, so that all affected individuals can have the best future possible.
It’s time to sign up your Team and Register to walk!
Ask your family, friends, and colleagues to join the walk, or support your team!
See below for additional information, and visit https://scautism.org/strides/ now!
Strides for Autism is SCAS’s signature fund-raising and awareness walk. They include a fun-walk, resource fair, and family-fun activities. The goals of our Strides for Autism events are:
1) To raise the awareness of autism spectrum disorders. With the occurrence rate of autism at 1 in 88 everyone is or will soon be affected in one way or another by autism. It may be a family member or it may be coworker’s child or a friend’s child. So the better understanding our society has, the better the quality of life for those on the spectrum will be.
2) To raise funds for the South Carolina Autism Society. This fundraiser is to help ensure SCAS can meet the needs of families through information and referral, trainings and workshops and advocacy.
SCAS is the only statewide agency advocating for children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and their families, while also providing assistance and resources. SCAS promotes, educates and raises awareness that one in every 88 births in the U.S. is a child with autism, and provides support for South Carolina-based research and development. Most importantly, SCAS works to ensure that the 50,000+ individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) living in South Carolina have opportunities to achieve a quality of life comparable to their peers.
Participants in the event can register as an individual, family, or team. Contact your family and friends and ask them to sponsor you! There is no minimum donation, but individual registrations of at least $25 will receive an event t-shirt, and family registrations of at least $50 will receive 4 event t-shirts. T-shirts are distributed at Strides events only. (Previous participants will need to create new accounts and teams each year.)
Monies raised for South Carolina Autism Society stay in South Carolina and go towards family supports, education, advocacy, and South Carolina-based research. According to the South Carolina Secretary of State, the South Carolina Autism Society devoted 91.8% of its total expenses to program services during 2011, the most recent year reported.
Corporate Sponsorships opportunities are available, as are spaces at the Resource Fair. For more information, visit https://scautism.org/strides/sponsorships/.
Registration and other information for Strides for Autism, along with information about autism and SCAS, is available at the event Web site, www.scautism.org/strides/, or by calling the Columbia SCAS office at 1-800-438-4790.
South Carolina Autism Society
Special Events Coordinator, Strides for Autism
Project Coordinator, All Are Welcome Grant