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Midlands Strides for Autism -- What Will Be There?

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  • Susan Leiby
    Have you registered for Midlands Strides for Autism yet? Join us on Saturday, May 4th at Riverwalk Amphitheater in West Columbia. Onsite checkin starts at 8 am
    Message 1 of 1 , Apr 17, 2013

      Have you registered for Midlands Strides for Autism yet? Join us on Saturday, May 4th at Riverwalk Amphitheater in West Columbia. Onsite checkin starts at 8 am and the event starts at 9 am. Register online now at https://scautism.org/strides/

      Activities to Include:
      (more to be announced!)

      Fun-Walk (a walk-what-you-can event)
      Music by Jim Hardin
      Bounce House
      Skipper the Clown
      Cornhole, Laddergolf, and more...

      Resource Fair to include:
      (more to be announced!)

      Blue Cross Blue Shield
      Bright Start
      Butterfly Effects
      Camp TALK
      Davis Orthodontics
      Dream Riders
      Early Autism Project
      Easter Seals of SC
      Family Connection
      Key Changes Music Therapy
      Palmetto Autism Interventions
      Pine Grove, Inc.
      USC Neurodevelopmental Disorder Lab

      Midlands!  Have we got a treat for you!


      Announcing our musical entertainment for Midlands Strides 2013

      Jim Hardin & Friends!


      Jim has performed at Upstate Strides for the past several years.  Last year, he debuted his song, “Light it up Blue”.

      You can hear him performing Light It Up Blue at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZBhJS4aTHQU



      South Carolina is used to rivalries going on between the Upstate and Midlands regions.  So let’s join in the action at Strides for Autism and settle the rivalry once and for all!


      Upstate vs Midlands


      Which Strides event can Fill the Bottle and collect the most loose change!


      Start gathering up that loose change now!  Empty your change-jar, dig to the bottom of your purse, search your sofa and car!  There is bound to be some change just sitting around gathering dust!  Pennies, nickles, dimes, quarters… we’ll even take those pesky half-dollar coins off your hands!


      The winning region will hold a fun family event later this year!


      So bring your change to Strides for Autism, and help us change the outcome for those with autism.


      Upstate – you’re up this Saturday, April 13th at Heritage Park in Simpsonville.  8 am registration, 9 am event kickoff.  Look for the kids with the buckets, or bring your change straight to the bottle near the SCAS Information Table.


      Register now at https://scautism.org/strides/






      What is Strides for Autism?  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.


      Honorary ChairsWe 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.


      About the South Carolina Autism Society.  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.


      RegistrationParticipants 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.



      Susan Leiby

      South Carolina Autism Society

      Special Events Coordinator, Strides for Autism

      Project Coordinator, All Are Welcome Grant



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