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      SCAS May Mini-Update Newsletter

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      May 2014



      Tribute to SCAS Co-Founder

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      Reverend Dr. William Fletcher Bishop, Jr.


      July 25, 1936 – April 30, 2014

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      Reverend Dr. William (Bill) Fletcher Bishop, Jr. of Leesville, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 30, 2014.  Bill and his wife Ann were co-founders of the South Carolina Autism Society.


      Bill & Ann met in 1954 at North Greenville College. Shortly thereafter, Bill entered Seminary in New Orleans, and later began his ministry in Brookhaven, Mississippi.  It was there where they adopted Paul, and were launched in to the world of autism. 


      In their search for early intervention, they returned to South Carolina in 1966.  Bill & Ann led a group of dedicated parents of children with autism came together for fellowship. They realized how little was known about autism and recognized that children with autism have their own special needs. Services were nonexistent or inappropriate. The parents stood together as a unified voice and worked diligently to improve life for individuals with autism and their families in our state.


      In 1972, they co-founded the South Carolina Autism Society.  Both later served on the Board of Directors and served terms as President. 


      Bill also served as pastor of Parkway Baptist Church in Chester, SC, Associate Pastor of Broadway Baptist Church in Columbia, SC, Macedonia Baptist Church in Brookhaven, Mississippi, and Kingstree First Baptist in Kingstree, SC.  He further served as Executive Director of Missions in the Charleston Metro Baptist Association.  In 1977, he joined the General Board Staff of the SC Baptist Convention. 


      After retiring in 1998, Bill served as contract consultant for the SC Baptist Convention, Interim Pastor for numerous churches.  He preached his last sermon on Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at Seivern Baptist Church in the absence of the pastor.


      The family requests that memorials be made to

      • The Babcock Center Foundation, PO Box 4389, West Columbia, SC  29171,
      • The South Carolina Autism Society, 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC  29169 , or
      • Covenant Baptist Church, 787 Covenant Church Road, Leesville, SC  29070.


      The Staff and Board of Directors of the South Carolina Autism Society extend our sympathies to Ann and Paul, and our thanks for Bill’s dedication to families affected by autism in South Carolina.


      Autism Awareness License Plate

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      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.


      Beginning on May 19th, you can visit the South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles website at http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/PlateGallery.aspx?q=Specialty to order your plate online.


      Upcoming Events

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      SCAS Events


      Vsit 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.  Next date:  June 4th.


      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.

      pokerrun2014Cars also welcome!

      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


      May 28, 2014, 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.

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


      June 4, 2014, 10:00 - 12:00 p.m.

      Autism 101 -- Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder


      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.


      Statewide Classes:


      May 31, 2014, 10:00 - 12:00 P.M.

      Discover Church, 806 SE Main Street, Simpsonville

      Autism 101 -- Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders

      Click here for information and registration for this class only.


      To view additional classes, please click here.


      2015 Strides for Autism

      Tentative Dates


      Upstate:  April 11

      Midlands:  April 25

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      Sunday, May 18

      Simpsonville, SC


      Join us for Spectrum Sunday at the Adams Mill Program Center, 100 Adams Mill Road, Simpsonville on Sunday, May 18th 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

      Applied Theatre Center

      SPECTRUM 14/15: 

      Year-long social skills theatre program 


      The Applied Theatre Center of Greenville, SC is proud to announce a year-long social skills and communication program for young adults with autism and other developmental disabilities residing in Greenville County. This program is generously provided through a matching grant from the General Mills Foundation with the support of the Barbara Stone Foundation.  Click here for more information.  

      I.M.P.A.C.T. Self-Advocate Workshop

      June 12, 2014 


      It’s FREE and lunch will be provided.


      Brookland Banquet and Conference Center 

      1066 Sunset Boulevard, West Columbia, SC 29169 


      Thursday, June 12, 2014, 10:30am-3:00pm 


      Kristi Hartwell Program Advisor I.M.P.A.C.T-S.C. 

      Phone: 803-935-5947 

      Toll Free: 1-866-697-0732 


      Connect With Us!

      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@...



      Visit us online at http://www.scautism.org 



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

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