South Carolina Autism Society

Advocate, Engage and Inspire

aka SCAS   |   West Columbia, SC   |  https://www.scautism.org

Mission

The mission of the South Carolina Autism Society (SCAS) is to equip those affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders with knowledge and support to maximize their quality of life.

Ruling year info

2004

Principal Officer

Mr James Mack

Main address

806 12th Street

West Columbia, SC 29169 USA

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EIN

23-7350663

NTEE code info

Autism (G84)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Health - General and Rehabilitative N.E.C. (E99)

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Information and Referral

Family Support and Advocacy/Information and Resources:
Family Support and Advocacy is the cornerstone program of our agency. In 1972, families from around the state came together looking for support and formed the South Carolina Autism Society (SCAS). SCAS provides information about autism to members of the community. Other efforts to keep families informed of supports available include: The Update, an electronic quarterly newsletter
The annual conference held each fall. The conference features both national and regional figures in the autism community.Dedicated staff person to assist families in navigating the service system and finding other resources.
The overall goal of our family support effort is to empower individuals with autism and their family members to become effective advocates for improved services and programs. There is a local need for advocacy to improve schools and availability of services.

Population(s) Served

The Parent-School
Partnership Project (PSP) is designed to assist children with autism to reach
their maximum potential in the educational system. The program strives to build
collaboration between parents and schools recognizing that both are essential
partners in the child’s education. Parent Mentors are available throughout the
state to assist schools and parents build strong positive relationships through
the Individual Education Plan process.

Population(s) Served

In October 2003, SCAS was approved as a qualified provided by the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs to provide case management for individuals eligible for services from DDSN and who has an autism spectrum disorder. Case management is designed to help
the individual with autism and their family find develop goals and objectives and to map a course on how to achieve them. The case manager assist families in finding qualified service providers, monitor those services and be a resource to help the individual achieve their goals and dreams.

Population(s) Served

Workshops: SCAS holds regional and mini-series trainings on specific topics or treatment options. We strive to present information on research-based practices for families and professionals. We are currently assessing other trainings available throughout the state concerning autism spectrum disorders.

First Responder Training:
First Responder Training is an awareness and training program designed to prevent the occurrence of serious injury, trauma or inappropriate arrest which may result from encounters between individuals with autism and Emergency Response Personnel during emergency or critical situations. The goal of this program is to create an atmosphere of understanding among public safety personnel with the hope that unfortunate situations can be avoided.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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Financials

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South Carolina Autism Society

Board of directors
as of 8/12/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Becky Hughes

Retired, Aiken County School District

Term: 2014 - 2018


Board co-chair

Mr. Randall Sisam

K.W. Commercial

Term: 2014 - 2018

Denise Chastain

Retired

Kelly Nash

WCOS Radio Station

Nina Saini

Student

Joyce NielseN

Retired