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Advocacy

Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs

Charleston

The Family Resource Center (FRC) offers free access to a comprehensive catalog of resource materials. Items available for loan include books, audio and video cassette tapes, articles, journals, and a variety of training curricula. The Family Resource Center library contains topics related to specific disabilities, self-advocacy issues, current therapies, and special education. Many resources are available in Spanish and arrangements may be made to access materials through any Family Resource Center satellite branch.

Advocacy

Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities

National

The Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities (CCD) is the largest coalition of national organizations working together to advocate for federal public policy that ensures the self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with disabilities in all aspects of society.

Advocacy

Council of Parent Attorneys & Advocates

National

Protecting the Legal and Civil Rights of Students with Disabilities and their Families

Advocacy

Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund

National

To advance the civil and human rights of people with disabilities through legal advocacy, training, education, and public policy and legislative development.

Advocacy

IDEA Partnerships

National

The IDEA Partnership reflects the collaborative work of more than 50 national organizations, technical assistance providers, and organizations and agencies at state and local level.

Advocacy

National ARC

National

Promoting and protecting the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supporting their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetimes.

Advocacy

National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities

National

NACDD is the national association for the 56 Councils on Developmental Disabilities (DD Councils) across the United States and its territories. The DD Councils receive federal funding to support programs that promote self-determination, integration and inclusion for all people in the United States with developmental disabilities.

Advocacy

PACER Center

National

PACER Center enhances the quality of life and expands opportunities for children, youth, and young adults with all disabilities and their families so each person can reach his or her highest potential. PACER operates on the principles of parents helping parents, supporting families, promoting a safe environment for all children, and working in collaboration with others. With assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children, PACER's work affects and encourages families in Minnesota and across the nation.

Advocacy

The ARC

National

For and with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD)

Advocacy

The Advocacy Institute

National

The Advocacy Institute is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization dedicated to the development of products, projects and services that work to improve the lives of people with disabilities.

Advocacy

World Economic Forum

National

The Forum engages the foremost political, business and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Advocacy

Brain Injury Association of South Carolina

South Carolina

Providing support and education to individuals with traumatic brain injury, their families, and professionals.

Advocacy

Center for Disability Resources

South Carolina

Our mission is to enhance the well-being and quality of life of persons with disabilities and their families. We collaborate with persons with disabilities and their families to develop new knowledge and best practices, train leaders, and effect systems change.

Advocacy

Impact SC

South Carolina

To encourage positive change for people with disabilities through working together to enhance lives while making a stand for change.

Advocacy

LowCountry Voices for Special Needs

South Carolina

We are an advocacy organization devoted to people with lifelong disabilities in the state of South Carolina. Our focus is to ensure that people with disabilities have full access to their community and the necessary services to maintain a quality life experience. We are committed to educating,empowering and protecting the rights of these valuable citizens. Our goal is to raise awareness.

Advocacy

Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc.

South Carolina

Under annual priorities set by a volunteer Board of Directors, P&A investigates reports of abuse and neglect and advocates for disability rights in areas such as health care, education, employment and housing. P&A serves people of all ages and disabilities. P&A does not charge for its services. P&A does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, creed, national origin, ethnicity, ancestry, citizenship, age, religion, sex or sexual orientation, veteran status or any other class protected by law in the provision of its programs or services. Pete Cantrell is P&A’s designated coordinator for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Advocacy

South Carolina Advocates for Epilepsy

South Carolina

S.A.F.E. is available to teach seizure first-aid to schools, employers, churches, daycares, sports teams and civic organizations.

Advocacy

South Carolina Autism Society

South Carolina

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.

Advocacy

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs

South Carolina

SCDDSN is the state agency that plans, develops, oversees and funds services for South Carolinians with severe, lifelong disabilities of intellectual disability, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and conditions related to each of these four disabilities. Our mission is to assist people with disabilities and their families in meeting needs, pursuing possibilities and achieving life goals, and to minimize the occurrence and reduce the severity of disabilities through prevention.

Advocacy

South Carolina Speech Language Hearing Association

South Carolina

SCSHA is a professional and scholarly organization for speech-language pathologists and audiologists. Our goal is to meet the needs of our members and the individuals they serve by promoting and advocating of the highest quality services and professional standards, providing opportunities for professional growth and the exchange of knowledge, and educating the public about communication disorders and the professions of speech-language pathology and audiology.

Assistive Technology

South Carolina Assistive Technology

South Carolina

The South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) uses technology devices and services to help people with disabilities live, work and learn more independently. We are federally funded and part of a national network of technology-related assistance programs that provide the devices that increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities. Our mission is to enhance the independence, productivity and quality of life for all South Carolinians.

Autism

Autism Science Foundation

National

The Autism Science Foundation’s mission is to support autism research by providing funding and other assistance to scientists and organizations conducting, facilitating, publicizing and disseminating autism research. The organization also provides information about autism to the general public and serves to increase awareness of autism spectrum disorders and the needs of individuals and families affected by autism.

Autism

Autism Society

National

Advocacy The Autism Society’s public policy and advocacy efforts have continually improved the lives of those affected by autism. At the national level, the Autism Society supports the needs of the millions of individuals impacted by autism in America and their family members. At the state level, the Autism Society helps state Autism Societies advancing advocacy efforts at the state level to advance the wellbeing of individuals and families impacted by autism. Each year, volunteers and staff from around the nation come to Washington, DC to meet with their national elected officials and to promote a responsive and accountable national legislative agenda to advance the quality of life of all diagnosed with autism. Education The Autism Society provides easy ­to ­understand, practical information related to the autism spectrum for a broad audience on a wide range of educational topics to empower people to more effectively advocate and obtain supports. We work to educate individuals with autism, their loved ones, professionals from multiple disciplines, and the public at large about autism and issues within the autism community in order to foster acceptance and appreciation of individuals on the autism spectrum as the valued members of our community that they are. Information & Referral Many parents say that their first call after receiving a diagnosis of autism is to the Autism Society, however it doesn’t end with that first call. We are here through all phases of one’s lifespan, empowering those affected by autism through a one­on­one connection with our staff of trained Information and Referral specialists. Support Autism Society’s affiliates are your best source of information and support, and where the person in need is helped directly. Through support groups, help with understanding the services in the community or state, local and state advocacy, help to an individual and his/her family to navigate often complex and confusing service systems, and training to local and statewide organizations on being autism friendly and responsive, the local or state Autism Society affiliates thrive each and every day. Community The Autism Society’s vision is to increase the quality of life of everyone living with ASD by building autism friendly, inclusive communities. The Autism Society believes that individuals with autism deserve to live, work, play, socialize, learn and worship in the setting and manner of their own choosing.

Autism

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

National

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network seeks to advance the principles of the disability rights movement with regard to autism. ASAN believes that the goal of autism advocacy should be a world in which autistic people enjoy equal access, rights, and opportunities. We work to empower autistic people across the world to take control of our own lives and the future of our common community, and seek to organize the autistic community to ensure our voices are heard in the national conversation about us. Nothing About Us, Without Us!

Autism

Organization for Autism Research

National

We strive to use science to address the social, educational, and treatment concerns of self-advocates, parents, autism professionals, and caregivers. The mission of “applying” research to answer questions of daily concern to those living with autism defines our goals and program objectives and shapes our budget.

Autism

The MIND Institute

National

The UC Davis MIND Institute is a collaborative international research center, committed to the awareness, understanding, prevention, and treatment of the challenges associated with neurodevelopmental disabilities.

Autism

The Art of Autism

National

Our Vision To empower and connect individuals within the autism community through participation in the Arts. Our Mission To foster independence, self-esteem and artistic expression by participation in The Art of Autism Project.

Autism

The Asperger / Autism Network

National

AANE works with individuals, families, and professionals to help people with Asperger Syndrome or similar autism spectrum profiles build meaningful, connected lives. We do this by providing information, education, community, support, and advocacy--all in an atmosphere of validation and respect.

Autism

The Miracle Project

National

The Miracle Project is a fully inclusive theater, film and expressive arts program focused on building communication, self-esteem, job and social skills for individuals with autism and all abilities – speaking and non-speaking. Using groundbreaking and evidence-based methods developed by our founder, Elaine Hall, The Miracle Project focuses on the strengths and abilities inherent in each participant while developing a unique neurodiverse community.

Autism

The National Autism Association

National

The mission of the National Autism Association is to respond to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.

Autism

Lowcountry Autism Foundation

South Carolina

We provide programs to support a family from the time they suspect their child may have autism, through the diagnosis and throughout their lives. Our programs are individualized and aimed to fill a gap in services. With a very small staff and a dedicated group of volunteers we have provided over half a million dollars in free autism services to over 1500 Lowcountry families. We are small, but mighty and all of our funds stay right here in the SC Lowcountry.

Autism

South Carolina Autism Society

South Carolina

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.

Blindness

South Carolina Commission for the Blind

South Carolina

The Vocational Rehabilitation division also provides educational and career guidance for adolescents and young adults ages 14-21 through our Transition Program.

Brain Injury

Brain Injury Association of South Carolina

South Carolina

The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina is a nonprofit organization which was developed by persons with brain injury, their families, and concerned professionals in an effort to provide information and support to those who have experienced a brain injury. The BIASC is our state's chartered affiliate of the Brain Injury Association of America.

Cerebral Palsy

No Label Defines Me

Lowcountry

I am committed to helping people create their “No Label Defines Me” Life. I believe we live in a world filled with labels, and the labels we wear determine the story we create around our value. The great thing about a label is it can be peeled away and replaced. My vision is to live in a world where we are walking around with labels we choose for ourselves that empower us. I create the “No Label Defines Me” mindset through my coaching; my podcast, No Label Live; my book, Empower Yourself: Awaken The B.E.A.S.T. Within; and my Beyond Basics course.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral Palsy Treatment Guide

National

It is our mission to create an easy-to-use, informative website that provides solutions for families. It is our hope that Cerebral Palsy Guide can help parents of children with cerebral palsy find peace, healing and happiness.

Complementary Services

Easterseals

National

Among our services: early intervention, inclusive childcare, medical rehabilitation and autism services for young children and their families; job training and coaching, employment placement and transportation services for adults with disabilities, including veterans; adult day services and employment opportunities for older adults – in addition to a variety of additional services for people of all ages including mental health and recovery programs, assistive technology, camp and recreation, caregiving support including respite – and much more.

Complementary Services

National Youth Leadership Network

National

NYLN is a youth leader blog that shares information about leadership, disabilities, inspirations, and documentaries.

Complementary Services

The Morgan Project

National

Created in 2001, our mission is "to provide the tools for a therapeutic and fun experience to children, young adults and others with physical and developmental needs." We do this through our unique Quality of Life support programs, at Morgan's Place, and through volunteer outreach. Learn more about what we do and why we do it.

Complementary Services

Best Buddies

National

Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment, leadership development, and inclusive living for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

Complementary Services

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding

Tri-County

Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding empowers children and adults with disabilities to enjoy more active and fulfilling lives through therapeutic horsemanship.

Complementary Services

The Charleston Miracle League

Tri-County

The Charleston Miracle League makes memories by providing a life-changing experience for children and adults with mental and physical challenges through a community supported baseball league. Our children and adults leagues play in a state-of-the-art complex built specifically for them.

Complementary Services

Rein & Shine Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Tri-County

At Rein and Shine, students of all ages and abilities feel empowered in their newfound skills and able to better connect with others on a personal level

Day Program

Club Horizons

Tri-County

Our company focuses on special need individuals who may need some extra care during the day. We understand that caring for a loved one can take a toll on family members, which is why we provide adult day services that can give you a much-needed break in addition to benefits for your loved one. At Club Horizons, we are an adult day program that offers daily support and allows your loved one to return home in the evening. We take the time to understand exactly what it is that your loved one needs. We then develop a regimen that offers an array of activities to stimulate mental and physical well-being. But most of all, we work to enhance your loved one’s self-esteem and help them maintain their sense of independence.

Day Program

HEART

Tri-County

HEART provides visual arts, music, and performing arts mentorships and community engagement for adults with special needs who want to grow and develop as artists.

Day Program

Healing Farms

Tri-County

To provide hope and opportunity to people with disabilities and their families, while teaching the community to do the same.

Directory

Resource Connector, LLC

National

esource Connector, LLC, is a Socially Conscious For Profit Organization (SCFPO) striving to make information truly meaningful, impactful, and user friendly.

Directory

Hands on Health South Carolina

South Carolina

Directory

SCIWAY Disability Resources

South Carolina

Directory of SC Based organizations, agencies, & resources.

Directory

South Carolina DOE Disability Resources

South Carolina

Down Syndrome

Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry

Lowcountry

The Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry, established by a group of parents in the 1990s, is a volunteer driven organization created for local families. We wish to see our children and adults with Down syndrome live fulfilling, empowered lives and strive to meet the individual needs of each family. Our mission is simply: To provide support to new parents Enrich lives through art, athletic and educational opportunities and events To increase community awareness of Down Syndrome To enhance employment opportunities for people with Down Syndrome, and To improve education for students with Down Syndrome.

Down Syndrome

National Down Syndrome Society

National

The National Down Syndrome Society is the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

Dyslexia

Children & Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

National

In working towards our mission, the behavior of the CHADD staff and volunteer leadership is determined by the following core values: Integrity Respectful, open communication Quality of our work product and productivity in our work effort, to assure sustained customer satisfaction Flexibility and teamwork A demonstrated commitment to diversity in all its forms Dedicated to fulfilling CHADD’s mission with passion and enthusiasm

Dyslexia

International Dyslexia Association

National

To create a future for all individuals who struggle with dyslexia and other related reading differences so that they may have richer, more robust lives and access to the tools and resources they need.

Education

Berkeley County School District

Berkeley County

The vision of the Berkeley County Office of Special Services is to ensure positive outcomes for students through innovative instruction, a strength-based focus, and embracing individuality.

Education

Charleston County School District

Charleston County

The CCSD Department of Exceptional Children designs, delivers, and implements enhanced systems of supports that meet the unique needs of students with disabilities to ensure that all students have the knowledge, skills, and opportunities to be college and career-ready, independent, productive citizens.

Education

Pattinson's Academy

Charleston County

Pattison’s Academy is an education and rehabilitation academy providing comprehensive, year-round programs to support children with disabilities and their families. Our collaborative model integrates therapy and education to create a unique, individualized and intensive learning environment for every child that enters our doors.

Education

Dorchester County Board of Disabilities & Special Needs

Dorchester County

The Dorchester County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs develops, coordinates and operates services and programs for persons with intellectual disabilities, autism, and head and spinal cord injuries in Dorchester County. The Dorchester County Board of Disabilities is a non-profit, quasi-governmental agency governed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Governor of South Carolina upon recommendation of Dorchester County Council.

Education

Dorchester School District Two

Dorchester County

MISSION: Dorchester School District Two leading the way, every student, every day, through relationships, rigor, and relevance. VISION: Dorchester School District Two desires to be recognized as a “World Class” school district, expecting each student to achieve at his/her optimum level in all areas, and providing all members of our district family with an environment that permits them to do their personal best.

Education

STRIVE Worldwide

National

We at PSL Services/STRIVE are committed to being part of the community and assisting people with emotional and intellectual disabilities to live with dignity and respect as active members of our community. At PSL Services/STRIVE we work with the individuals who have selected us to support them in the life they have chosen.

Education

SC Department of Education

South Carolina

Education

SC Head Start Association

South Carolina

Head Start is a free program for young children from low-income families. Children who participate take part in fun activities which help develop educational and social skills. They also receive nutritious meals, health care, and play in a supervised setting. Our programs strive to deliver quality services to children and their families. Head Start helps all children succeed.