South Carolina Autism Resources

Each state sets eligibility ages for services to children and youth with disabilities.
For current information concerning this state, please contact the office listed under
STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: Special Education Services.

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STATE DEPARTMENT OF  EDUCATION:  Special Education Services STATE VOCATIONAL  Rehabilitation Agency DEVELOPMENTAL 
DISABILITIES
Planning Council
DISABILITY 
Organizations
PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN ages 3 through 5 STATE VOCATIONAL
Special Needs Programs
DISABILITIES
Advocacy  Program
UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED
Programs  
 
EARLY
Intervention System
DEPARTMENT OF  MENTAL
HEALTH 
for children and youth.
CLIENT ASSISTANCE
Program
TECHNOLOGY RELATED
Assistance
PARENTS Training and Information Project DEP. OF DISABILITIES Special Needs PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN with Special Health Care Needs. PARENT-TEACHER Association (PTA)

 

STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION: SPECIAL EDUCATION

Ora Spann, Director
State Department of Education
Office of Programs for Exceptional Children 
1429 Senate Street, Room 808
Columbia, SC 29201
            (803) 734-8806      
E-mail: ospann@sde.state.sc.us

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH DISABILITES:
AGES 3 THROUGH 5

Norma Donaldson-Jenkins, Education Associate 
Office of Programs for Expectional Children
1429 Senate Street, 8th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
            (803) 734-8811      
E-mail: njenkins@sde.state.sc.us

PROGRAMS FOR INFANTS AND TODDLERS WITH DISABILITIES:
AGES BIRTH THROUGH 2

Kathy Hart, Part H Coordinator
Dept. of Health & Environmental Control/Baby Net
Robert Mills Complex, Box 101106
Columbia, SC 29211 
            (803) 737-4046      

STATE VOCATIONAL REHABILITATION AGENCY

P. Charles LaRosa, Jr., Commissioner
Vocational Rehabilitation Department
1410 Boston Avenue, P.O. Box 15 
West Columbia, SC 29171-0015
            (803) 896-6504      

OFFICE OF STATE COORDINATOR OF VOCATIONAL
EDUCATION FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Steve Abbott, Education Associate
Office of Occupational Education
Rutledge Building, 9th Floor, 924
Columbia, SC 29201 
            (803) 734-8486      
E-mail: sabbott@sde.state.sc.us

STATE MENTAL HEALTH AGENCY

Stephen M. Sottys, State Director
Department of Mental Health 
Box 485 
Columbia, SC 29202
            (803) 734-7780      

STATE MENTAL HEALTH REPRESENTATIVE FOR CHILDREN AND YOUTH

Jerome H. Hanley, Director 
Division of Children, Adolescents & their Families
Department of Mental Health 
2414 Bull Street, Room 304 
Columbia, SC 29201
            (803) 734-7859      
E-mail: VW143@co.dmh.state.sc.us

STATE DISABILITIES AND SPECIAL NEEDS

Stanley J. Butkus, Director 
Department of Disabilities & Special Needs
3440 Harden Street Extension, P.O. Box 4706
Columbia, SC 29240 
            (803) 737-6444      
URL: http://www.state.sc.us/ddsn

STATE DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES PLANNING COUNCIL

Charles Lang, Executive Director 
SC DD Council 
Edgar Brown Bldg.
1205 Pendleton Street, Room 372 
Columbia, SC 29201 
            (803) 734-0465      

PROTECTION AND ADVOCACY AGENCY

Gloria M. Prevost, Executive Director 
P&A for People with Disabilities
3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208 
Columbia, SC 29204 
            (803) 782-0639      ;             (800) 922-5225       (In SC) 
            (800) 531-9781       (Spanish)
E-mail: scpa0639@aol.com

CLIENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Larry Barker, Director
Office of Governor; Division of Ombudsman & Citizen Svcs
Edgar Brown Bldg., Room 308
1205 Pendelton St.
Columbia, SC 29201
            (803) 734-0285      ;             (800) 868-0040       (In SC)

PROGRAMS FOR CHILDREN WITH SPECIAL HEALTH CARE NEEDS

Linda Price, Director
Division of Children’s Rehabilitative Services 
Department of Health & Environmental Control 
1751 Calhoun Street, Box 101106 
Columbia, SC 29211
            (803) 737-4072      

STATE AGENCY FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Donald Gist, Commissioner 
Commission for the Blind 
1430 Confederate Avenue
Columbia, SC 29201 
            (803) 734-7520      

STATE SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF AND THE BLIND

Sheila Breitweiser, President
South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind
355 Cedar Springs Road
Spartanburg, SC 29302-4699
            (864) 585-7711      

STATE EDUCATION AGENCY RURAL REPRESENTATIVE

Jean Schwartz, Education Associate
Orthopedically Handicapped, Department of Education 
Office of Technical Assistance
1429 Senate Street, 506 Rutledge Bldg. 
Columbia, SC 29201-3730 
            (803) 734-8223      

DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS

Attention Deficit Disorder
To identify an ADD group in your state or locality, contact either:Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorders (CH.A.D.D.)
499 NW 70th Avenue, Suite 101
Plantation, FL 33317
            (954) 587-3700      
            (800) 233-4050       (Voice mail to request information packet)
URL: http://www.chadd.org

Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA)
P.O. Box 972
Mentor, OH 44061
            (216) 350-9595      
            (800) 487-2282       (Voice mail to request information packet)
E-mail: NATLADDA@aol.com
URL: http://www.add.org

Autism
Craig Stoxen, Executive Director
SC Autism Society 
229 Parson Street, Suite 315
W. Columbia, SC 29169
            (803) 794-2300      
E-mail: scautismsociety@juno.com

Brain Injury
Charles L. McLafferty, President
Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
P.O. Box 1912
Orangeburg, SC 29116
            (803) 531-3376      

Epilepsy
Christine Porter, Executive Director
Epilepsy Association of the Midlands
Logan Community School
815 Elmwood Avenue, Room 307
Columbia, SC 29201
            (803) 733-6210       

Learning Disabilities 
Carol Sunderman, President
Learning Disabilities Association of SC
P.O. Box 1592
Cayce, SC 29033
            (803) 926-8302      

Mental Health 
Rebecca Miles, Executive Director
Mental Health Association in SC 
1823 Gadsden Street 
Columbia, SC 29201 
            (803) 779-5363       

Yvonne Miller
SC Alliance for the Mentally Ill 
P.O. Box 963
Columbia, SC 29202-2963
            (803) 561-0000      ;             (800) 788-5131      

Mental Retardation 
Judith E. Cooper, Executive Secretary 
The Arc of SC
P.O. Box 8707
Columbia, SC 29202
            (803) 935-5266      

Speech and Hearing 
Jennifer Mungo, President
SC Speech-Language-Hearing Association 
3008 Millwood Avenue 
Columbia, SC 29205 
            (803) 252-5646      

OTHER DISABILITY ORGANIZATIONS 

Joseph D. Jones, CEO
Easter Seals Society
3020 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC 29203 
            (803) 256-0735      ;             (800) 951-4090      Denise Rivers, Director
South Carolina Services Information System
Center for Developmental Disabilities
University of South Carolina School of Medicine
Columbia, SC 29208
            (803) 935-5231       (Admin. Number Only)
            (803) 935-5300       (Columbia Area)
            (800) 922-1107       
E-mail: scsis@cdd.sc.edu

Family Connection of SC, Inc.
2712 Middleburg Drive, Suite 103B
Columbia, SC 29204
            (803) 252-0914       (in Columbia)
            (864) 455-6213       (in Greenville)
            (800) 578-8750      

UNIVERSITY AFFILIATED PROGRAM

Richard Ferrante, Director
UAP of South Carolina
USC School of Medicine
Center for Developmental Disabilities 
Columbia, SC 29208 
            (803) 935-5231      
E-mail: richardf@cdd.sc.edu

TECHNOLOGY-RELATED ASSISTANCE

Evelyn Evans, Project Director
SC Assistive Technology Project
USC School of Medicine
Center for Developmental Disabilities
Columbia, SC 29208
            (803) 935-5263      
URL: http://www.scapt@scsn.net

PARENT TRAINING AND INFORMATION PROJECT

Mary Eaddy, Director
PRO-PARENTS
2712 Middleburg Drive, Suite 203
Columbia, SC 29204
            (803) 779-3859       (V/TTY);             (800) 759-4776       (In SC) (V/TTY)
E-mail: pro-parents@aol.com

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA) 

Bev Hildreth, President
South Carolina Congress of Parents and Teachers
1826 Henderson Street
Columbia, SC 29201-2619
            (800) 743-3782      


South Carolina Web

Civil Liberties and Human Rights  
ACLU of South Carolina Community 
South Carolina State and Local Government 
Lowcountry Arts and Cultural Council 

Children and Youth  
Carolina Children’s Charity 
Children Unlimited, Inc. 
Summerville YMCA 

Family and Parenting 
Christian Family Services 
 

Disability Information  
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont Health  
American Diabetes Association South Carolina Affiliate 
Emergency Living Family Fund 
Free Medical Clinic 
Gift of Life Trust Fund 
Hospice for the Carolinas 

Education  
Downtown Toastmasters Club 
South Carolina Govenor’s School For the Academics 
 

Community Service (Volunteering)  
Foothills United Way Youth Volunteer Corps 
Volunteer Center, Inc. – Charleston
Job Training and Workplace  
Goodwill Industries of the Southern Piedmont
Homelessness and Housing  
Habitat for Humanity – Central South Carolina
Recovery, Addiction, and Abuse  
Al-Anon Family Groups