Attention South Carolinians with lifelong disabilities, family members, and service providers!
Join us at the Statehouse March 6th for the 24th annual Disability Advocacy Day!
Click here for more information, including directions and FREE parking.
Our 2013 priorities include the following:
Tentative Schedule of Events
Registration in the Blatt Building 8:30 – 9:30
Appointments with Legislators or Staff 8:30 – 9:15
Walk (Meet at Strom Thurmond Statue) 9:15 – 9:45
Press Conference 9:45 – 10:00
Floor of State House/Balcony 10:00 – 11:30
Self Advocacy Rally & Lunch 11:30 – 12:30
Steps to take in NOW:
If you or your child lives in a group home or assisted living community, we want you to attend DAD, too! Please contact the assisted living community or group home to see if DAD is on the schedule for March 6. Ask if the home is planning transportation for DAD and, if you're a parent, offer to be a chaperone. There is a self advocate rally held at the end of the day, and it is always a highlight for attendees. With so many group home providers in the state, we should be able to flood our state house with self advocates.
For more information on the self advocate rally or if you are interested in speaking, contact Deona Lindholm at email@example.com or (864)450.0607
Each shoe will represent someone who is not receiving the services they need to lead a happy, safe and healthy life. The shoes will fill the state house steps on March 6 to create a visual representation of just how many individuals are waiting to receive services.
Donations are accepted through the end of February at Family Connection, The Arc of SC, Team Therapy and Palmetto Language & Speech. If you do not live in Columbia and still wish to donate, contact Margie Williamson at Margie@arcsc.org or (803)431-5405.
To find out who your legislators are, visit www.sc.gov or call the voter registration office in your county.
Disability Advocacy Day Co-sponsors: SC Autism Society; Brain Injury Association of SC; The Arc of SC - Advocates for Rights for Citizens; SC Spinal Cord Injury Association; SC Human Service Providers, Inc.; The Disability Action Center, Inc.; SC Chapter - American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD); SC Respite Coalition; Family Connection of SC; Babcock Center, Inc.; People on the Go - Self Advocacy; IMPACT; PRO-parents.
Below is a list of summer camps available for children and adults with special needs. As more come available we will post them.
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It is with great sadness that I must report to you the news that Craig Stoxen, President and CEO of South Carolina Autism Society, passed away Wednesday. Craig had been with the South Carolina Autism Society for over 15 years and had made many strides to bring supports and services to families across South Carolina affected by autism spectrum disorders. Craig will be deeply missed!
Services for Craig Stoxen will be held as follows:
No visitation is scheduled.
Many people have asked how to send condolences to the family. Until other arrangements are made, you can send cards to The Stoxen Family to the SCAS Columbia office and we will ensure they get to his family.
The Stoxen Family
We do not have any information at this time on the family’s memorial designations. When we receive that information, we will forward it on.
Craig Charles Stoxen, 48, of Rock Hill, and formerly of Columbia, died Tuesday, February, 5, 2013. Born in Burlington, Wisconsin, he was a son of Harry A. “Bud” Stoxen and the late Ferne A. Mesmer Stoxen. Craig graduated from Winona State University, Class of 1988. Following graduation he joined the Lutheran Volunteer Corps. While serving the Food Bank of Delaware, Craig met his future wife, Christine. They married on July 7, 1990. While in Delaware, he also worked for Lutheran Social Services in DE. Craig and Christine moved to Columbia in 1996, where he worked for Planned Parenthood for a short time before Craig joined the SC Autism Society as their President and CEO. During his stay in Columbia, Craig received his Master of Arts in Religion from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary. Craig enjoyed photography, traveling, woodworking and cooking. He served on the board of directors of The Babcock Center and was a member of Grace Lutheran Church of Rock Hill, where Christine serves as pastor.
Kim Thomas has officially been appointed Interim Director of SCAS, by vote of the Board of Directors on Friday. Kim will be assessing SCAS’s activities during the next few weeks to determine best steps to move operations ahead effectively. The Board of Directors and Staff are committed to supporting Kim as we go forward, to continue caring service to our families and all individuals with ASDs in South Carolina.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this transition.
THEY'LL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE DANCE
Fathers, take your daughters by the hand, and mothers, guide your sons to the dance floor. The 2013 Spectrum Ball is a night of dancing and celebration for families living with someone on the Autism spectrum. It's a fun, safe, and sensory-appropriate dance.
For more information
If you are interested in volunteering to help with food, activities, decorations, etc., please email Susan at SusanL@scautism.org
TOP Soccer – spring 2013!
This is our schedule for TOP Soccer this spring.
The dates are:
All times 4:15 pm to 5:30 pm.
Again, we will be at the
Carolina Indoor Soccer
1072 S. Batesville Rd., Greer SC
864 879 0003
4:15 pm to 5:30 pm
At TOP Soccer we function in a very relaxed fashion.
TOP Soccer is for Players with special needs and we use Buddies to assist them with the activities. Buddies do not need to be experienced soccer players. They only need a desire to help others.
More information is available at the CESA website (http://www.carolinaelitesc.com/TOPSoccer/index_E.html)
[Note: We will have the schedule on the web site updated soon.]
And the South Carolina Youth Soccer Site: http://www.scysa.org/programs/topsoccer.aspx
Or at check in.
Buddies we ask that you to sign in when you come to help.
No reservations required, just come ready to have fun.
Drinks & Snacks
At the end of the sessions we try and provide a snack and drink for all the players and buddies as they leave. At our first meeting we will have a signup sheet for people to volunteer to bring snacks or drinks to one of the sessions this season. Check at the table when you check in. Thank you very much for helping with this.
We try maintaining our email list as current as possible. If you would like to be removed from the address list please let us know, if you know of someone who would like to be included please let us know, if you would like us to use a different address please let us know, and if there is something else you think we could do to improve TOP Soccer please let us know.
A Special Welcome to:
Wendy Shockley upon her return to the Upstate after her short sabbatical in Arizona. We hope to see her often at our sessions this spring.
If you have any questions contact Richard Delap (864 268 1835), or Pearse Tormey (864 329 1113).
Project HOPE has a new Adult Day Services program being started by Hope Reach. There will be a presentation about it at the SC Autism Society Upstate Office on Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:00 am.
Please see the flyer below for additional information.
Join friends new and old at the Camp Spearhead Spring Family Camp in Greenville, SC. The Camp is open to families affected by any disability, and of any age.
Click here for more information.
University of South Carolina
Research Recruitment for Infants and Adolescents!
Dr. Jane Roberts at the University of South Carolina Department of Psychology is recruiting participants for two NIH-funded studies examining the development of infants with an older sibling with autism and adolescents with autism or fragile X syndrome.
For the infant study, we are looking for male infants with an older sibling who has been diagnosed with autism. We are recruiting siblings from birth through 12 months of age for participation in this study. Participation includes assessments in the home at 6, 9, and 24 months of age and a trip to USC at 12 months of age (travel expenses covered).
For the adolescent study, we are recruiting males with autism or fragile X syndrome ages 14-20 years to participate in our study examining language outcomes in these populations. Participation includes 4 yearly visits to USC for development, language, and autism-specific assessments (travel expenses covered).
If you or someone you know is interested in participating please contact us. Also, if you simply want more information on the study details, please visit our website at www.uscdevlab.com or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org and phone (803) 777-5676.