The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) maintains a statewide network of dentists who have indicated they will provide oral-dental treatment to individuals with special health care needs. You can access this network through the following link: http://www.handsonhealth-sc.org/dental/.
One of the many attributes of this link is the user's ability to indicate specific variables about the individual seeking dental care, such as type of disability, age, and insurance status. The network is maintained by Dr. Carlos Salinas whose mission is to eliminate oral health disparities and increase the quality of life for individuals with special health care needs, particularly those of low income and minority groups. We hope you find this website helpful as you help to increase access to dental care for people you work with.
Kathi K. Lacy, Associate State Director-Policy
South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo 2011
Free and open to the public
Don’t miss the chance to see and try cutting-edge products and services for people with all types of disabilities and age-related limitations! This event is offered only once a year and is the only event of its kind in South Carolina.
Over 50 exhibits and 15 workshops are available, free of charge at the South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo on March 15, 2011 at the Columbia Conference Center.
Some workshop topics include: home and vehicle modifications, augmentative communication for people who have trouble speaking, iPad and iPod applications for students and for communication challenges, literacy and study supports for students, making electronic information accessible, and tools that help people with brain injury.
For more information about the Expo, call Lydia Durham at the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program: 800-915-4522 or 803-935-5263. Email Lydia.Durham@uscmed.sc.edu.
This year's Expo features another unique opportunity, free of charge. The Disability Action Center and Walton Options for Independent Living are providing a disinfecting, cleaning service through a system known as the "Hubscrub." Bring your non-electronic equipment like wheelchairs, walkers, commode chairs and bath chairs. For more information about the Hubscrub event call the Disability Action Center at 1-800-681-6805 or 803-779-512.
Our 2011 Strides for Autism events will again begin with flag ceremonies conducted by scouts affected by autism. To sign up for this fun opportunity, please click here.
Join us for an Autism Swim night at the Golden Strip YMCA in Simpsonville! March 13 from 5:00 - 6:30 pm.
Click here for more information and to register online.
Dance Theatre of Columbia to Host Event for Children with Disablilities
Dance Theatre of Columbia will host a sensory-friendly production of “Alice In Wonderland”. This production is free to families of children with autism and other sensory disabilities. The production will be held at Good Sheppard Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, Saturday March 19th at 3 pm.
Good Sheppard Lutheran Church is located at 3909 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC.
Please call to make your reservations: Dance Theatre of Columbia 788-7517 or Tami Covert at 309-5189.
Purchase your tickets now to see the full production of “Alice in Wonderland” at the Koger Center Saturday, March 26th, 7:00pm- www.capitoltickets.com or by calling (803) 251-2222
Proceeds from the production will benefit the SC Autism Society and The Therapy Place.
Please share this with all of your contacts:
Disability Advocacy Day is fast approaching! March 2, 2011 - 9:00 a.m. registration.
As Disability Advocacy Day approaches I wanted to go over a few things about the day to help make it a great success for you and for the cause.
Here is an agenda for the day:
8:30- Registration in the Blatt Building (Corner of Assembly and Pendleton) in Room 101. There you will sign in (having a count helps up promote the need and shows the need). You will receive a South Carolina Living Magazine, donated by the Electric Coops, with the legislative guide. In that magazine there are 3 posters (1 for your State Representative, 1 for your State Senator and 1 for you to keep) and a bright yellow label saying “No Cuts for Disabilities.” This label helps to identify your cause.
¨ If you are new this year, and have questions, please look for a volunteer who will be wearing a red ribbon.
Till 10:00 – Visit your Representative and Senator
From the time you register until 10:00, go visit your House Member and Senator. If you can, set up an appointment before hand. If you did not set up an appointment, stop by their office and leave them a poster with your name and a short note. There is plenty of space on the poster to write a short note.
¨ Our goal is that every member receives a visit.
¨ If you have never visited your elected officials before and would like to have an experienced parent go with you, Family Connection will have volunteers on hand to attend with you. They can help show you the ropes.
By 10:00 am – Be in the Upstairs Lobby of the State House!
Filling the lobby and the galleries helps to visually show lawmakers how important these issues are. We will be introduced from the floor of the House sometime that morning. Those in the gallery will be asked to stand to be recognized.
11:30 – Self Advocates Rally South Side Steps of the State House
Come and here how potential cuts will affect self advocates. Feel free to bring your picnic lunch!
2:00 – Senate Gallery
It may be getting late in the day, but the Senate will also introduce us from the floor. Show your support by being in the gallery.
Autism Awareness Month is coming up in April, and there are several exciting events coming up! The latest to be added include:
Rolling for Autism Awareness Bowling Tournament
Autism Awareness Poker Run
Click here for more information on these and other Special Events!
Click here to view the latest SC-DDSN Family and Friends Newsletter.
The February SCAS Update Newsletter is now posted online.
Click here to find out more about Disability Advocacy Day, Strides for Autism, and many other Upcoming Events!
Mark your calendars for Disability Advocacy Day 2011 to be held on Wednesday, March 2.
Click here for a complete package of information.