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Community Resources

South Carolina Resources

Autism Division of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) A part of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the Autism Division provides consultation, training and evaluation services for families of individuals with autism and the professionals who work with them. The Autism Division has an office in the DDSN agency building in Columbia.

Autism Speaks  Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, for the needs of individuals with autism and their families through advocacy and support; increasing understanding and acceptance of autism spectrum disorder and related conditions.

Easterseals, Taking on Disability Together  Easterseals provides exceptional services, education, outreach, and advocacy so that people living with autism and other disabilities can live, work and play in our communities. From child development centers to physical rehabilitation and job training for people with disabilities, Easterseals offers a variety of services to help people with disabilities address life’s challenges and achieve personal goals.

Family Connection of South Carolina  Family Connection offers parent-to-parent support. You can call and request a support parent, who will be another parent of a child with autism. They will be there to listen, offer advice, and help along the journey. Family Connection also offers monthly support groups, including those specifically for Autism. 

Project Hope Foundation  Our mission is to lead the way in providing a lifespan of services for the autism community through programs that: Help families, Open minds, Promote inclusion, and Expand potential.

South Carolina Autism Society  The mission of SCAS is to enable every individual with autism spectrum disorders in South Carolina to reach their maximum potential.

South Carolina Protection and Advocacy Inc. (P&A)  A private, nonprofit organization that provides a variety of protection and advocacy services for people with disabilities. Offers printed materials about advocacy for and legal rights of people with disabilities. Regional offices in Charleston, Columbia, Florence and Greenville.


National Resources

Autism Society  The Autism Society is the nation's leading grassroots autism organization. We work to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues about people across the spectrum, advocate for appropriate services for individuals of every age, and provide the latest information regarding treatment, education, research, and advocacy

National Autism Association:  parent-led non-profit organization which aims to provide support for families in areas of greatest need, such as safety, therapy and medical services. The NAA also funds impactful research studies and raises awareness about the autism epidemic.

Assistive Tech Apps for Children with Autism

South Carolina Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders Consortium (SCAND)