Resources/Links-Resource Guide

Resource Guide (retrieved from Family Connections Resource Guide)

Disability Organizations

P.O. Box 8707 (803) 935-5266
Columbia, SC 29202 1-866-300-9331
• Advocacy organization that provides information, training and support to people with
mental retardation or other lifelong disabilities and their families.

Assistive Technology
SC Assistive Technology Program
At USC 803-935-5263

Commission for the Blind
See “SC Commission for the Blind”

School for the Deaf and the Blind
See “SC School for the Deaf and the Blind”

Department of Health and Environmental Control- CareLine
• Provides information about prenatal care, infant heath care, transportation to medical
appointments, Family Planning services, well child checkups, immunizations, services for
Children with Special Health Care Needs (CSHCN), BabyNet, and Medicaid. Hours of
Operation: 8:30-5:00 M-F 

Department of Education: Office of Exceptional Children
Suite 808 803-734-8224
1429 Senate Street Fax: 803-734-4824
Columbia, SC 29201
• The Office of Exceptional Children ensures that all children with disabilities in the state
have available a free and appropriate public education (FAPE), protects the rights of these
children and their parents, and provides leadership to school districts and state-operated
programs in the provision of appropriate special educational services.

Department of Mental Health
Administration Building (803) 898 - 8581
2414 Bull Street TTY For Deaf Services: (864) 297-5130
Columbia, South Carolina 29202
• SC Department of Mental Health makes needed services available to any citizen of South
Carolina. Some consumers have private insurance or are eligible for Medicaid or
Medicare. For consumers who do not have insurance but are unable to cover the full
charges, the Department’s mental health centers have a hardship reduction policy, which
can result in reducing the fees. A payment plan can be worked out to help meet these
medical expenses. 

Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 1520 803-898-7462
Columbia, SC 29202-1520
• Child Care: ABC Special Needs Care Vouchers for children under 19 who have deferring
abilities and developmental delays such as autism, mental retardation, Down Syndrome, or
brain and spinal cord injuries. A child may also be eligible if they are receiving physical
therapy, occupational, or speech therapy through their local county school district and have
an Individualized Education Plan(IEP). Families may qualify for special child care
vouchers (slots) if the parent is employed, or is enrolled in a school or training program, or
is also disabled. Special Needs applications are available through the agencies below:
• Local County Departments of Disabilities and Special Needs
• The SC School for the Deaf & Blind
• The BabyNet and CRS Offices located at the county Department of Health and
Environmental Control offices
For questions regarding the ABC Special Needs Voucher program, call: Donna Casteen
at (803) 898-9735 or email her at:

Easter Seals SC-State Headquarters
• Provides services to people with disabilities. Teams of therapists, early
interventionists, and other health professionals help each person overcome obstacles to
independence and reach his or her personal goals. Funds Project Action – a national
program for solving transit accessibility issues.
Federation of Families of SC
P.O. Box 1266 (803) 799-0402
Columbia, SC 29202 1-866-779-0402
Home Page:
• An advocacy, information and referral organization for families of children and adolescents
with emotional, behavioral, or psychiatric disorders. The Federation of Families of South
Carolina is a nonprofit organization established to serve the families of children with any
degree of emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorder. The services and programs offered
by the Federation are designed to meet the individual and varying needs of families around
the state. Through support networks, educational materials, publications, conferences/workshops and other activities, the Federation provides many avenues of support for families of children with emotional, behavioral or psychiatric disorders.
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Muscular Dystrophy Association
(803) 799-7435
Fax: (803) 799-3046
Home Page:
• MDA combats neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research,
comprehensive medical and community services, and far-reaching professional and public
health education.

National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI) of SC
P.O. Box 1267 (803)733-9593
5000 Thurmond Mall Boulevard, Suite 205 1-800-733-9591
Columbia, SC 29202
• A nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with serious
mental illnesses and their families through support, education, and advocacy.

652 Bush River Road (803) 772-5688
Suite 203 1-800-759-4776
Columbia, SC 29210 Fax: (803) 772-5341
• Parents Reaching Out to Parents of South Carolina, Inc., is a private, non-profit
organization that provides information and training about education to families of children
with all types of disabilities. PRO-Parents believes parents can be the best advocates for
their children. Experienced advisors assist parents to become more aware of their rights
and responsibilities through telephone counseling, workshops and written material.
With confidence and knowledge, parents can then participate as equal partners with
professionals on behalf of their children. PRO-Parents also serves professionals in
education and related fields throughout South Carolina.
PRO-Parents provides training to parents of children with disabilities to prepare them to
make decisions about their child's education: Regional Education Coordinators conduct
free workshops around the state on several topics:
- Parents' rights and responsibilities under the law: An overview of the special
education process.
- How to participate successfully in designing the Individualized Education Program
(IEP) for your child.
- What does “inclusion” really mean? What constitutes the “least restrictive
- How to advocate effectively and work collaboratively with professionals.
- The laws: What are they and how do they differ? How do they protect my child
with special needs?
- Transition: What help can I expect as my child prepares to leave school?
- Attention Deficit Disorder: Effective educational intervention.

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities
3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208 1-866.275.7273
Columbia, SC 29204 (TTY) 1.866.232.4525
• Mission: To protect the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities in SC by:
- Enabling individuals to advocate for themselves
- Speaking on their behalf when they’ve been discriminated against or denied a service to
which they are entitled
- Promoting policies and services which respect their choices
P&A's services are provided statewide. Services are NOT limited by age, race, sex, type of
disability, income, residency, or religion. There are no fees for services.

Social Security Administration (SSI)
Strom Thurmond Fed Bldg. 1-800-772-1213
1835 Assembly Street (TTY) (800) 325-0778
Columbia, SC 29201
• The Social Security Administration is responsible for the following benefits:
- Disability benefits
- Retirement benefits
- Survivor benefits
- Supplemental Security Income Program (SSI). The SSI program makes payments to
people with low income who are 65 or older or are blind or have a disability.
Amount of monthly payment is dependent on income.
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SC Autism Society
806 12th Street 1-800-438-4790
West Columbia, SC 29169 803-750-6988
• Provides information and referrals to individuals, professionals and people with autism and
their families.

SC Commission for the Blind
1430 Confederate Avenue 800.922.2222
P. O. Box 2467 Email:
Columbia, S.C. 29202
• Their mission is to provide quality, individualized vocational rehabilitation services,
independent living services, and prevention of blindness services to blind and visually
impaired consumers leading to competitive employment and social and economic
independence. These services are made available with state and Federal funding, and there
is no charge to consumers for services. ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Eligibility for
most services is contingent upon meeting the legal definition of blindness. having a central
visual acuity of 20/200 in the better eye with best corrective lens, or a visual field of 20
degrees or less. Individuals with a severe visual disability that will result in legal blindness
also are eligible for services. Legal blindness must be verified by an acceptable eye
examination. There are financial eligibility requirements for some services. 
(retrieved June, 2009 from
SC Independent Living Council (SCILC)
810 Dutch Square Blvd., Suite 214 (803) 731-1607
Columbia, SC 29210 TTY: (803) 731-1400
• The council seeks to provide leadership to empower people with disabilities. The SCILC
conducts a variety of activities and provides support and assistance to centers for
independent living in developing the advocacy skills and interests of South Carolinians
with disabilities.
Four core services: These services are provided for people with disabilities:
- Advocacy
- Independent Living Skills
- Peer Counseling
- Information and Referral
(retrieved June, 2009 from

SC School for the Deaf and the Blind
355 Cedar Springs Road (864) 585-7711
Spartanburg, SC 29032-4699 Fax: (864) 585-3555
• A specialized instructional and resource center that provides services statewide for deaf,
blind and sensory multidisabled individuals (both children and adults), their families and
professionals: offers programs for preschool, elementary, high school, sensory
multidisabled, vocational and postsecondary students as well as outreach and support
services; offers camps for children with hearing or vision disabilities; provides training
workshops for parents and professional. Regional Centers throughout the state.

SC Vocational Rehabilitation
1410 Boston Ave., P.O. Box 15 1-800-832-7526
West Columbia, SC 29171-0015 TTY: (803) 896-6553
• The SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department is an employment agency for people with
disabilities. Many of our clients are highly motivated but need help developing work skills.
After eligibility is established, each client participates in an assessment to determine which
vocational rehabilitation services are needed to help the client prepare for employment. The
SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department serves people who want to work but are hindered
from doing so by a physical or mental disability. Information is available at any SCVRD
office. When a person with a disability applies for VR services, a team of vocational
rehabilitation specialists helps determine eligibility. If VR services could improve that
person's prospects of competitive employment, eligibility can be established. Existing
records are used in determining eligibility. A VR team helps each new client understand
the options available in setting and reaching a vocational goal. SCVRD’s informed choice
policy makes each client a full partner in the vocational rehabilitation process with access
to all the information needed to make necessary decisions. 

Abridged Resources Directory by Topics

Health Medical, Developmental

SC Autism Society 1-800-438-4790
806 12th Street 803-750-6988
West Columbia, SC 29169

SC Assistive Technology Program
At USC 803-935-5263

BabyNet 1-877-621-0865

Children’s Rehabilitative Services (CRS) 803-898-0784

Community Long Term Care (CLTC) 803-898-2590
CareLine 1-800-868-0404

Local DSN Boards
Please call the SC Department of Disabilities
and Special Needs (DDSN)  To get the number of your local
DSN Board at 1-888-376-4636

Family Connection of South Carolina Inc. 800-578-8750
2712 Middleburg Dr. Suite 103-B 803-252-0914
Columbia SC. 29204

Greenwood Genetic Center 864-941-8100
One Gregor Mendel Cr. 888-442-4363
Greenwood, SC 29646

Shriners Hospital in Greenville 864-271-3444

SC Children’s AIDS Care System 803-898-0291

SC Department of Disabilities and 803-898-9600 or
Special Needs 1-888-376-4636

SC Department of Health and 1-800-933-1825 or
Human Services, Premium 1-888-549-0820
Payment Project 

SC School for the Deaf and the Blind 1-877-225-8337

Social Security Office 1-800-772-1213

WIC (Women Infant and Children) 1-800-922-4406
Emotional/Mental Health

(Children and Adults with Attention Deficit) 1-800-233-4050
The Continuum of Care for Emotionally
Disturbed Children 1-888-539-8863 

SC Department of Mental Health 1-800-763-1024
The Federation of Families of SC 1-866-779-0402

NAMI (National Alliance for the Mentally Ill) 1-800-788-5131

Educational Resources

Center for Disability Resources Library
at USC 1-803-733-3310

Department of Education Office for
Exceptional Children 1-800-763-5497

Protection and Advocacy for People with
Disabilities 1-800-800-6997

Family Connection of South Carolina Inc. 800-578-8750
2712 Middleburg Dr. Suite 103-B 803-252-0914
Columbia SC. 29204
Reading materials and Resources

SCAutism Society 1-800-438-4790
806 12th Street 803-750-6988
West Columbia, SC 29169

SC First Steps to School Readiness 1-877-621-0865


Partners for Health 1-888-549-0820

TEFRA (Katie Beckett Waiver) 1-800-578-8750

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) 1-800-772-1213

SC Health Insurance Pool
(SCHIP) 1-800-868-2500 ext.42757

Services Providers (Early Interventionist and Service Coordination)

1300 Sumter Street, Suite 203  803-734-0479
Columbia, SC 29201 877-621-0865

main office: 1514 Pickens Street
Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 929-1112; fax (803) 929-1418
-serving Richland & Lexington Counties
upstate office: 105-G Hunt Street
Greer, SC 29650
(864) 801-2081; fax (864) 801-2818
e-mail address:
Easter Seals SC-State Headquarters 803-256-0735
PO Box 5715 800-951-4090
Columbia, SC 29203

Epworth Early Intervention Services 803-212-4757
PO Box 50466
2900 Millwood Ave
Columbia SC, 29250

Play Works Inc. 864-599-9229
555 John B. White, Sr. Blvd. 866-752-9967
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Local DSN Boards
Please call the SC Department
of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN)
To get the number of your local
DSN Board at 1-888-376-4636

SC School for the Deaf and the Blind 877-225-8337

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