Welcome to the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) Website. We are currently working to enhance our website by making it easier for you to navigate.
SCDDSN is the state agency that plans, develops, oversees and funds services for South Carolinians with severe, lifelong disabilities of intellectual disability, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and conditions related to each of these four disabilities. Our mission is to assist people with disabilities and their families in meeting needs, pursuing possibilities and achieving life goals, and to minimize the occurrence and reduce the severity of disabilities through prevention.
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Autism Awareness Month
April is recognized as Autism Awareness month. Autism Speaks has been asking families and businesses to participate in spreading awareness through the Light It Up Blue campaign. Light It Up Blue is a unique global initiative to help raise awareness about the growing public health concern that is autism. The DDSN Autism Division is asking you to support this campaign by wearing blue clothing each Thursday in April (2, 9, 16, 23, and 30).
Autism is a complex neurobiological disorder that inhibits a person's ability to communicate and develop social relationships, and is often accompanied by behavioral challenges. Autism Spectrum Disorders are diagnosed in one in 68 children; one in 42 boys in the United States, affecting four times as many boys as girls. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have called autism a national public health crisis whose cause and cure remain unknown.
To learn more about Autism Awareness month and the Light It Up Blue campaign, click on these links:
New CMS Final Rule
SCDHHS MCAC Update to the Home and Community-Based Waiver programs
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Under the new law, the terms “mental retardation” and “mentally retarded” will be stripped from DDSN policy, procedures, standards, and the like. “Intellectual disability” and ”individual with an intellectual disability” will be inserted in their place. Likewise, the combination of “mental retardation or a related disability” (aka MR/RD) will be replaced with “intellectual disability or a related disability” (aka ID/RD). In addition to these language changes, the following term will be stripped from DDSN policy, procedures, standards, and the like: “Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Mental Retardation” (aka “ICF/MR”). “Intermediate Care Facility for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities” (aka ICF/ID) will be inserted in their place. These changes will occur as laws and documents come up for revision over these next several years. The language swap will not alter the rights of individuals with disabilities nor will it alter the diagnostic criteria or conditions required for DDSN eligibility or for federal or state benefits.
Please use the link below if you would like to view the DDSN website in Spanish:
(This translation is provided as an unofficial, non-binding aid only. The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs does not in any way guarantee the accuracy, completeness, appropriateness, appearance, function or any other aspect of the translated result.
Por favor haga clic aquí para ver el sitio web DDSN en español. Gracias