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Non-State Agencies
able Able SC is a Center for Independent Living (CIL), an organization not about “helping” people with disabilities, but built on the central concept of self-empowerment. It’s a consumer-controlled, community-based, cross disability nonprofit that provides an array of independent living services. We do everything it takes to empower people with disabilities to live active, self-determined lives: advocacy, service and support. More than half of our staff are persons with disabilities, as are over half of our Board of Directors. We didn’t just learn this; we live it. Able SC serves the following counties: Chester, Clarendon, Calhoun, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter, York, Abbeville, Anderson, Cherokee, Greenville, Greenwood, Laurens, Oconee, Pickens, Spartanburg, and Union.
CDR The Center for Disability Resources Library consists of books, DVDs, brochures, and audiotapes covering a variety of disability-related topics. The library is located within the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library on Garners Ferry Road, and has reference librarians available, Monday-Friday.
  Individuals Motivating People to Achieve Change Together (I.M.P.A.C.T.) is a state-wide self-advocacy council for South Carolina. IMPACT SC members present and attend statewide and national conferences and represent our state by participating in various committees to address issues, such as, transportation and voting rights.
Self Advocates Self Advocates Becoming Empowered (SABE) is the oldest national self-advocacy organization in the country. SABE’s mission since its formation in 1990 has been to support people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in speaking up for themselves on issues that impact their lives.
TASC Transition Alliance of South Carolina is focused on providing interagency teams the resources to increase their capacity to collaboratively and effectively serve young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are transitioning from high school to adult-life.
CP Guide Cerebral Palsy Guide provides free educational materials, financial options and support to help those across the country affected by this disorder.
awareness Have You Ever Thought About What It Would Be Like To Have a Disability? (PDF)
Arc The South Carolina chapter
Myrtle Beach chapter
National Chapter
Brain Injury SC Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
Brain Injury Association of America
FSC Family Connection SC
Families with shared experiences are uniquely qualified to help each other, offering support, guidance and encouragement. Because of this, all of our programs and services are family centered and based on the concept of parent-to-parent support. Whether you’re just beginning your journey or have a question along the way, we offer a variety of services and resources that can help.
SC Access Information on Aging and Disabilities Services
SC Assist. Technology South Carolina Assistive Technology Program
SCAS South Carolina Autism Society
DDC South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council
SCSIA SC Spinal Cord Injury Association
National Spinal Cord Injury Association
Special Olympics SC Special Olympics South Carolina
USC Supported Community Living Initiative Website
HHS United States Dept. of Health & Human Services - Office on Disability
VOR VOR is a national organization that advocates for high quality care and human rights for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
  Young adults with an intellectual disability can realize their dreams of a college education. Five South Carolina colleges offer programs that deliver the full college experience and the lifelong benefits that go with it.


State Agencies

A Palmetto ABLE account is an investment account available to eligible individuals with disabilities. Palmetto ABLE accounts are made possible by the federal Achieving a Better Life Experience ("ABLE") Act. Palmetto ABLE accounts allow individuals with disabilities to save and invest money without losing eligibility for certain public benefits programs, like Medicaid or SSI. Earnings in your Palmetto ABLE account are not subject to federal or state income tax, so long as you spend them on "Qualified Disability Expenses." Learn more at South Carolina State Government Web Site
COC Continuum of Care
DAODAS Department of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Services
OSES The Office of Special Education Services (OSES) is excited to announce the release of the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Virtual Library on the SCDE Website. The ASD Virtual Library has been designed to provide research, resources, printable materials, and links to information on ASD. Created to support educators, administrators, parents, students, and the public in general, the Library is categorized to include the areas of academic, behavior, parent, collaborative, and other resources. 
SCCB The South Carolina Commission for the Blind
SCDE SC Department of Education
SCDHEC SC Department of Health and Environmental Services
SCDHHS SC Department of Health and Human Services
SCDMH SC Department of Mental Health
SCDSS SC Department of Social Services
SCVRD SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department Enabling eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to prepare for, achieve and maintain competitive employment


Teaching Toy Box

Teaching Toy Box is a collaborative community outreach effort between Winston's Wish Foundation, the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs and USC School of Medicine Center for Disability Resources, and is available to children with autism residing in South Carolina who are receiving ABA services in a home-based program. Here, parents and professionals will find the materials they need in order to more effectively treat children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.