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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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Special Information

The Autism Division of SCDDSN asks you to:

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 Autism Division of SC DDSN is asking you to support this campaign by wearing blue clothing each
Thursday in April (6, 13, 20, and 27).

Did you know ...

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • More children will be diagnosed with autism this year than with AIDS, diabetes & cancer combined
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs the nation over $35 billion per year, a figure expected to significantly increase in the next decade
  • Autism receives less than 5% of the research funding of many less prevalent childhood diseases
  • Boys are four times more likely than girls to have autism; 1 in 42 boys
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

To learn more about Autism Awareness month and the Light It Up Blue campaign, click on these links:

South Carolina House of Representatives Legislative Oversight Committee

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. - Room 110, Blatt Building (Department of Archives and History, Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, and John de la Howe School)

Invitation for Public Testimony - Media Release

March 2, 2017 1:00 p.m. Blatt Building - Room 110 - Committee Agenda

On behalf of Dr. Buscemi, please see the important attached media release from the SC House Legislative Oversight Committee. This announces the availability of an online survey seeking citizens’ input on four state agencies, including DDSN, under study by the committee. Please share this information with others.

Online Survey

DDSN Provider Partners and Stakeholders Notification

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is pleased to announce they have updated their website to include information regarding the PCG site visits. Please take a moment to review at If you have any questions, please contact Kelly Eifert at

New Online Self-Serve Screening

Beginning December 1, 2016, SCDDSN will offer two (2) entry points for beginning the eligibility process.

  1. New: Online access to self-serve screening available at
  2. Continued Toll Free Access (1-800-289-7012)
    8:30 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday.

SCDHHS will conduct a webinar and public meeting on the proposed waiver renewal and HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan for public comment:

CS Waiver Renewal Public Webinar Dec. 22, 2016, 10:30-11:30 a.m.


Written comments on the CS Waiver Renewal and the HCBS Final Rule Transition Plan may be sent to:
  • South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • ATTN: Michelle Abney
  • Division of Community Options
  • Post Office Box 8206
  • Columbia, SC 29202-8206