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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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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 aqui para ver el sitio web DDSN en español. Gracias

Special Information




Employment Resource Fair Flier


Join Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Whitten Center and the SC Works Center for the first Employment Resource Fair at the Whitten Center on April 30th from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. in the Training & Development Building: Directions. Upon entering our campus, you will cross over railroad tracks. Take your first right after the railroad tracks. You will see the Training and Development Building on your left and can park in any available spaces. Staff will be on site to direct you.

The Employment Resource Fair is designed to help individuals secure employment at our Whitten Center in the following areas

NOW HIRING! - Various Shifts

  • Human Service Assistants (Part-time & Full Time shifts)
  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Practical Nurse
  • Building / Grounds Specialist
  • Food Service Specialist
  • Equipment Operator II (Food Services) AND ETC

We are seeking compassionate individuals committed to providing day-to-day supports to people with intellectual and / or developmental disabilities in a group home setting.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an onsite interview at the Employment Resource Fair, please contact: Anna Cox via email at


On the day-of the Employment Resource Fair, be sure to bring your resume if you have one. Walk-ins are welcome!


On-site interviews, are available to any qualifying applicants who apply via the state website (see below). To guarantee an interview during the event please contact, Anna Cox at by 4/26/2018 to reserve a slot.


Computers will be available on site / Applying in advance is strongly encouraged

All applicants can apply in advance, during the event, or at anytime via the state website at – Click on “Job Opportunities” Then scroll down to “Agencies” and select “DDSN-Whitten”.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (SCDHHS) gives notice of its intent to renew the Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Waiver for an additional five years. The waiver renewal request will be submitted to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on or before March 30, 2018. The requested effective date of the HASCI Waiver renewal is July 1, 2018.

Comments may also be submitted by sending an email to

Written comments may be sent to:

ATTN: Jennifer Robinson
South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
Division of Community Options
Post Office Box 8206
Columbia, SC 29202-8206

All comments must be received by March 18, 2018.
Public Notice HASCI
HASCI Waiver Renewal

Advanced Training in Applied Behavior Analysis and Positive Behavior Support

The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN), in collaboration with the University of South Carolina offers advanced training in Applied Behavior and Positive Behavior Support. This training opportunity includes seven (7) graduate-level courses designed satisfy the coursework requirements towards board certification in applied behavior analysis. These courses carry university credits, transcripts and the same requirements for participation, exams, purchase of textbooks, projects, and attendance as graduate-level courses provided on campus. While SCDDSN will cover tuition costs for all courses, participants are required to sign an agreement to provide services as an enrolled provider of waiver-funded Early Intensive Behavior Intervention (EIBI), Intensive Behavioral Intervention or Behavior Support in the SCDDSN system for two (2) years following completion of the course sequence and enrollment requirements. Should a participant not satisfy this service agreement, they would need to reimburse SCDDSN for the cost of the courses.

There are currently no dates identified for the next course sequence; however, interested parties are encouraged to contact Mark P. Morgan at to express interest and submit their email address for when additional information is made available.

South Carolina ABLE (Achieving a Better Life Experience) Savings Program

Senate Medical Affairs Committee Summary Report on the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs November 2017

DDSN FY 2018-2019 Budget Request Stakeholder Forum

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