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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


Competitive Funding for ThinkFirst Injury Prevention Projects State FY 2019

The Head and Spinal Cord Injury (HASCI) Division of South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN) announces anticipated state funding for projects that will increase evidence-based ThinkFirst injury prevention efforts in our state. State and local non-profit organizations, consumer groups, and/or local DSN Boards are eligible and encouraged to apply.

Applications must be received by Tuesday, July 31, 2018. Faxed or E-mailed copies will not be accepted. One (1) original application must be mailed or delivered to:

Melissa Ritter, Director
Head and Spinal Cord Injury Division
SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
3440 Harden Street Extension, Suite 240
Post Office Box 4706
Columbia, South Carolina 29240




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 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 June 25, 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