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Arc of South Carolina

806 12th Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: (803) 748-5020
Fax: (803) 750-8121
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• Advocacy organization that provides information, training and support to children and adults with special needs, including intellectual disability and related developmental disabilities, and their families.

Burton Center Foundation

2605 Hwy 72/221 East
Greenwood, SC 29649
Phone: (864) 942-8900
Fax: (864) 942-8945

• raises funds to meet special needs of people served by the Burton Center where no other funds are available.

Fairfield County DSN Advocacy Group

410 W. Washington Street
P.O. Box 367
Winnsboro, SC 29180
Phone: (803) 635-2154
Fax: (803) 635-8052

• Fairfield Winners is the self-advocacy organization for Fairfield County Disabilities and Special Needs Board located in Winnsboro, SC. Fairfield Winners meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. at 410 W. Washington Street in Winnsboro. Fairfield Winners sponsors fund-raising activities, promotes community inclusion, supports diversity of interests within the organization, supports individual self-advocacy, addresses rights and personal choice issues, seeks support from community and local politicians, and sponsors social and recreational activities. Members are involved in the Safety-Risk Management Committee.

Family Connection of SC Inc.

2712 Middleburg Drive, Suite 103B
Columbia, SC 29204
Toll-free: 1-800-578-8750
Columbia (803) 252-0914
Aiken (803) 649-7981
Anderson (864) 231-8100
Charleston (843) 740-5500
Florence (843) 662-0675
Greenville (864) 331-1340
Rock Hill (803) 366-4839
Spartanburg (864) 560-1476
Columbia (803) 799-8017
Aiken (803) 649-2248
Anderson (864) 260-0252
Charleston (843) 747-7222
Florence (843) 664-2656
Greenville (864) 331-1343
Rock Hill (803) 981-1906
Spartanburg (864) 560-1472
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• a network of parents working with community professionals to provide parent-to-parent support and assurance to families with children of all ages who have developmental delays, disabilities or special health care needs.

Greenville Disabilities Foundation

PO Box 17467
Greenville, SC 29606
Phone: (864) 288-1907
Fax: (864) 297-4990

• raises funds to meet special needs of people with disabilities in Greenville County.

IMPACT SC Self-Advocacy Council
(Individuals Motivating People to Achieve Change in South Carolina)

The Self-Determination Project
Center for Disability Resources
USC School of Medicine-Dept. of Pediatrics
Columbia, SC 29208
Contact Person: Kristi Hartwell, Program Coordinator
Phone: (803) 935-5947
Fax: (803) 935-5001
Toll-free: 1-866-697-0732

• IMPACT SC is South Carolina's statewide self-advocacy council with representatives from various counties throughout the state. The council seeks to encourage and motivate persons with disabilities to work together for systems change and inclusion in all areas of their lives.

Kershaw County DSN Self-Advocacy Group
People on the Go in Kershaw County

PO Box 310
1619 Jefferson Davis Highway
Camden, SC 29020
Phone: (803) 432-4841
Fax: (803) 424-2280

• self-advocacy group for adults with disabilities who are served by the Kershaw County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs and focuses on vocational issues affecting adults with intellectual disability, autism or brain or spinal cord injuries.

Laurens County Special Needs Foundation

PO Box 735
Laurens, SC 29360-0735
Phone: (864) 682-2314 Ext. 30
Fax: (864) 682-2397

• advocacy organization that provides information, training and support to people with intellectual disability and their families.

Marion-Dillon Parent Guardian Association

3428 Maiden Down Road
Marion, SC 29571
Phone: (843) 423-2201
Fax: (843) 423-0857

• provides support to people with disabilities and their families.

Marlboro DSN Board
Consumer/Family Organization

P.O. Box 1212
109 Glen Street
Bennettsville, SC 29512
Phone: (843) 479-1882
Fax: (843) 479-0655

• provides support to people with disabilities and their families; early intervention; respite care; summer services.

Now Hear This
Chester County Self Advocacy Group

P.O. Box 246
Chester, SC 29706
Phone: (803) 581-1091
Fax: (803) 581-2642

 • Now Hear This is the self-advacacy group for Chester County and promotes independence, information and community involvement. The group is made up of individuals who have special needs and autism and meets monthly.

Open Arms Fantasy
Hampton County DSN Advocacy Group

Open Arms Fantasy
Post Office Box 128
Hampton, SC 29924
Phone: (803) 943-4818
Fax: (803) 943-3322
E-mail: suzyhenderson2002@yahoo-com

• Open Arms Fantasy of the Hampton County DSN Board is a self advocacy group of individuals who raise funds to participate in activities and set future goals for themselves to reach their full potential.

PACT for Disabilities
Kershaw County DSN Board

P.O. Box 310
Camden, SC 29020
Phone: (803) 432-4841
Fax: (803) 424-2280

• provides support to people with disabilities and their families.

Parents and Everyone for Exceptional People (PEEP)
Sumter County DSN Board

750 Electric Drive
Sumter, SC 29153
Phone: (803) 778-1669 ext.119
Fax: (803) 775-9194

• provides support to people with disabilities and their families.

Parents and Guardians Association

Coastal Regional Center
9995 Jamison Road
Summerville, SC 29485
Phone: (843) 821-5809
Fax: (843) 821-5894

• a nonprofit organization that advocates for all people with developmental disabilities. Maintains an interdenominational chapel for people with disabilities served by Coastal Regional Center.

Parents Reaching Out to Parents of SC, Inc. (PRO-Parents)

652 Bush River Road, Ste 203
Columbia, SC 29210-7537
Phone: (803) 772-5688
Fax: (803) 772-5341
Toll-free: 1-800-759-4776
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• a private nonprofit organization that provides information and training about education to families of children with all types of disabilities.

People Power
Sumter County Disabilities and Special Needs Board

P.O. Box 2847
Sumter, SC 29151
Phone: (803) 778-1669, ext. 110
Fax: (803) 775-9194

• self-advocacy group open to adults with intellectual disability, autism or head and spinal cord injuries. Their mission is to help people with disabilities know they are valuable through community education and inclusion, working together to obtain jobs and access to the community and to be treated with dignity and respect.

Reaching for the Stars Self-Advocacy Group
Midlands Center

8301 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 935-5729
Fax: (803) 935-7678

• self-advocacy group for residents of Midlands Center, a residential facility for the SC Department of disabilities and Special Needs' most fragile consumers. Consumers advocate for changes in their environment.

Self-Advocacy Advisory Committee - Whitten Center

PO Box 239
Clinton, SC 29325
Phone: (864) 938-3422
Fax: (864) 938-3115

• provides opportunity for residents to learn self-advocacy skills and address issues affecting people receiving services.

South Carolina Autism Society

806 12th Street
West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: (803) 750-6988
Fax: (803) 750-8121
Toll-free: 1-800-438-4790
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(800) 438-4790


(843) 650-0129

• provides advocacy, information, training and referrals to professionals and people with autism and their families; fosters support groups across the state: hosts a variety of educational opportunities including an annual conference.


South Carolina Parents and Advocates for Developmental Disabilities (SCPADD)

200 Marabou Circle
West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: (803) 791-1707
Fax: (803) 791-0983

• parents and advocates who promote the well-being and safety of people with developmental disabilities living in SC regional centers. SCPADD is made up of parents and guardians in SC whose children/family members live in the state's regional centers.

South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations

806 12th Street
West Columbia, SC 29169-6142
Phone: (803) 750-6988
Fax: (803) 750-8121
Toll-free: 1-800-438-4790

• a collaborative of volunteer disability advocacy organizations joined together in partnership to provide leadership in advocacy on critical issues affecting lives of people with disabilities and their families. Member organizations include the Brain Injury Association of SC, SC Autism Society, SC Brain Injury Alliance, SC Spinal Cord Injury Association and The Arc of South Carolina (intellectual disability).

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