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Help HOPE and Brighten Your Smile

Dr. Koutsioukis is using his dental practice to bring bright smiles while supporting services for the autism community.  During April, he is offering a free take-home professional tooth whitening kits for every donation of at least $50 to Project HOPE Foundation.  You do not need to be a patient; simply show the receipt for your donation.

Bruce Clayman, from the Project HOPE Foundation Board of Directors, won an iPad mini from a referral contest held by Dr. Koutsioukis.  Bruce donated the iPad mini to be used by the Hope Reach therapy program and hosted Dr. Koutsioukis and his team on a tour of our clinic.  Thank you for visiting and for finding creative ways to bring HOPE to the autism community!


In just under a week, Project HOPE Foundation will host its Evening of Hope Gala on April 19 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville. This event has become a night to remember, featuring both a silent and live auction, a program full of “hope,” and the opportunity to participate in an “Extraordinary Gift.”

Tables of 10 are currently available for $800 (a $100 savings). Secure your sponsorship and tickets now by clicking here



Looking for a great way to entertain friends, family, or special clients? The Hope Invitational Golf Tournament, held on Monday, April 20, has been called "the best day of golf" by guests.  The tournament is held at Greenville Country Club Chanticleer, Holly Tree Country Club, and The Preserve at Verdae.  "The Hope Team treats us like royalty", another long-time supporter states.  Join us and find out what all the fuss is about!  Sponsorship packages available as well as team registrations.


Find out more by clicking here.



“Autism” (or “autism spectrum disorder” also known as “ASD”) refers to a disorder currently diagnosed through symptoms, which involve difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.


Until the May 2013 publication of the DSM-5 diagnostic manual, the autism spectrum included five distinct subgroups: autistic disorder, childhood disintegrative disorder, pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified (PDD-NOS) and Asperger syndrome. Under DSM-5, all autism disorders are merged into one umbrella diagnosis of ASD.


Autism affects all racial, ethnic, and socio-enomic groups. However, it is 4-5 times more likely in boys than in girls.


Symptoms for autism typically appear between 10-18 months of age. Unfortunately, the average age of diagnosis is 4-years-old. A diagnosis is usually made by a developmental pediatrician. Typically, there is a waiting list for appointments to get this diagnosis.


The rate of autism has increased dramatically over the past two decades. When Project HOPE Foundation first started, the rate was 1 in 2,500. The current rate is 1 in 68 children, 1 in 42 boys. Although we now have better diagnostics and increased awareness, these improvements do not account for the marked increase.


About 25% of individuals with autism are nonverbal. Thankfully, many can be taught to communicate in other ways, including augmentative communication devices.


It is estimated that 50% of individuals with autism elope (wander away).  It is imperative to work on safety skills with this population.


People with autism have an increased risk of seizures. Additionally, many experience gastrointestinal issues, sleep disorders, sensory processing difficulties, and food sensitivities.

News & Events


Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute

Project HOPE Foundation was pleased to participate in the first annual Charles Chadwell Special Education Institute on Saturday, March 28, at Presbyterian College. The keynote speaker was Rick Lavoie, renowned expert on educating struggling students, who presented points outlined in his newest book, The Motivation Breakthrough. In an afternoon breakout session, Lisa Lane from Project HOPE Foundation shared behavior strategies for the classroom, using songs from Disney’s movies as a guide.

SCISA visit

SCISA Accreditation Team Visits Hope Academy

On Thursday, March 26, Hope Academy hosted an accreditation team from the South Carolina Independent School Association (SCISA). Dr. Victoria Oglan, Todd Kirk, and Janie Goodman spent the day touring Hope Academy’s inclusion classes and Bridging the Gap classes as well as reviewing school records, curriculum guides, and plans. The team's feedback was overwhelmingly positive in every area of evaluation. Special thanks to Pam Townsell and Suzanne Hyman for their extensive document preparation, to Stephanie Martin and Kelly Fairbairn for serving as Board representatives for this visit, and to each teacher for demonstrating the good work that is happening every day in our classrooms.