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Wade Hampton High School Selects PHF as Spirit Week Recipient!

We are excited to announce that Project HOPE Foundation will be the recipient of Wade Hampton High School’s 2015 Spirit Week. The funds raised will support three aspects of our autism services: intensive one-on-one therapy, classroom opportunities, and adult programs.


Our goal is to be the best partner possible for these amazing students! Please put September 19-25 on your calendars and plan to participate in the week of activities.


We are excited to be working with US Recycling to benefit the environment and support our programs.   We are seeking corporate sponsors to donate and recycle empty ink and toner cartridges on our behalf. We will earn cash for qualifying ink and toner cartridges that are returned to US Recycling. If you are interested in supporting this project, click here to email us or click here to register online to donate.



“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 33% 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

 Benton Blount's Got Talent

Our friend, Benton Blount, has made it to the semi-final rounds of America’s Got Talent! He will compete again on Tuesday, September 1, 8:00-10:00pm. Benton has been a long-time supporter of Project HOPE Foundation, performing at our Evening of Hope Galas, our HOPE Relay, and in our classrooms! We are excited to see that he has been sporting a Project HOPE Foundation wristband as he performs on AGT.

To support Benton on his way to the top, you can vote for him in a number of ways.

Corky’s Wine & Spirits is hosting a viewing party on Tuesday, with proceeds going to support the programs of Project HOPE Foundation. This family-friendly event will be held at 1350D Crestview Rd., Easley, SC.

Parent Toolkit Training 

Project HOPE Foundation teamed up with Institute for Behavioral Training to provide a parent workshop in Greenwood on Friday, August 28, at the Greenwood Genetic Center. This training, funded through a grant from the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, is one of a statewide series, focusing on empowering parents awaiting therapy services for their children with autism.

Parents attending the training were equipped with a package of free resources, including:
· a hard-copy manual, Evidence-Based Treatment for Children with Autism
· a one-year subscription to over 40 hours of online training modules to be watched at an individualized pace, and
· a year's access to an online "curriculum" (Skills®) designed to help parents begin working with their children with autism to build skills and to diminish problem behaviors, personalized to each particular child based on input from the parents.

The response of parents has been overwhelmingly enthusiastic. “This is the best autism workshop EVER,” reported one mother.

Future workshops are planned for Aiken, Charleston, Columbia, and Florence.