Resources for South Carolina

  • Family Connections of South Carolina has a statewide infrastructure in place that includes a network of families and area offices across the state. FCSC has significant practical experience in working with public and private organizations in developing and improving systems that support children with special health care needs and their families in the community through providing access to information, education, and training opportunities.
  • L.U.C.A.S. Network (Loving Unconditionally Children with Autism Support Network) was created in 2007 by Derrick and Sandrine Howle in honor of our son, Lucas, who has autism. We developed a network of parents to help Lorri Unumb, Marcella Ridley, and Lisa Rollins’ two year effort to get Ryan’s Law passed in SC. Through correspondence with many of these families during and after the successful passage of Ryan’s Law in June of 2007, we felt compelled to share our story and experiences with Lucas’ battle with autism with other families in hope of making a difference in the lives of families suffering from this disorder and of making these families battle a little easier. Our Contact information via e-mail is Please feel free to ask any questions concerning advocacy, treatment or details concerning autism in SC. We will make sure we find the answer to your question! Remember that you are not alone and there are others who know what you are going through!
  • PRO-Parents (Parents Reaching Out to Parents) of South Carolina, Inc., is a private, non-profit organization which provides information and training about education to families of children with all types of disabilities.PRO-Parents believes parents can be the best advocates for their children. Experienced advisors assist parents to become more aware of their rights and responsibilities through telephone counseling, workshops and written material.
  • The South Carolina Autism Society provides personalized information to parents and professionals about ASDs and services. SCAS advocates for children and adults with ASDS for system-wide change. The purpose of SCAS is to enable all individuals with ASDs to reach their maximum potential. Throughout the year, SCAS offers workshops geared for parents and professionals, Parent School Partnership program to foster better IEPs, and Service Coordination to identify and obtain needed services to qualified individuals and families.
  • The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) is the state agency that plans, develops, coordinates and funds services for South Carolinians with severe, lifelong disabilities of mental retardation, autism, traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and similar disability.

 National Resources

  • The Autism Research Institute (ARI), a non-profit organization, was established in 1967. For more than 40 years, ARI has devoted its work to conducting research, and to disseminating the results of research, on the triggers of autism and on methods of diagnosing and treating autism. We provide research-based information to parents and professionals around the world.
  • The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. We do this by increasing public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.
  • Autism Speaks was founded in February 2005 by Bob and Suzanne Wright, grandparents of a child with autism. Since then, Autism Speaks has grown into the nation's largest autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families. We are proud of what we've been able to accomplish and look forward to continued successes in the years ahead.
  • Autism360 is a unique tool which provides an accurate report that captures the details of your child's or your own individuality and offers treatment options that have worked for others with closely matching records.
  • The mission of® is to reach out globally to families, clinicians, and educators through the internet to provide information related to autism and other neurological disorders. Viewers can watch personal stories, therapies, and the latest medical research 24 hours a day from home, work, or wherever high-speed internet access is available - all for free.
  • Generation Rescue is an international movement of scientists and physicians researching the causes and treatments for autism, ADHD, neurological disorders and chronic illness, while parent-volunteers mentor thousands of families in recovering their children. These conditions are treatable and often reversible!
  • The mission of the National Autism Association is to educate and empower families affected by autism and other neurological disorders, while advocating on behalf of those who cannot fight for their own rights. We will educate society that autism is not a lifelong incurable genetic disorder but one that is biomedically definable and treatable. We will raise public and professional awareness of environmental toxins as causative factors in neurological damage that often results in an autism or related diagnosis. We will encourage those in the autism community to never give up in their search to help their loved ones reach their full potential, funding efforts toward this end through appropriate research for finding a cure for the neurological damage from which so many affected by autism suffer.