Congratulations to our Graduates

Project HOPE Foundation celebrated a milestone on September 12 with our Capstone Commencement Ceremony in collaboration with Florida Institute of Technology.  This joint Master's program is one of only three pilot programs nationwide. Congratulations to Dr. Adam Brewer and our pioneer participants - Mandy Allen, Hannah Blaha, Meg Foster, Amanda Friederich, Marisa Griswold, Joanna Haynes, Andrea Hudspeth, Katie Lemieux, Kayla Lilly, Marley Oleynik, Casey Sumner, Jon Todd, Shannon Tyner, and Nikii Vanegas! Thank you to our Supervisors for their support and mentorship through this program. We are especially grateful to Bruce and Dawn Clayman for establishing an annual scholarship in honor of this special group!


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.

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.

South Carolina Parent Training Collaboration

The South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) indicates that there are over 1200 families waiting for services for their children diagnosed with ASD. Project HOPE Foundation and the Institute for Behavioral Training were awarded a DDSN training grant in early 2015 to provide training for SC families that are waiting.

Project HOPE Foundation and IBT will host eight parent training workshops across the state of South Carolina in 2015. The first event will take place in Spartanburg on April 30, 2015 at the Mary Black Foundation (downtown Spartanburg) from 9 am-4 pm. The next event will take place in Aiken on May 11, 2015 (location and time to be determined). The remaining events will take place in the summer and fall in Charleston, Columbia, Clemson, Florence, Greenville, and Greenwood. Project HOPE staff will be on site to provide in-person training to parents on ASD, behavior management techniques, ABA, and other topics. IBT staff will be on site to provide free access to its popular Parent eLearning program, so parents can continue their training at home, at their own pace. Families will also be able to access Skills, an on-line assessment and curriculum (, as well as a recently published book on evidence-based treatment for individuals with ASD.

Since 1996, Project HOPE Foundation, a non-profit organization, has been making great strides with ASD in the state of South Carolina. Their mission is to lead the way in providing a lifespan of services for the autism community through programs that Help families, Open minds, Promote inclusion, and Expand potential. Their website is

Eligible parents should attend the training event that is most convenient for them. For registration, please visit the Project HOPE website at For further information about the events, please call Project HOPE Foundation at 864-476-7400.

Training Dates and information (information will be added as determined):

  • April 30, 2015, 9am-4pm, Mary Black Foundation, 349 East Main Street #100, Spartanburg, SC 29302
  • May 11, 2015, 10am-5pm, Aiken County Public Library, 314 Chesterfield St. S, Aiken, SC 29801
  • August 28, 2015, 9:30am-4pm, Greenwood Genetics Center, 101 Gregor Mendel Circle, Greenwood, SC 29646
  • November 2, 2015, 9:30am-4pm, Sea Coast Church, West Ashley Campus, 2049 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407
  • December 4, 2015, 9:30am-4pm, McCloud Medical, Plaza Auditorium, 800 East Cheves Street, Florence, SC 29506
  • Greenville, SC (TBA)
  • Columbia, SC (TBA)
  • Clemson, SC (TBA)

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PHF to receive Grant from DDSN

We are delighted to announce that Project HOPE Foundation has been awarded a $125,000 grant from the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs to bring training resources to parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) who are waiting for therapy services. To do so, Project HOPE Foundation will partner with Institute for Behavioral Training (IBT), which has trained over 5,000 people across the US and other countries since 2013.The training resources include in-person parent training workshops across the state of South Carolina as well as a book and online tools that provide parents and caregivers with in-depth training on ASD, applied behavior analysis (ABA), and behavior management techniques, as well as other important topics.

SC Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference

On February 6, Project HOPE Foundation's Lisa Lane will be a presenter at the annual conference for the South Carolina Council for Exceptional Children, held in Myrtle Beach, SC. Drawing on video clips and real-life examples, her session will focus on “What Disney Teaches Us About the World of Autism – Using Applied Behavior Analysis Strategies to Promote Successful Interaction.” 

Over 70 administrators, paraprofessionals, teachers, and students attended the presentation.