Disabilities and Special Needs

Able South Carolina
This consumer controlled, non-profit, non-residential Center for Independent Living serves counties in the Midlands and Upstate regions. There is information about local support groups on the Web site.
AblePeopleFoundation.org is a nonprofit organization. Its mission is to help people with disabilities easily find and obtain mobility and assistive products that make their lives more independent. At this Web site, you can search and compare prices from different companies for mobility and assistive devices. There are clear, color photos of the products. Select Products at the top of the Web page to browse through the product categories.
Babcock Center
The Babcock Center is a private, nonprofit organization in Columbia that provides vocational and residential services.
(South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services)
This program provides services to infants and toddlers, birth to three years of age, with developmental delays or diagnosed disabilities. The site includes BabyNet locations and contact information by county.
P. O. Box 8206
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: 866-512-8881
Benefits for Children with Disabilities
(Social Security Administration)
This electronic booklet is written primarily for the parents and caregivers of children with disabilities and adults disabled since childhood. It illustrates the kinds of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits a child with a disability might be eligible for and explains how we evaluate disability claims for children.
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Camp Burnt Gin
(South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC))
This summer camp is for children who have physical disabilities and chronic illnesses. It is located in Wedgefield, SC.
Box 101106
Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: 803-898-0784
Fax: 803-898-0613
E-Mail: cshcn@dhec.sc.gov
Camp Spearhead
(Greenville County Recreation District)
This camp provides summer camping activities to children and adults with special needs. It is located in Cleveland, SC.
Caregiver Action Network
The CAN works to support the "more than 50 million Americans who care for chronically ill, aged, or disabled loved ones." Select Resources , then explore the links. There are tips on caretaking skills, communicating with health professionals, managing medications, and much more. If you are a caretaker, you will find lots of useful information on this site. Some documents are in .pdf format and require Adobe Acrobat Reader.
Center for Disability Resources Library
(The University of South Carolina)
This library provides disability-related information to SC residents. Select Search SCarlit to access the catalog of available materials. Library materials can be mailed to your home.
Charleston Area Therapeutic Riding, Inc (CATR)
Located on Johns Island, CATR offers therapeutic horseback riding programs for children and adults with disabilities.
Dental Care Every Day: A Caregivers Guide
(National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research)
This federal Website has information and advice for caregivers on how to provide dental care for those with physical disabilities. Information includes how to assist in brushing and flossing teeth and how to prepare for dental visits.
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Disabilities (General)
Links to sites which have been reviewed by librarians at the National Library of Medicine.
Disabled Placards and Plates
(South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles)
This page from the SC Department of Motor Vehicles explains how to apply for disabled parking (also known as handicapped parking) and provides an application for a placard or plate in PDF form.
Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
(South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control)
This Web site provides information on the services they provide and the contact information for the program.
Phone: 803-898-0784
Fax: 803-989-0613
Dream Riders
Located in Lexington, SC, Dream Riders is a therapeutic horseback riding program for individuals with special needs. Select SC Programs to view the SC Therapeutic Riding Programs Directory.
Easter Seals
Easter Seals is a national nonprofit organization that provides a variety of services to children and adults with special needs. Their site also offers helpful advice. To find the contact information for the Easter Seals nearest you, select South Carolina from the pull-down menu at the top of the page. Access their online publications by selecting Resources from the list on the left.
Family Caregiver Alliance
This site is a great place to learn about the issues, health conditions, and needs of families and friends providing long-term care at home. You will find useful information about many health conditions like ALS, Alzheimer's, dementia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, and others. There are tips and advice for caregivers, fact sheets about end of life and legal issues and other topics. Some fact sheets are available in Spanish or Chinese.
Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc.
(Family Connection of South Carolina, Inc.)
Family Connection is a support network for families who have children with special needs. Select Locations and Staff to find the contact information for the location nearest you.
Greenville Shriners Hospital
(Shriners Hospitals for Children)
Shriners Hospitals provide orthopedic care to children under the age of 18 at no charge. Orthopedics is the branch of medicine that focuses on the treatment of deformities, diseases, and injuries of the bones, joints, and muscles. Select Patient Education from the list at the top. Then select Cerebral Palsy to learn more about the treatments they provide.
Greenwood Genetic Center
The center provides diagnostic testing and counseling services. Select Diagnostic Labs to learn more about genetic testing.
Handicapped Athletes Learning to Enjoy Riding
Located in Spartanburg, HALTER is a therapeutic horseback riding program for individuals with disabilities.
Including Your Child
(US Department of Education)
This is a wonderful booklet giving advice and information to parents of children with special needs. In addition to telling you what to do if you suspect developmental delays, it provides information on how to get services and how to help your child fit it with others. Use the arrows at the bottom of the page to move through the pages.
Center for Parent Information and Resources
(Office of Special Education Programs)
This center was formally known as the National Information Center for Children and Youth with Disabilities and the National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities. It is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This site provides information about disabilities in children and youth, programs and services for disabled children, IDEA (federal special education law), No Child Left Behind requirements, and research-based information on effective practices for children with disabilities.
Parent Training and Resource Center
(Advocacy Coalition for People with Disabilities and the Medical University of South Carolina)
Located in Charleston, this center provides support and training to families accessing special education services for their children with disabilities. They offer a peer-parent mentoring program and a lending library.
SC Assistive Technology Project
(The University of South Carolina Center for Disability Resources)
The South Carolina Assistive Technology Project (SCATP) is a federally funded project concerned with getting technology into the hands of people with disabilities so that they might live, work, learn and be a more independent part of the community. Read about types of assistive technology and how it is used. Look at AT Funding to learn how to qualify. The site also offers training opportunities for health and social service professionals. Examples of assistive technologies include modified eating utensils, page turners, dressing aids; devices that help with speech or hearing; mobility aids like wheelchairs, scooters, walkers; computer access aids like touch screens, modified keyboards, and much more.
SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (SCDDSN)
The SCDDSN provides services to persons with mental retardation, autism, head, and spinal cord injury. This site describes how to apply for their services. Select Service Delivery System to find the contact information for your county.
SC Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (SC TEDP)
(South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff)
South Carolina residents who cannot easily use regular telephone equipment can apply to receive special equipment through the South Carolina Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program (SC TEDP). This FREE program provides amplified telephones, TTY's, speaker telephones, alerting devices and emergency devices to qualifying South Carolina residents. Qualifications are based on the following impairments: deaf, hard of hearing, speech impaired, deaf-blind, low vision with hearing loss. You can download an application form and an equipment catalog from this site. Both are in .pdf format
Social Security Administration
The official website for SSA. Site contains information on how to obtain a Social Security card, apply for retirement and disability benefits, apply for Medicare and get help with drug prescription costs for Medicare patients.
South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
This Web site describes the services and programs available to individuals who have physical or mental impairments which prevent them from working. The agency helps them prepare for, achieve, and maintain competitive employment. Select Local SCVRD Info to find the contact information for the office nearest you.
The Arc of the United States
The Arc is the national organization of and for people with mental retardation and related developmental disabilities and their families. It is devoted to promoting and improving supports and services for people with mental retardation and their families. The association also fosters research and education regarding the prevention of mental retardation in infants and young children.
Walton Options for Independent Living
This private, nonprofit organization serves 10 counties in western South Carolina. Braille instruction, computer training, an older blind program, and home modifications are examples of some of their programs.

Last Modified: Monday October 28, 2019 2:13 PM