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  1. South Carolina Trooper Helps Calm Boy with Autism

    September 18, 2015- "South Carolina Trooper Helps Calm Boy with Autism"- Charvia Watkis and her son, Jeriah, who has autism, were in quite the predicament last week when their car broke down on highway 170 in South Carolina. Fortunately, South Carolina Highway Patrolman Adam Klimek came to the rescue, socializing with Jeriah and helping to make him feel comfortable by letting him cool down in his air-conditioned police car while his mother was phoning potential tow trucks. The officer got to know Jeriah and soon learned he enjoyed watching Netflix, prompting the officer to stream the service on his computer while they waited for further roadside assistance. Charvia Watkis praised the officer for his kindness, something she says she will never forget.  

    • Sep 21 2015 01:34 PM
    • by brian
  2. Autistic Athlete Made Honorary Captain at Footb...

    September 13, 2015- "Autistic Athlete Made Honorary Captain at Football Game"- Walt Meares is a 15-year-old high school student on the A.C. Flora High JV football team, but recently he got to take the field with the varsity squad. That is because varsity coach Reggie Shaw made Meares an honorary captain for the varsity game, allowing him to participate in the coin toss. Like most kids on the spectrum who participate in school sporting events, Walt has bonded with his teammates, which is a special site for Walt’s dad, Lee Meares, as Walt had struggled to make friends for the majority of his academic career.  

    • Sep 14 2015 01:16 PM
    • by brian
  3. Man With Autism Becomes First Student at Cal We...

    May 21, 2015- "Man With Autism Becomes First Student at Cal Western to Pass Bar Exam"-  Erik Weber was diagnosed with autism at the age of three, and his parents were told at the age of five that his condition was so severe that he would likely be institutionalized as an adult. Erik proved them and likely a whole lot of other individuals wrong on May 15 when he became the first person from his class to pass the bar exam. He did so on his first try. Sandi Weber, Erik’s mother, worked with Erik as a child by videotaping her son’s behavior and playing it back for him as a visual learning tool. She also credits enrolling Erik in the Special Olympics with instilling him with confidence, friends and strength. Erik Weber was one of ten subjects for our recent article “Excellence in Autism: Inspirational Success Stories.”

    • May 22 2015 09:57 AM
    • by brian
  4. Team Manager with Autism Surprised at Baseball...

    April 24, 2015- "Team Manager with Autism Surprised at Baseball Game"- Adam Sheriff has been the manager of the Greenville High School baseball team for nearly a decade. Before games, Adam routinely rubs mud on the baseballs, gets the dugout ready, and pumps up the players for the day’s game.  Recently, Adam was honored for Autism Awareness Month at home plate and was even awarded the opportunity to throw out the game’s ceremonial first pitch, which landed in there for a strike. The article concludes with an even more touching moment gifted to Adam by his teammates.

    • Apr 27 2015 03:05 PM
    • by brian
  5. SC Autism Society Seeks Statewide Training afte...

    December 30, 2014- "SC Autism Society Seeks Statewide Training after Controversial Arrest in Greenville"- Controversy over how police arrested 34-year-old Tario Anderson, who has autism, has led to the South Carolina Autism Society announcing plans to host officer training workshops to demonstrate how to properly confront an individual on the spectrum. On Christmas Eve, Tario was tased and arrested after failing to stop and then fleeing from officers. While the arrest wasn’t deemed unlawful, different steps could have been taken to prevent the abusive arrest.

    • Jan 05 2015 09:43 AM
    • by brian
  6. S.C. Medicaid Needs $30 Million More for A...

    November 16, 2014- "S.C. Medicaid Needs $30 Million More for Autism Services Next Year"- The South Carolina Medicaid agency plans to ask the S.C . Legislature for $30 million to comply with a new federal autism rule next year. However, the S.C. Medicaid agency believes that is only a small part of the problem as the bigger crisis concerns attaining enough specialists to treat the thousands of children who will soon become eligible for services.The department currently estimates that 9,700 children will be covered by the low-income Medicaid program, but there are currently only 4,000 specialists in the state to treat them.

    • Nov 18 2014 10:50 AM
    • by brian
  7. SC Workforce, Budget Challenges Accompany Impro...

    October 17, 2014- "SC Workforce, Budget Challenges Accompany Improvements in Autism Care Coverage"- South Carolina families are hoping the state soon takes action within their Medicaid system after the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services decided autism services must be covered in July. The S.C. Department of Health and Human Services, which handles Medicaid, estimates coverage for 5,000 children with autism will cost $30 million in the first year with expenses growing quickly.  Furthermore, the state currently has 164 board certified behavior analysts who coordinate autism service plans. Based on the estimated number of new children to be covered, the state will need at least twice as many certified therapists.

    • Oct 21 2014 12:36 PM
    • by brian
  8. South Carolina Medicaid Faces New, Expensive Fe...

    September 18, 2014- "South Carolina Medicaid Faces New, Expensive Federal Autism Rule"-  An estimated 9,000 children enrolled in the South Carolina Medicaid program fall on the autism and may qualify for services under a new federal rule. However, some are concerned about the potential cost, which has been quoted as over $100 million a year, and a lack of providers available to meet the needs of these children. Despite the concerns, advocates agree that implementing these services now will save millions in the long run by lessening the potential need for services and supports for adults on the spectrum in the future.  

    • Sep 22 2014 12:41 PM
    • by brian
  9. Northwestern Students Elect Classmate with Auti...

    May 9, 2014- "Northwestern Students Elect Classmate with Autism as Prom King"- Kevin Rauppius, a high school senior with autism, was recently elected prom king by the Northwestern student body. Kevin sent a picture of his elation to his sister who is in the 10th grade, which can be seen in the article.

    • May 12 2014 12:35 PM
    • by brian
  10. More People Seeking Autism Services in S.C.

    February 14, 2014- "More People Seeking Autism Services in S.C."- According to South Carolina state officials, the state has seen a 14 percent jump in the number of people seeking help for autism since a change in the official definition of the disorder.  Sadly, this influx of people seeking help for their diagnosis are being met with limited resources and extended waiting lists. To help with the waiting lists, the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs is asking lawmakers for an extra $5.4 million in state money for its fiscal year that starts July 1.

    • Feb 17 2014 09:35 AM
    • by brian
  11. Piecing Together a Puzzle: Early Educational Th...

    May 6, 2013- "Piecing Together a Puzzle: Early Educational Therapy Gives Autistic Children Hope"- Blake Ravenell was diagnosed with autism at the age of 2 and has since excelled at The Therapy Place in Columbia, South Carolina. The program melds his educational and therapeutic worlds in a larger scale of ABA therapy. At the center, Blake and his companions are accommodated with a daily schedule, a playroom, an iPad, and other services that have helped him to excel.  

    *Original article no longer available on source

    • Aug 22 2013 01:08 PM
    • by brian
  12. Autism Event Raises $2,300

    April 30, 2013- "Autism Event Raises $2,300"- Last Saturday’s fundraiser at the Union National Guard Armory raised $2,300 for both Autism Speaks and the South Carolina Autism Society. The event featured baked goods, music by DJ BIG, and a silent auction. Items that were not sold during the auction will be sold through online auctions and upcoming silent auction in Georgia.

    • May 02 2013 11:14 AM
    • by brian
  13. Autism Scholar to Visit USC on Growth of Autism

    March 6, 2013- "Autism Scholar to Visit USC on Growth of Autism"- Autism scholar Peter Bearman of Columbia University is delivering a talk in April at the University of South Carolina campus. Bearman is speaking on social factors affected by autism.

    ​*Article taken offline by original source

    • May 15 2013 11:42 AM
    • by brian
  14. Rock Hill Policeman Organizes Fundraiser for Au...

    February 18, 2013- "Rock Hill Policeman Organizes Fundraiser for Autism"- Diners at Nishie G’s on Tuesday, February 19 are able to help raise money for autism. Jonathan Moreno, a Rock Hill police officer, is hosting a fundraiser at the restaurant from 5 to 8 P.M.  to raise money for the Chrysalis Autism Center. Patrons who claim they are eating for the Chrysalis fundraiser will have 15 percent of their check donated to the cause.

    • Apr 12 2013 11:45 AM
    • by brian
  15. Research on Autism Drug Taking Place in Charleston

    February 15, 2013- "Research on Autism Drug Taking Place in Charleston"- A study being conducted at CMAC in Charleston will observe the effects of the drug memantine on children with autism’s ability to communicate and socialize. The study is part of the ConnectMe network’s nation-wide study to test the efficacy of memantine on children with autism.  

    • Apr 12 2013 11:14 AM
    • by brian
  16. Florence Family Running to Help Autism, Not Awa...

    January 24, 2013- "Florence Family Running to Help Autism, Not Away From It"-  A race being organized in Florence, South Carolina will help to support families affected by autism. The Pacing for Pieces, a play on the use of a puzzle piece as a symbol for autism awareness, Music Half Marathon and 5k Run/Walk will feature live music, and the proceeds of the event will go to help Vital Interventions Accessibly, a nonprofit organization that helps children and families with autism.

    • Apr 08 2013 11:14 AM
    • by brian
  17. Humanitarian Award Winner Inspiring

    December 7, 2012-"Humanitarian Award Winner Inspiring" - Lori Unumb, former Miss Southern 500, has taken on a much more important and gratifying role as the co-founder of the Autism Academy, which recently received $100,000 from the Nascar Foundation. The article celebrates Ms. Unumb’s many contributions to the autism community.

    • Mar 27 2013 10:36 AM
    • by brian
  18. Robot Designed to Help Autistic Children

    October 1, 2012- "Robot Designed to Help Autistic Children"- Charlie, short for Child Centered Adaptive Robot for Learning Environments, is a robot designed by Laura Boccanfuso, a graduate student at South Carolina University, for the purpose of promoting basic communication skills in children with autism.

    • Mar 15 2013 10:35 AM
    • by brian
  19. MUSC to Study Autism in Local Children

    November 5, 2012- "MUSC to Study Autism in Local Children"- Autism Speaks awards the Medical University of South Carolina a $1 million grant to conduct a study to determine where services are needed most by getting an estimate of the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders in the community. Results are expected to be available for legislators and related service professionals by 2015.

    ​*Article taken offline by original source

    • May 15 2013 11:43 AM
    • by brian