Bright Start works to provide quality comprehensive services to all individuals with special needs and developmental delays so that children, teenagers and adults can achieve their greatest potential. Bright Start is proud to be the first private provider in the state to offer early intervention services to children with disabilities and special needs. Bright Start also provides Case Management services to all individuals eligible for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.
Phone: (803) 929-1112
South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
DDSN is a state agency who serves children and adults with lifelong disabilities. Individuals apply to us to become eligible for services which are then provided by local qualified providers. Services include individual and family supports (i.e. case management, respite), day programs (group employment and career preparation), individual employment and many other services.
Phone: (800) 289-7012
For nearly 90 years, Easterseals South Carolina has been the indispensable resource for people and families challenged by disability. Our purpose is to change the way the world defines and views disability by making profound, positive differences in people’s lives every day. We do this through several different programs including Early Intervention, Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation, and ABA autism services.
Phone: (803) 466-4089
The South Carolina Autism Society is a historically statewide 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization that provides case management; educational mentoring and planning; information, referral and resources; outreach; and training for persons and professionals affected by an autism spectrum disorder. Our purpose is to advocate continuously to service-providing agencies for appropriate lifelong services that will enable all persons with autism spectrum disorder to reach their maximum potential.
Phone: (803) 750-6988
MaxAbilities – York County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs
MaxAbilities/YCBDSN sees the value in each individual. We work together to maximize an individual’s needs through teaching, empowering, advocating and mentoring to support individuals in achieving their own goals through direct and indirect services and supports. MaxAbilities offers residential services, day and vocational supports, respite, early intervention and case management.
Phone: (803) 628-5999
ABLE South Carolina
Able South Carolina empowers individuals with disabilities through advocacy, information and referral, peer mentoring, independent living skills training, young adult leadership, transition services, healthy lifestyle promotion, community training, benefits counseling, and health insurance navigation. All services are free of cost.
Phone: (800) 681-6805
JusticeWorks Behavioral Care
JusticeWorks Behavioral Care offers in-office and in-home therapy, crisis management, and mental health services for children and families. Our staff are trained to work closely with you and your family to identify goals and help you grow in areas such as: communication, social relationships, behavior management, independent living skills, parenting support, defiance, physical/verbal aggression, traumatic experiences, and many more.
Phone: (803) 234-6134
City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism
(Therapeutic Recreation Programs)
The City of Rock Hill Parks, Recreation and Tourism Department’s therapeutic recreation programs provide meaningful experiences through recreational programs such as arts, sports, social activities and volunteer opportunities for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.
Phone: (803) 325-2500
Forever Friends is a time of joyful praise music, fun, games and refreshments sponsored by Grace United Methodist Church in Fort Mill. The group is for anyone with special needs (if under 18, must be accompanied by an adult) and meets from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. each third Thursday of the month.
Phone: (803) 548-4078
All-American Athletes is a sports ministry coordinated by the Just Joy Ministry at First ARP Church. The ministry provides an opportunity for school-age children to participate in team sports in order to provide a healthy environment for developing both physical and social skills.
Phone: (803) 327-2009
First Thursday Club
The First Thursday Club is a social club for special needs adults. All disabled individuals, who are over 18 years old, are eligible to participate. The program hosts a party on the first Thursday of each month at one of the Upper Palmetto YMCA locations from 6:30-8:00 p.m. In addition, the club takes a monthly trip, the time, day and destination of this trip varies each month. There is no charge and no waiting list for this program, all are welcome. Flyers are mailed each month announcing the location of the party, the designation of the trip, as well as other community events taking place during the month.
Contact: Linda McCallum
Phone: (803) 324-9622 x228
The High Five Program teaches life skills to young adults with developmental disabilities in the hope that in the future they are able to care mostly for themselves. Program coordinators concentrate on developing skills and the teaching of appropriate behaviors in public settings.
Phone: (803) 327-7448
High Five Works
High Five Works is a continuum of employment services for adults living with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We support competitive wage employment based on the participant’s interests and skills in a community setting.
Phone: (803) 327-7448
Just Joy is a disability ministry geared toward individuals with physical and mental disabilities. Our Mission is “To glorify God by making disciples of our special needs friends and their families through love, service, fellowship and worship.” We do this through a monthly worship service, a sports league for children, an annual dance, and a variety of other ministry opportunities.
Phone: (803) 327-2009
Arc of South Carolina
The Arc of South Carolina is an advocacy organization that promotes and protects the human rights of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and actively supports their full inclusion and participation in the community throughout their lifetime. The Arc achieves this through the provision of case management, inclusion programs and grant work.
Phone: (803) 748-5020
Family Connection of South Carolina
Family Connection of South Carolina is a statewide nonprofit organization that links families of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities with resources, support, and education.
Phone: (800) 578-8750
The South Carolina Commission for the Blind
The SC Commission for the Blind provides rehabilitation services, adjustment to blindness training, prevention of blindness, independent living services and various other services to blind and severely visually impaired South Carolinians. These services are made available with state and federal funding. There is no charge to consumers for services. Eligibility for most services is contingent on meeting the legal definition of blindness: having a central visual acuity of 20/200 in the better eye with best corrective lens or a visual field of 20 degrees or less. Individuals with a severe visual disability that will result in legal blindness also are eligible for services. Legal blindness must be verified by an acceptable eye examination.
Phone: (888) 335-5951
A Special Needs Plan
A Special Needs Plan is a national special needs planning firm founded in 2005 in Charlotte. We are dedicated to leading families to independence through the creation, implementation and management or an ongoing multi-generational plan. We strive to ensure that families with a loved one with special needs always have the necessary support to secure a positive future.
Phone: (704) 326-7910
Thrive Family Services
Thrive is proud of offer a variety of therapy options for clients of all ages and seasons of life. The most common therapeutic options are: Pre-Martial Counseling, Couples/Marriage Counseling, Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling, Christian Counseling, Distance Counseling, Diagnostic Assessment, Therapy for Individuals, Therapy for Children and Adolescents, Family Therapy and Mind Body Medicine Groups.
Phone: (803) 675-8227
CommonGround Counseling is a full-service psychotherapy counseling practice. We provide counseling for children, adolescents, and adults that present with the full spectrum of mental health disorders. CommonGround Counseling utilizes many different treatment modalities in order to meet specific needs. At CommonGround Counseling, we take a holistic approach to mental health so that we can help individuals find their best self.
Phone: (803) 329-7700
Catawba Mental Health
Catawba Mental Health services include individual, family, and group therapy as well as medication management by psychiatrists and psychiatric nurses. School-based services are provided in Clover, Rock Hill, Lancaster and Chester school districts. Services provided through offices are as follows:
Rock Hill Family Center – children, adolescents and their families;
Lancaster – children and adults;
Chester – children and adults;
Rock Hill – adults only.
Phone: (803) 329-3177
NAMI Piedmont Tri-County
NAMI Piedmont Tri-County is the local affiliate for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. Our mission is to improve the quality of life for individuals who live with mental illnesses and for their families by promoting the availability of effective services and resources, through education, support and advocacy.
Phone: (800) 788-5131
Special Olympics South Carolina Area Eleven strives to provide year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports in traditional and Unified sports for individuals with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendships with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.
TLC Your Way Home Care Services
TLC is an in-home care service that provides companionship, personal care, light housekeeping, transportation and multiple other services to families in need. We work with both children and adults. All of our aides are insured and bonded. Consultations are free.
Phone: (803) 810-2060
Adult Education provides educational opportunities that assist adults 17 and older in developing the skills and tools necessary to achieve their educational goals thereby enhancing their lives. Classes include GED Preparation classes and Basic Skills Refresher classes focused on math and reading.
Phone: (803) 810-8440
Vocational Rehabilitation prepares and assists eligible South Carolinians with disabilities achieve and maintain competitive employment. Clients are totally involved in the development of an Individualized Plan for Employment tailored to his or her abilities and interests.
Phone: (803) 327-7106
The following colleges offer post-secondary education opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities.
College of Charleston REACH
Winthrop THINK College
York Technical College Student Resources Office
The purpose of the Counseling and Support Services-Student Resources Office (SRO) is to provide accessible, relevant, and high-quality services to students with disabilities. The SRO provides opportunities for individuals with diverse backgrounds and ability levels to acquire or upgrade the knowledge and skills offered through York Technical College programs.
Students with disabilities are served in accordance to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The SRO coordinates services and accommodations for students with documented disabilities. These services provide equal educational opportunities to students by minimizing the impact of functional limitations on academic pursuits.
Phone: (800) 922-TECH
Winthrop University Office of Accessibility
The Office of Accessibility (OA) helps to create an accessible campus community where students with disabilities have equal opportunity to participate fully in their educational experience at Winthrop University. Our goals are to: Coordinate and provide reasonable accommodations and services; Advocate for students with disabilities through the removal of physical, informational, and attitudinal barriers; Empower students toward self-advocacy, independence, and personal responsibility; Create learning opportunities to enhance an understanding of disability culture and applicable laws.
Phone: (803) 323-3290
South Carolina State Department of Education
SC Developmental Disabilities Council
The mission of the SC Developmental Disabilities Council is to provide leadership in planning, funding, and implementing initiatives that lead to improved quality of life for people with developmental disabilities and their families through advocacy, capacity building, and systemic change.
Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education
“Encouraging the use of mediation and other collaborative strategies to resolve disagreements about special education and early intervention programs.”