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Commonly Used Agencies/Organizations that Provide Assistance to Families of Students with Disabilities

Agency Name:  Able South Carolina
Brief Description of Services: Able South Carolina is a Center for Independent Living (CIL), an organization not about "helping" people with disabilities, but built on the central concept of self-empowerment.  Able SC has six core services: 1. Advocacy - issues affecting people with disabilities at local, state and national levels, 2. Independent Living Skills - one-on-one work with individuals in activities for daily life skills, well-being and more, 3. Information and Referral - collects, maintains and shares information and resources for a variety of needs, 4. Peer Support and Consumer Training - connecting individuals with disabilities to create a sense of community, model for each other and share life experiences, 5.  Transition to the Community - assist people with disabilities with living where they choose and maintaining their independence in the community, 6.  Youth Transition Services - delivering transition-related skills-building individually and in classrooms throughout SC to trainings on critical issues in transition for professionals.  Able SC also offers a free Assistive Technology (AT) loaner program including items like wheelchairs, grab bars, shower chairs, etc.

Paige Maxwell, Director of Youth Transition Programs
Phone: 800-681-7715; Voice – 864-235-1421 ext. 308; TTY – 864-235-8798
Email: Paige Maxwell @

Agency Name: Anderson-Oconee Behavioral Health Services
Brief Description of Services: We offer a continuum of services based on an individual's assessed needs. Our emphasis is on early identification, responsive service, personalized treatment, flexible care and returning citizens to a productive life as quickly as possible. Services Available for Children and Adolescents at AO-BHS: Traditional Outpatient Services, Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Services, Family Centered Services - Intensive In Home Services, Adolescent Relapse Prevention, Anger Management, Alternative to Suspension Program, Awareness Group, Children of Alcoholics Group, Drug of Choice Group, Girls Empowerment Group, and Community and School Based Prevention Programs.

Nellie El-Amin, Community Outreach
Phone: 864-882-7563 | Email:

Agency Name: Arc of Oconee County
Brief Description of Services: The Arc of Oconee County is a non-profit organization, located at 295 Market Street, Dogwood Plaza, Seneca, SC. It is the mission of the Arc to improve public understanding of the intellectually and developmentally disabled (I/DD) of all ages. We provide these citizens with opportunities to enhance and strengthen independence. We are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all I/DD citizens and their families. We offer support services and supervised activities.

Kappy Carter, President of Oconee Area Chapter
Phone: 864-280-6022 | Email:

Agency Name: Beginnings SC
Brief Description of Services: Beginnings SC believes every S.C. child who is deaf or hard of hearing has the right and the ability to reach his or her fullest potential. Toward that goal, we have five programs to meet the needs of our state. Beginnings SC works with parents of children who are deaf or hard of hearing, deaf and hard of hearing parents, and the professionals that work with these families–all across South Carolina. Our five program areas: Parent Education and Guidance, Technical Assistance and Training, Hearing Screenings, Advocacy and Policy, and Awareness and Education.

Cara Senterfeit, Executive Director-SC Office and Parent Education Specialist
Phone: 803-216-1171 | Email:

Organization Name: Clemson Area Transit – CAT Bus
Brief Description of Services: Clemson Area Transit (CAT) is a public service provided fare-free through federal, state, and local partnerships. Just board the bus, take a seat, and enjoy the ride. ADA transportation is also provided.

Keith Moody
Phone: 864-654-CATS (2287) | Email:

Organization Name: ClemsonLIFE
Brief Description of Services: ClemsonLIFE is a post-secondary education program located on the campus of Clemson University for students ages 18-25 with intellectual disabilities. We teach functional skills with the goals of independent living and competitive employment upon completion of the program.

Erica Walters, ClemsonLIFE Program Coordinator
Phone: 864- 656-0501| Email:

Organization Name: Student Accessibility Services      
Brief Description of Services: Clemson University is committed to providing educational opportunities for all students and assisting them in making their college experience successful and positive. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Clemson recognizes a student with a disability as anyone who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity. Student Disability Services coordinates the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. All reasonable accommodations are individualized, flexible, and confidential based on the nature of the disability and the academic environment.

Our professional staff works with students with documented disabilities to develop strategies and to offer accommodations both in and out of the classroom to help enhance the Clemson experience. Students with documented disabilities have full access to Clemson through a variety of ways, sometimes using assistive technology, note taking services, the Test Proctoring Center, ASL interpreting, captioning, or any number of other accommodations that give students an even academic playing field. …Continued on next page…

Students with both invisible and visible disabilities can be eligible for services. We are currently serving over 1,000 students each semester with documented disabilities. Stop by our table for more information on documentation guidelines, specific accommodations offered, and any other questions you may have.

April Beckwith, Access Coordinator
Phone: 864-656-6848 | Email:

Agency Name: Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC)
Brief Description of Services: The public health agency in SC. Local clinic services offered in Oconee include Family Planning, Pregnancy Testing, Immunizations, Tuberculosis Treatment, Sexually Transmitted Infection Diagnosis and Treatment, WIC (Women Infants and Children) Program and Services for Children/Teens with Special Health Care Needs from birth – 18 years of age, Camp Burnt Gin for children with special healthcare needs. All services are made by appointment. The local office is located in Seneca next to Gignilliat Community Center at 609 N. Townville St.

Misty M. Lee, Community Systems Health Educator
Phone: 864-882-2245; 1-800-868-0404 | Email:

Agency Name: Family Connection of SC
Brief Description of Services: We are a statewide nonprofit organization that links families of children with special healthcare needs and disabilities with resources, support and education. We provide support to parents with a child or family member with any special healthcare need. Our support for families includes a family-to-family network, statewide offices and a host of programs to educate, inspire and empower families and their children to live rich, fulfilling lives in spite of many challenges.

Sherry Fuller, Area Coordinator
Phone: 864-231-8100; 1-800-578-8750 | Email:

Organization Name: Family Friends - Oconee DSS/United Way
Brief Description of Services: Family Friends recruits volunteers who are matched with needy/at-risk families to help them access resources that will make the family strong, self-sufficient and contributing members of our community. Goods, services, and monetary donations are also donated to Family Friends and used to support families who are being served by DSS Department of Social Services Adult and Child Protective Services. 

Sandra Pruitt, Program Coordinator
Phone: 867-882-3130 | Email:

Agency Name: Foothills Community Health Care
Brief Description of Services: FCHC provides quality and affordable health care to individuals and families who are insured, underinsured or uninsured. We accept Medicaid, Medicare and Commercial Insurance. We also offer a sliding fee scale for our uninsured patients. We offer preventative and primary medical care, lab services, and chronic disease management. We offer sick and well visits for children as well as immunizations and sports physicals. Our office also has a Counselor to provide behavioral health services to those patients who are referred by their primary care physician. We also provide insurance enrollment through the Marketplace, help with SNAP benefits and Medicaid enrollment.

Pam Grant, Outreach and Enrollment Coordinator; 864-722-0283 ext. 206 - contact regarding questions or assistance with enrolling for insurance through the Marketplace
Phone for appointments: 864-722-0283, option 1

Agency Name: Golden Corner Food Pantry
Brief Description of Services: The Golden Corner Food Pantry mission is to provide emergency and supplemental food to low income and less fortunate residents of Oconee County. To qualify for food at the Food Pantry someone must live in Oconee County and household income must be less than 150% of the Federal Poverty Guidelines. Food Pantry clients can receive food once every thirty days. We are located at 635 Business Park Dr. in Seneca.

Mondays: Food for Senior Adults only 10am-Noon
Tuesday-Friday: All clients except Senior Adults 10am-Noon
The first Saturday of each month: All clients who work during the week 10am-Noon

Steve Finger, Director
Phone: 864-882-3610 | Email:

Agency Name: NAMI AOP – National Alliance on Mental Illness
Brief Description of Services: NAMI is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. NAMI AOP, the local affiliate, serves Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. NAMI AOP offers monthly educational meetings which are open to the public, two peer-led support groups, one for families and one for those experiencing the symptoms of a mental health condition, as well as an educational course for families of children and adolescents called NAMI Basics and an educational course for families who have an adult relative with a mental health condition, called Family-to-Family. In addition, NAMI AOP offers Parents and Teachers as Allies a two-hour in-service to school professionals to educate them on the signs and symptoms of mental health conditions in children and adolescents. We look forward to answering any questions and sharing more information with you.

Michelle Ready, Program Coordinator
Phyllis Mays and Dianne Holstead- NAMI Basics Course teachers
Phone: 864-882-5131 | Email:

Agency Name: Oconee County Adult Education

Brief Description of Services: Oconee Adult Education offers the following services: Literacy and ESL programs, GED training and exam preparation, Skills Upgrade, Career Guidance, WorkKeys Certification, College Enrollment Guidance, Family Literacy Program, and Palmetto Youth Connections.

Gene Williams, Director
Phone: 864-886-4429 | Email:

Agency Name: Palmetto Youth Connections
Brief Description of Services: A Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funded program that serves youth 17-24 in Anderson, Oconee and Pickens Counties with the goal to have all youth in these areas educated and prepared for self-sufficiency in work and in life. Services include: Job Readiness Workshops, GED and High School Diploma Assistance, Internships, Vocational Training, National Certifications, Supportive Services. Our program emphasizes hands-on skill development in all of our academic and job training services. Eligible participants receive all of our services and support free of charge but it requires a lot of motivation and hard work to succeed! The Oconee office is located at Oconee County Adult Education at 315 A Holland Ave in Seneca.

Karen Craven, AOP Area Program Manager | Email:
Ann Marie Baker, Lead Career Coach | Email:
Loren Carr, Career Coach | Email:
Phone: 864-886-4467

Agency Name: Protection & Advocacy for People with Disabilities (P&A)
Brief Description of Services: Provides self-advocacy training, education and legal assistance to assist individuals with a physical or mental disability who have been discriminated against or denied a service because of a disability.

Pete Cantrell, Attorney/Team Leader, Greenville Area
Phone: 803-782-0639 | Email:

Agency Name: SC 211
Brief Description of Services: South Carolina 2-1-1 is your one-stop resource for finding assistance in your local community. We keep a database of a wide variety of service providers including support groups, community clinics, counselors, shelters, food pantries, programs for seniors, and many more agencies in South Carolina. Call 2-1-1 anytime, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to link to vital services in your community. You can also call 2-1-1 toll free at 1-866-892-9211. This service is free and is available in multiple languages.

Agency Name: SC Assistive Technology Program (SCATP)

Brief Description of Services: Provides trainings, device demonstrations, and device loans of assistive technology for students with intellectual disabilities and learning differences.

Carol Page
Phone: 803-935-5301 | Email:

Agency Name: SC Autism Society
Brief Description of Services: Targeted Case Management, Parent School Partnership, Information and Referral, Training and Workshops, Advocacy, etc. The Parent School Partnership Program encourages collaboration and teamwork between schools and families; acts as a resource for schools on issues related to autism spectrum disorder; provides parents with information on autism spectrum disorder. Case Management is also a program of the SC Autism Society. SCAS will provide service coordination to individuals with autism spectrum disorder who are eligible for DDSN services; assists families in finding and maintaining appropriate programs; assists families in addressing needs and problems.

Chantelle Paxton, Parent Mentor/Parent School Partnership Program
Phone: 864-607-7623; 803-438-4790 | Email:

Agency Name: SC Commission for the Blind
Brief Description of Services: Our mission is to provide quality individualized vocational rehabilitation services, independent living services and prevention-of-blindness services to blind and visually impaired consumers leading to competitive employment and social and economic independence. Each year, the Commission for the Blind helps hundreds of men and women who are legally blind remain independent within their homes and communities. The commission accomplishes this goal by providing many valuable services, including orientation and mobility, home management, low vision evaluation and referral to resources within the community. These services are provided through programs such as the Student Internship Program, Low Vision Clinic, Summer Teen Program and Assistive Technology Program.

Rebecca Bates, Transition Counselor
Phone: 888-335-5951; 864-577-1510 | Email:

Agency Name: SC Developmental Disabilities Council (DD Council)
Brief Description of Services: The Council engages in activities that contribute to a coordinated, consumer and family centered and directed, comprehensive system that includes needed community services, individualized supports and other forms of assistance that promote self-determination for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families.

Cheryl English, Program Information Coordinator
Phone: 803-734-0382 | Email:

Agency Name: SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department (VR)
Brief Description of Services: Prepares and assists eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment. VR’s youth services work to reduce the dropout rate of youth with disabilities and improve their participation in employment-related activities. These programs focus on building self-esteem, developing personal leadership skills, and preparing young adults with disabilities for life beyond high school. Other services include: Assessment for eligibility, career exploration and planning for employment; Disability Management through therapies, treatments, procedures or assistive devices; Training to enhance skills through instruction and work experiences in our offices, on worksites, or through educational partnerships; and, Job Search to help you find competitive employment, and support you once you are on the job.

Pam Smith, Area Supervisor | Email:
Dan Alexander, Business Development Specialist | Email:
Joyce Pickett, Counselor | Email:
Allyson Thompson, Counselor | Email:
Phone: 864-882-6669

Agency Name: SC Works
Brief Description of Services: We bring job seekers and employers together. We can help job seekers with applications, resumes, and any other job readiness service. We help employers post jobs and find candidates.

Matt Fields, Sr. Program Manager | Email:
Karen Hamrick, Career Coach | Email:
Phone: 864-646-1741; 864-646-1742

Agency Name: Toussaint Law Firm
Brief Description of Services: Special needs law is critical to legally protect loved ones with disabilities. Let us work with you to establish guardianship, conservatorship, estate planning and special needs trusts to protect your loved ones.

Jeremey Poindexter, Attorney
Phone: 864-888-1900 | Email:

Agency Name: Tribble Center/DSN – Disabilities and Special Needs Board
Brief Description of Services: The Tribble Center, governed by the Oconee County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs, is a public, not for profit contract provider with the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. We administer, coordinate and provide services within Oconee County for persons with developmental/intellectual disabilities, autism and related disabilities. We provide day, residential and support services that meet the individual need of the person. We focus on abilities and independence and strive to provide a high quality of life for people we serve. Most all services have a waiting list and require State approved funding. Eligibility determination can take several months and will require current diagnostic evaluations. 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.

Amy Cheek, Director of Family Support Services Referrals: 1-800-289-7012
Phone: 885-6044 | Email: Website:

Agency Name: Tri-County Tech, Cooperate & Community Education
Brief Description of Services: Tri-County Technical College’s Corporate and Community Education (CCE) division is focused on meeting the near-term workforce needs of the Anderson, Oconee, and Pickens counties. Working close with the local businesses, large and small, the CCE develops needed curriculum, and ensures curriculum alignment with recognized national, state, or third-party certification entities. While we may seem to be more focused on the area’s employers, we are ultimately focused on developing students that meet the needs of these employers, and offering our students opportunities to prosper in their selected career pathways. We are continuously looking for ways to improve program offerings, and often add programs that meet the changing needs of the industries. We also seek ways to make the non-credit credentials obtained meaningful when that student decides to return for an associate program, using stackable credentials.

Richard Parker, Program Director
Brittany Newsome, Recruiter and Student Success Coach
Phone: 864-646-1700 | Email:

Agency Name: Tri-County Technical College Disability Services
Brief Description of Services: The faculty and staff at Tri-County Technical College are dedicated to providing students with disabilities full access to programs and services by providing reasonable and effective accommodations that promote student independence. The Office of Disability Services is responsible for coordinating all services relating to disabilities and serves as a resource for students, parents, faculty, and staff.

Stephanie Winkler, Manager of Disability Services
Phone: 864-646-1564 | Email:

Agency Name: United Way
Brief Description of Services: United Way of Oconee County is charged with addressing the needs of our local community. We focus on Education, Income and Health and this is what we believe to be the building blocks for creating opportunities and overall a better life for all. United Way of Oconee offers a variety of programs, for example, financial stability program, VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) and an early grade literacy initiative just to name a few. We also help support other nonprofits in the community that provide a vast arrays of services to the citizens of Oconee County.

You can submit a question online through our website if you have a question and we try to respond within 24 hours. Also all staff as well as their direct email addresses are listed on our website as well should you wish to talk with a specific individual.

Allison Smith, Campaign Manager
Phone: 864-882-9743| Email: