Centers for Independent
Centers for Independent Living are community-based, cross-disability,
non-profit organizations that are designed and operated by
people with disabilities. CILs are unique in that they operate
according to a strict philosophy of consumer control, wherein
people with all types of disabilities directly govern and
staff the organization. Centers for Independent Living Provide:
Peer Support, Information and Referral, Individual and Systems
Advocacy, Independent Living Skills Training, and other services.
• Able South Carolina
(Serving Midlands & Upstate, with a state-wide youth
Independently in South Carolina, Resources for People
with Disabilities guide
(Serving Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Orangeburg, Williamsburg
• Walton Options
for Independent Living (Serving Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield,
McCormick, Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton,
& Jasper counties)
SC Commission for the
SCCB's 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.
of Disabilities and Special Needs
The state agency that plans, develops, oversees and funds
services for South Carolinians with severe intellectual disabilities,
autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and
conditions related to each of these four disabilities. Their
mission is to assist people with disabilities and their families
in meeting needs, pursuing possibilities and achieving life
University of South Carolina, Center for Disability Resources,
Supported Employment Program
This program was developed to be implemented as a universal
system of service delivery throughout the state of South Carolina
for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. The
primary mission of the program is to work toward the understanding,
respect and support in securing appropriate employment for
South Carolina Department
of Mental Health, Consumer Employment Program
The mission of SCDMH is to assist people in their
recovery of mental illnesses. Partnerships with the South
Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) and
Work-in-Progress, counselors and job coaches help people with
emotional disabilities seek, obtain, and maintain competitive
South Carolina Vocational
Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD)
The mission of SCVRD is to prepare and assist eligible South
Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive
of Lower South Carolina, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit
organization that serves the communities of 18 counties in
the lower areas of South Carolina. By offering job training,
career coaching and other employment programs and services,
Goodwill helps people achieve their full potential through
the dignity and power of work.
Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands
Goodwill Industries helps people become independent through
education and training leading to employment. The Goodwill
Job Connection is an employment resource center; job seekers
can come for further assistance in helping them to gain employment.
Protection and Advocacy for
People with Disabilities, Inc.
An independent, statewide, non-profit corporation that protects
and advances the legal rights of people with disabilities.
South Carolina Assistive Technology Program
A federally funded program 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.
As part of a national network of technology-related assistance
programs, their goal is to enhance independence, productivity
and quality of life for all South Carolinians through access
to assistive technology devices and services.