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Agencies that Can Assist You

Centers for Independent Living
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 program)

Living Independently in South Carolina, Resources for People with Disabilities guide

AccessAbility (Serving Berkeley, Charleston, Dorchester, Orangeburg, Williamsburg counties)
Walton Options for Independent Living (Serving Aiken, Barnwell, Edgefield, McCormick, Allendale, Bamberg, Beaufort, Colleton, Hampton, & Jasper counties)

State Agencies

SC Commission for the Blind
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.

SC Department 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 goals.

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 all customers.

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 employment.


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 employment.

Other

Goodwill Industries 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 South Carolina
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.

 
 
 


 
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