Resources

  • Local

     

    Berkeley Citizens is a non-profit human service organization whose goal is to provide individuals with lifelong developmental disabilities the opportunity to develop and maintain productive, self-fulfilling lifestyles. BCI is funded through the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Trident United Way, grant programs and donations from private companies and individuals. BCI manages and maintains a variety of residential options and an adult day workshop which provides employment opportunities to individuals with developmental disabilities. Additionally, BCI provides service coordination to over 600 individuals and offers early intervention services to families of children with developmental disabilities, from birth to three years old. 
     
     

    Berkeley County Mental Health has adopted the following mission statement: The men and women of the Berkeley Community Mental Health Center, in partnership with clients, families and their diverse communities, will assist citizens with mental disorders to improve the quality of their lives.  With about 80 staff, the Center consists of two locations in Berkeley County.  Additionally, counselors are assigned to several schools in the county.  We have psychiatrists, nurses, counselors, and other staff who provide direct clinical services, as well as administrative staff who support the clinical mission.
     
     

    Dee Norton Low Country Children's Center is a community- based, 501(c)(3) non-profit program that provides safe and non-threatening "one stop shopping" for victimized children and their families. Since 1991, DNLCC has helped over 12,000 children and their families. The mission of The Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center, Inc. is to reduce the incidence of child abuse and its impact on the child, family and community by providing a forum for concerned agencies and individuals to identify needs and respond through the development, coordination, and delivery of quality services.  
  • State

     
    The Family Resource Center was organized to promote opportunities for learning, inclusion, and empowerment for individuals with disabilities and special needs, their families, and their communities through such means as education, advocacy, and outreach. Contact (843)266-1318 or frc@frcdsn.org for more information. 
     

    The South Carolina Autism Society provides for the facilitation of partnerships between school personnel and the parents of students with autism through the Parent-School Partnership Program.  They also provide a parent-to-parent network of support and regional support groups.
     
      

    The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department is an employment agency for people with disabilities. Many of our clients are highly motivated but need assistance in developing the skills necessary for successful employment. After eligibility is established, each client participates in an assessment to determine which vocational rehabilitation services would be beneficial to help the client prepare for employment. The client is involved in each step of the development of an Individualized Plan for Employment tailored to his or her abilities and interests. 
     
     
     
    The mission of Family Connection of South Carolina is to strengthen and encourage families of children with special healthcare needs through parent support.  A few of the many programs Family Connection offers include but are not limited to: Family Social Events, Family Partner Program, Awareness: The Key to Friendships, Kid Connection, Support Groups, and Medication Education Programs.
     

    The South Carolina Respite Coalition works to help families and caregivers get the breaks they need.  They are continuously working to increase awareness of the needs of families within the faith community.  The SC Respite Coalition brings people together from different faiths to assist them in providing respite for those needing support or personal time within their own faith communities. 
     
     
    The South Carolina Advocates for Epilepsy is a charitable organization, formed in 2011, to help raise epilepsy awareness in South Carolina.  We are patients, family members, caregivers, and friends who want to make a difference!  Join us on our journey as we support each other and teach many!
     
    The mission of the SC Department of Education is to provide leadership and support so that all public education students graduate prepared for success.
     
     
  • National


    Understood provides a variety of resources for working with students who struggle with academics, inattention, hyperactivity, and social skills.  In addition to background information in these areas, the site also contains a parent toolkit with helpful ideas for assisting children, links to additional resources, and a guide to assist caregivers in understanding the child's perspective.
     

    Reading Rockets is a national multimedia project offering information and resources on how young children learn to read, why so many struggle with reading, and how caring adults can help.
     
     

    The Individuals with Disabilities Act 2004 is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation.
     
     

    The Parent Advocacy Coalition for Educational Rights Center was founded on the premise of parents helping parents of children and youth with disabilities to advocate for a free and appropriate public education for all children.  Today, the PACER Center expands opportunities and offers services to enhance the quality of life of children and young adults with disabilities and their families across the nation. Staffed primarily by parents of children with disabilities, PACER works in coalition with 18 disability organizations to provide assistance to individual families, workshops, materials for parents and professionals, and leadership in securing a free and appropriate public education for all children. 
     
     
     
    The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports, and research, it is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.