South Carolina
This Executive Order establishes the State Community Engagement Implementation Task Force to support the efforts of individuals seeking community engagement activities, education or employment. It includes representatives from the South Carolina Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, the state's Protection and Advocacy system and the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs.
This bill establishes the South Carolina Employment First Study Committee for the purpose of studying and evaluating the need for an Employment First Initiative Act, which would establish policies supportive of competitive integrated employment for individuals with disabilities and create related responsibilities for state agencies.
This bill requires the State Board of Education, in collaboration with the Vocational Rehabilitation Department and other stakeholders, to develop criteria for a uniform state-recognized employability credential aligned to the program of study for students with a disability whose IEP team determines that a diploma pathway would not provide a free appropriate public education. This includes developing a rubric and guidelines to identify and assess the employability skills of the students, based on appropriate standards.
This program helps adults with serious, long-term mental illness find and maintain employment.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Department of Mental Health
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program enables individuals with disabilities, service providers and others to learn about, access, and acquire assistive technology needed for education, employment, and community living. Services include device demonstrations, reutilization, loans, and financing.
Operating Entity: University of South Carolina, Center for Disability Resources
Entity Type: College / University
This six- to eight-week paid pre-apprenticeship training program provides a career path for individuals who are blind or visually impaired into employer-based apprenticeships or direct placement. The program includes work readiness development, job shadowing, and a Job Club experience.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides opportunities for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to explore a new way of life through socialization and friendship with college students.
Operating Entity: The Arc of South Carolina
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The Business Enterprise Program helps people who are blind become food service or vending operators.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides a series of camps for people with a range of disabilities, including PALMETTO (Providing Adults Lifestyle Management Education Through Therapeutic Opportunities), which assists young adults/adults in their transition from high school to adult life through independent living skills training, community service projects, and work-related activities.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council
Entity Type: Other
This program coordinates services to help individuals with disabilities and their families navigate and facilitate enrollment in the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs services.
Operating Entity: The Arc of South Carolina
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
CAP helps individuals who experience problems when applying for or receiving vocational rehabilitation or independent living services. This includes advising and informing individuals of their rights and providing advocacy services.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Department of Administration
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program includes a Masters of Arts in Counseling and Rehabilitation, with a specialization in clinical rehabilitation counseling, as well as a Certificate of Graduate Study in Psychiatric Rehabilitation.
Operating Entity: University of South Carolina, School of Medicine
Entity Type: College / University
This program helps ensure underserved parents of children with disabilities, including low-income parents, parents of children who are English learners, and parents with disabilities, have the training and information they need to enable them to participate effectively in helping their children.
Operating Entity: Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a range of independent living services to people with disabilities at Centers for Independent Living across the state. Services include help connecting to local services, assistance with job searches, local transit skills training, assistive technology help, peer mentoring support, assistance with school-to-career transitions, self-advocacy help, and more.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program places people with severe mental illness in competitive employment, with supportive on-site assistance as needed. IPS is a collaboration between the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) and the South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD).
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
IMPACT is a state-wide self-advocacy council for South Carolina, whose members present and attend statewide and national conferences and represent South Carolina by participating in various committees. The Council provides information, training, and leadership opportunities to enhance self-advocacy for people with disabilities, and promotes the development of local self-advocacy groups in the state.
Operating Entity: University of South Carolina, Center for Disability Resources
Entity Type: College / University
These trainings help prepare and place people with disabilities into computer-related fields, including customer service and office support, computer-aided drafting, networking and server support, and jobs that require the Microsoft Office suite.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides five comprehensive transition programs in the state, which help individuals with intellectual disabilities advance their academic and independent living skills in a college environment. These are Carolina LIFE, Clemson LIFE, Coastal Carolina LIFE, College of Charleston REACH, and Winthrop Think College. Counselors from the Vocational Rehabilitation Department monitor progress and assist with transition planning as students approach program completion.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program enables eligible individuals with disabilities to save money in a tax-exempt account that may be used for qualified disability expenses while keeping their eligibility for federally-funded, means-tested public benefits. Eligible expenses include education, employment training and support, and assistive technology.
Operating Entity: Treasurer of South Carolina
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program supports Parent Training and Information Centers and Community Parent Resource Centers in 12 southern states. Services include one-to-one consultations, trainings and webinars, peer-to-peer mentoring, site visits, non-profit management tools, and more.
Operating Entity: Parent to Parent of Georgia
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides a variety of direct services for children and youth with disabilities, families, professionals, and other organizations that support them. This includes helping parents participate effectively in their children’s education and development and partnering with professionals and policymakers to improve outcomes for children with disabilities.
Operating Entity: Family Connection of SC
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
These programs offer students with intellectual disabilities an opportunity to take college classes, engage in career development and independent living activities, and participate in the social life of a college campus.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Pre-ETS assist students with disabilities in identifying career interests and developing skills to be successful in the workplace. This includes five required activities: job exploration counseling, work-based learning experiences, workplace readiness training, counseling on comprehensive transition or postsecondary educational programs, and instruction in self-advocacy.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
Project SEARCH is a one-year transition-to-work program for students with significant disabilities that includes classroom instruction, career exploration, and internship rotations. It is a collaboration between local businesses, state agencies, local school systems, and other entities, and is offered at several locations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program protects individuals with disabilities by empowering them and advocating on their behalf. This includes providing information and referrals, providing training and technical assistance to service providers, and conducting self-advocacy training.
Operating Entity: Disability Rights South Carolina
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
The program offers two Rehabilitation Counseling Training (RCT) tracks; one leads to a master’s degree in rehabilitation counseling, with a focus on school-to-work transition and career assessment, and the other provides a certificate of completion in school-to-work transition and career assessment for rehabilitation counseling professionals.
Operating Entity: South Carolina State University, School of Graduate Studies
Entity Type: College / University
Rehabilitation engineers provide consultation, individual assessment, and design and fabrication to assist people with disabilities in using assistive technology to overcome barriers at home and work.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This statewide system is designed to improve employment recruitment, retention, and advancement for South Carolinians with disabilities, including by raising awareness, supporting systems that improve outcome for people with disabilities, disseminating information, and collecting data. Partners include the Vocational Rehabilitation Department, the state's Centers for Independent Living, and a range of other state agencies and offices.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides job-readiness opportunities for students with disabilities who are unable to earn a state high school diploma, to ensure they have evidence of employability skills, and to honor their work in school.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Special Education Services
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program is designed to improve educational achievement and outcomes for children who are deaf-blind, by providing technical assistance and training to service providers and expanding supports to children who are deaf-blind and their families, including during the transition to postsecondary education or employment.
Operating Entity: South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind
Entity Type: Other
The South Carolina Youth Leadership Forum is a four-day, three-night leadership-intensive experience to help young adults with disabilities become strong leaders and advocates in their communities. It is a collaboration between several state agencies and community organizations.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides blind and visually impaired high school and college students the opportunity to gain work experience during an eight-week summer internship with a local business. Participants receive a stipend after successful completion of the program.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides students with exposure to post-secondary opportunities through college tours, information sessions on career fields, visits to various employment settings, and guest speakers.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides youth who are blind or visually impaired with meaningful work experience and career exploration, while reinforcing their adjustment to blindness. The curriculum includes orientation and mobility training, vocational evaluation, braille training, and more.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides Supported Employment training and technical assistance to Supported Employment providers in the state. It also seeks to develop a comprehensive statewide Supported Employment service delivery system for the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Agency (SC DDSN).
Operating Entity: University of South Carolina, Center for Disability Resources
Entity Type: College / University
TASC provides training, professional development, technical assistance, information, and support to help local communities build capacity to support youth with disabilities who are transitioning from school to adult life. It is spearheaded by the Center for Disability Resources (CDR) at the University of South Carolina and is comprised of 16 partner entities (including state agencies, school districts, and community organizations).
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program provides a variety of skill-building and educational services to prepare people with disabilities for the workforce. This includes job preparedness instruction, job readiness training, job tryouts, internships, and on-the-job training. It also includes Job Driven Vocational Training, which trains individuals based on specific business needs in local communities.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program provides educational and career guidance for youth ages 13-21 who are blind or visually impaired. Services focus on job counseling, technology assistance, college information, and more.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps individuals who are blind, deaf-blind, and visually impaired reach their employment goals. Services range from adjustment to blindness to job placement assistance to assistive technology training.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Commission for the Blind
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program help out-of-school and in-school youth with one or more barriers to employment (including having a disability) prepare for and secure employment and postsecondary education opportunities. Services include tutoring; work experiences; occupational skills training; leadership development opportunities; and postsecondary education and training preparation activities.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
This program helps individuals with disabilities who are receiving Social Security Disability benefits make informed choices about work and make a successful transition to self-sufficiency.
Operating Entity: Able South Carolina
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides workshops for youth with disabilities and their families focusing on a range of topics, including Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), self-determination, employment hard and soft skills, and more.
Operating Entity: AccessAbility
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program helps youth with disabilities build self-esteem, learn teamwork, gain communication and leadership skills, prepare for employment, and achieve independence. Services include Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS), group transition services, and individualized transition services. The Vocational Rehabilitation Department collaborates with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice to provide service to adjudicated youth.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program includes peer-to-peer young adult leadership groups and forums, transition services delivered in partnership with schools, as well as professional development opportunities for educators and service providers.
Operating Entity: Able South Carolina
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides teachers, school staff, families, students, and others with information about transitioning from school to the adult world.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Intellectual Disability and Related Disability Division
Entity Type: State Agency / Office
This program helps prepare youth with disabilities for their transitions to work and adulthood. It includes a youth transitions program and a Peer Support Group for young adults ages 18 to 24.
Operating Entity: Walton Options
Entity Type: Non-Profit / Community Organization
This program provides Pre-Employment Transition Services (Pre-ETS) to high school students who have disabilities, including through self-advocacy workshops, work-based learning experiences, college tours, and more. It is a collaboration between the South Carolina Commission for the Blind, the state's independent living centers, and South Carolina’s public school system.
Operating Entity: --
Entity Type: Multi-Stakeholder Project
South Carolina created a webpage with a plethora of resources for families, students, teachers and administrators to assist students with disabilities during distance learning. The resources cover a variety of topics including assistive technology, interpreters, and online modules.
Operating Entity: South Carolina Department of Education