scscia on facebook | south carolina spinal cord injury association on twitter | sc spinal cord injury association (SCSCIA) on instagram

SC LEADS Program

Lunch Series : Support Your Student in Transition

Made possible by a generous grant from Alfac and the Central Carolina Community Foundation is hosting a weekly virtual "lunch hour" series for parents and teachers to help continue our mission of educating and training on self-advocacy for students with disabilities.

These one-hour training sessions will feature topics such as self-advocacy, self-determination, IEPs, and transition services to keep you informed on how to help your student or child take an active role in their education.


Lunch Series wrapped up in June 2020, but all sessions were recorded and are availalbe below!

For whom?
Anyone working with students with disabilities or students in transition!

What did we cover?
The following organizations will each be doing one-hour weekly sessions:

ABLE SC - "Fostering and Promotiong Self Advocacy and Independence"

Family Connection of SC - Melissa Sanders, Family Engagement Manager presents “Understanding the IEP”

Transition Alliance of South Carolina (TASC) - "Self-Determination - Independence and Choice for People with Disabilities"

Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) - “Planning for Transition with DDSN”

SC Vocational Rehabilitation (SCVRD) - "Planning for Transition with SCVRD"



"Fostering and Promoting Self-Advocacy and Independence" with ABLE SC - May 20

"Self-Determination: Independence and choice for people with disabilities" with Transition Alliance of SC - May 27, 2020

"Accessing Transition Services" with DDSN - June 3, 2020

"Understanding the IEP" with Family Connection of SC - June 10, 2020

"Accessing Transition Services" with SC Vocational Rehabilitation - June 17, 2020




Lesson 1 - Disability Education and Awareness 

Lesson 2 - The IEP

Lesson 3 - Self-Advocacy

Lesson 4 - Effective Communication



Proudly funded by:


"The attitude and self-advocacy skills of students with disabilities may be two of the most important factors in determining their success or failure in postsecondary education."

-- US Department of Education


The South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association is so excited to announce our NEW program, thanks to a generous grant from South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation.  SC LEADS will begin in the middle schools of the Midlands and surrounding counties in January 2019.  Our goal is to help eighth graders with disabilities develop their self-advocacy skills in an effort to make them more successful in their transition to high school and beyond.  We will be working within middle schools to teach once a month 45 minute class sessions centered on disability awareness, self awareness & determination, listening & communication skills, leadership skills, and so much more.  If you are interested in participating, or know a school you'd like to see our program in, please contact Sarah Brownson, Program Manager for more information by emailing sarah [at] or calling 803-252-2198.

Program Letter


We are currently in 18 schools across 7 school districts and 4 counties!!!



Dutchfork Middle School

Chapin Middle School

Longleaf Middle School

Busbee Creative Arts Academy

Batesburg-Leesville Middle School

Scotts Branch Middle High School

Camden Middle School

White Knoll Middle School

Pine Ridge Middle School

Fulmer Middle School

Northside Middle School

St Andrews Middle School

Gibbes Middle School

Hopkins Middle School

Southeast Middle School

Hand Middle School

Crayton Middle School

W.A. Perry Middle School