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"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 provide the South Carolina Leadership Education and Advocacy Development for Students (SCLEADS) program, thanks to support from South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation. SCLEADS began in 2019 in middle schools in the Midlands and surrounding counties, and it has continued to expand throughout South Carolina since.
The goal of SCLEADS is to help eighth graders with disabilities develop self-advocacy skills in assists them in a more successful transition to high school and beyond.
The teacher for SCLEADS, Kelly Smith, works within middle schools to teach weekly, 45-minute class sessions, centered on:
self-awareness & determination
listening & communication skills
leadership skills, and so much more.
If you are interested in your child participating, or know a school you'd like to see our program serve, please contact
Kelly Smith, Transition Coordinator, by emailing kelly [at] scspinalcord.org or calling 803-252-2198
SCLEADS has provided self-advocacy instruction in 27 schools, across 13 school districts, and within 9 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
Sanders Middle School
Gibbes Middle School
Hopkins Middle School
Southeast Middle School
Hand Middle School
Crayton Middle School
W.A. Perry Middle School
Dubose Middle School
Branchville High School
Hartsville Middle School
Darlington Middle School
Pleasant Knoll Middle School
Springfield Middle School
Clover Middle School
Lunch Series : Support Your Student in Transition
The South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association hosted a weekly virtual "lunch hour" series for students with a disability and anyone working with students with a disability to help continue our mission of educating and training on self-advocacy for students with disabilities.
These one-hour training sessions featured topics such as 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.
Below are the sessiona recorded through Zoom.
What will we cover?
The following organizations will each be doing one-hour weekly sessions:
July 6 - Understanding the IEP with Family Connection of SC
July 13 - Planning for Transition: Beginning with the End in Mind with Richland County School District 1
July 20 - Transition 101 – Strategies and Resources for a Successful Transition with the Transition Alliance of South Carolina
July 27 - Planning for Transition with SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department
2020 Summer Series
"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
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