News and Updates

LOOK! Forward

Photography Exhibit Family Connection is hosting the LOOK! Forward photography exhibit in the Midlands for the first time this year. The opening event was held on Saturday, April 8 but the photos will remain on display at the Tapp’s Arts Center  Read More

Waivers 101: An Overview of Medicaid Waivers and Services

December 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm DESCRIPTION: This webinar provided an overview of Waivers and waiver-based services. SPEAKER: Guest Speakers: Lori Manos, Michelle White and Susan Bolt DATE: December 5, 2016 For the  transcript of the webinar, view this Waivers  Read More

PCSC: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

SPEAKER: Gwynne Goodlett DESCRIPTION: The first of a series of monthly webinars is an update on progress on the development of the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care, entitled “Where We’ve Been and Where We Are Going.”  This webinar covers what a  Read More

PCSC: Everything You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask: A Conversation with Tonna Okei about Cultural and Linguistic Competency

SPEAKERS: Tonna Okei and Gwynne Goodlett DESCRIPTION: The second in a series of monthly webinars is an update on progress on the development of the Palmetto Coordinated System of Care, this webinar will update participants about who the state is trying  Read More

Medicaid 101

SPEAKER: Shannon Staley December 15 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Title: Medicaid 101: An overview of Medicaid and TEFRA This Medicaid 101 Video will take you to a replay of the webinar. To download the transcript of the webinar, click this  Read More

Free to be Me Webinar

This is a workshop that discusses options for Teens and/or Young Adults planning to live independently and their parent or caregiver. Date Recorded: 4/16/2016 Link to Webinar Recording

Columbia Buddy Walk® Set for October 25

  COLUMBIA – October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month and the time to join Family Connection of South Carolina for its 17th Annual Columbia Buddy Walk®. The event is from 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, October 23 at Saluda Shoals Park  Read More

Family Connection Holds Columbia 5K

Come run, walk or stroll at Saluda Shoals Families and children of all abilities are invited to join us to promote active lifestyles and inclusion for everyone! Family Connection and Ainsley’s Angels are partnering on their first Midlands Area 5K  Read More

SC Home and Community-Based Services Statewide Transition Plan Information

The SC Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) Statewide Transition Plan is going through a third public comment period due to changes made in the plan per Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements. The comment period is Aug. 17  Read More

Ready to Help at Family Connection

Columbia, SC: The torrential rains and floods have caused tremendous loss and damage in the Midlands and across South Carolina. But the spirit and connections of our communities and our state remain strong. Regardless of backgrounds or beliefs, people have  Read More

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Are you someone that is looking for an opportunity to support your community, while having fun at the same time? We have the opportunity you have been looking for. Family Connection of South Carolina hosts three Buddy Walks across the  Read More

Family Connection of South Carolina Receives $1.4 Million in Federal Funding

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Family Connection of South Carolina has been awarded the 2015 Office of Special Education and Information for Parents and Children of Disabilities – Parent Training and Information Centers (PTI) grant issued by the US Department of Education  Read More

THE POPULATION HEALTH SYMPOSIUM

Family Connection of South Carolina’s executive director, Amy Holbert, has been selected to present at the 2015 MCH Workforce Academy: Leading in a Transformative Environment to Improve Population Health. She was picked from applications that were submitted from all over  Read More

WE NEED EACH OTHER

Author: Jen Franklin Kearns, ds-connex team member A couple of weekends ago, my family and I were enjoying a Sunday afternoon at the pool. As we’re having an exceptionally rainy summer, we were anxious to take advantage of a window  Read More

25 Year Anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act

COLUMBIA, SC – July 26th, 2015 will highlight the 25 year anniversary of the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA) being signed into action by president George H. Bush. To celebrate this 25th milestone, Protection and Advocacy, The University of South  Read More

#STACHETAG

Family Connection is so excited about our upcoming benefit concert, not only are we going to get to celebrate our 25th year anniversary with our community, but we get to party with the Mustache Brothers! We are showing our excitement  Read More

MEET ALEXIA AND HER DOCTOR, KENT JONES.

Early in Alexia’s diagnosis she was seeing multiple pediatricians and specialists, which for a young girl can be overwhelming and stressful. It was not until she met Dr. Jones that things started to come together for her. Her services became  Read More

STRESSED OUT!

It comes as no surprise that parents are feeling stressed, and when you have a child with a disability you can multiply that stress by 10! It is hard to find the time you need to take care of your  Read More

WHAT FACEBOOK MEANS TO FAMILIES WITH SPECIAL HEALTHCARE NEEDS

Facebook is and extension of our lives. It is how we communicate, share and find out what is going on with the world. I know that it is my primary source for getting news stories, and the best way to  Read More

TO STAY HOME OR TO NOT STAY HOME?

Recently we discovered a “mommy blogger” that was willing to share her story about her daughter, Aubrey. Aubrey was born in September 2007 and was diagnosed with a rare seizure disorder at seven months old, that transformed into Epilepsy. Her  Read More

CAMP BURNT GIN

Camp Burnt Gin is an overnight camp for children who have special health care needs. The camp runs form early June until mid August. They host seven sessions; each one lasts six days. The camp provides a fun, safe summer  Read More

CALLING ALL PARENTS

This post was contributed by Letrell Hodge What does your child want to be when they grow up? If they could do anything for a job, would they want to be a doctor, a teacher, or maybe a professional athlete?  Read More

DEPARTING HOLLAND

This post by contributed by guest blogger Deborah Leigh Norman When my second son was born two months early and later diagnosed with Down syndrome, somewhere in the flurry of reading I consumed, I came across the poem “Welcome to  Read More

THE UNCERTAINTY OF LETTING GO

This post was contributed by guest blogger Rochelle Gadson So often when we hear the words let go, we find that this is the most difficult thing to do. Our insecurities kick in and we think of all the worst-case  Read More

OUR STORM CONTINUES

This post was contributed by guest blogger Jennifer Jett.  It is hard to believe that we have been living in this storm for almost five years now. You notice I said living…we are actually doing more than that…we are thriving.  Read More

HOPES & DREAMS CONFERENCE

Family Connection will host its 20th annual Hopes & Dreams conference for parents and professionals who care for children with special needs Feb. 7-8 at First Baptist Church in Columbia, S.C. The conference includes more than 60 speakers and workshops  Read More

THE THING THAT HAS CAUSED ME THE GREATEST PAIN HAS BROUGHT ME THE GREATEST JOY

By Rochelle Gadson Rochelle’s daughter Abby Gadson As a mother, one of the greatest pains you can feel is when your child is not happy. You try to find almost anything to bring your child joy. Can I change the  Read More

ALL CHILDREN ARE LIMITLESS

By Padgett Mozingo, mother of two and a Columbia resident. Becoming a parent is a sobering thing. You’re completely responsible for making sure a new little person has everything they need to thrive, grow and learn. Knowing that little person  Read More

OUR STORM

Guest blogger Jennifer Jett shares the story of her son’s diagnosis, comparing her experience to a storm. I like to think of the last few years as a storm that slowly blew in without too many people noticing. I was  Read More

LOOK! I’M JUST BEING A KID!

Family Connection’s Greenville office has created a ground-breaking photographic display of children with special needs having fun in their community, with family, at school , at work and play. This exhibit was created with grants from The Children’s Hospital of  Read More

PUZZLE PIECES – TIPS FOR THE EXTENDED FAMILY OF A CHILD WITH AUTISM

By Laura Townsend Kane, parent of a child with autism Note: Laura Townsend Kane, parent of a child with autism, has written a guest blog post about how extended family can help when someone in the family has autism. Puzzle  Read More

WORLD AUTISM AWARENESS DAY

Today we recognize World Autism Awareness Day. Families gathered at local parks across the state to celebrate by enjoying a picnic lunch and lighting it up blue! Check out some of our kids who are going blue for autism awareness:

EDWIN MCCAIN BENEFIT CONCERT

South Carolina’s own hit singer/songwriter Edwin McCain will perform an intimate concert for 400 guests to benefit Family Connection of SC April 28 at the Hall at Senate’s End. Tickets are selling out fast, so don’t wait until the last  Read More