Making connections for families of children with disabilities and special healthcare needs

Help Us Make An Impact!

Join us for Buddy Walk® this October as we promote acceptance and inclusion of those with Down syndrome.

Each October, during National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Family Connection hosts three Buddy Walks in Columbia, Anderson and Spartanburg. The walks allow families directly impacted by Down syndrome to support and raise funds for Family Connection.

Visit our Buddy Walk 2016 Page to learn more how to register, join a team or make a donation.

Aftermath Crisis Resources

From Beverly A.H. Buscemi, Ph. D., State Director, DDSN:

As we learn of the shooting at Townville Elementary School in Anderson School District Four, DDSN wishes to provide our sincere condolences to the Townville community. We would also like to share supportive resources with caregivers across the state.

Incidents like these often lead to feelings of fear, anger, and sadness. These reactions can be particularly strong in children or those individuals who may already be facing loss or other trauma in their lives. For this reason, links to resources from the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) are provided below which may be helpful to you as your work to support families and individuals experiencing a wide range of emotional reactions.
Managing Strong Emotional Reactions to Traumatic Events: Tips for Families and Teachers
Identifying Severely Traumatized Children: Tips for Parents and Teachers – Information about how children experience trauma.
School Safety & Crisis – Resources related to trauma, care for caregivers, and addressing grief.
Addressing Grief: Tips for Teachers and Administrators – Helpful tips to when addressing grief.
DDSN is proud to be part of a statewide network of dedicated professional and strong communities supporting South Carolinians with disabilities. We stand with you all in this difficult time.


Family Connection of South Carolina is a statewide nonprofit organization that connects families of children with special healthcare needs or disabilities with helpful resources, support and education.

We provide support to parents with a child with any special healthcare need, such as an upcoming surgery, developmental delays, premature birth, physical limitations, and all diagnoses including, but not limited to autism, asthma, ADHD, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy. Our support for families includes a vast family-to-family network and a host of programs that educate, inspire and empower families and their children to live rich, fulfilling lives.

We are also the parent center for special education services throughout the state, so we remain the point of contact as children transition through the education system, post secondary education and to adulthood.

Family Connection SC is South Carolina’s Parent Training and Information Center (PTI) funded by the U.S. Department of Education to improve the outcomes for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities through information, training and support for their families and caregivers as well as develop partnerships for systemic improvement. We are committed to children and families with the greatest need due to disability or special health/mental health needs; poverty; discrimination based on race, sex, language, immigrant or homeless status; involvement in the foster care, child welfare, or juvenile justice systems; geographic location; or other special circumstances.