Young Adults in the EQUIP Program.

Able SC’s CareerBoost

Able SC is proud to offer a new program to students, Able SC CareerBOOST. Able SC CareerBOOST is open to students with any and all disabilities. Its goal is to assist students in preparing for college or the workforce. Transitioning from high school to adulthood can be difficult.  Able SC CareerBOOST seeks to equip students with the tools and confidence to be successful as they get ready for life after high school.

Assistive Technology

Able SC has adaptive equipment available for reuse—allowing people with disabilities to experiment with free equipment that could enhance independence. We’ve also got accessible computer labs in both our Upstate and Midlands locations allowing people with disabilities to tinker, work and learn—independent living skills, resume writing, web browsing, anything.

Call us today to find out more about our ReUse program and accessible computer labs!

Community Leadership Academy
Logo for the Community Leadership Academy, featuring the letters cia in orange with four orange dots above them.

The USC School of Public Health has funded an effort to increase participation of individuals with disabilities on boards, committees, and councils.  In its commitment to ensure the individuals have the tools and resources necessary to effectively participate in a leadership role, the course teaches skills such as professional dress, ethical and legal responsibilities, and Robert’s Rules of Order.

To receive updates on future academies, complete the interest form here: Survey Here

Watch CLA’s promotional video here.

Employment Programs

Able SC is approved by the U.S Social Security Administration (SSA) to serve Ticket Beneficiaries as an Employment Network (EN) under SSA’s Ticket to Work program. You will find information about Ticket to Work by clicking here, and more extensive information at http://chooseworkttw.net. If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us.

South Carolina is one of six states in September 2016 to be selected by the Administration on Community Living to receive funding in order to increase employment outcomes for youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities statewide.  Employment First emphasizes competitive, integrated employment as the preferred option for individuals with disabilities.  Read the announcement from ACL here.

The South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition, through collaboration with thirteen Project Partners, will implement the SC Employment First Initiative to address barriers to successful employment for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  You can learn more about the SC Employment First Initiative here.

  • Rallying for Inclusive, Successful Employment (RISE)

RISE is a comprehensive, systemic approach to increasing employment outcomes for individuals with disabilities in South Carolina.  Projects and services include: Supporting and participating in the South Carolina Disability Employment Coalition; hosting community workshops for families to bust myths related to disability benefits and working; partnering with the USC, Arnold School of Public Health, Disability and Health program to improve data collection regarding employment barriers in South Carolina; and providing individualized employment and empowerment services to consumers. RISE is funded by the South Carolina Developmental Disabilities Council.

WIPA services are available to individuals, ages 14-full retirement age, who receive or are entitled to SSA benefits, typically Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and/or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), and who are working or seeking employment. The program assists individuals in understanding the status of their benefits and how a change in work status may impact those benefits.

The services include:

  • A review of the individual’s benefits
  • Discussion of current and future impact of employment
  • Comprehensive written outline of options available to support informed choice

 Health Initiatives

We now offer several health training workshops to consumers, each with its own unique curriculum.  The purpose of these workshops are to teach individuals with disabilities the importance of making healthy choices and living active lifestyles in a way that is tailored to their individual needs.   Please contact us if you are interested in being a host site for any of our health programs.

Healthcare Navigators

Able South Carolina’s Healthcare Navigators can provide individuals with disabilities and their family members with FREE, immediate assistance in finding appropriate and affordable medical insurance! Our staff can help you to understand your options for Marketplace Insurance, Medicare, Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and/or small business insurance (SHOP). In the Marketplace, you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period 60 days after certain life events occur; including marriage, birth of a child, out-of-state move, and/or loss of other health coverage. Our staff can help you review and compare health plan options and find out if you are eligible for financial assistance, which can help pay monthly premiums and reduce out-of-pocket costs!  Remember that all of our services are FREE and enrolling in a plan is not required—we are simply here to help you!

 Southeast ADA Center

Able SC is proud to be South Carolina’s State affiliate of The Southeast ADA Center which is authorized by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) to provide information, materials, and technical assistance to individuals and entities that are covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Visit the Southeast ADA Center’s website for more information.
Logo for the Southeast ADA Center.

Youth Services

Able SC provides services to advocate on behalf of young adults (ages 13-28) to provide them with the tools they need to become successful adults.  Specifically, we can work with students with disabilities to get them the education they need in the least restrictive environment. We give young adults with disabilities the specific skills they need to plan for their future, like identifying goals and the steps required to reach them.

Supported Decision Making

Supported Decision Making is one way to assist people with disabilities in making decisions, where friends, family members, and professionals help explain information about a particular situation and the pros and cons of the individual’s options.  It allows individuals to retain their individual rights and make their own decisions without the ‘need’ for a guardian. Able SC can inform individuals and family about their options, including using a combination of supports (like representative payee, Power of Attorney, Able Savings accounts, etc.), and assist individuals and their families with creating and implementing a Supported Decision Making agreement.