Able SC Youth Services

The transition to adulthood for youth with disabilities can be complicated. As an organization staffed and board-directed by a majority of people with disabilities ourselves, we understand the needs of youth, their families, and the professionals supporting them in ways that other agencies may not. Below are some descriptions and links to our programs related to supporting youth.

Young white student with disabilities works on a worksheet with Able SC staff member, Troy Hall. Troy is a white man with glasses. They are both wearing facemasks and casual clothing in a classroom setting.

School-Based Programs

Capable & Ready!

Schools across the state have teamed up with Able South Carolina and SC Vocational Rehabilitation to be a part of an exclusive free program called Capable & Ready. Students will learn how to advocate for their needs, practice work readiness skills, build money management knowledge, and explore education and training paths after high school. These 45-minute lessons can be virtual or in person and happen during the school day with teacher support. 

Equip Club

More information coming soon!

Contact Michael Hanna for more information: mhanna@able-sc.org

Middle School Services

Learning the skills to address bullying, develop disability pride, and social-emotional learning is essential for young students with disabilities. Able South Carolina has partnered with the Department of Education to work with Middle Schools across the state to help develop these skills through fun and interactive in-school activities facilitated by skilled professionals. We can meet for a large one-time event with the whole school or weekly sessions with specific classes.

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Social and Leadership Programs

Equip Leadership

Equip is a peer-to-peer young adult leadership group focused on empowerment, support, and camaraderie for youth ages 13-28 with disabilities. Our young adult leaders guide youth with every type of disability in finding their a-ha moment—when they take charge of their lives, find their unique voice to self-advocate, and engage with their community of peers more fully. Learn more about Equip at this page.

For more information on how to get involved in Equip, contact 800-681-6805 or email equip@able-sc.org.

Equip Monthly Hangouts

All Equip Hangouts are currently online only due to the pandemic. Equip Online Hangouts are the first and third Thursday of the month, 6-7 PM through Google Meet. Register to join - Registration Form

Summer Series

Equip Summer Series is a week-long program designed to empower youth with disabilities (ages 13 to 28) through teaching self-advocacy skills, communication skills, setting short and long term goals, and independent living skills in order to promote activism in the community.

Youth Leadership Forum

The South Carolina Youth Leadership Forum is a 4-day-3-night leadership experience for youth with disabilities. Selected youth will stay on a South Carolina college campus and learn about self-advocacy, build leadership skills, and get to interact with other youth with disabilities from across the entire state. The event is typically held in July, with the location subject to change. To be eligible to apply, youth must:

  1. Live in South Carolina
  2. Be between the age of 15-23
  3. Have a disability 
  4. Show leadership experience or potential at home, in school, or in the community. 
  • For more information or to apply*, please visit: www.scylf.org
    • *Applications for the event typically open around the beginning of February each year. 
  • If you have additional questions or would like to request a paper version of the application, please contact: ylf@able-sc.org

Additional Support

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Peer Support for Independent Living and Individualized Goals

Details coming soon!

Professional Development and Training for Teachers

Able South Carolina can help teachers learn about new assistive technology, hidden community resources, and disability law and policy changes that can give the students they serve the advantage they need to reach their goals of independence. Additionally, we can boost teachers’ knowledge of the principles of universal design, classroom and lesson accessibility, and how to create an effective student-led IEP. Training can be virtual or in person and for small or large groups!

Educational Advocacy and Support for Youth

Navigating 504s, IEPs, and public school settings can be a challenge when a student’s accommodations aren’t being honored. If you aren’t sure what your rights are or just want to create a positive partnership with your student’s teachers and school staff, please reach out to Able South Carolina so we can tell what the law says, give some advice on how to advocate effectively, and connect you to other community resources so that you can ensure your youth has everything they need to succeed in school.

Supported Decision Making

Staff at Able South Carolina understand that planning for the future can be scary, and we are here to help! We recognize that every person needs support in life, not just those with disabilities. We are also aware that very little information is available about alternatives to guardianship agreements that restrict a person’s independence. Supported Decision Making is a recognized alternative to guardianship that allows an individual to select “Supporters” that can help make big decisions while still maintaining their legal right to decision-making and a sense of personal independence.  

  • Visit our website to learn more about Supported Decision Making.
  • If you have any questions* about alternatives to guardianship or Supported Decision Making, please contact youthteam@able-sc.org
    • *Please note, we can talk about alternatives to guardianship and provide resources, but cannot provide legal advice.