The South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations is made up of disability advocacy organizations representing autism, brain injury, spinal cord injury, intellectual and related disabilities.
Because our constituents share many of the same service needs, these organizations joined together to provide leadership in advocating on critical issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Collectively, these volunteer organizations advocate for more than 500,000 people with severe lifelong disabilities and their families in South Carolina.
The Mission of the South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations is to engage in concerted advocacy for public policy that:
– Assures self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with severe lifelong disabilities in all aspects of society
– Enhances the civil rights and quality of life of all people with disabilities
– Reflects the values of the Americans with Disabilities Act
The original Partnership was created on February 20, 1997, by the following charter member organizations: Brain Injury Association of South Carolina, Columbia Brain Injury Support Group, Trident Head Injury Support Group, South Carolina Autism Society, South Carolina Spinal Cord Injury Association, The Arc of South Carolina, and The Arc of the Midlands.
The purposes of the Partnership are:
– To advocate for individuals with autism, brain injury, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and spinal cord injury. These four categories will be referred to collectively hereafter in these bylaws as “disabilities.”
– To advocate for the full benefits of citizenship including rights, privileges, opportunities and responsibilities for individuals represented by member organizations.
– To advocate for funding needs and access to a coordinated array of services and supports, determined by the individual’s unique strengths, needs and choices.
– To advise state agencies, commissions, councils and legislative bodies on issues relative to the needs of persons with disabilities and their families.
– To provide a forum for networking and exchange of information and leadership development.
– To provide a mechanism for public awareness related to the needs of individuals with disabilities.
– To encourage the input of individuals with disabilities and their families on issues and policies.
The Arc of South Carolina
Babcock Center, Inc.
Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
Center for Disability Resources
Family Connection of South Carolina
Impact South Carolina
Partners In Policymaking
People On The Go
South Carolina Autism Society
South Carolina Human Service Providers Association
South Carolina Respite Coalition