Living with a disability isn’t easy. With physical or mental limitations, financial troubles, and emotional pain and suffering, you may find yourself needing the help and support of others in a similar situation. It can be very helpful to hear stories and words of encouragement from others with disabilities like yours. Fortunately, there are a number of support groups for all types of disabilities across the state of South Carolina. These groups gather together monthly or at special events to share advice and experience with people who have similar impairments. Here are a few support groups and resources for people with disabilities in South Carolina:
- IMPACT SC Self-Advocacy Council – Columbia
This group seeks to encourage and motivate people with disabilities to work together for change and inclusion in life.
- South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations – West Columbia
This is a collaboration of volunteer disability groups, joined together in partnership on critical issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Organizations include the Brain Injury Association of SC, SC Autism Society, SC Brain Injury Alliance, SC Spinal Cord Injury Association, and The Arc of South Carolina (mental impairment).
- Lowcountry Multiple Sclerosis Support Group – North Charleston
(843) 553-9129 or (843) 767-3841
This group meets the second Thursday of every month at 7:30 PM in the Trident Regional Medical Center/Doctor’s Dining Room in North Charleston. This group offers advice and support for people and families living with multiple sclerosis.
- Greenville County Disability and Special Needs Board – Greenville
This group provides programs and services to disabled people of any age, including early intervention, child development, adult development, and individual rehabilitation support.
- Florence County DSN Self-Advocacy Council – Florence
This group provides support to disabled people and their families, promoting independence and creating awareness.
- People Power – Sumter County Disabilities and Special Needs Board – Sumter
(803) 778-1669, ext. 110
This group is open to adults with mental retardation, autism, or head and spinal cord injuries. Their mission is to help people with disabilities by working together to obtain jobs and access to the community and to be treated with dignity and respect.
For a full list of South Carolina disability support groups, you can visit the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs website at http://ddsn.sc.gov . For information regarding social security disability benefits and financial support, you can discuss your options for filing a claim with a South Carolina social security disability attorney. The helpful SSDI legal team at George Sink, P.A. Injury Lawyers is available 24/7 to answer your questions.