South Carolina

The information presented below is a brief overview of this state's special education support system. Please contact the state education agency or follow the included links for more detailed information.

Educational definitions of disabilities

  • Autism - autism eligibility category includes autistic disorder, Asperger syndrome and pervasive developmental disorder-not otherwise specified
  • Intellectual disability - consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - uses emotional disabilities and is consistent with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act

More detailed information is available at eligibility criteria.

Numbers of students with disabilities served

For the 2012 child count, South Carolina reported the following:

  • Autism - 5,293 students, fifth highest among disability populations
  • Intellectual disability - 7,255 students, fourth highest among disability populations
  • Emotional/behavioral disorder - 2,950 students, sixth highest among disability populations

Support service structure

South Carolina Department of Education, Office of Exceptional Children monitors and supports the special education services provided by public schools.

Task forces

South Carolina does not have a statewide disability task force.

Statewide disability clearinghouse

South Carolina does not have a statewide disability clearinghouse.

Disability scholarship program

South Carolina does not have a statewide disability scholarship program.

Insurance coverage for autism spectrum disorder-services

South Carolina enacted legislation related to insurance coverage specifically for autism spectrum disorder-related services. See South Carolina insurance for more details.

TRICARE-approved applied behavior analysis providers

As of May 2013, South Carolina had 57 supervisors (direct service providers) and 271 tutors (assistants requiring supervision to provide services).

Parent training and information center

Parents Reaching Out to Parents is South Carolina's statewide parent training and information center. Additional support for families in Berkeley, Dorchester and Charleston counties is provided by the Family Resource Center for Disabilities and Special Needs, Inc.

Secondary transition resources

Information and resources related to secondary transition in South Carolina are available at secondary transition.

Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission

South Carolina is a member of the Military Interstate Children's Compact Commission.

Special education resources

Information on resources for families is available from the local school district and the parent training and information centers listed above. Additional information is provided at resources.

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