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Beth Dillard

About Beth Dillard

I graduated from Erskine College with a degree in Behavioral Science and a certificate in Social Work. I always knew I wanted to work with people, to assist them in reaching their goals and walking the journey with them. I have worn many hats from working in the corporate world to being a stay-at-home mom to working in at a non-profit to here at Bright Start. What I love most here is the staff and the opportunity to support them daily in whatever way I can.

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The South Carolina Autism Society is offering a FREE Adolescent and Sexuality Workshops in Columbia on Thursday, May 28th –

The South Carolina Autism Society is offering a FREE

Adolescent and Sexuality Workshops in Columbia on

Thursday, May 28th –

We will offer this workshop twice with a morning session beginning at 9:30 AM until Noon and an evening session from 4:30 until 7:00 PM

The Workshop will take place at the Main SCAS office 806 12th Street, West Columbia 29169

All individuals experience sexual urges and some students need help with learning how to deal with these feeling when they start. In this workshop, we will go over how to deal with your sexuality for males and females, personal hygiene, and birth control. We will also demonstrate various texts and websites that can help your adolescent child better deal with their sexuality.

Register by contacting Delilah by phone at (803) 750 6988 ext 108 or email at iandr@scautism.org

Space is limited

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Way to go Anna Pridgen!!!

Mrs. Anna Pridgen with ​Bright ​Start has been a blessing to my family, I would ​like to say just​ for​ Jacob​, ​my special need​s​ son but, I ​cannot. Mrs. Pridgen has made resources reachable that I did not​ even​ know exist​ed​ . I have experienced the blessing of being around other families because of ​Anna​. I finally have someone working for Jacob and us. Thank you Bright Start for Mrs. Anna Pridgen and your​​ services. Thank you thank you​. JDWilliams​

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The Arc’s Community Butterfly Garden Event Saturday May 2 from 10:00 – 1:30pm at 218B East Main St, Lexington

The Arc’s Community Butterfly Garden Event Saturday May 2 from 10:00 – 1:30pm at 218B East Main St, Lexington.

This a FREE community celebration. This is a very special event as it recognizes the great work accomplished by The Arc’s Mixed Greens members and the first anniversary of our chapter’s existence in Lexington serving all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD).

http://arcmidlands.org/mixed-greens/

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Ryan’s Law Needs Your Help!!!


Autism’s Insurance Reform in South Carolina, better known as Ryan’s Law, passed in 2007. Now, the original law is being revisited this session to improve coverage for our families. Senate Bill 135 seeks to remove the age and dollar caps, as well extend coverage to the small group and individual markets.

It is now or never to call or write the legislators on the Senate Banking and Insurance Committee and ask them to pass S.135 next week!

Here is how YOU can help:

Call your State Senator:
And just say:
“I am a constituent urging that you please support Ryan’s Law, S.135, and ask your colleagues on the Banking and Insurance Committee to do the same. This autism insurance bill will help provide much-need support for those affected with autism, as it is very important to me and my family. Thank You so much!”

Next, Email after you call:
We have already drafted a quick email for you to send in once you make the call to your senator as outlined above. Calls express our sense of urgency. Emails help our legislators realize how much this is needed and what it will do, so please do both!

Take action here!
Ask your friends to Help! Copy and post the following on Facebook and tag 5 friends in your comments to help:
“South Carolina Friends! I need your help to send a quick email to your senator to pass the Ryan’s Law Amendments bill to make sure kids with autism receive the treatment they deserve. If you visit the link below, there is already a letter waiting for your signature then press send. It’s that easy! Please write DONE below so I can thank you! http://bit.ly/1DjDOnN”

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We are Hiring in the Columbia area!

We are Hiring!!!

Bright Start is looking to hire a full time Early Interventionist in the Columbia area. Minimum requirements for interested candidates are a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Education, Psychology, or a related field, along with at least two years of experience working with children under three years old.

Please fax resume and cover letter to 803-929-1112 or email to columbia@brightstartsc.com.

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