State & Local Contacts, Agencies, & Organizations

United States Senators

Honorable Lindsey Graham (R)
290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 29510 – Phone: (202) 224-5972
Lowcountry Regional Office
530 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Suite 202
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 – Phone: (843) 849- 3887

Honorable Tim Scott (R)
1117 Longworth HOH
Washington, DC 20515 – (855) 425-6324;  FAX: (855) 802-0366
Lowcountry Regional Office
2500 City Hall Lane, 3rd Floor Suite
North Charleston, SC 29406 – (843) 727-4525

United States Congressmen

Honorable James Clyburn (D)
242 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515 – Phone: (202)225-3315, Fax: (202)225-2313
Columbia Office:
1225 Lady Street, Suite 200
Columbia, SC 29201 – Phone: (803)799-1100; Fax: (803)799-9060

Honorable Mark Sanford (R)
322 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515- 4001- Phone: (202) 225-3176
Lowcountry Regional Office
530 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Suite 201
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 – (843) 352-7572
FAX: (843) 352-7620


Honorable Henry McMaster (R)
Office of the Governor
P. O. Box 12267
Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: (803) 734- 2100

SC Department of Education  (Web:

Molly Spearman, Superintendent
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8500

John Payne, Director
Office of Special Education Services
1429 Senate Street, Suite 808-I
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-2738
Fax: (803) 734-5021

Jenny Dillon, Ombudsman
Office of Special Education Service
1429 Senate Street, Suite 808-B
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-2833

Barbara Drayton, General Counsel
Office of Special Education Services
Rutledge Building Room 1015
1429 Senate Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8783

SC First Steps – Baby Net
Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities: Ages Birth through 2
Kristie Musick, IDEA Part C Coordinator
1751 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8068
To make a referral or to get more information call 1-877-621-0865 or send an email to for assistance.

US Department of Education – Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)     (Web:

The Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) is dedicated to improving results for infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities ages birth through 21.  OSEP, directly and through its partners and grantees, develops a wide range of research-based products, publications, and resources to assist states, local district personnel, and families to improve results for students with disabilities. In support of this, the following websites have been developed by the Department:

Building the Legacy:  This site was created to provide a “one-stop shop” for resources related to IDEA and its implementing regulations, released on August 3, 2006. It is a “living” website and will change and grow as resources and information become available.  Please continue to check the web site for new information that will be posted as it becomes available.

Local School Districts

Charleston County School District
Geritta Postlewait, Ed.D, Superintendent
75 Calhoun St.
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: 843-937-6300; FAX: 843-937-6307
Exceptional Children Services Department (ECS)
Phone: 843-937-6500

Berkeley County School District
Dr. Rodney Thompson, Superintendent
229 East Main Street
Moncks Corner, SC 29461
Phone: 843-899-8600; FAX: 843-899-8791
Programs for Students with Disabilities
Phone: (843) 899-8890; FAX: (843) 899-8892

Dorchester School District #2
Joseph Pye, Superintendent
102 Green Wave Blvd.
Summerville, SC 29483
Phone: 843-873-2901
Special Services
1325 Boone Hill Road – Suite C
Summerville, SC 29483
Phone: (843) 875-4161

Dorchester School District #4
Dr. Morris Ravenell, Superintendent
500 Ridge St.
St. George, SC 29477
Phone: 843-873-2901
Office for Programs of Exceptional Children (OPEC)
810 School House Road
Dorchester, SC 29437
Phone: 843-462-7629

Organizations for Parents & Caregivers

Family Resource Center for Disabilities & Special Needs (FRC)
Parent Training & Resource Center (PTRC)
Community Parent Resource Center/CPRC Serving Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester Counties
Beverly McCarty, Executive Director
1575 Savannah Highway – Suite 6
Charleston, South Carolina, 29407
Phone: (843) 266-1318
Fax: (843) 266-1941

Family Connections of South Carolina
Amy Nienhuis, Executive Director
State Parent Training and Information Center (PTI)
2712 Middleburg Dr., Suite 103
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 252-0914

South Carolina Parent Teacher Association (SCPTA)
Dr. Clifford L. Fulmore, President of the Board
1826 Henderson Street
Columbia, SC 29201-2619
Phone: (800) 743-3782

PRO-Parents of South Carolina
Mary Eaddy, Director
652 Bush River Road
Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 772-5688 (V/TTY); (800) 759-4776 (In SC)

Federation of Families of South Carolina (for Children’s Mental Health)
810 Dutch Square Blvd. Suite 205 Columbia, SC 29210
Phone: (803) 772-5210

South Carolina Autism Society (SCAS)
Kim Thomas, Director
806 12th Street West Columbia, SC 29169
Phone: (803) 750-6988, (800) 438-4790
E: mail:

The Brain Injury Association of South Carolina
Joyce Davis, Director
800 Dutch Square Blvd. Suite B-225 Columbia, SC 29210
Mailing Address: P. O. Box 21523 Columbia, SC 29221-1523
Phone: (803) 731-9823, Toll Free: (877)-TBI-FACT (in-state)
Fax: ( 803) 731-4804

Down Syndrome Association of the Lowcountry (DSAL)
Julia Slattery, President
PO Box 2275
Mt Pleasant, SC 29465
Phone (843) 654-1552

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI South Carolina
Bill Lindsey, Executive Director
PO Box 1267
Columbia, SC 29202
Helpline: 800-788-5131 & 803-733-9592

Special Olympics of South Carolina
Barry Coats, CEO/President
1276 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-772-1555, FAX: 803-772-0094

The ARC of South Carolina
Margie Williamson, Executive Director
1202 12th St. Cayce, SC 29033
Phone: (803) 748-5020

South Carolina Advocates for Epilepsy
Karen St. Marie, Founder
PO Box 943
Goose Creek, SC 29445
Phone: (843) 991-7144

Learning Disabilities Association of South Carolina
Dr. Analisa Smith – President
PO Box 365,
Irmo, SC 29063

Other Disability Organizations

Easter Seals South Carolina
PO Box 5715
Columbia, SC 29250
Karen Larson – Director of Early Intervention
Tami Adger – Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation Director
Phone: (803) 256- 0735; (800) 951- 4090; 803-356-6902 (Fax)

South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department
Barbara G. Hollis, Commissioner
1410 Boston Avenue, P.O. Box 15
West Columbia, SC 29171- 0015
Phone: 800-832-7526 803-896-6553 (TTY)

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN)
Dr. Beverly Buscemi, Director
3440 Harden Street Extension,
P.O. Box 4706, Columbia, SC 29240
Phone: (803) 898-9600 – (803) 898-9769

Developmental Disabilities Council
Office of the Governor
Valerie Bishop, Executive Director
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 372,
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: 803-734-0465; 803.734.1147 (TTY)

Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities
Gloria M. Prevost, Executive Director
3710 Landmark Drive, Suite 208,
Columbia, SC 29204
Phone: (803) 782-0639; (866) 275-7273

Services for Children with Special Health Care Needs
South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control
2600 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201
(803) 898-DHEC (3432)
Regional Office:
Charleston County Health Department
3 Charleston Center Drive
Charleston SC 29403 Phone: (843) 579-4500

State Department of Mental Health
John H. McGill, State Director
2414 Bull Street
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone (803) 898-8581

Continuum of Care
Office of the Governor
Shannon Robshaw, Director
1205 Pendleton Street, Suite 372
Columbia, South Carolina 29201
Phone: 803.734.4500; Fax: 803.734.4538
Charleston Regional Office:
Kimberly Perkins, Regional Program Director
7410 Northside Drive, Suite 201
North Charleston, South Carolina 29420
Phone: 843.569.3079; Toll-Free: 1.888.782.1381; Fax: 843.569.2403

South Carolina Assistive Technology Program
Carol Page, Ph.D., Program Director
USC School of Medicine, Center for Disability Resources
8301 Farrow Road
Columbia, SC 29203
Phone: (803) 935-5263; (800) 915-4522

South Carolina Commission for the Blind
James Kirby, Commissioner
1430 Confederate Avenue
P.O. Box 2467,
Columbia, SC 29202
Phone: (888)335-5951
Charleston District Office
Fairfield Office Park
1064 Gardner Road, Suite 109
Charleston, SC 29407

Other Useful Connections

Trident United Way 211 Help – A guide to find help (or give help) in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester Counties. Find out about the many organizations that provide support, education, health assistance and so much more! Benefiting all ages, right here in our community. Search the online database or talk to a person at Hotline 24 hours a day: 843-744-HELP (4377)

The Center for Parent Information and Resources (CPIR):  The CIPR serves as a central resource of information and products to the community of Parent Training Information (PTI) Centers and the Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRCs), so that they can focus their efforts on serving families of children with disabilities.  The PTIs, found in every state, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are a rich source of information and training especially for parents, including parents whose primary language is not English or themselves have special training needs.  In addition, thirty Community Parent Resource Centers (CPRC) throughout the country serve targeted, underserved communities.

CADRE:  The Center for Appropriate Dispute Resolution in Special Education (CADRE) works to increase the nation’s capacity to effectively resolve special education disputes, reducing the use of expensive adversarial processes. CADRE works with state and local education and early intervention systems, parent centers, families and educators to improve programs and results for children with disabilities. CADRE is funded by the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) at the US Department of Education to serve as the National Center on Dispute Resolution in Special Education.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention – Developmental Milestones. Parents often have concerns regarding their child’s development. Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for the first time, and waving “bye bye” are called developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak, behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).

Pacer Center – Champions for Children with Disabilities, and Kids Against Bullying – PACER Center’s Bullying Prevention Project is for all children, including children with disabilities. It promotes bullying awareness and teaches effective ways to respond to bullying.

PAVE (Partnerships for Actions, Voices for Empowerment)  is the only National Parent Training and Information Center for military families providing support and advice to military parents without regard of the type of medical condition their child has.

Understanding the 1 in 5 is a free forum to educate and empower parents, teachers and others to help the 1 in 5 children with learning and attention issues get the support they need to succeed. The Free Forum is sponsored by, a comprehensive, free online resource to support parents of kids with learning and attention issues and empower them to help their children thrive in school and in life.