Medicaid for the Working Disabled

The Working Disabled program provides Medicaid benefits for those individuals who have a disability who work and whose net income is less than 250% of the Federal Poverty Level. Medicaid benefits assist with hospital visits, physician visits, durable medical equipment, payment of Medicare Part B premiums, etc. Download the brochure provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.

South Carolina State Department of Education

Standards for Evaluation and Eligibility Determination (SEED)

The Standards for Evaluation and Eligibility Determination (SEED) document is designed to be a companion to South Carolina State Board of Education regulation 43-243.1 (Criteria for Entry into Programs of Special Education for Students with Disabilities). The SEED contains the standards designed to assist evaluation teams in implementing the regulation. It is a living document and will be updated on a regular basis as South Carolina receives further guidance from the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs, results of court decisions, and changes in state statute. For additional South Carolina special education regulations, please consult State Board of Education regulation 43-243.

Free Lending Library

The FRC offers free access to a comprehensive catalog of resource materials. Items available for loan include books, audio and video cassette tapes, articles, journals, and a variety of training curricula.

The FRC library contains topics related to specific disabilities, self-advocacy issues, current therapies, and special education. Many resources are available in Spanish and arrangements may be made to access materials through any FRC satellite branch.

Programs and Agencies

State Department of Education: Special Education

Marlene Metts, Director
State Department of Education
Office of Exceptional Children
1429 Senate Street, Room 808
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8806

Programs for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities

Laurie Strickland
Dept. of Health & Environmental Control/Baby Net
1751 Calhoun Street
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 898-0662

Programs for Children with Disabilities: Ages 3 – 5

Norma Donaldson-Jenkins, Education Associate
State Department of Education Office of Exceptional Children
1429 Senate Street, 8th Floor
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8811
Fax: (803) 734-4824

State Vocational Rehabilitation Agency

P. Charles LaRosa, Jr., Commissioner
Vocational Rehabilitation Department
1410 Boston Avenue, P.O. Box 15
West Columbia, SC 29171-0015
Phone: (803) 896-6504

Vocational Education for Students with Disabilities

Steve Abbott, Education Associate
State Coordinator of Vocational Edu. for Students with Disabilities
Rutledge Building, 9th Floor, Room 924
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 734-8486

State and Local Representatives

Senator Jim DeMint (D)

167 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-6121
Fax: (202) 224-4293
South Carolina residents may call, toll free, 1-800-922-8503

112 Custom House
200 East Bay Street
Charleston, SC 29401
Phone: (843) 727-4525
Fax: (843) 722-4923

Senator Lindsey Graham (R)

290 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-5972

530 Johnnie Dodds Boulevard, Suite 202
Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina 29464
Phone: (843) 849-3887

Representative Tim Scott (R) – 1st District

1117 Longworth HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3176
Fax: (202) 225-3407

Representative James Clyburn (D) – 6th District

2135 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-3315
Fax: (202) 225-2313

Governor Nikki Haley (R)

Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 12267
Columbia, SC 29211
Phone: (803) 734-2100
Fax: (803) 734-5167

The Parent’s Manual on Special Education Services

This Manual covers a wide variety of topics related to educating children and youth with disabilities. The Manual includes information on education laws, early intervening services, special education programs, dispute resolution, and effective advocacy practices. A section of the Manual provides key information in Spanish. In collaboration with the Charleston County School District’s Office of Exceptional Children, a hard copy of this Manual is available as a resource for teachers and administrators at every Charleston County public school. You may review an electronic copy of the Parent’s Manual on Special Education Services by clicking here.