About SC Partnership of Disability Organizations
SC PDO is made up of organizations representing autism, brain injury, spinal cord injury, intellectual and related disabilities. Our members are represented on our site by their organizational logos that you can click to take you directly to their websites.
Because our constituents share many of the same service needs, we partnered to provide leadership in advocating on critical issues affecting the lives of people with disabilities and their families. Collectively, we advocate for more than 500,000 people with severe lifelong disabilities and their families in South Carolina.
The Mission of the South Carolina Partnership of Disability Organizations is to engage in concerted advocacy for public policy that:
Assures self-determination, independence, empowerment, integration and inclusion of children and adults with severe lifelong disabilities in all aspects of society
Enhances the civil rights and quality of life of all people with disabilities, and
Reflects the values of the Americans with Disabilities Act
To advocate for individuals with autism, brain injury, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and spinal cord injury. These four categories will be referred to collectively hereafter in these bylaws as “disabilities.”
To advocate for the full benefits of citizenship including rights, privileges, opportunities and responsibilities for individuals represented by member organizations.
To advocate for funding needs and access to a coordinated array of services and supports, determined by the individual’s unique strengths, needs and choices.
To advise state agencies, commissions, councils and legislative bodies on issues relative to the needs of persons with disabilities and their families.
To provide a forum for networking, an exchange of information and leadership development.
To provide a mechanism for public awareness related to the needs of individuals with disabilities.
To encourage the input of individuals with disabilities, their families and caregivers on issues and policies that affect them.
Chair: Margie Williamson, The Arc of SC
Vice Chair/Treasurer: Vacant
Past Chair: Connie Coleman, Newberry County DSN