31st Annual Disability Advocacy Day

March 17, 2020

SC State House


SCHEDULE: North stairs (front)

9:30Registration Begins

9:45 - Welcome, Announcements, Opening Remarks

10:00 - Mary Poole – SCDDSN State Director

10:15 - Roger Kuperman – Keynote Speaker

10:30 - Rally

11:00 - Meet with your Senators

12:30 - SC DDSN Drop in

SC Partnership of Disability Organizations

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

– Reflects the values of the Americans with Disabilities Act

SC PDO is made up of organizations representing autism, brain injury, spinal cord injury, intellectual and related disabilities.  The members are represented below by their logos with links to their web sites.


Because our constituents share many of the same service needs, we joined 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.


Chair:  Margie Williamson, The Arc of SC

Vice Chair/Treasurer:  

Secretary:  Cindy Farr, Newberry County DSN Board

Past Chair:  Connie Coleman, Newberry County DSN Board


The purpose of the Partnership is:
– 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 and 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 and their families on issues and policies.




January 29, 2018

Agenda for the day: 
9:30am - Registration - please sign in to be counted!
10am - Welcome/announcements
10:10am - Rally - various speakers from the community
11-11:15am - Head to the State House
11:15am - Recognition from the balcony/Meet & Greet your Legislators (ther...

November 8, 2017

November 16 will be a day to celebrate as it marks the launch of South Carolina's long-awaited ABLE Savings Program.  "ABLE accounts are bank accounts that allow people with special needs to save money without jeopardizing their disability benefits. ABLE accounts come...

September 21, 2017

The partnership is reconvening to begin planning 2018 Disability Advocacy Day with the focus this year on "Promoting Community Engagement."  Please email scpdoinfo@gmail.com if you are interested in helping and/or being involved.

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