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Here at the LAC, we advocate for better autism screening and early intervention, as well as lifelong care and treatment.

We emphasize the importance of high-quality, child-specific early intervention; in fact, we're planning to feature Geraldine Dawson (a primary developer of the Early Start Denver Model, or ESDM) as the keynote speaker for our 2014 Autism Forum.

As University of Pennsylvania researcher Dr. David Mandell told Autism Speaks, "While early intensive behavioral intervention costs more to deliver in the early years, it more than pays for itself in terms of reduced needs for therapy and educational support by the time a child reaches high school."

However, we also realize that children with autism grow up, and that the need for age and ability-level-appropriate supports is significant. That's why we are committed to serving members of the autism community across the lifespan, bringing you resources for every step of the journey.

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Early SUCCESS

In November 2012, Autism Speaks, the nation's largest science and advocacy organization, awarded the Medical University of South Carolina a $1 million grant for the South Carolina Children's Educational Surveillance Study (SUCCESS).

This three-year autism study conducts broad screening and targeted diagnostic assessments with the intent to better understand typical development in 8-year-old children. The study will also estimate the prevalence of autism spectrum disorders among 8500 children born in 2004 in Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

Children in public, private, and home schools will participate during these study years: 2012-2013 in Charleston County; and 2013-2014 in Dorchester and Berkeley counties.

For information on SUCCESS, visit www.musc.edu/success, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 843-876-2875. You can also read more in this MUSC news feature.

Parents, take full advantage of expert autism screening and early intervention; doing so can mean better outcomes for your children. To make a referral or receive more information, call 1-877-621-0865 or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance.

Autism Speaks Toolkits

Autism Speaks provides a free toolkit series for autism families. The series features:

  • The 100-Day Toolkit, which provides a roadmap for newly diagnosed families. Click here to learn more and download the free PDF.
  • The Transition Toolkit, which assists families on their transition from adolescence to adulthood care. Click here to learn more and download the free PDF.
  • The Employment Toolkit, which offers helpful tips for the job search process. Click here to learn more and download the free PDF.
  • The Family Support Toolkit, which provides individualized kits for parents, siblings, grandparents, and friends of persons with autism. Click here to learn more and download the free PDF.

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