The Autism Academy of South Carolina (AASC) is a new, Columbia-based, not-for-profit school offering intensive, individualized instruction to students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). AASC was founded in 2010 by a group of concerned parents of children with autism, educators and youth development professionals in response to the rapidly growing need for resources and support for families of children diagnosed with ASD.
AASC strives to help children with autism acquire the skills necessary to become fully capable members of their communities, ultimately able to prosper without the need for the intensive intervention AASC provides. Our vision is to be a model organization for individualized programs that can be replicated nationally to serve a growing need.
AASC accepts students between the ages of 3 and 21 with a medical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder. AASC does not discriminate on the basis of race, color or national origin in admission or administration of our educational program.
How We Got Here
The Autism Academy of South Carolina (AASC) was born out of a vision to enhance the educational options that exist for children impacted by Autism in South Carolina. After searching the country in 2009 for "best practice" educational models, the founders, Lorri and Dan Unumb, decided to make it their mission to create an alternative education option that utilized the principles of Behavior Analysis to not only provide exceptional services for learners, but to also serve as a community resource for those impacted by Autism.
In the summer of 2009, the Unumbs, along with other interested parents and professionals, joined together and founded AASC to marshal the unique resources required to change the lives of children diagnosed with autism. For two years, the Unumbs and the AASC's board of directors researched options and made plans for the development of the academy.
The result of the countless hours, emotional commitment, collaboration and hard work gave birth to the Unumb's vision, to blaze a new path for individuals impacted by Autism in South Carolina. AASC combines resources in a manner that affords parents the peace of mind to know their child will be cared for in an unparalleled capacity through a structured program of professional expertise, enrichment, and therapeutic activities for children. AASC's dedicated team of professionals commit to its mission daily in an unwavering commitment to quality and a strict adherence to best practices.
We believe all children deserve the chance to lead healthy, happy lives.
And, we know that with early, individualized educational and therapeutic intervention, children with autism can make profound life improvements in oral communication, behavior, play, socialization and other skills development.
Our educational program operates year-round and offers individualized instruction using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). We work with families to custom design an intervention program to meet the needs of individual students. The practice of daily measurement of progress towards meeting individual goals allows the AASC educational team to work with parents to stay abreast of each student's progress.
The Autism Academy of South Carolina is located in Downtown Columbia at 1505 Blanding Street, 29201 SC, on the corner of Bull and Blanding, just minutes away from Interstate 26.View on Map
Monthly cost for AASC is $4,200. We continually pursue private donations, grants and other funding sources to make scholarships available. In some cases, parents have successfully secured insurance funds, as well as public education funding from local school districts that were unable to provide an adequate education for children with autism. Click here for more information about the Autism Insurance Reform Law (Ryan's Law) and how it might be able to help you.
The support of AASC parents will be expected throughout the year to help organize and host fundraising events and campaigns.