Department of Disabilities and Special Needs Documents

The South Carolina Department for Disabilities and Special Needs publishes documents that plan, develop, oversee and fund services for South Carolinians with severe, lifelong disabilities of intellectual disability, autism, traumatic brain injury and spinal cord injury and conditions related to each of these four disabilities.


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    Human Rights Committee manual
    (2018-08-10) South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
    This manual is intended to provide a solid philosophy on which to base your work as well as practical help and functional guidelines. With the help of this manual, you will be able to: apply principles of People First Language ; discover legal landmarks for disability rights ; identify the purpose of an HRC ; know State law concerning HRC procedure and practice ; learn the history of the treatment of persons with disabilities ; listen to the voices of people with disabilities ; review common issues for HRCs ; study current State and Federal law concerning disability rights ; understand the balance between rights and risk.
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    The journey to help South Carolinians with disabilities to live their best lives
    (2023-08-04) South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
    On behalf of the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN), this is a draft Strategic Plan. DDSN calls this plan a Journey to Help South Carolinians with Disabilities to Live their Best Lives. The plan reflects the ongoing commitment to strive for the best in everything DDSN does. The guiding principle to the development of this plan is how DDSN can support people with disabilities to live their best lives. The DDSN service delivery system is in a constant state of change, which sometimes makes it a challenge to be proactive in creating long-term solutions to help people live the lives they wish. This plan is intended to help accomplish that.
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    Risk management expectations
    (2023-07-24) South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
    DDSN and its provider network have a responsibility to prevent, as much as possible, the occurrence of unfavorable events in the lives of people served. Examples of unfavorable events for people supported include the following: abuse, mistreatment, exploitation, critical incidents, accidents/injuries, medication errors, preventable illnesses, preventable restraints, and preventable deaths. It is very important that service providers have reliable systems for reporting, analyzing, and following up on unfavorable events for people supported.
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    Independent Living Skills (ILS) Program Standards
    (2023-06-15) South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
    Independent Living Skills (ILS) are services that develop, maintain and improve the community living skills of a waiver participant. The service includes direct training from a qualified staff person to address the identified skill development needs of a waiver participant in the areas of: communication skills, community living and mobility, interpersonal skills, reduction/elimination of problem behavior, self-care, and sensory/motor development involved in acquiring functional skills. ILS training must be provided in either the participant’s home, or community settings typically used by the general public.
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    Act 135 of 2020 continuing resolution, COVID-19 appropriations COVID-19 related provisions reporting as of January 1, 2021
    (2021-01-01) South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs
    Per the continuing resolution, SCDDSN has been directed to provide this detailed accounting of the expenditure of all federal relief funds.