Family & Friends Night

Every other month, the Autism Academy of South Carolina hosts “Family & Friends Night,” which is a free gathering for whole families experiencing an autism diagnosis. The gathering begins with a family-style meal from 6:00 to 6:30, followed by a breakout into groups (parents/kids) to share stories, play games, gather resources, and hear speakers in the Autism community. The evening will conclude at 7:45. Childcare is provided with advance RSVP.  Family & Friends Night is not limited to Autism Academy families and is open to families from Richland, Lexington, and surrounding counties.

Our upcoming Family & Friends Night will be held on Tuesday, August 28 from 6-7:30pm at the Autism Academy of SC. 

This event is open to AASC families as well as the public!! We look forward to seeing you there! Please make sure to RSVP for Childcare. The deadline for childcare reservation is August, 21. 

We will be joined by Donald Bailey, Executive Director at the College Transition Connection.

CTC was founded in 2007 with the mission of expanding college education opportunities for young adults who have intellectual disabilities in South Carolina.

Donald Bailey, experienced wealth manager, passionate special-needs advocate, facilitator, and father of 30-year-old autistic son, Donald Jr. educates his audience on the necessary steps families should take to ensure a special needs child is taken care of for a lifetime. With expert information along with detailed financial and legal suggestions vital to the families and providers of children who have an intellectual disability, Bailey offers a road map for those responsible. In addition, he offers a passionate story of parenting and advocating for Donald Jr. who has grown into a thriving and successful member of society.  Today, young Donald works two part-time jobs, drives, lives independently and enjoys a rich and meaningful life.

Donald Sr. has been active in education as a member of the local high school PTA, on the board of a private school for learning disabled children, and served nine years on the Board of Trustees at the University of South Carolina.  He has been a Registered Investment Advisor for the past 20+ years.  He is the founding director of “College Transition Connection, Inc.” a non- profit responsible for the development and funding of programs in five South Carolina colleges for young adults who have an intellectual disability. Mr. Bailey is the author of two books, “Life” Learning is For Everyone and “Your Legacy of Care” He is married to Caroline Myers and has two children and three grandchildren. They all live in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina.