Resources for Parents

Therapy Place

Nonprofit that provides physical, occupational and speech/language therapies.

PAALS (Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services)

Train and provide service dogs for individuals with a wide variety of needs

Abundant Life Physical Therapy

A place where individuals can borrow needed equipment.

Camp Talk

Social skills camp for children on the spectrum.

Camp Discovery

Nonprofit camp that provides recreational therapy tailored for individuals within any group.

Very Special Arts

Nonprofit that provides hands on art experiences for people who have different abilities.

Family Connections

Nonprofit providing support and services to families of children with special needs.


A nonprofit that provides education and support to parents navigating the special education system.

SC Autism Society

A nonprofit that advocates for individuals with autism.

Green Steps Schools

An environmental education and action initiative that recognizes schools in South Carolina who take annual sustainable steps toward becoming environmentally responsible.

Rosewood Animal Clinic

Operated by veterinarian Dr. Caroline Weber, takes excellent care of our rescue animals and SO much more.

Spears Creek Veterinary Hospital

Home of Dr. Wendy King, star of WIS TV News Pet Care segment with Dawndy Mercer. She raises angora rabbits in addition to caring for other pets!


Reading and writing for real purpose.


A complete K-12 math curriculum focused on home-school and small group learning environments that uses manipulatives to illustrate and teach math concepts.

City of Columbia Arts Center

The Art Center is Parks and Recreation’s home for cultural arts. It is at the center of multiple opportunities for adults and children alike as it houses classes, workshops and open studio for participants to explore and learn about the visual arts.

The Arc of the Midlands

The Arc of the Midlands is a member of the largest national community-based organization advocating for and serving people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.  We encompass all ages and all spectrums from autism, Down syndrome, Fragile X and various other developmental and intellectual disabilities.  This organization has amazing resources for vocational options for those with special needs.  They even have a coffee and bookstore called Second Wind (which we can say from personal experience makes AMAZING coffee!) where they employ adults with special needs in a safe, loving environment.  This is a true gem in our community, and we are so thankful to have connected with them.  Please explore their website to see all that they do.