National Rehabilitation Awareness Week
September 21-27 is National Rehabilitation Awareness Week. Click here to learn more about rehabilitation and its importance. (Link to National Rehabilitation Awareness Week.)
The South Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Department (SCVRD) has offices throughout the state that offer assistance to individuals with disabilities to find employment. Through their efforts, classes and trainings are given; individuals can be assisted with job placement; supported employment is offered, and restoration services are provided when needed. Click on the link to learn more SCVRD services and to find out where regional offices are located. http://scvrd.net/common/index.php
Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Center, located in Greenville, offers various rehabs to assist individuals who have brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, and other services to include a driver rehabilitation program. Click on these links http://www.ghs.org/braininjuryrehab#.VAcuyfldVHV and http://www.ghs.org/?id=282&sid=1 to learn more about Roger C. Peace and the programs offered.
Traveling With A Disability
For many, summer and fall are the perfect seasons to take a vacation, but traveling with a disability may require some additional planning.
For individuals with special needs who will be flying to a special vacation destination, airplane and airport accessibility is important. For knowledge on how to make plans for your flight, click here. http://airconsumer.ost.dot.gov/publications/horizons.htm
When making hotel reservations, use this checklist to ensure the accommodations are accessible and will meet your needs. See the Accessibility Checklist for Hotel Accommodation (small pdf).
Click here to find out more about the Top 14 Travel Tips from Fellow Travelers (small pdf).
South Carolina has many great state parks. If you are a frequent State Park visitor, you may be interested in the Palmetto Passport, which offers discounts to individuals 65 years and older, those who are blind, and individuals with disabilities. Click here to find out more about the Palmetto Passport (small pdf).
If you are planning a trip to the beach this summer, there are many opportunities to enjoy the sand and the sun. Click here to find accessible locations at Myrtle Beach. http://www.cityofmyrtlebeach.com/handicapped.html
Visitors at North Myrtle Beach can reserve beach wheelchairs. To find out more, click here. (http://parks.nmb.us/Page.aspx?id=1) Hilton Head Island beaches are equipped with mats that make them accessible. To find out where these mats are located, click here. http://www.hiltonheadisland.org/see-and-do/beaches/