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New SC Voting System

The state of South Carolina announced this week the award of a contract for a new statewide voting system. Throughout the process, P&A advocated for a system that would allow people with disabilities to vote independently and privately. On multiple occasion, P&A provided written and oral testimony explaining the importance of accessibility to decision makers….

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May 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch Governor McMaster signed Senate Bill 281 on May 16, 2019. The bill makes several changes to South Carolina law surrounding assistance animals. S. 281 initially provided that an individual who “fakes” a service animal would be criminally liable for the deception. P&A was concerned that confusion over what constituted a service animal could…

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Governor McMaster Signs Service Animal Bill into Law

Columbia, SC — Governor McMaster signed Senate Bill 281 on May 16, 2019. The bill makes several changes to South Carolina law surrounding assistance animals: The bill expands protection of service animals to include “service animals in training.” The bill clarifies that a landlord, upon a tenant’s request to keep an emotional support animal as…

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April 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) and several individuals with disabilities have reached a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) resolving a complaint filed in May of 2017. The agreement calls for, among other enhancements, expansion of SCDMH crisis services aimed at preventing involuntary hospitalization; annual…

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Settlement Reached to Increase Community-based Mental Health Services in South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina — Protection and Advocacy for People with Disabilities, Inc. (P&A) and several individuals with disabilities have reached a settlement with the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) resolving a complaint filed in May of 2017. The agreement calls for, among other enhancements, expansion of SCDMH crisis services aimed at preventing involuntary…

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March 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch Julie Hocker, Commissioner of the Administration on Disabilities, part of the Administration for Community Living (ACL), visited South Carolina on March 14th to learn about efforts being made that will improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities. Commissioner Hocker met with Governor McMaster to express her commitment to working on employment issues in…

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February 2019 Newsletter

Advocacy Watch P&A works to ensure that the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Help America Vote Act (HAVA) affecting voters with disabilities are upheld. Currently there are six voting bills concerning a new voting system for South Carolina. P&A is advocating for a universal voting system for the state that is…

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Celebrating Abilities- Annual Gala

P&A’s fundraiser, Celebrating Abilities, hosts over 200 supporters across the state who come together for a night filled with silent and live auctions, heavy hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine, and an award ceremony. Friday, May 3, 2019 6-9 p.m. Nelson Mullins The Meridian Building, 17th Floor 1320 Main Street, Columbia, SC To purchase tickets online…

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Annual Impact Report

ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT Fiscal Year 2017-2018 New P&A Program: In March 2018, a bipartisan Social Security bill unanimously passed in Congress and created a much needed new P&A program to monitor Social Security Administration (SSA) representative payees. Legal Representation: P&A provided legal representation to 578 individuals with disabilities who had been abused, neglected, denied services…

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P&A Announces Resolution in DDSN Regulations Case

P&A is pleased to announce a resolution in the P&A vs. DDSN regulations case.  In 2007, P&A and a group of individuals sued the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs (DDSN) for not complying with the state law which requires that government agencies must issue regulations. DDSN does not have regulations for many important…

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