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Disability Rights South Carolina

Columbia, SC   |  www.disabilityrightssc.org

Mission

We protect and advance the legal, civil, and human rights of people with disabilities in South Carolina.

Ruling year info

1979

Principal Officer

Beth Franco

Main address

3710 Landmark Dr Suite 208

Columbia, SC 29204 USA

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Formerly known as

South Carolina Protection & Advocacy for the Handicapped

EIN

58-1355302

NTEE code info

Disabled Persons' Rights (R23)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Throughout history people with disabilities have been treated unequally. People with disabilities have been institutionalized, abused, neglected, and exploited. Our goal is to protect and advance the rights of people with disabilities across South Carolina.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Outreach, Information & Referral

Outreach - Disability Rights South Carolina (DRSC) staff conduct seminars, hold focus group sessions, speak to various groups and disseminate literature.  A grant through the Help America Vote Act provides information and assistance to voters with disabilities and seeks to ensure that polling places are accessible.  DRSC advocates provide brief oral or written information about callers’ problems and suggest ways to resolve the problems, including information about additional resources.  When appropriate, callers are referred to one of our issue teams for individual representation.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The Equal Access Team focuses on ensuring that people with disabilities have access to goods, services, places, and employment equal to that enjoyed by people without disabilities.
This team also takes select cases that focus on children with disabilities who experience discrimination as it relates to their healthcare needs, least restrictive environment, and assistive technology in a public school setting. Should a child with a disability be denied something s/he are entitled given applicable state and federal laws in the aforementioned areas, DRSC may pursue administrative/legal remedies.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

The Protection & Independence Team focuses on preventing abuse and neglect of people with disabilities residing in facilities AND focuses on assisting individuals with disabilities who choose to move from institutions to their own homes in the community; and on preventing unnecessary institutionalization of people with disabilities who are currently living in the community.  This team also operates the Team Advocacy Program through a contract with the SC Department of Mental Health which provides surprise inspections of community residential care facilities.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

DRSC staff work to improve laws, regulations, policies or practices to prevent abuse or neglect of individuals with disabilities and to enable individuals with disabilities to gain greater independence and full inclusion in the community and the workplace.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

DRSC staff work with disability communities to provide self-advocacy training, education, and outreach. Advocates make presentations, meet with community leaders and conduct consumer focus groups.

Population(s) Served
People with disabilities

Where we work

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of unique website visitors

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of briefings or presentations held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Outreach, Information & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Related Program

Outreach, Information & Referral

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of people provided legal representation and number of people assisted with information and referral.

Dollars donated to support advocacy efforts

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

People with disabilities

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

We envision a society where all people, regardless of type or severity of disability:
- Live free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation
- Are empowered through self-determination and self-advocacy
- Have equal access to services such as education, public transportation, and health care
- Are productive members of society in which competitive, integrated employment is the first and preferred option
- Live, learn, work, and play independently in an integrated barrier free community

We provide people with disabilities information and referrals, training and self-advocacy tips to understand and defend their basic civil rights.
We provide abuse and neglect investigations to ensure that the people with disabilities in South Carolina are in living and working in a safe environment.
We provide systemic advocacy to ensure the policies in the state that affect people with disabilities protect and advance their rights.
We provide legal representation to protect the rights of people with disabilities when they have been discriminated against or denied a service due to their disability.

P&A has the authority to act and investigate under State and Federal laws. P&A is independent of all agencies providing treatment or other services to people with disabilities. Our staff consist of attorneys and advocates with a high level of training in disability rights.

P&A has been helping people with disabilities in South Carolina protect and advance their rights since 1977. To see a sample of the achievements we have made please visit our timeline at: http://www.pandasc.org/timeline/

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We update our yearly goals and priorities based off our feedback surveys

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Disability Rights South Carolina

Board of directors
as of 09/12/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Robert Masella

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Term: 2022 - 2023

Richard Samarel

Millie Williams

Erik Norton

Rebecca K. J. Thompson

Kelly Troyer

Robin Blackwood

Erika Chapman

Mincy Peterson

Laurie Strange

Natasha Chisolm

Cindi May

Rich Alexander

Randy Murr

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/12/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability