Outside of our advocacy efforts in SC, The LUCAS Network has started a number of initiatives in the
last few years and will continue to do so in the future. Because we believe that it takes a strong team
to accomplish a goal, we partner with other autism and special needs organizations locally,
statewide and nationally. Below are a list of past and present initiatives along with our partnering
The LUCAS Network Initiatives
The South Carolina Autism Services Directory:
Sandrine and I created and maintain this directory that includes services and information
about autism from all across SC.It is available free of charge in electroninc format.Derrick
is also the Community Services Liaison for Autism Speaks in SC.
Upstate SC Autism Forum:
In 2008, 2009 and again in 2011, we have partnered with Brookwood Church, The SC
Autism Society, Family Connection of SC, Winston's Wish Foundation, The Greenville
Hospital Systems Autism Division, and Autism Speaks to bring information from the
experts and service providers about autism and autism services, free of charge, to the
Upstate of SC. This event has had as many as 250 parents and individuals with autism
attend and includes a Resource Fair.
Greenville, SC Autism Awareness Day Candlelight Vigil 2009:
The Lucas Network partnered with the SC Autism Society and Family Connection to
hold a candlelight vigil in Greenville's Falls Park. Mayor White declared that day as
Autism Awareness Day for the City of Greenville.
Annual Autism and Special Needs Turkey Drive:
Since 2008, The LUCAS Network has initiated and partnered with The SC Autism
Society and the Christy Ruppert Delseni Autism Program to provide families having a
child with autism or other disability in need with a turkey and dinner for Thanksgiving. We
have been able to provide as many as 90 families a Thanksgiving Day meal.
Promoting Inclusion of Special Needs Students in the Public School System:
The Lucas Network is currently working with The Greenville County School District, The
SC Autism Society, The Hope Foundation, The Christy Ruppert Delseni Autism
Program, Family Connection of SC, The Greenville Down's Syndrome Society and The
Circle of Friends, The Path to Inclusion Organization to start a Circle of Friends Chapter
in 5 schools within the Greenville County School District.
The Lucas Network has also participated in the Autism Speaks Light it Up Blue
campaign. In 2010, the Riverplace Office Building and NEXT Building in Downtown
Greenville lit up in Blue. In 2011, The BMW Zentrum Museum will also light up in Blue
for World Autism Awareness Day.