Able South Carolina, Columbia

General Information
Description of ProgramAble South Carolina (Able SC) is a private nonprofit, consumer-controlled Center for Independent Living (CIL) that provides an array of services to people of all ages with all types of disabilities in 23 counties in SC. Able South Carolina's programs and services provide knowledge and tools to assist people with disabilities to reach their independent living goals.
Some of the services Able South Carolina provides are peer counseling, advocacy, information and referral, independent living skills training, and adult enrichment education. Many volunteer opportunities are available. Click on each of the "Affiliated Services" listed at the bottom of the page for details.
ObjectivesAble SC accumulates and maintains invaluable information on all resources in each of the communities we serve. We can help individuals and their families connect with the right internal and external resources for a variety of needs.
Independent Living Skills
We offer a broad curriculum in activities and skills training for daily life, safety and wellbeing, customized to meet individual needs. Independent living specialists work one-on-one to create individual goals for independence and road maps for achieving them. Some examples include:
• Self-determination and advocacy
• Communication skills
• Employment
• Household management
• Budgeting
• Parenting with a disability
• Emergency Preparedness
• Voting
• Goal-Setting
• Organization
• Housing Search
• Adapting to your home
• Sexuality
Peer Support
Peer Supporters serve as inspiration and role models, as only someone with personal experience with disabilities can do. They share life experience and bring new ideas and information to facilitate independence. They work one-on-one, in small groups and do regular monthly Peer Support Groups for those interested—both on site and online.
We’re at the forefront of activism and leadership on any and all issues affecting people with disabilities – issues like accessibility, public accommodations and transportation. These are critical in achieving full inclusion in community life. We work with local, state and national leaders to bring about change and create opportunities.
Youth Transition Services
ABLE SC provides services to advocate on behalf of students with disabilities to get them the education they need in the least restrictive environment. We give high school students with disabilities the specific skills they need to plan for their future, like identifying goals and the steps required to reach them.
Transition to the Community
We all want to be a part of the community! ABLE SC can assist people with disabilities with living where they choose and maintaining their independence in the community. We can help navigate a move from any environment, including institutions.
Geographic AreaCalhoun, Chester, Clarendon, Fairfield, Kershaw, Lee, Lexington, Newberry, Orangeburg, Richland, Saluda, Sumter, York
Public TransportationYes
Facility/ADA AccessABLE SC Offices are fully accessible.
Client Information
Intended ParticipantsPeople of all ages with all types of disabilities may receive services. The general public may also receive information and referral services.
Languages SpokenEnglish, American Sign Language, Spanish
EligibilityConsumers must be a person with a disability.
Hours of OperationOffice hours are 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m,
Contact Information
Contact's NameDori Tempio
Physical Site Address 1136 Stonemark Lane
Physical Site Address 2Suite 100
Physical Site City, State, ZipColumbia, SC 29210
Main Phone(803) 779-5121
TDD Phone(803) 779-0949
Other PhoneToll-free:1- 800 681-6805
Fax(803) 779-5114
Director Information
Director's NameKimberly Tissot
Director's Phone803-779-5121
Affiliated Agency and Services
Affiliated Agency:
Able South Carolina
This Program: Able South Carolina, Columbia
Affiliated Services: Independent Living Skills Evaluation/Training