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VR3  Ready...Reliable...Results November 2014

SC DDS dominates regional
 PRIDE awards

South Carolina Disability Determination Services employees dominated the Social Security Administration Atlanta Region’s yearly PRIDE awards, winning in six out of ten categories.

The PRIDE (People Responsibly Influencing Decisional Excellence) awards recognize outstanding Disability Determination Services employees for their dedication and contributions to the success of the disability program.

The Atlanta Region encompasses eight Southeastern states. DDS offices in each state select local PRIDE winners in ten categories. The regional winners are then chosen from the local winners in each state.

   The 2014 Atlanta Region SC DDS PRIDE award recipients are:

   Case Processing Supervisor of the Year
   Glenda McMichael-Hawkins, Columbia

   Staff Supervisor of the Year
   Connie Thompson, Columbia

   Medical Consultant of the Year
   Debbie Price, Ph.D., Greenville

   Mary Simmons Special Acts of Service Award
   Rose Doyle and Megan Ward, Charleston

   Thomas M. Leahy Creative Achievement Award
   Kevin Robinson, Columbia

   Robert Hinrichs Humanitarian Award
   Nicole Starkey, Administrative Office

We are extremely proud of these employees for their accomplishments and recognition.

Read about this year’s SC DDS local PRIDE awards.

PRIDE began in the Atlanta Regional Office in 1985, recognizing the positive contributions made by DDS employees through an annual, regional award and recognition program. The Atlanta Region includes Alabama, Florida, Georgia,Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Around the state

Clients benefit from Pain Management Program

A client participating in the Evaluation Center Pain Management program learns adaptive techniques for bowling.

Incorporating the latest evaluation and treatment approaches to help clients manage their pain, the updated Pain Management Program at the Evaluation Center kicked off on July 14. The specialized program is for clients who have experienced chronic low back pain, lasting six months or longer.

The four-week multidisciplinary evaluation and treatment program integrates physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic therapy, muscular development rehabilitation, career building, job preparedness instruction, and psychological analysis in a curriculum that teaches VR clients strategies to manage and cope with their pain in preparation to return to work. In addition, clients gain a greater sense of their abilities and learn ways to modify their participation in leisure and recreational activities.

For more information about the SCVRD Pain Management Program, contact Kayla Wright, OT, or Birt Dowling, Psychologist, at (803) 896-6040.

Laurens Open House

More than 160 people, including Representative Mike Pitts, attended the Laurens Area Open House on October 15.

Marlboro Open House

More than 109 people participated in the Marlboro Area Open House. In addition to showcasing the array of services offered by SCVRD, the Marlboro staff took the opportunity to express their appreciation to their business and community partners.

Participants also enjoyed a southern buffet lunch that was prepared by the staff.

Treatment center referral summit at Palmetto Center

Palmetto Center recently held a summit addressing treatment center referral development and its role in successful employment outcomes. Client Services Supervisor Barry Waddell and staff welcomed thirteen counselors from the lower-state region on Tuesday, October 21 who participated in the summit. Representing the lower-state region were Area Development Director Patricia Green, Area Development Specialist Gail Murray, Florence Area Supervisor Carol Anderson, and Florence Area Client Services Manager Teresa Moses.

After providing an orientation to the facility and tour of the campus, participants spent the day strategizing ways to improve referral development and developing take-away plans and expected results.

Platinum WorkKeys

Two clients from the Beaufort Area, Daniel Lopez and Peggy Bowman, recently received platinum WorkKeys certificates, the highest level possible.

Congratulations Daniel and Peggy!

9th Annual Walk and Roll in Spartanburg

More than 200 people turned out for the 9th Annual Disabilities Awareness Walk and Roll held by the Spartanburg Mayor’s Committee for People with Disabilities on October 23 in downtown Spartanburg.

View photos and additional information about the event on the Spartanburg Herald Journal website.

Bouncing back in Aiken

The Bounce Back Program at the Aiken Office attracted more than 25 participants on September 17.

The day-long event was designed to help clients facing challenges to employment, complicated by disability and criminal background, and featured informational sessions given by various service providers from throughout the county.

The highlight of the day was the recognition of Client Achievement Award Winner Lewis Jackson, who gave an inspirational talk about overcoming barriers. Jackson stressed the need to be honest and to persevere in pursuit of employment and personal success.

Freddie Boan, Business Development Specialist for the Aiken office, said he felt everyone, clients and staff, was energized by the event.

Bryant Center honors businesses, community leaders

The SCVRD Bryant Center held its annual awards ceremony recently to celebrate National Disability Employment Awareness Month and to recognize business and community leaders who support the agency’s mission.

Read the full story on the Greer Today website.

Q Quotes

Quality means doing it right when no one is looking.

—Henry Ford

Did you know...

...that in 1935, under the Social Security Act, Vocational Rehabilitation was made a permanent federal program. Congress no longer needed to reauthorize it, but instead would need to vote if it were ever to end it. Federal funding at this time was $2,000,000 for the entire nation.


November 8 - 7th Annual Run for Thought at Conestee Park. This is a 5K trail run and 1 mile walk/run to benefit the Brain Injury Association of SC.
November 15 - The Transition team (known as the Tenacious Transitioners) will be participating in the Project HOPE Relay, a run and fundraising event benefiting the Project HOPE Foundation, where 98% of all gifts received go directly to services for children diagnosed with autism.
November 18 - Business Partnership Luncheon at North American Rescue highlighting collaboration, new faces in leadership, new tools for placement, and the Q1 Initiative.
November 21 - The Transition team will participate in the annual Passport to Success, sponsored by the Greenville County School District, which provides high school seniors with resources to assist them in transitioning to successful employment, post secondary education, and independent community living upon graduation.
  For more information, call 864-297-3066
November 6 - Health Screening by Mackey Family Practice.
  For more information, call 803-285-6909

Preparing and assisting eligible South Carolinians with disabilities to achieve and maintain competitive employment

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