Special Needs Resources

Are you looking for resources to support a family with a child who has special needs? There are several places in Spartanburg and South Carolina that provide special needs resources. Here you will find a list of special needs online resources, support groups, and organizations that help families find the support their children need.

Here’s our complete Guide to Special Needs Resources in SpartanburgYou’ll find everything from classes geared toward children with special needs to accessible playgrounds and available services.

Center for Disability Resources Library


Located in the University of South Carolina School of Medicine Library on Garners Ferry Road, families can visit and borrow materials covering a variety of disability-related topics.

Family Connections

Family Connections supports families of children with special needs. Programs and services provide parents with support and guidance in locating helpful services for their children, as well as parent to parent mentoring.

South Carolina Autism Society

803.750.6988 | 806 12th Street, West Columbia, SC

A resource for families who have children with autism working to improve life for those with autism.

SC 2-1-1


South Carolina resource database to help individuals find assistance. Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year by calling 2-1-1.

LD Online

A website with a wealth of resources for parents and teachers of children with learning disabilities, disorders, and differences.

Bright Start

864.627.5097 | 6 Pelham Ridge Drive, Greenville, SC

Offers early intervention services to children with disabilities and special needs in Spartanburg County.

Center for Developmental Services

864.331.1300 | 29 North Academy Street, Greenville, SC

The Center for Developmental Services houses many partner services for children with special needs in one location. They offer a wide range of therapy for developmental delays, speech, hearing, behavioral and more, as well as family programs and educational programs, and will help you connect with the necessary services.

Down Syndrome Family Alliance


A support group for those whose lives have been touched by Down Syndrome. The Greenville group supports over 300 families.

Special Instruction FYI: Index Online Resources

University of South Carolina School of Medicine giant online resource guide searchable by topic

Baby Net is South Carolina’s system for children under 3 years old with developmental delays. Parents, friends, doctors, teachers, and caregivers can all refer a child to Baby Net. Once referred children will be evaluated to see if their delays qualify for services. The evaluation and services are free to all families and funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and managed through South Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.


864.814.2230 | 340 Blalock Road, Boiling Springs, SC

Offering case management and special instruction for families who qualify. Email [email protected] for more information.

South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs

The state agency that oversees and funds services for those with disabilities and special needs.


Charles Lea Center

864.585.0322 | 195 Burdette Street, Spartanburg, SC

A Spartanburg organization working to make a difference in the lives of those with special needs. Offers early intervention program called Can Do Kids.

Child Find

Child Find Screenings are held by individual Spartanburg School Districts for students who may need special education and related services. These screenings are used to evaluate children to make recommendations.

Here is an example of screening information for Spartanburg District 6.

Help Me Grow SC


Help Me Grow is a free resource for parents with children age 5 and under. They provide free developmental assessments and then help connecting families with the necessary resources, therapy and information.

Autism Speaks


Providing support and advocacy for families in the Carolinas to meet the needs of individuals with autism and their families

Early Autism Project

864.631.2084 | 17 B Caledon Court, Greenville, SC

The Early Autism Project provides behavioral treatment services for children ages 20 months to 21 years. Services are available in home, at schools and through EAP clinics.

Thrive Upstate


Thrive Upstate offers many services for people with disabilities in the Upstate. These services include early intervention for children, but also pre-vocational and vocational training, residential housing, and more. In KidVentures, the early intervention program, an early interventionist works with parents and children on the child’s developmental goals, as well as coordinating necessary services and therapy. Email [email protected] for more information.

Thyme and Play

A safe, family dining experience for to connect with others and become part of a community. They offer resources and host events for those with special needs.