South Carolina

State Director of Exceptional Children Programs: 
John Payne

State Director of Special Education Services
Rutledge Bldg., 1429 Senate, Rm. 505
Columbia, SC 29201

Summary of Performance:

State Transition Resources:

This link provides access to a resource library with a number of transition-related materials, discussions pertaining to transition issues, and announcements about upcoming events.
Center for Disability Resources

This link is for the South Carolina Division on Career Development and Transition subdivision of SC Council for Exceptional Children. The Division promotes statewide efforts to improve the quality of and access to, career/vocational and transition services, increase the participation of education in career development and transition goals and to influence policies affecting career development and transition services for persons with disabilities. The site includes a variety of resources relating to the transition from school to work.
SC Division for Career Development

South Carolina Secondary Transition and Employment Advancement Model (SC-TEAM)

The Center for Disability Resources, in conjunction with The University of South Carolina Department of Educational Studies and other partnering agencies, is developing models to build capacity towards improving full employment outcomes for youth and young adults with intellectual/developmental disabilities (ID/DD). The purpose of our work is to coordinate and utilize existing local, state and national resources to create and pilot a model for assisting local schools in implementing transition-to-employment promising and/or evidence based practices for youth with disabilities. For additional information, please contact SC-TEAM staff at   

Transition Alliance of South Carolina (TASC)     

The Transition Alliance of South Carolina (TASC), the statewide secondary interagency transition team, collaborates to provide a system of support for local interagency collaborative transition teams. Initiated through a TASC-hosted Transition Planning Institute for 20 of South Carolina’s Local Interagency Transition Teams; and funded by the SC Developmental Disabilities Council and the SC Department of Education; the system of support is coordinated by the Center for Disability Resources at the University of South Carolina. Support includes general coordination and data collection; opportunities for intensive technical assistance related to strategic planning and implementation of best practices and training and networking opportunities. The TASC maintains a Memorandum of Understanding and consists of the following members: Able SC, SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the SC Developmental Disabilities Council (DDC), SC Vocational Rehabilitation (SCVR), Family Connection of South Carolina, USC’s Center for Disability Resources (UCEDD), USC’s Department of Educational Studies, PRO Parents of SC and the SC Department of Education. For additional information regarding programming and available resources, contact Joy Ivester at

Professional Development Resources:

Regional Training on Indicator 13

Summer Institute on Transition Practices

Other State Activities:

SC adopted the new state regulations in August and, with that, dropped the mandatory age for transition services to age 13. We are planning a two day Transition Inter-Agency Conference for April of 2008. SC also has a Transition Task Force and you can contact Cindi or Jerry for further information.