Independent Living, Self-Advocacy, & Legal Resources

Able SC

York CAN Partner
  • Participate in the Supported Decision Making Project in South Carolina
  • Information on alternatives to guardianship
  • Offices in Columbia & Greenville

720 Gracern Rd. Suite 106
Columbia, SC 29210

Able SC - Equip

York CAN Partner
  • Equip Hangout Meetings held across the state
  • Teaches empowerment and disability rights


Adult Enrichment Centers

York CAN Partner
  • High Five (Adult Day Program)
  • High Five Works (Individualized Employment Services)

359 Park Avenue
Rock Hill, SC 29730

Disability Rights SC

York CAN Partner
  • Protect and advance the legal, civil and human rights of people with disabilities in SC
  • Legal support, education, outreach, and advocacy

3701 Landmark Drive Suite 208
Columbia, SC 29204

Family Connections

York CAN Partner
  • Provides staff to attend IEP meetings with parents

Khaled Elder Law Firm

York CAN Partner

Khaled law firm takes a holistic approach in assisting families. Areas of practice include estate planning, trust administration, guardianship and conservatorships and special needs planning


Khaled Elder, PC

Rock Hill Location:

1430 Ebenezer Road, suite 104

Rock Hill, SC 29732

Clover/Lake Wylie Address:

1474 Highway 55 East

Clover, SC 29710

Maxabilties of York County

York CAN Partner
  • Self-advocacy group, meets quarterly, age 18 and up
  • Case management/Linkages
  • Adult Day Program
  • Career Preparation Services
  • Community services
  • Supported employment & group employment


Michelle Shaffer
(803) 628-5999

7900 Park Place Road
York, SC 29745

National Alliance of Mental Illness

York CAN Partner
  • Crisis Text Line: Text NAMI to 741741
  • At NAMI Piedmont Tri-County, we aim to rebuild hope where it’s been damaged or lost. We work with those in need, those who are underprivileged, and those who are underserved and often isolated. We aim to rebuild hope and recovery for those who suffer from mental illness. Our focus lies on community efforts for all those who are affected by mental health diagnoses through support, community awareness, advocacy, and education. Our drop-in center is a place of support and inclusion for those who need community. One in four people are affected by mental illness in some way, we are on a mission to help stamp out stigma and, over time, stamp out mental illness! We are focused on providing hope and recovery to those who deserve it most.


NAMI Piedmont Tri-County

The Hut

415 Oakland Avenue

Rock Hill, SC 29730

No Limits Counseling

York CAN Partner

At No Limits Counseling, we provide:

  • Mental health counseling
  • Support groups
  • Relationship and boundaries groups
  • Dating workshops and sexuality education


Michele Mattox, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

PO Box 1461

Matthews, NC 28106

South Carolina Legal Services

York CAN Partner

214 Johnston Street
Rock Hill, SC 29730

About Supported Decision Making

Does my family member need guardianship?

Studies show that people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who do NOT have a guardian are more likely to have a paid job, live independently, have friends other than staff or family, go on dates, socialize in the community, and practice the religion of their choice. Consider your alternatives before pursuing guardianship, which is often costly and intended to be permanent.

Adult Health Care Consent Act

SC Law - Title 44 - Chapter 66

In the event of a patient's inability to consent to necessary health care, the AHCCA and included form allow for surrogate consent to be given when deemed necessary by licensed physicians.

Protection & Advocacy Fact Sheet

When Your Child Grows Up: the Legal Effects of Becoming an Adult

When a child turns 18, he or she becomes entitled to the legal rights and duties of an adult. Generally, it does not matter whether the person has a disability. At age 18, a person is considered to be capable of making his or her own decisions unless a court has decided that the person is incapacitated. This information sheet describes some of the legal effects of becoming 18, as well as some adult rights that apply even before age 18.

Supported Decision Making Manual for Individuals and Families

Promoting Alternatives to Guardianship that Preserve Autonomy and Wellbeing

Supported Decision Making can be used in place of more restrictive means, such as guardianship, to preserve a person's autonomy and independence, while still providing the person with support from his or her family, friends, and community. This 35-page document is a comprehensive overview of the Supported Decision Making project.