Project HOPE offers a lifespan of services for the autism community in South Carolina. Its unique, inclusive school, HOPE Academy, allows both neurotypical learners and children on the spectrum to learn in a mainstream environment.
Lisa Lane and Susan Sachs hadn’t planned on starting a nonprofit organization and a school two decades ago, but they couldn’t find the programs needed by their young sons, newly diagnosed with autism, anywhere else. “There’s nobody as determined as a mom with a child in need,” Sachs said. “You’ll do anything.”
The menu will be locally sourced, while the dining area will be sensory-inclusive and equipped with such features as soundproof booths, belted seats, adaptive seating and table heights for wheel chairs, and handicapped-accessible restrooms.
Michael Sachs was a precocious toddler who would sing and dance and talk in short sentences. He was cuddly and playful, interested in everything. Then, shortly after he turned 15…