How one man inspired HOPE for the autism community

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.

Twenty years after they founded Hope Academy, Susan Sachs and Lisa Lane’s unexpected mission continues

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.”

Thyme and Play restaurant to cater to families with special needs children

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.

His art does the talking

Michael Sachs was a precocious toddler who would sing and dance and…