Your Bridge to Independence
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Our core services

Information and Referral

Valuable community resources and guidance are provided by our helpful training team members

Peer Mentoring Services

Focused on the attainment of the highest level of independent living


Educational workshops, Divergence (ramp program), Nursing Home move to community-base

Independent Living Skills Training

Goal oriented, one on one training geared toward skills that promote independent living

Advocacy Training

Individual and Systems

Be a part of our community

Task Conference 2018

North Charleston Community Collaboration

Wonka Art in the Dark

Bridge Awards 2018

Advocacy Day 2018

Additional Services

Building Me Workshop Series

Training programs with disabilities to fully develop skills and disabilities that will maximize their individual level of independence

ADA Assessment

Retail, hospitality and business spaces

Employment First – #HireMeSC Campaign is Here!

GREENVILLE– The South Carolina Employment First Initiative is thrilled to announce the launch of its social media campaign, #HireMeSC. The #HireMeSC Campaign aims to use social media to engage young adults with disabilities in sharing their career ambitions, success, and barriers to employment in order to raise awareness about the importance of promoting employment as the first and preferred option for students with disabilities. For young adults with disabilities who want to get involved, take a selfie or a photo…

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College Goals 2017 Event – Saturday, Feb 25th

College Goals 2017 Event – Saturday, Feb 25th Learn important information in regards to the FAFSA. The event will be held in building 920, room 791. Trident Technical College, 7000 Rivers Ave. For more info contact: Wen Bumgardner at or call (843) 574-6495

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Are You Ready To Advocate? -Advocacy Day

Advocacy Day – For Access and Independence. It’s time to be part of the solution! Help us break down barriers to create an all inclusive community. Show your support by standing with us at the State House and have our voices be heard.  Join us on Advocacy Day!  Wed, April 26, 2017 at the SC State House. The day’s events will feature speakers from the disability community, an advocacy rally, and will give YOU the opportunity to meet with your…

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Calling All Leaders! – YLF Conference 2017

YOUTH LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE We are now accepting applications for SC Youth Leadership Forum (SCYLF)! South Carolina Youth Leadership Forum (SCYLF) is a unique 4 day overnight summer leadership experience that empowers leadership and self-advocacy skills for young adults with disabilities. SCYLF also enhances the personal, academic and career potential for young adults with disabilities through leadership activities and experiences with peers, mentors, lawmakers, and successful role models with disabilities. The South Carolina Youth Leadership Forum (SCYLF) is open to young adults…

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Meet our team

Julia Barrett-Martinelli

Number of Years: 4 years
Title: Advocate / Executive Director

Kelly Torres

Number of Years: 1 years
Title: Advocate / Database Management

Elizabeth Blume

Number of Years:  6 months
Title: Advocate / Independent Living Specialist Supervisor

John Bryant

Number of Years: 3 years
Title: Advocate / Independent Living Specialist

Kurtis Whitehead

Number of Years: 3 years
Title: Advocate / Assistant Director

Brentney Simon

Number of Years: 1 year
Title: Advocate / Information & Referral Specialist & Youth Leadership Coordinator

Jason Torres

Number of Years: 3 years
Title: Advocate / Lead Facilitator

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