Our mission is to empower people with lifelong disabilities to enjoy life by promoting abilities and respecting choice.
Babcock Center strives to support people with disabilities to become more independent, connected to their community and enjoy full participation in their lives.
The agency primarily supports residents of South Carolina’s Richland and Lexington counties but also addresses critical needs outside of this central service area.
Babcock Center encourages full participation in community life by:
- Providing natural connections among individuals, their families and others who care about them to work in partnership to develop personal interests and abilities;
- Establishing a reasonable balance between safety and the risks associated with new opportunities;
- Supporting individuals to make use of public services, houses of worship, shopping, dining and recreational sites which are available to all members of our community;
- Supporting individuals to overcome barriers to full community participation such as the need to acquire employment and earn a reasonable level of income, the need for decent and affordable housing, and the need for safe, dependable transportation; and
- Identifying strengths and weaknesses in our efforts, and problem solving to enhance the quality of supports provided to citizens of the state.
Babcock Center’s philosophy includes the responsibility to provide supports to as many people as possible and ensure the health and safety of individuals with truly critical needs. Therefore, services are provided in the following order of priority:
- Prevention services to reduce the occurrence of primary and secondary disabilities, whenever possible;
- Efforts which encourage people with disabilities to use community resources and opportunities which are available to all members of our community;
- Individual/family support services to enable people with disabilities to live in their own homes; and
- Residential supports when the need for this type of setting is critical to an individual’s health or safety.
Babcock Center’s philosophy also includes the responsibility to establish a barrier-free and inclusive community. The agency works in partnership with community leaders to promote the dignity and respect of people with disabilities, invite community participation and employ people with disabilities in their workforce.