Burton Center, a non-profit, governmental agency, provides services for people with disabilities and special needs (autism, intellectual disabilities, head injuries, spinal cord injuries and related disabilities) and their families in Abbeville, Edgefield, Greenwood, Lexington, McCormick, and Saluda counties. Services are provided at no charge to those who meet specific eligibility criteria by the South Carolina Department of Disabilities and Special Needs. Burton Center has experienced phenomenal growth since 1971. Today Burton Center serves over 1000 people and employs over 425 staff members. Programs are developed to assist individuals in exercising their own choices resulting in growth and independence. Transportation is provided by 65 vans and buses traveling over 4,400 miles per day. Each person is picked up every day, transported to the center, and returned home in the afternoon.