November 2022 NEWSLETTER

Preparing for the Holiday Season and National Family Caregivers Month!

As Thanksgiving and the holiday season approaches, we want to make sure our ASBC families are prepared with the best holiday planning resources available through the National Autism Society network. We are also celebrating National Family Caregivers Month this November, and don't forget to vote in Maryland's Gubernatorial and Mid-term Election on November 8th (if you haven't already during early voting)!

Voting Resources:

Holiday Planning & Preparation:

National Family Caregivers Month:

The ASBC Membership Fee will increase to $15 a year in January 2023!

If you are not a member yet, the next two months are your last chance to become a member at the $10 rate! Don't miss out to enjoy the membership benefits belowbecome a member TODAY for only $10 a year, sign up here:

Family membership includes:

  • Access to member-only social events
  • Up to $100 per family per year to attend Autism related workshops and conferences provided by the Charles J. Fowler, Jr. Memorial Fund
  • Access to ASBC grants and funding opportunities (for families living in Baltimore City and County)

Your membership helps the Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake:

  • Connect people to valuable information and resources through our phone line, website, calendar and email
  • Provide monthly groups like our virtual discussion groups for adults with Autism, and parents/caregivers
  • Provide monthly socials for those in the Autism community

Not a member yet? Don't miss out - become a member TODAY for only $10 a year (until December 31st, 2022), sign up here:

Make Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake Your Amazon Smile Charity!

It's now easier than ever to support the Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake - all you need to do is shop online! Make us your Amazon Smile charity organization by going to this URL: and don't forget to always shop Amazon Smile!

Local Events & Programs

Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run Returns November 19TH!

ASBC is partnering with Autism Society Howard County again for their Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K RunThe new date of November 19th is almost here! If you haven't registered yet, make sure to do so soon!  

Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run

Saturday, November 19, 2022 

9am – Noon 

Centennial Park, Ellicott City, MD 

For more information and to register today, please click here:

If you are a business owner or entrepreneur looking for a great way to get involved with the community, consider sponsoring the event! Click here to sponsor:

By Autistics, For Autistics: Our Autistic Adult Meetup - Dave & Buster's

Take a break from family during the holidays and join other members of the Autistic community for food, fun, and socialization! The ASBC welcomes all our Autistic adult group to Dave & Buster's in White Marsh for free food and paid games. Enjoy a French dip or chicken bacon panini with fries and a side salad. Unlimited coffee, tea, and soda! Look out for a registration link email for our Autistic adults group!


Dave & Buster's

8200 Perry Hall Blvd, White Marsh, MD 21236


ASBC Members - FREE

Non-ASBC Members - $5.00


Saturday, November 26, 2022 1 to 4 p.m.

Looking back at October: Fun Times

at Players Fun Zone!

ASBC families had a great time at Players Fun Zone, enjoying attractions like bumper cars, bounce houses, mini-golf, and more! The day even included one of our families winning a $100 gift card raffle to Players Fun Zone! 

Kids on bumper cars at Players Fun Zone
Family who won $100 gift card in a raffle at Players Fun Zone

Virtual Groups, Meetings & Other Resources

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Upcoming ASBC Virtual Groups

Click the group name to register and receive the email reminders and login information.

General Session

An inclusive space for all adults to learn and grow in their understanding

Next Meeting

Tuesday, November 29th @ 7:00pm

Parent / Caregiver Discussion Group

A supportive environment to meet other parents and share

Next Meeting

Tuesday, November 15th @ 7:00pm

Autistic Adult Discussion Group

Every Thursday @ 9:00pm

For Autistic Adults (18+) Only

A casual, neurodiverse space to connect and share

SPARK Sunday at We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym

Learn about the largest Autism study, SPARK (Simons Powering Autism Research for Knowledge) at this FREE Parent Workshop on Sunday, November 13th from 11 AM to 1 PM at We Rock the Spectrum Kid's Gym located at 9770 Groffs Mill Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117. First 20 kids to register for the event play for FREE! For more information, email

Making AAC More Inclusive: Spectrum Support BLAAC

Joy F. Johnson, M.Ed., MS, BCBA, of the Black Spectrum Fund, is developing an AAC app for children called Spectrum Support BLAAC to combat the lack of diversity and representation in current AAC apps. The illustrations feature Black Autistic characters with he, she, and they pronouns. People can download PDFs of the picture communication versions for free from her website while the app is still in development at under "Free Resources" at the end of the page (and if you want to support the project, you can donate to the Black Spectrum Fund on the same page!).

SECAC November Meeting on November 7th

Baltimore County SECAC

November Meeting

Monday, November 7, 2022

7:00-8:30 PM

Topic: Conversation with BCPS Superintendent Dr. Darryl Williams 

Access the meeting via Google Meets:

If you would like to participate in the meeting by phone please email

We hope to see you there!

Click link below to review SECAC's updated Recommendations for SY 2022-2023:

SECAC Recommendations for SY 2022-2023