October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

National Disability Employment Month is a call to action. It's time to advocate for better employment opportunities for workers with disabilities.

Did You Know: Research finds that Autistic professionals can be up to 140% more productive than their neurotypical coworkers when properly matched to jobs that align with their strengths! The Autism Society is focusing on employment this month, though these resources and more are available all year long! Check out the Autism Society's page on employment: 

More Great Employment Resources:

You might notice that many of the events below are member-only and have limited tickets. 

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 on the upcoming events below - become a member TODAY for only $10 a year, 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!

Big News from Our Neighbors: Howard and Montgomery County Autism Societies Merge!

"We are excited to share this announcement with our community about the merger of the Howard County and Montgomery County Autism Societies.

The Autism Society Montgomery County (ASMC) and the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) announce the merger of the two Autism Society of America affiliates to expand supports and services for individuals with Autism and their families."

Read more in their press release here:

Local Events & Programs

Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run Returns! NEW DATE: NOV. 19TH!

Due to the bad weather forecasted and to provide a safer and more comfortable experience at the Every Step Counts Autism Walk & 5K Run, we have made the difficult decision to reschedule.  The NEW DATE is: 

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:

ASBC's Social at Players Fun Zone on October 23rd!

Our next ASBC members social will be at Players Fun Zone on Sunday, October 23rd from 6:00 to 8:30 PM. Players Fun Zone is a 32,000 square feet indoor amusement center located in Westminster, MD designed with family fun in mind with attractions like an arcade, laser tag, mini Glo-Golf, and more! Read more about Players Fun Zone here:

Be on the lookout for the membership sign-up email in the next few weeks!

Looking back at September: An Orioles Game and Free Haircuts

ASBC had an eventful September thanks to incredible partnerships like the Orioles Team and Richie's Barbershop, LLC. Below is just a glimpse of all the joy that took place last month:

Sensory Sunday at the B&O on October 9th


Virtual Groups & Other Opportunities

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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, October 25th @ 7:00pm

**See a sneak peek of our new Spotlight Series below!**

Parent / Caregiver Discussion Group

A supportive environment to meet other parents and share

Next Meeting

Tuesday, October 18th @ 7:00pm

Autistic Adult Discussion Group

Every Thursday @ 9:00pm

For Autistic Adults (18+) Only

A casual, neurodiverse space to connect and share

Our New Spotlight Series: Sharing Stories From Our Community 

Join us at our October general session as we launch our spotlight series! We will dive into the experiences and perspectives of people in our Autism community! First up is James and Ali!

James: My name is James Orman, I'm 36 years old, and I live with my husband and two dogs in northeast Baltimore. I'm a Project Coordinator at Kennedy Krieger, and I've previously been employed as a paralegal. Although I've known all my life that I was different, I was only diagnosed with Autism early this year. Obtaining my diagnosis has been life changing. In addition to being better able to understand myself, I now have a new framework for explaining it. It has caused me to find community, stop masking, and relieve the anxiety caused from internalizing perceived deficiencies. I've since joined the board of The Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake and am looking forward to being an advocate to and establishing valuable programming for Autistic adults in our community.

Ali: My name is Ali Orman, I'm 43 years old, and I live with my husband and two dogs in northeast Baltimore. I'm a System Administrator at New Story Schools, managing IT related projects. I came to America from Turkey in 2005 for school, and I became a US citizen in 2017. Although I am Allistic, I am neurodivergent, having been self-diagnosed with ADD. Understanding and contextualizing my neurodivergence has been both challenging and rewarding. It has been helpful to understand why my mind wanders and how I best absorb information. Obtaining this diagnosis has also provided me the opportunity to utilize prescribed medication to allow me to focus and control my impulsive habits. I'm excited to see myself growing in these new and fruitful directions and look forward to what comes next for myself.

Both: We met in February 2008 when James was attending university in Bloomington, IN and Ali was attending university in Indianapolis. We've been together ever since. We got married in Annapolis in January 2013, the first month it was legal in Maryland, though we were married in spirit for years prior. We moved to Maryland in July of that year, and we bought our first house together in 2014.

We found a kind, caring, and supportive partner in each other and noticed how each others' strengths complimented our respective weaknesses. Our similar viewpoints and ways of looking at the world combined with our neurodivergence, allowed us both to feel like we'd found the one person who understood us in a world that we both found frustrating and confusing at times. Our different communication styles and thought processes have been a challenge however, and only through patience and understanding have we discovered ways of reframing our thoughts and empathizing with one another to understand where we're coming from.

We look forward to explaining more of our joint and individual journeys with everyone! Come and join the conversation!

Baltimore County Public Schools SECAC Meetings and SERC's FREE Parent Webinars are back! 

Mark your calendars now for the first Baltimore County SECAC meeting of the 22-23 school year!

Monday, October 3, 2022

7:00-8:30 PM

Topic: BCPS Department of Special Education Updates & SECAC Stakeholder Feedback and Goal Setting

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 Here for SECAC Recommendations for SY 2021-2022

Baltimore County Public Schools' Special Education Resource Center's FREE Parent Webinars are BACK!

Click here to see the FALL schedule and register today! 

Week of October 10th: 

Roots & Wings: Preparing Your Child and YOU for Life After High School

Presented by Robyn McCray, LCSW-C, Associate Director Disability Support Services, Towson University

October 12, 2022 6:30-8:00 PM


Week of October 24th: 

Parenting and High Functioning Autism: Skills and Strategies to Better Support Your Child or Teen

Presented by Tana Hope, Ph.D. The Child and Family Therapy Clinic Department of Behavioral Psychology at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Tuesday, October 25, 2022 12:00 -1:30 PM Register:


Wednesday, October 26, 2022 7:00 - 8:30 PM Register:

Thank You To Our Donors

ASBC would like to thank all the generous donors that have recently donated to us:

Joyce Daniels

Dolores Deel

Nora Ann Desranleau

Charisse Fletcher

Eliot Glaser

Natalie Grady

Sayon Grant

Deirdre Hammaker

Seleta Harvey

Renea C. Joseph

Eleanor Shriver Magee

Alona Malacas

Bianca Oneal

Ali Azmi Orman

Ravens Roost #117, Inc. “MainStreet Catonsville”

Thomas Soper

Thomas H. Stehr

Jean Lavonne Young-Gillis

In Memory of Avery Berman

Sande Mitchell