RISE for AutismApril is Autism Awareness and Acceptance Month
Did you hear the news???
About 1 in 68 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD)  
according to estimates from CDC's Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring (ADDM) Network.
(March 2014)
Spring  2014 Newsletter
Here are ways you can support your local Autism organization and families affected by Autism:
Friday, April 4th, 2014 

Purse & Pandora Bingo 


Click here for information and registration  

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Friday, May 16th 2014  

Annual Golf Tournament



Click here for information/registration and sponsorships  


We are looking for Business Sponsors to support local individual and families by Autism.   


Golf Brochure





Dr. Bob Sear's view on Autism's Rising Prevalance

"For years, many in the medical community have claimed that autism spectrum disorder (ASD) isn't truly on the rise - that we simply have better diagnosis. I believe that these numbers reveal autism for what it truly is - a national public health priority".

To read the full blog from Autism Speaks, click here.

Board of Directors



President  & Founder

Cheryl Antlitz

 Vice President

Shannon Barrett


Norma Slade


Kara Tis



Mike Antlitz

 Megan Owen

 Ian Riddle

 Brittany Sibiski

Linda Carter-Ferrier 


 Medical Advisor:

DanRossignol, MD


Dear Friends,

RISE for Autism focuses on Autism Awareness and Education in our local community everyday.  Since April is known for Autism Awareness Month, let us share our updates with you.
  • For Autism Awareness Month, RISE is working with local businesses to promote awareness by selling Puzzle Pieces for $1 and hanging them up during the month of April.
  • We are also offering Autism Awareness materials and educational supplies to the public school system to assist with their own awareness events or projects.
  • RISE for Autism has been working with the Anne Arundel County Police Department for the past few months to implement a Safety Program for those individuals who are at risk for elopement.
  • RISE for Autism will be receiving a citation from the County Executive's office for Autism Awareness in Anne Arundel County. 
If your school or business would like to promote Autism Awareness during the month or April or anytime, please contact me.  I am optimistic that together we can continue to make a difference in the lives of local individuals with ASD and their families. Please continue to offer your ideas, suggestions, and support. I look forward to hearing from you!

Cheryl Antlitz

Prevalence of Autism Rises

*There is no single known cause for autism spectrum disorder.  Instead, multiple factors may lead to an individual obtaining a diagnosis. If you are concerned that your child may be on the autism spectrum, it is important to speak with your child's physician as soon as possible.


*Studies show that early diagnosis and intervention can lead to greatly improved outcomes over the course of a lifetime.  Early detection and intervention is essential.


*The CDC's most recent study released prevalence rates as 1 in 68 children in the US,

making it the fastest-growing developmental disability in the US.


*The annual cost of providing care and treatment for individuals diagnosed with autism has reached $126 billion in the US.


How can you help?


*Recognize the early indicates of autism, visit  http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/index.html 


*Explore ways to donate time or resources to autism charities, which directly benefit the families and individuals in your community.


*Remember each individual with autism is unique and may act or react in different ways.


*Be aware, be accepting, be supportive!




Research Opportunity
Ages 6 months - 14 months

Kennedy Krieger researchers are recruiting infants 6-10 months for a longitudinal Early 
Development Study. We are recruiting 3 groups: siblings of children with ASD, preterm infants, 
and infants with no family history of ASD. We study how children learn in order to find ways to 
identify which children need extra help. If interested, please contact us at 443-923-7892 or 
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Landa, PhD 
Protocol Number: NA_00038069

Thank you to our Presenting Sponsors for our Annual Golf Tournament

A special Thank you to the Safeway Foundation

 The Safeway Foundation recently hosted an awards ceremony to distribute grants to local charities.  The Foundation is funded through the generous contributions of Safeway employees throughout its Eastern Division, which operates 125 grocerystores in Northern Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Washington, DC.  RISE for Autism was granted $2,500 towards their Safety Project.

Upcoming Autism Conferences

 Saturday, April 26, 2014 

Sheraton Baltimore North, Towson, MD
2014 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D. presents:

Possibility to Success: Achieving Successful Educational and Life Outcomes




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Talk About Curing Autism  

"Real Help Now" Autism Conference
Malvern, PA - April 26, 2014   


1 of 8 presenters scheduled for TACA's Real Help Now conference in Philadelphia ~ Dr. Dan Rossignol.





Thank you
The drama students from SPHS put on an amazing performance of Rock 'N' Roll Revival this past weekend. A sincere thank you to the Drama Boosters and the International Thespian Society for choosing RISE for Autism as their charity for the year. Thank you to the community for your donations.
A sincere thank you to the Annapolis MOMs for choosing RISE for Autism as their charity benefiting from donations at their consignment sale.
A special Thank You to the following businesses who are participating in our Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece Campaign.
  • Rolly Pollies of Crofton
  • Kids First Swim
  • Caribou Coffee of Crofton
  • Old Bridge Veterinary

We welcome any other businesses that want to participate.



CFAAC is hosting Great Give 2014 from 6:00 PM on May 7th to 6:00 PM on May 8th, 2014
Details to follow.

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