RISE for Autism
Fall 2014 Newsletter
Halloween Tips

While Halloween related events such as wearing a favorite character costume, attending a spooky party or trick-or-treating with friends can be incredibly exciting for our neurotypical children, such activities can be quite anxiety-provoking for our children with autism spectrum disorders.  Please read the following flyer for tips on how to make it a fun-filled day for everyone!




Thank you

Many thanks to the incredibly kind-hearted and generous girls of a Severna Park neighborhood who organized a lemonade sale and donated their proceeds to RISE for Autism!  We also want to thank all those who enjoyed a cool beverage to support this great cause! Learning to give back to the community at a young age is truly heartwarming.

Board Member Positions
We currently have the following positions open:

Board Member (2)

Please contact 
Cheryl Antlitz at cantlitz@riseforautism.com for more information.


Stay tuned for upcoming workshops, sensory friendly events, and our Safety Program.

A 3d rendered autism awareness ribbon with colored puzzle pieces.      Clipping path included for the ribbon and puzzle pieces.

Dear Friends and Families,

I hope everyone had a wonderful summer!  I am happy to share that in August I personally took on the 100 mile Bike to the Beach for Autism challenge.  My 12 year-old son, who is diagnosed with Autism, inspired me to join the many cyclists who biked for Autism awareness and acceptance.  Thoughts of the immense obstacles that my son and other individuals with autism experience every day gave me the strength to persevere and complete the 100 miles! It was a most exciting and challenging experience.  Seeing my husband and children cheering me on at the finish line was the perfect ending to this incredible day!  Thank you to everyone who participated, donated and volunteered on the day of the event.  I also want to thank the Baltimore Bike to the Beach Chapter for choosing RISE for Autism to partner as their local charity.  I look forward to biking again next year!

Cheryl Antlitz
Annual Autism Conference 2014
Please join us for our 2nd annual conference which will offer a variety of relevant and thought provoking topics.  We are very pleased to have Amalia Starr as our keynote speaker. We are certain that you will enjoy her heart-warming presentation and learn from her life experiences.  We are also excited that professionals from various disciplines will share evidence based practices, strategies and resources on important topics such as promoting independence, reducing problem behaviors and teaching communication, just to name a few.  There are many exciting presentations scheduled so please follow the link below for additional information.  In addition, breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided.

Saturday November 8, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Ramada - BWI Grillstone Conference Site
7253 Parkway Drive 
I-295 and 95 Rt 100 
Hanover, MD 21076

Keynote: Amalia Starr is a parent, author, Autism Motivational Speaker, and Independent Living Coach. She has been trailblazing the special needs path for over 40 years with her son. She has authored two books capturing her journey and is the founder of the Autism Independence Project 

Learn About Autism Treatment Insurance Laws in Maryland
Representatives from Pathfinders for Autism, Autism Speaks and the Maryland Association of Behavior Analysts will discuss recent changes to autism insurance laws in Maryland and the implementation process ahead.

Monday, December 8, 2014
6:30 - 8:30PM
Ruth Eason School
648 Old MIll Rd.
Millersville, MD 21108

Fundraising Events
Bull & Shrimp Feast
10/24/14, 8pm
La Fontaine Bleue


Coach & Michael Kors Bingo 

November 14th at 7pm
Severna Park Elks
Election Time!
Who supports
With elections coming up, we have been reaching out to candidates to see how they plan to support families and individuals affected by  Autism.

Delegate Steve Schuh has been a strong advocate and has worked hard to provide support, resources and access to therapy services for people with autism. He also supported legislation to create the Maryland Commission on Autism, which required many aspects of state government to come together to discuss ways to coordinate care and resources to help. Thanks, Delegate Schuh!

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Severna Park, MD 21146

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