May 2, 2019
The ASBC News
2019 Autism Society of America Conference
Discover the Difference:
We See Things Differently

July 9-11, 2019
Hyatt Regency Bethesda, MD

Autism Society of America invites you to a two-day conference with presentations and breakout discussions covering a wide range of topics related to Autism. This year we have four theme tracks which encompass inclusion, community, innovation and much more! Our speakers will represent a variety of areas as it relates to the autism lifespan.

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ASBC Monthly
Support Group Meetings

Join us every first Thursday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital for the ASBC support group meeting. This month we will be holding one of our regular "golden nugget" support group meeting facilitated by our board members. Other months may feature a speaker on a topic of interest to the autism community. In addition, we will have an information table full of handouts, our lending library will be open and light refreshments will be served.

Click here for directions on how to access teleconferencing if you would like to join in the discussion but are unable to attend the meeting.

Join us for our May meeting tonight!
7:00 pm at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
3rd Floor Conference Room


And don't forget about our Teen Sibling Support Group
which will be meeting at the same time in the MWPH cafeteria.
Bring your teenager with you so he/she can enjoy some bonding
time with other teens with siblings on the spectrum
while you attend support group.
For a complete listing of activities of interest
to the autism community in the Baltimore area,

Check out our Calendar of Events
Other Upcoming Events and Opportunities:
Join The Arc Baltimore for an opportunity to talk with representatives from some of the big names in Assistive Technology. Learn about devices and tools that can ease daily living challenges or aid communication and skill building.
 

Wednesday, May 22nd | 10AM - 2PM
6151 Metro Drive, Baltimore 21215
 
Low Intensity Support Services Grants

The Developmental Disabilities Administration’s Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) Program serves children living at home with their family and adults with developmental disabilities living in their own home in the community who are not receiving any support services from the DDA. The LISS program goal is to ensure that children and adults with developmental disabilities live happy, healthy, independent lives while being integrated into their communities across their lifespan. Below are just a few highlights:

  • It is flexible to meet the needs of children as they grow and adults as they mature across their lifespan. And;
  • Provides up to $2000 to assist eligible children and adults with developmental disabilities with purchasing eligible services and/or items to address their needs. And;​
  • Enhances or improves the quality of life, for eligible children and adults with developmental disabilities as well as promotes independence and community integration.​

The LISS Program mission is to ensure individuals and families have equality and access to short-term funding opportunities. This is achieved through a Random Selection process. The Random Selection process is an automated system that selects LISS applicants who are eligible for LISS funding.

The applications to be entered in the Random Selection process are
quick and easy to complete - definitely worth the time!

Applications are due by June 30 th



A Message from Jennifer L. Kouo
Assistant Professor
Department of Special Education
College of Education
Towson University


The project entitled The Comprehensive Autism Resource Environment (CARE) Project: Optimizing Pediatric Emergency Department Care for Patients with an Autism Spectrum Disorder and their Families involves an interdisciplinary of team individuals in the field of special education, pediatric medicine, and computer and information sciences. Through the development of a mobile-based solutions app, provision of interventions and re-sources, and education and training of healthcare providers (HCPs), the project intends to significantly improve the care of patients and families residing in the state of Maryland through a novel collaboration with the Johns Hopkins Children's Center Pediatric Emergency Department.

The initial phase of the project aims to collect information, perspectives, recommend-ations, and interest in future participation in the research project. Therefore, I am
inviting you to complete a brief survey which will take approximately 10-30 minutes.

If you are interested in participating, please use the correct link to complete the consent form and survey:




Please also feel free to share this message and link with any individuals, families, and/or colleagues who you think might be interested in participating.

If you have any questions about this study, please don't hesitate to contact me at jkouo@towson.edu. Thank you for your consideration.
OAR, the Organization for Autism Research , has released a new online resource focused on sexuality and sex education for teens and emerging adults on the autism spectrum.
Sex Ed. for Self-Advocates is now available on OAR’s website. Sexuality and sex education is an important subject in terms of personal growth, development, and safety, but it can also be a daunting one. OAR is excited to release a resource on this topic that is specific to the needs of people with autism. This resource presents complex social skills and topics in a clear and understand-able format for people on the autism spectrum. Self-advocates can read articles and watch brief videos in each section before testing their knowledge and practicing new skills through interactive modules. Users can focus on sections they are interested in or navigate through the guide from beginning to end. While the guide was written for self-advocates age 15 and up, it also contains tips and lists of additional helpful resources for parents and educators of those on the spectrum.

Sex Ed. for Self-Advocates is available online on OAR’s main website and can be directly accessed at https://researchautism.org/sex-ed-guide/ . OAR continues to provide all its resources, including this one, free of charge to the community.

About OAR : The Organization for Autism Research (OAR) is a national non-profit organization formed and led by relatives of children and adults with autism spectrum disorders. OAR is dedicated to promoting research that can be applied to help families, educators, caregivers, and individuals with autism find much-needed answers to their immediate and urgent questions. Learn more at www.researchautism.org .
The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks Office of Therapeutic Recreation Services publishes the biannual newsletter Leisure Resources which lists all sorts of recreation opportunities for people with disabilities including sports, fitness, horseback riding, water activities, summer camps, community theater and horticultural therapy.

 Check it out here!
Children's Playhouse of MD presents:

A Sensory-Friendly Performance of
Newsies The Musical

Saturday, May 18 @ 4:30pm
CCBC Essex Campus, 7201 Rossville Boulevard

Tickets: $10
For details and tickets, contact the Box Office at 443-840-2787
Free Trainings Offered at the
Center for Autism and Related Disorders

Sharing Treatment and Autism Resources (STAR) trainings provide professionals, parents, and family members of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) with a comprehensive offering of current resources available on autism, as well as an overview of research-based treatment elements that have been recommended for program design and delivery in the educational system(s).
 
For more information and to register for these free trainings:


Join the Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake -
Only $10 per year for the whole family!
 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 Fowler, Sr. Memorial Fund

Your membership helps the Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake

  • Connect people to valuable information and resources through our phone line, website, calendar and info@ email
  • Provide monthly support groups for all those affected by autism
  • Provide monthly socials for those in the autism community

To join ASBC or to renew your membership online, click Here !

The Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake is improving the lives of all affected by autism. We impact the lives of children, adults, families, and professionals in Baltimore City and Baltimore County through:

  • Support groups
  • Social and community connections
  • Information and resources
  • Networking
  • Public awareness

ASBC is an affiliate of the Autism Society .
Support ASBC:
Thank you!