Taking Care of Our Community and Ourselves

May is Mental Health Awareness Month

Did you know the prevalence of mental health conditions like anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, and suicidality is significantly higher among Autistic individuals than in the non-Autistic population? The Autism Society recognizes the importance of mental health for the Autism community and has provided stats and resources to help raise awareness and increase support. Click here to learn more.

More Mental Health Resources:

Autism Research Institute’s Autism Mental Health Resources

An Overview of the 988 number for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Water Safety This Summer

As the weather gets warmer, summer fun will begin! Summer activities can include pools, the beach, and water sports. The Autism Society through its Safety on the Spectrum™: Water and Wandering Program created a Water Social Story that includes water safety education and rules to follow for Autistic individuals and their families. Check it out here.

More Water Safety Month Resources:

Autism Society Caregiver Water Safety Checklist

Autism Society’s Water and Wandering Digital Resource

Baltimore Police Department and Autism Society Baltimore-Chesapeake Share Communication Facilitator Partnership

First Responder's Communication Facilitator Training
Communication Board in English

Communication images displayed courtesy of Boardmaker

The First Responder’s Communication Facilitator booklet was made possible through a partnership of the Autism Society Baltimore-Chesapeake and the Baltimore Police Department.

The BPD will be the first law enforcement agency in Maryland to provide this user-friendly communication booklet to its officers. The Department will initially distribute 2,000 copies.

The handout is designed to facilitate communications between BPD officers and non-speaking members of the community, including those on the autism spectrum. Without a means for clear communication, these individuals could be at high risk for negative interactions with law


The organizations worked together to provide officers with a tangible, useful, functional tool to have on hand when responding to calls for service... read more in the full press release here: Press Release

View the training video here!

All of this great work is made possible through our donors and members... please consider making a donation so we can make an even greater impact!


A Big Thank You to the Ethan Saylor Alliance and the Hussman Foundation!

ASBC would like to thank the Ethan Saylor Alliance and the Hussman Foundation for approving us for a grant that will expand our project of providing more communication facilitator guides to include first responders in Baltimore County!

Become an ASBC Member for $15 a Year!

Become a ASBC Member

Missing something? Have you seen events hosted by us but have not been able to register? Become a member with an annual family membership of $15 and enjoy the benefits of...

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, sign up here: ASBC's Membership Page

ASBC Events & Programs

A Family Walk Sponsored by Bodyfit Wellness

Be a part of an inclusive walking experience for families as we celebrate our mothers who love someone on the spectrum...Dads are welcome too! Its a full family event! A portion of the proceeds will be going to ASBC: thank you to Bodyfit Wellness for their support!

Register for the walk here!


Saturday, May 11th, 2024


Northwest Regional Park

4515 Deer Park Rd

Owings Mills, MD 21117


7:30am-8:30am - Registration

8:30am - 1 Mile Walk begins

8:45am - 5K Walk/Run begins 

A Family Walk sponsored by BodyFit Wellness on May 11th

A Very Busy and Impactful April: Autism Acceptance Month in Review!

Making Autism Work in the Community Day at Coppin, April 28th

Our Adult Autistic community enjoyed a day at Coppin State University as they perused a Neurodiverse marketplace, explored local resource vendors, took part in a community forum, expressed themselves at a general share and support session, conversed with the Baltimore City Police Department, and actively job searched and were coached in mock interviews. 

 Sensory Friendly Flight Experience, April 20th

ASBC would like to extend a warm thank you to Danielle "Dani" Scott and her team at Southwest Airlines at Thurgood Marshall BWI airport for hosting a Sensory Friendly Flight Experience for our members on April 20th. Our families had the opportunity to go through TSA, travel to the gate, use boarding passes, board the plane, meet the flight crew, meet the pilot, recieve goody bags, and more.

Autism Acceptance Day at the Maryland Zoo, April 6th

ASBC would like to thank The Maryland Zoo for inviting our families on April 6th to explore the zoo and all its amazing offerings of animals and their habitat.

Be a part of these wonderful partnerships by becoming an active donor. Every amount is appreciated and it all makes a positive difference for our community all year long!


Virtual Groups, Meetings, Workshops

& Other Resources

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

Tuesday, May 28th, 2024, at 7:00pm

With Guest Speaker TBA!

Parent / Caregiver Discussion Group

A supportive environment to meet other parents and share

Tuesday, May 21st, at 7:00 pm

This session will feature Kennedy Krieger Institute with the Maryland Resource Finder, a project of the Maryland Center for Developmental Disabilities. 

Autistic Adult Discussion Group

Every Thursday at 9:00pm

(3rd Thursdays of every even month will be in-person starting at 7pm!)

For Autistic Adults (18+) Only

A casual, neurodiverse space to connect and share


The Autistic adult group will be holding a social event this month! Keep an eye out for information on where and when by joining the email list:

NEW! Monthly LGBTQIA2S+ Group for Autistic Adults

Every Third Sunday at 1:00pm

Register to receive information to attend here. This group welcomes all LGBTQIA2S+ neurodivergent individuals or those who are exploring their identities, age 18 and over. We will do our best to keep the login information the same. Continue to watch for and read our emails to be notified of any changes.

ASBC is now on Meetup!

Check us out to get up to date info on our events and connect with other members:

Special Sensory-Friendly Performance: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Sunday, May 26, 5:00pm)

Toby's Dinner Theatre has opened up a special performance for May 26th with a special ticket if through their website. The Autism Society of MD (Howard, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel) will have several volunteers there to assist and will be working with their cast and staff. 

For more info and to purchase tickets, go to the event page linked here!

The Arc Maryland 2024 Convention and

Scholarship Fund

The Arc Maryland invites you to "Leading The Way" 2024 State Convention and Awards Banquet on May 30th at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City, MD. Learn more about the presenters and Register Here!

The Arc Maryland is pleased to announce The Arc Maryland 2024 Convention Plenary Speaker: Collette Divitto! Collette is a seasoned entrepreneur and advocate who has Down syndrome. Collette founded Collettey's Cookies, which has sold over 400,000 cookies to date. They now employ 15 people, several with disabilities! Collette also founded a nonprofit in 2018 to provide workshops, training, empowerment, and leadership for those with or without (dis)abilities. Collette is very passionate about being an entrepreneur and helping others succeed in life.

Need financial support to attend? Apply for The Arc Maryland’s Annual Convention scholarship fund at this link here. It is generously supported by all chapters of The Arc in Maryland, as well as The Arc Maryland Board through 2023 silent auction proceeds. The scholarships awarded may cover a partial or full registration for a person with disabilities and are needs-based.  Scholarships and reduced registration fees may also be available for Direct Caregivers; those who are needed to provide assistance to a person with disabilities to facilitate their participation.

Live Webinar: Autism and Mental Health on May 22

Most children diagnosed with Autism also have one or more mental health conditions. In fact, Autistic children are more likely to have a mental health condition than children with other intellectual or special healthcare needs are. In our webinar, you’ll hear from Kennedy Krieger mental health and Autism experts and learn about warning signs, new research and new treatment approaches.


  • Dr. Daniel Hoover, clinical child and adolescent psychologist at Kennedy Krieger’s Center for Child and Family Traumatic Stress
  • Dr. Luke Kalb, assistant professor for Kennedy Krieger's Neuropsychology Department and Center for Autism Services, Science and Innovation (CASSIᵀᴹ)
  • Dr. Amy Keefer, clinical psychologist at CASSIᵀᴹ
  • Dr. Roma Vasa, director of psychiatric services at CASSIᵀᴹ

Please click here to register. While the webinar is free of charge, registration is required. Once you register, you will receive an email with a private Zoom link for the webinar.

We Rock The Spectrum Summer Camp Registration is NOW OPEN!

☀️Join We Rock The Spectrum Kid's Gym for an unforgettable summer adventure 🏕️

Get ready for an exciting summer camp experience filled with fun activities, open play and lifelong memories! WRTS camp offers a unique blend of learning and recreation, perfect for campers of all abilities. 

Dates: June 17- Aug 16

Location: We Rock Baltimore , 9770 Groffs Mill Dr, Owings Mills, MD 21117

Registration is now open, with a $50 non-refundable registration fee to secure your spot. Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity to make new friends, learn, play and create lasting memories. Reserve your place today! 

Spaces are limited, so act fast to secure your spot. Call 410-497-6250 now to register, book on our app or scan QR code below.🌳🔥🎉

We Rock the Spectrum Summer Camp

B&O's Sensory Inclusive Summer Camp is BACK!

From STEM workshops to relaxed tours, art projects, behind-the-scenes explorations,

and gentle train rides, the week is filled with activities that adapt to every child’s unique

learning style and sensory needs!

At the heart of our Summer Camp at the B&O is a commitment to inclusivity, support,

and safety. Designed specifically for children with developmental disabilities, sensory

processing disorders, and related challenges, B&O's camp is run by a caring team of

experienced counselors and 1:1 aides.

2024 Dates:

Week 1: June 24-28 (Ages 7-10, waitlist only)

Week 2: July 8-12 (Ages 11-14)

Week 3: July 22-26 (Ages 6-7)

Week 4: August 5-9 (Ages 11-14)

(Please note that some weeks have waitlists!)

Register for the B&O's Summer Camp using this link!

B&O Railroad Museum's Next Sensory Sunday: "Splash into Summer" on June 2nd!

To support their neurodivergent visitors, the B&O Railroad Museum is dedicating first Sundays in select months to Sensory Awareness. These day will include environmental accommodations (no music, low lighting, quiet areas, increased signage for areas with sound effects), as well as sensory-friendly events (kids craft, train ride, and tour) and resources (sensory kits, social stories, and community table).

June 2 – Splash into Summer 

Sensory Activity: Rain Stick Instruments, Water Play 

Sensory-Friendly Tour: Fueling America’s Railroads

August 4 – Popsicle Party 

Sensory Activity: Melting Tissue Paper Popsicles, Water Play 

Sensory-Friendly Tour: Maryland History

October 6 – Fall Fest 

Sensory Activity: Paint a Pumpkin, Fall Themed Sensory Table 

Sensory-Friendly Tour: Museum Highlights

Pre-registration suggested, walk-ins welcome. Register using this link!

BCPS Secondary Transition Parent Trainings

For our BCPS families: Baltimore County Public Schools' Department of Special Education has been providing helpful and informative virtual trainings for parents about secondary transition. See the calendar of remaining presentations and their meeting links to attend here: Secondary Transition Parent Trainings 2023 - 2024

Missed a past presentation? Recorded parent presentations can be found at: Transition Page- Baltimore County Public Schools (

BCPS Department of Special Education

Sensory-Friendly Vaccine Bags Available!

FREE Sensory-friendly Vaccine Bags are available through our friends at the Autism Society of MD (Howard, Montgomery, and Anne Arundel)! Please contact them at 410-290-3466 or email to reserve yours!

Kits contain noise-canceling headphones, fidgets/spinners, squeezy ball, shot blocker, sunglasses, and stickers to make your/your child’s vaccine experience easier!

The Vaccine Bags are part of the Vaccine Education Initiative, a partnership of the Autism Society of America (ASA) and the Howard County Health Department. The Autism Society believes that improving the vaccination experience is a critical step towards achieving more equitable healthcare for people with Autism and all neurodiverse individuals. The Vaccine Education Initiative (VEI) addresses systemic barriers, while promoting vaccine education, confidence, and access. Funding has been provided through a mission-critical grant from the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative (ADVC). 

CLICK HERE to access a variety of information and resources in English and Spanish including flyers, communication boards, social stories. Check out the national impact of the Vaccine Education Initiative in the image below:

3.2 million people have received vaccination info through VEI and over 68,000 individuals have gotten vaccines!

The Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization registered with the

State of Maryland and your gift to us is tax-deductible.