April 4, 2019
The ASBC News
April is National Autism Awareness Month, and April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day. This year the Autism Society of Baltimore Chesapeake is excited to share that our focus for April will be on celebrating the unique gifts of individuals on the spectrum.

To us this month is about #CelebratingDifferences , sharing positive, respectful, and accurate information about autism and the families and loved ones who support our community year-round. More importantly, inviting others to learn about the Autism Society and why we see things differently when it comes to autism.

We believe that every person impacted by autism is deserving of the highest level of self respect and should be provided with opportunities to maximize their quality of life. Last year, across the country, the Autism Society served over 650,000 people. Nationally, our support included: helping provide access to resources to support students on the spectrum graduate, establishing partnerships with businesses to create meaningful employment opportunities, and championing the advancement of independence and self sufficiency of those we serve. Locally, our support included: monthly activities for families, support group meetings, educational sessions related to IEP's, finances, and tons of other great programming.

We look forward to continuing to serve and support our community!
The Pat on the Back Award:
Recognizing Kindness, Dedication and Commitment to the Autism Community

Chelsea Whitaker of Taking the Lead, Inc. in Freeland, Maryland presented a Pat on the Back Award to volunteer Doris Barnes, sending along this lovely tribute to Doris:

"Doris Barnes deserves a pat on the back because of her time and dedication to Taking the Lead. We are a new non-profit therapeutic riding facility and Doris Barnes has been an amazing volunteer to promote our mission. She is a powerhouse networker and an amazing leader. Doris has created a gift shop to raise funds by putting our logo on riding helmets, t-shirts, backpacks, tote bags and mugs. One of our 16-year-old clients started drawing our animals and Doris used her drawings to make coasters as well as apparel and bags. Not only is she raising funds but raising a young girl's confidence, which is priceless. With a grant we received from Autism Speaks we have created a vocational program to teach people with autism how to train and groom dogs in hopes of helping them gain a future career. Doris created flyers and sent emails to promote this new program. She also made connections with ZEST who is now helping us with our website, pro bono. It is amazing what this one person has done for our organization so we can help as many people as possible with special needs."

Congratulations, Doris, and thank you, Chelsea, for recognizing Doris' dedication!

~Funds raised through the Pat on the Back Award support Honestly Autism Day~
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. Most months we hold our regular "golden nugget" support group meeting facilitated by one of our board members. We also offer a breakout session for parents of newly-diagnosed children and, during the school year, our teen sibling support group meets while the general support group is in session. Some months feature a speaker on a topic of interest to the autism community. In addition, we have an information table full of handouts, our lending library is open and light refreshments are available.

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.

Our next meeting is tonight, April 4 th
7:00 pm at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
3rd Floor Conference Room

NOTE: Our Teen Sibling Support Group for siblings with a brother or sister on the spectrum will NOT be meeting this month. See you next month!

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.

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:
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 .
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Thank you!