June 5, 2019
The ASBC News

Our National Conference is next month -
right down the road from Baltimore!

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.

ASBC members can use scholarship funds from the
Charles Fowler Sr. Memorial Fund
to offset some of the cost of attending this conference!
**see details below**
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 June meeting this Thursday!
7:00 pm at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
3rd Floor Conference Room

A support group open to parents, family members, friends and individuals on the autism spectrum, who want to share and learn
from each other. No RSVP required. Just drop in.

Note: As the first Thursday of July is the Fourth of July,
 there will be no support group meeting in July!

** Scholarships Available **
Keep in mind that each year, current ASBC paid members are able
to access up to $100 to offset the cost of autism trainings, conferences
and workshops. These funds are available from the
Charles Fowler, Sr. Memorial Fund
To utilize these funds, submit a request before the event detailing
the date, the event and funds requested. 
After the training, submit a copy of the registration form to
ASBC, P.O. Box 10822, Baltimore, MD 21234 or info@BaltimoreAutismSociety.org
and reimbursement will be mailed to you. 
Are you the parent of a transition-age youth
or adult on the spectrum looking for information about available resources?

The Adult Autism Resource Group (AARG) meets next Tuesday,
June 11  from 6:30 – 8:30pm. This will be a general meeting with time to catch up, share, and brainstorm about our successes and challenges. AARG
is a work-group of ASBC made up of parents of transition-age youth (age 14+) and adults with autism spectrum disorders and the professionals who work with them. We provide information about living and work options currently available for adults with ASD , however our goal is to work towards improve-ment in the capacity and quality of services in Maryland. AARG is not a support group, but we learn from and support each other. This sub-group of ASBC meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm. 
AARG meets at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation; 7401 Park Heights Avenue; Baltimore, MD 21208. There is ample lighted parking; it is on a bus line; it is located inside 695 (Park Heights Exit 21). The building is at the corner of Park Heights and Slade Avenues. From the beltway, you will turn left onto Slade, and enter the parking lot there. You will cross a small footbridge to enter the building. We meet in Room 211.
Sensory Friendly Films at AMC

AMC Theatres (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism a special opportunity to enjoy their favorite films in a safe and accepting environment on a monthly basis with the Sensory Friendly Films program: the lights are turned up, the sound is turned down, you can bring in your own gluten -free, casein -free snacks, and no previews or advertisements will be shown before the movie. In addition, audience members are welcome to get up and dance, walk, shout or sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden ® ” policy will not be enforced unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Tuesday films usually start at 7:00 pm, Saturday Films usually start at 10:00 am - but check with the theatre before attending as sometimes there are changes!

Sensory Friendly Films are n ow showing at the AMC Loews White Marsh 16, AMC Columbia 14 and AMC Owings Mills 17 .

Coming Attractions:
Saturday, June 8 - Aladdin
Tuesday, June 11 - Dark Phoenix
Saturday, June 22 - The Secret Life of Pets 2
Tuesday, June 25 - Men in Black International 
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:
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

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!
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!