Welcome to our community of families living with autism in Howard County. The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) provides support, fellowship, and resources.

As you learn more about your child’s diagnosis, here are a few resources to help you navigate the system. We know it can be overwhelming at first, but remember we are here to help you navigate the journey of diagnosis, early intervention and services.  We know it can be overwhelming at first, but remember we are here to help.

Important first resources:

Howard County Autism Society – “To Do” List for Newly Diagnosed Families
A simple checklist of ways you can connect to resources, services and funding to support your child.

Howard County Public School System Family Support and Resource Center
The Family Support and Resource Center is designed to help families of children with special needs.  Services include workshops, IEP (Individualized Education Program), IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan), newsletters, a lending library, facilitation of parent support groups and service referrals.

Maryland Autism Waiver
Register your child today.  The Maryland Autism Waiver enables eligible children with ASD to receive specific waiver services and Medicaid services to support them in their homes and communities.  It is administered by the Maryland State Department of Education.

Howard County Autism Society
Please take advantage of all HCAS has to offer you and your family. Services include:

  • Providing support to people with autism and their families
  • Support group meetings and social groups
  • Education and family wellness workshops
  • Parent training
  • Advocacy and Partnerships with HCPSS
  • IEP assistance
  • Special Education News Center
  • Community outreach

Links to additional resources: