Below is a schedule of our planned events, activities and fundraisers for April 2022 in celebration of Autism Acceptance Month! Check back frequently for additional updates.



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Autism in the Park April 2!
Save the date for Autism in the Park on April 2nd from 10:00am-2:00pm to celebrate Autism Acceptance Day with an afternoon at the Laura’s Place Playground, in the North area of Blandair Regional Park in Columbia, MD.  The day will include opportunities to visit with first responders, elected representatives, learn about the Autism community, enjoy interactive play, entertainers, face painting, music and free ice cream. FREE to attend.  Sponsored by: Howard County Autism Society, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks – Therapeutic Recreation, Howard County Police Department, Equipment Connections for Children, Howard County Fire & Rescue The park is located at 5750 Oakland Mills Road in Columbia, MD.  CLICK TO DOWNLOAD THE FLYER.   Español

April 5 @ 6pm – MOMS’ NIGHT OUT

Time to take a break and catch up with other moms for an informal night out at White Oak Tavern, 10030 Baltimore National Pike, Ellicott City MD 21042

Registration encouraged for a head count to reserve seating.

April 6 @ 7pm – Parent-Led Panel: Your Child’s Just Been Diagnosed with Autism.  Now What?

This webinar is a Parent-Led Panel Discussion for families with young children with autism or with children who have been recently diagnosed. Learn from other parents who are at various stages of the autism journey, with children ages elementary school through adults in their 30’s.

* What they wish they knew at the time of diagnosis
* What helped them get through the challenging early days
* Their message of hope and understanding for you


April 19 @ 6pm – DADS’ NIGHT OUT
Time to take a break and catch up with other dads for an informal night out!
The Periodic Table, 8808 Centre Park Drive, Columbia, MD




April 30 from 9:00AM-1:00PM – Grupo de Apoyo Para Padres Latinos

Realizado en español, este grupo de apoyo familiar se reúne mensualmente.


Saturday, April 30 from 9:00AM-1:00PM

Celebrate the group’s third anniversary, Autism Acceptance Month, and the life of Norma Morales, who passed away more than a year ago. Norma was the heart of LPSG and a great leader. A full day of fun, family-friendly activities is planned. All are welcome!

Centennial Park, 10000 Clarksville Pike (Rt. 108), Ellicott City, MD

No registration required. Contact Marianela Estrada for more info (see below).

Para más información Marianela Estrada  – o 973-223-1024 Alex Arevalo at or 240-374-3368.




April 23 @ 5pm – Shine! In Your Own Light Showcase
Join us for an evening of artistic expression featuring the performances and visual art of teens and adults with Autism at the Howard County Center for the Arts, 8510 High Ridge Road, Ellicott City, MD
Tickets are $10/person! ORDER ONLINE or purchase at the door. Questions? Contact HCAS at 410-290-3466 or
Interested in participating as performer or visual artist? Register online
Questions? Contact Jenny Goldszmidt at



April 24th (2pm-4pm) – OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA Robinson Nature Center for Autism Acceptance Month!

Wonderful outdoor activities and adventures for the whole family!  Scan the QR code on the flyer to register or call 410-313-0400.



April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 from 3:30-4:30pm – Yoga for Children, Teens and Adults

Enjoy our weekly FREE Yoga Classes with instructors from the Yoga Center of Columbia. These classes are made possible through the generosity of The Hussman Foundation.  Participants and parents/guardians to pre-register with HCAS. This is a one-time registration. Once registered, you will be added to the list to receive, by e-mail, the videoconference login and password for any future yoga classes. You will receive this information directly from the yoga instructors before each Saturday class. You may request to unsubscribe from the list at any time.


  April 7 @ 7:30pm and April 20 @ 7pm – Family Support Groups 

Two opportunities to participate virtually. A one-time registration is required to receive the Zoom login.






April 1 – 30:  Clarks Ace Hardware “RoundUp” Throughout the month of April, Clarks Ace Hardware in Ellicott City, MD will be asking customers to “round up” their purchase to the nearest dollar with that amount donated to the Howard County Autism Society!  Clarks will then match donations up to $1,000!  Thank you to our friends at Clarks Ace Hardware for their support. The store is located at 10325 Baltimore National Pike (Rt. 108) in Ellicott City, MD.


April 21-22 : Kendra Scott in-store and online fundraiser to benefit HCAS in honor of Autism Acceptance Month!  Kendra Scott will donate 20% of all in-store and online purchases (online site is open for 48 hours) to our organization!  Stock up on fine jewelry and accessories for women and men.  Wonderful gifts in advance of Mother’s Day!

ONLINE at and enter the code GIVEBACK-BTEXE when you check out at 

IN-STORE on April 22nd from 4-6pm: at the Bethesda store location, Bethesda Row, 4835 Bethesda Avenue, Bethesda, MD. Let them know you’re there to support HCAS!