Join us to #CelebrateDifferences!
On April 2nd and throughout the month of April, people around the world come together to #CelebrateDifferences during Autism Acceptance Month.
This year we acknowledge a shift from Awareness to Acceptance as we work in partnership with the Autism Society of America and others to advocate for lawmakers to federally designate April as Autism Acceptance Month. While we will always work to spread awareness, words matter — the need for acceptance is greater than ever, as we strive for autistic individuals to live fully in all areas of life.
As many individuals and families affected by autism know, acceptance is often one of the biggest barriers to finding and developing a strong support system throughout the lifespan.
The Autism Society understands the importance of fostering acceptance to ignite change through improved support and opportunities in inclusive education, competitive employment, accessible housing, affordable health care and comprehensive long-term services and supports.
Additional resources from the Autism Society of America can be found HERE.
Below is a schedule of our planned events, activities and fundraisers for April 2021 in celebration of Autism Acceptance Month! Check back frequently for additional updates.
APRIL 2ND – AUTISM ACCEPTANCE DAY!
Send us your photos and video! How will you celebrate Autism Acceptance Month?!
Friends, family and community members, take a photo with our #CelebrateDifferences sign HERE post and tag us or email to email@example.com
April 10th (2pm) – OUTDOOR EXTRAVAGANZA Robinson Nature Center for Autism Acceptance Month!
April 15 @ Noon via Zoom: Professionals Rocking the Spectrum: Neurodiversity Panel Discussion Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab Join us for an enlightening discussion with career professionals sharing their experiences from diagnosis to their unique perspectives and contributions in their fields over the course of their careers. Held in partnership with HCAS and APL’s All About Autism Club. Panelists will include:
- Charles (Chuck) Cooperman – APL, Electrical Engineer, Boasts a thriving career with US government including multiple patents
- Lars Perner, PhD., USC Marshall, Asst. Professor of Clinical Marketing – Established authority on consumer behavior
- Shawn Riley, DarkLight, Cyber Security Senior Advisor – Industry Leader and cyber security visionary
- Zosia Zaks, Towson Univ. / Hussman Center – Manager of Programs & Education and Author
April 16 @ 7pm – Music BINGO! Join your HCAS friends and the HCRP Therapeutic Recreation staff for a round of Music Bingo in honor of Autism Acceptance Month. With chances to win Amazon gift cards! All ages welcome! FREE but registration is required by Wednesday, April 14 at NOON to receive the Zoom login and Bingo cards at
17 de abril a las 9 am – mediodía– Grupo de apoyo para padres latinos3K Walk en Centennial Park en Ellicott City para celebrar su segundo aniversario. Correo electrónico de firstname.lastname@example.org. April 17th @ 9am – Noon – Latino Parent Support Group 3K Walk at Centennial Park in Ellicott City to celebrate their 2nd year anniversary. For information, email@example.com
April 19th @ 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 27th @ 7pm Adult Sibling Group – NEW! HCAS is forming a new group for adults with a sister or brother with any disability, not just autism. If you are interested, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Free to attend but a one-time registration is required. CLICK to register.
April 28th @ 1pm: Fostering Inclusive Workplaces: A Panel Discussion Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory
A panel discussion with staff from The Arc of Howard County and The Howard County Autism Society. Natalie Dohner, Cindy Parr, and Melissa Rosenberg will share their experiences of working with young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who are transitioning from high school to career. They will discuss ways in which APL staff can better support neurodiverse staff members, and describe the steps APL needs to take to become an inclusive workplace. Free.
April 1-30:Prino’s Mediterranean Grill – Throughout the month of April, Prino’s Mediterranean Grill in Hanover, MD is offering a special fixed price menu to benefit the Howard County Autism Society. They are offering a discount of 10% off your order of $30 or more and 10% of your purchase will go to HCAS! Prino’s is located at 7690 Dorchester Blvd, Suite #204, Hanover, MD 21076.
April 1-30:Maplelawn Wine & Spirits – Sagamore Rye Whiskey Fundraiser – Throughout the month of April, Maplelawn Wine & Spirits in Fulton, MD will donate $5 to the Howard County Autism Society for every bottle of Sagamore Rye Whiskey it sells!
April 1 – 30: Craftymaginations – In honor of Autism Acceptance Month, Giselle has created a beautiful collection to represent the Autism Spectrum Disorder (limited quantities available). 100% of the proceeds from this collection, as well as 40% of the proceeds from everything else in her shop will benefit the Howard County Autism Society!
April 1 – 30: Pepsico Beverages North America – Fundraiser to support Howard County Autism Society in their Mid-Atlantic Region! Employees can purchase a special Autism long-sleeve moisture wicking shirt and all proceeds from sales will be matched by the PepsiCo Foundation! Thank you, PepsiCo!
March 15-April 30: Cookies for a Cause Fundraiser
Jazd Up Treats offers this delicious fundraiser to benefit HCAS! Order your paintable “Doodle” cookies and $1 from every cookie sold will go to HCAS! What’s a Doodle Cookie? It’s a paintable sugar cookie coated with royal icing and a stenciled design. Comes with brush and edible paint. $60 per dozen. Order at email@example.com or 443-414-2349.