Advancing Neurodiversity in Maryland’s Workforce!

Did you know that 85% of autistic adults with a college education are unemployed, and over 70% of adults with autism are underemployed or unemployed?

The Autism Hiring Program was created by the Howard County Autism Society to address the needs of adults with autism who have high-level, marketable skills, are not receiving support, and would benefit from building practical and social skills, confidence and connections to gain a more competitive advantage.

At the same time, it connects businesses in Central Maryland to this competent, capable workforce, helping employers improve their bottom line while creating a more inclusive and neurodiverse work environment.

The program is sponsored by the Howard County Autism Society with support from Howard County, MD, the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council*, and Arbor Dog Foundation. Organizational partners include Accessible Resources for Independence, UMBC Training Center and the Howard County Office of Workforce Development.

Our first cohort of participants began in September 2020 and we are now underway with a second cohort which began in spring 2021.  We are actively seeking employers interested in partnering with us to build their workforce!  For more information, contact

 Click HERE to meet our job candidates!



Candidate Registration for our Spring 2021 Session is now closed.  Look for information about our Fall 2021 session coming soon!

CLICK for Spring 2021 Flyer

CLICK for Spring 2021 Application (PDF)

Questions, email or call or 410-290-3466.



Thank you to everyone who supported the Autism Hiring Program with your donation to Melissa’s Birthday Bike Ride, a 58-mile journey with friends on May15th!  HCAS Executive Director was joined by other members of the HCAS community on this cycling adventure to support the Autism Hiring Program for 2021-22.  CLICK TO DONATE!

A few photos from this year’s ride!


*This project was supported, in part by grant number CFDA 93.630, from the U.S. Administration for Community Living, Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, D.C. 20201. Grantees undertaking projects with government sponsorship are encouraged to express freely their findings and conclusions. Points of view or opinions do not, therefore, necessarily represent official ACL policy. Any product or webpage that includes the Council logo, and / or acknowledging funding provided by the Council, needs to contain the above disclaimer.

(Revised March 2021)