Advancing Neurodiversity in Maryland’s Workforce!

The Autism Hiring Program was created to address the needs of adults with autism who have high-level, marketable skills, are not receiving services elsewhere, and would benefit from skills assessment, interview preparation and social navigation for a more competitive advantage. At the same time, we seek to connect small and mid-sized businesses in Central Maryland to a competent, capable workforce, providing staff training and ongoing supports.

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 actively seeking employers interested in partnering with us to build their workforce!  MEET OUR CANDIDATES! 

Registration for our Spring 2021 Session is now open!  Application deadline is March 15, 2021.  Spring session begins early April 2021.

CLICK for Spring 2021 Flyer

CLICK for Spring 2021 Application (PDF)

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

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. Employers, learn more about how your organization can become a sponsor the Autism Hiring Program and help to create a more inclusive, neuro-diverse work environment!  Contact



Support the Autism Hiring Program with your donation to Melissa’s Birthday Bike Ride, a 58-mile journey with friends on May15th!  HCAS Executive Director will be joining other members of the HCAS community on this cycling adventure with a goal to raise $10,000 to support the Autism Hiring Program for 2021-22.  CLICK TO DONATE!






*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)