Advancing Neurodiversity in Maryland’s Workforce

AHP in the news on Fox-45 Baltimore!   “Local Organization Works to Connect Employers to Adults With Autism”

Did you know that 85% of Autistic adults with a college education are unemployed, and over 90% of adults with Autism are underemployed or unemployed?

The Autism Hiring Program was created by the Howard County Autism Society to advance workplace neurodiversity and acceptance, connecting businesses to an untapped workforce of skilled Autistic adults and targeting jobseekers not supported by existing systems.

We are building a sustainable pipeline for its future.  Here’s why:

Citizens with great jobs they love!   We focus on the person, raising the bar for those with autism and building self-confidence.

Business with terrific employees that speak to their bottom lines.  We match the ability of the person to the need of the employer.  Our program is modeled on other hiring programs run by corporations such as Microsoft, SAP and Ernst & Young. And we provide employers with ongoing supports.

A more inclusive workforce.  Diversity, equity and inclusion in the workplace includes those with disabilities.  And differing viewpoints can only make your business stronger.

It’s about connection.  We help people who want jobs and can do jobs connect to employers who have jobs and needs employees.

Because employment isn’t just a paycheck Employment is a gateway to independence.  It’s a gateway to living one’s fullest life.

To learn more, email or call 410-290-3466.

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.


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CANDIDATES:  Interested in applying?! Our winter session begins in January 2023.  Check back for application deadlines.  CLICK FOR APPLICATION 

EMPLOYERS:  We are actively seeking employers interested in partnering with us to build their workforce! Call 410-290-3466 or email

NEURODIVERSITY IN THE WORKFORCE TRAINING:  We are here to train your management team and workforce! Call 410-290-3466 or email


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Arbor Dog Foundation

Howard County, MD

Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council  *

And many individual and corporate supporters!

* 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 disclaim



The Autism Hiring Program was recognized as “Provider of the Year” by Maryland Works at its Annual Employment Awards Luncheon on November 22, 2022 at the BWI Marriott Hotel.  Thank you to Maryland Works for this honor and to our partner organizations, employers, candidates and donors for their ongoing support of the program!

Congratulations to Pete Pappas & Sons Inc., Clarks Ace Hardware-Ellicott City, and Accessible Resources for Independence, three of our HCAS Autism Hiring Program Partners, who were recognized on October 19, 2022  by the Howard County Commission on Disabilities. The commission honored employers who value diversity and provide equal opportunities for employees with disabilities during the Commission’s 2022 Employer Awards ceremony at Belmont Manor in Elkridge. Clarks Hardware was recognized for its efforts to build an inclusive workforce. Pete Pappas and Sons received the Large For-Profit Award as an employer who values diversity and promotes equal opportunities for employees with disabilities. ARI, who delivers curriculum for the Autism Hiring Program and supports our peer group, received the Small Non-Profit Award for leading by example as an employer. Congratulations to all of the winners! Click below for the complete list of recipients.

AHP Receives $75,000 Grant from Howard County!  The Autism Hiring Program has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Howard County Government!  Thank you to County Executive Calvin Ball and his staff, Fran Trout from Howard County Office of Workforce Development, our incredible AHP team, Accessible Resources for Independence, a growing pipeline of employers, and, most importantly, our amazing candidates! Link to the announcement can be found at:


Thank you for supporting our first BIKE TO THE BEACH ride on July 29!  Over $7,500 raised for the Autism Hiring Program!


The Business Monthly (June 2022): Read about The Autism Hiring Program in June issue! The Autism Hiring Program (page 9)

Autism Hiring Program a Finalist for the 2021 Innovation Fund Grant from The Workers Lab!  The Howard County Autism Society was honored to have been among the finalists for the 2021 Innovation Fund at The Workers Lab for our Autism Hiring Program! Out of 400 applicants nationwide, 12 were selected to compete for six $150,000 awards; six were selected.  While we were not among those selected this year, we were grateful for the opportunity to participate and salute all of the finalists!   About The Workers Lab