April is Autism Acceptance Month!

#CelebrateDifferences! On April 2nd and throughout the month of April, people around the world come together to celebrate differences by observing Autism Acceptance Month. This year HCAS acknowledges 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…

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Advocacy Alert! HCPSS Budget 21-22!

Implore the Howard County Public School System (HCPSS) to follow through on the Superintendent’s Requested Budget! Background: Superintendent Martirano has asked the Howard County Board of Education for a $5.4 million increase in the special education budget. The majority of this increase, $3.8 million will go to teachers and paraeducators, that will directly work with…

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IMPORTANT VACCINATION UPDATES FOR THE IDD COMMUNITY:

Click to read a message from County Executive Ball to the IDD community on the Eligibility and Pre-Registration Survey and steps Howard County is taking to ensure the “safe, quick and efficient distribution of vaccines to our residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities.”   If you or a loved one have any questions regarding how…

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Vaccine Update! Actualización de vacunas!

The Vaccine Registration Survey for adults with developmental disabilities and intellectual impairments in Howard County is now available – CLICK TO REGISTER  The Howard County Health Department is planning COVID-19 vaccine clinics for adult residents with developmental disabilities and intellectual impairments. Please complete the registration survey so you can be contacted when vaccine is available.…

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Social Stories on Vaccines to Download

Check out two new SOCIAL STORIES about Covid-19 vaccines to help prepare your young person in the weeks ahead. Download at the links below: Vaccine Social Story (Autism Society of America)  Getting A Vaccine: A Social Story (HCAS) Additional information on vaccine distribution, and Covid-19 resources may be found at https://howard-autism.org/…/coronavirus-hcas-updates/

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Apoya a la familia Morales con tu donación

La Sociedad de Autismo del Condado de Howard está entristecida por el fallecimiento de Norma Morales, miembro de HCAS e incansable voluntaria. Norma era una madre apasionada por el autismo y líder comunitaria. Ella constantemente alentó y apoyó a cada padre para que sea un defensor fuerte y seguro de su hijo. Norma se ofreció…

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Remembering Norma Morales

The Howard County Autism Society is saddened to announce the passing of Norma Morales, an HCAS member and tireless volunteer. Norma was an impassioned autism mom and community leader. She consistently encouraged and supported every parent to be a strong and confident advocate for their child. Norma volunteered as an interpreter and translator for HCAS…

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Patuxent Commons Project Awarded $2.5 Million HUD Grant

Howard County Project Awarded $2.5 Million HUD Grant for Unique Affordable Housing for People with Disabilities Patuxent Commons housing development project in Columbia is one of only eight across the U.S. receiving this grant  ELLICOTT CITY, MD – The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded a grant of $2.47 million to Patuxent Commons,…

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Support Patuxent Commons on #GivingTuesday!

This #GivingTuesday, Dec. 1st, help the Howard County Autism Society address the housing crisis faced by people with disabilities and bring this extraordinary project to life with your gift to Patuxent Commons!  Our goal is to raise $20,000 on #GivingTuesday, December 1st, And thanks to the generous support of the Dart Group II Foundation, The Clutts…

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Emergency Respite Grants Available

The Emergency Respite Care Grants program at the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) was established in October 2020 through a generous grant from Howard County, MD.  Grants are intended to be utilized by individuals with autism as well as families of children, teens and adults with autism during COVID-19 to provide short-term relief for primary…

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