We need your input! Take the HCAS Strategic Planning Survey

The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) is currently updating its strategic plan for the next 3-5 years. This survey aims to obtain critical insights from the community and stakeholders, which will help shape our work for the next few years. This survey should take 10 minutes to complete, and individual responses are anonymous. This survey…

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Applications Open for Autism Hiring Program – Fall 2022 Cohort!

Applications now being accepted for the Autism Hiring Program – Fall 2022 Cohort Deadline to apply is August 20th! 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.…

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Autism Hiring Program Receives $75K Grant from Howard County!

The Howard County Autism Society’s 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…

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HCAS Receives Community Grant!

Thank you to the Community Foundation of Howard County for a community grant of $7,500 to help support our operations. Local giving means better living for all of us. This grant will allow us to provide resources, support and programming for over 5,000 Autistic individuals, their families and our local community members!

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988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Opens 7/16

988 National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Opens July 16th. This is a nationwide 3-digit dialing code for Americans in crisis to connect with mental health crisis counselors. The 988 lifeline will accept calls and texts from anyone who needs support for a suicidal, mental health and/or substance use crisis. CLICK HERE for a Social Story that…

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10 Ways to Help Your Grade-schooler Connect with Other Kids

Understood Grade-schoolers who struggle with social skills may need some coaching on how to connect with other kids. Here are some ways you can help. 1. Prepare for social interactions. Teach your child conversation starters, like “I liked your show-and-tell” or “Can I play with you?” Practice unexpected situations using “what-if” scenarios: “What if Steven…

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Summer Pool Party 8/12!

It’s back! The HCAS Summer Pool Party on Friday, August 12 from 5-8p, at Locust Park Pool, 8995 Lambskin Lane in Columbia, MD. Free to attend but space is limited. Registration is required by August 11th to attend at https://app.donorview.com/15YDj We welcome individuals with Autism and their families of all ages and abilities to join…

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#EveryStepCounts Walk & 5K Run!

Registration is now open for the 2022 Every Step Counts Autism Walk and 5K Run on October 1st at Centennial Park in Ellicott City!  CLICK HERE walk, run, sponsor, donate or volunteer with us that day.  Join us in person or virtually.  Proceeds benefit the Howard County Autism Society and the Autism Society Baltimore-Chesapeake with…

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2022 Transition Symposium Webinar Series

The Howard County Transition Symposium is a four-part webinar series that was presented monthly from February to May 2022. It is designed for transitioning youth ages 14-21 with IEP/504 plans, their families and professionals. Presented by the Howard County Transition Outreach Partnership: Accessible Resources for Independence, Howard County Public School System, Autism Society of Howard…

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