Dear Colleague Letter

Supporting Students with Disabilities and Avoiding the Discriminatory Use of Student Discipline Under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 U.S. Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights July 2022 The Dear Colleague Letter reminds public elementary and secondary disability-based behavior; schools of their obligations under a Federal disability civil rights law, Section 504…

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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!

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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Does My Child Have a Mental Health, Emotional or Behavioral Disorder?

PACER Center Among all the dilemmas facing a parent of a child with emotional or behavioral problems, the first question — whether the child’s behavior is sufficiently different to require a comprehensive evaluation by professionals — may be the most troublesome of all. Even when a child exhibits negative behaviors, members of a family may…

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