Below are important resources for individuals with autism and their families. We will continue to update this list – please check back frequently.  If you have questions, please email info@howard-autism.org

 

RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Download “My Coronavirus Social Story” from our website to help children and youth make sense of what is going on with the coronavirus, why school is out, how to stay healthy and more.

Download People With Disabilities and Others With Access and Functional Needs Toolkit (MD Department of Disabilities)

We know the constant barrage of news and headlines about the Coronavirus can be stressful.  Everyone is working to manage stress and anxiety while remaining informed.  Below are some tips from the Autism Society of America that may help:

Disaster Preparedness Tips for Families with Autism:

https://www.autism-society.org/living-with-autism/how-the-autism-society-can-help/safe-and-sound/preparedness-tips-for-families/

COVID-19 Preparedness and Resources

https://www.autism-society.org/news/covid-19-preparedness-and-resources/

How to talk with children about the coronavirus

https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

Mental Health and Coping During COVID-19

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/coping.html

Supporting Students with Special Needs – Free, open-access training modules

Developed by Hussman & Holman (2018) in partnership with the Maryland State Department of Education, offers systematic training, content and skills for those who work with students with disabilities. As many parents work to provide education and routine for their children during this time, these comprehensive, user-friendly modules are intended to enhance the educational experiences and outcomes of students with disabilities. Our sincere thanks to the Hussman Institute for Autism for making these modules available to our community!

CLICK to access modules on:

1. Disability Awareness and Presuming Competence
2. Support Professionals in Individualized Education
3. Positive Behavior Support
4. Fostering Communication and Engagement
5. Instruction, Adaptations, and Supports
6. Encouraging Meaningful Inclusion and Relationships
7. Autism Spectrum

 

RESOURCES FOR ADULTS WITH AUTISM

Download People With Disabilities and Others With Access and Functional Needs Toolkit (MD Department of Disabilities)

Resources for Adults with Autism (from Autism Society of Minnesota)

Tips for Staying Healthy: Tips for Self-Determination for People with Developmental Disabilities (YouTube)

Resources from the Maryland Developmental Disabilities Council 

Autistic Self Advocacy Network

 

HCAS RESOURCES

Online Yoga Classes

Our weekly FREE Yoga Classes go online beginning March 28th each Saturday form 3:30-4:30pm until further notice.  Information on how to access the Zoom Meeting/Class can be found on our calendar (click on the date).  Thanks to the wonderful instructors at the Yoga Center of Columbia and our sponsor The Hussman Foundation, for making this possible!

ONLINE General Family Support Groups – To help you stay connected and feel supported, we are offering an online support group on Tuesdays at 7pm and Wednesdays at Noon.  Please check our Calendar of Events for scheduled dates and instructions for accessing these group meetings.

ONLINE Adult Social Group  Meetings

The HCAS Adult Social Group is taking its weekly Saturday meetings online!  Interested in joining our Webex gathering?!  Email ekmyers@gmail.com and we’ll send you the login information.

YOGA Classes Go Online

Beginning March 28th, at 3:30pm (login at 3:15pm so you have time to access the Zoom meeting) and continuing each Saturday until further notice, our popular Yoga for Children, Teens and Adults with Autism goes online!. Our thanks to instructors from the Yoga Center of Columbia and the generous folks at The Hussman Foundation for making this possible! CLICK for information on how to access the Zoom Class.

Online Consultations with our Family Navigator

Michael Stromberg, our Family Navigator and licensed clinical social worker, is available for online consultations to help you access local resources, manage stress and anxiety, and assist those seeking relevant information for a family member with autism or themselves.  Email michael.stromberg@howard-autism.org to make an appointment.

Emergency Support for Families and Individuals with Autism via the Madhu Thibaudeau Family Fund (Coming Soon!)

 

HOWARD COUNTY RESOURCES

Public Resources

Howard County Government – Coronavirus Updates and Alerts

Howard County Health Department

Department of Social Services

The Department of Social Services (DSS) in an effort to protect you and your family from the spread of Coronavirus is asking for residents to utilize the below tools for accessing benefits.

To apply for benefits with DSS:

  • You can apply online here for SNAP (Food Stamps) and cash Assistance programs. Works on mobile devices.
  • Here for medical assistance and health insurance
  • And here for Long Term Care https://mymdthink.maryland.gov/home/#/home
  • Call 1-800-332-6347 to request a paper application and mail, email or fax to local office. Email: Howco.dss@maryland.gov. Fax 410-872-4231

Residents can submit any required documentation via the MYDHR portal or via email:

  • Child support: hoco.child_support@maryland.gov
  • FIA: fia.hoco@maryland.gov

To check status or have questions:

  • Check MYDHR account for case updates
  • Contact the call center at 1-800-332-6347 Monday-Friday 8:30- 5:00, call 410-872-8700, or Email Howco.dss@maryland.gov

To report abuse or neglect of a child or vulnerable adult, please call child protective services at 410-872-4203 or adult protective services at 410-872-8823.

 

STATE & REGIONAL RESOURCES

United Way of Central Maryland  – Need Help?  Call 2-1-1

Maryland Health Connection – Open Enrollment for Uninsured Marylanders (th. 4/15)

Maryland Health Department

Maryland State Department of Education

Mental Health Association of Maryland

 

NATIONAL RESOURCES

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) –

Updated information

Prepare your Family

For those at Higher Risk

Symptoms – English & Spanish

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA ) Information for Individuals with Limited English Proficiency (Available in Arabic, Chinese, Haitian Creole, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese)

World Health Organization (WHO)

Social Security

 

AUTISM SOCIETY OF AMERICA

Society of America COVID-19 Toolkit

The Autism Society of America will continually update relevant and reputable resources and information surrounding the Coronavirus especially for families impacted by ASD. Addresses issues such as mental health, modifying routines, lifestyle supports, education, and preparedness and resources. Weekly broadcasts via FaceBook live.

 

ACTIVITIES TO DO WHILE YOU’RE AT HOME

Overwhelmed by all the ideas? Mke Kids Milwaukee puts them all in one place by subject!

Virtual Visits to DC!

Howard County Library System

HCLS has significant eContent available online, including e-books and e-audiobooks; streaming TV, movies, and music; online classes; and digital subscriptions to newspapers and magazines. All you need is your library card and PIN. If you don’t yet have a library card, apply online and use your temporary number. HCLS will waive fines for materials that will become due during the time we are closed. Additionally, the period of time in which you can pick up requested items will be extended so you don’t lose your items on hold.

Lunchtime Doodles with Mo Willems (Kennedy Center)

Coronavirus Glogster offers free Distance Learning options for Educators

ABC Mouse is offering free membership now. Code: SCHOOL7771

Homeschool Hideout

Verywell Family

20 Virtual Field Trips 

Download Free Coloring Books From 113 Museums

Update from HCAS – March 13, 2013

Out of an abundance of caution and after consulting with local officials, the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) has decided to cancel several of its upcoming events and activities.  Please be assured, we do not make this decision lightly and know the value our events and activities have for the HCAS community. Below is a list of those events:

3/14     Yoga Class

3/14     Adult Social Group

3/15     Fitness First Night at Lifetime Fitness

3/17     General Support Group

3/19     Monthly Speaker Series: ANNUAL MEETING WITH HCPSS Department of Special Educ.

3/21     Yoga Class

3/21     Adult Social Group

3/24     Latino Parent Support Group

3/27     Women’s Social Group

3/28     Yoga Class

HCAS made the decision to cancel these events to help protect our members, attendees, staff, and volunteers during the COVID-19 outbreak. In the current environment, it’s important for all of us to travel smarter and more consciously, as we work together as a community to decrease the transmission and lower the impact of COVID-19.   We will reassess at the end of this time period and make decisions based on information available at that time.