About Howard County
Howard County has the highest incidence of autism per capita in the state owing to the quality of its special education and support services. There are more than 5300 students in special education; 15% of that population has an autism spectrum disorder. The state rate is 10.6%. Nationally the prevalence over the past four decades has quadrupled and today is estimated at 1 in 59 births by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). The overall rate in Maryland is about 1 in 50.
Many families move to Howard County because it has some of the best early intervention services in the state and is known for the inclusive nature of its school system.
This page provides links to some of the more important resources in the county that are of use to families living with ASD. As historical notes, it also includes links to the parent White Paper on Early Intervention, which as part of the process of advocating for our current services, and a paper Advocacy for Systems Change that describes what actually happened to get us where we are now.
Links to Howard County Official Sites
- PTA Council of Howard County
- Howard County Community Advisory Committee on Special Education
- Howard County Public Schools Department of Special Education
- Howard County Public Schools
- Howard County Public Library
- Howard County Government
- Howard County Recreation & Parks
- Therapeutic Recreation
- Howard Community College
- Disability Support Services
- Visit Howard County
Howard County Community Resources
A Little History
- The parent proposal to the board of Education (parents’ White Paper, Part II,1998) for expanding the autism program for young children
- Advocacy For Systems Change (1999), describing the advocacy process here from 1996-8