Advocating for Change
The demand for affordable housing options for adults with autism and other disabilities in Howard County is rapidly growing. The HCAS Housing Committee has spent more than two years researching supportive housing models from across the country that could be adapted to address this pressing need. This process led HCAS to identify the intentional, intergenerational community model as an approach that could bring inclusive, supportive housing to Howard County.
HCAS is now joining with community partners to support adaptation of this innovative model for adults with autism and other disabilities, older adults, and families. We have launched a Catalyst Campaign to secure the resources, assemble the expertise and begin forging the critical alliances needed to advance this concept. Click here to download a brochure about our initiative.
Housing Initiative Named Changemaker Challenge Finalist
The Housing Initiative was selected as a finalist for the Changemaker Challenge competition! Sponsored by the Horizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland, the Challenge was designed to support innovative ideas to address some of the most pressing social challenges facing Howard County. We competed with other finalists at a live “pitch event” on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM at the Johns Hopkins University Kossiakoff Center for one of three $10,000 grants and valuable project consultation services. Read about us in The Baltimore Sun.
As part of our application, we were required to prepare and post a two-minute “video elevator speech” of our idea on YouTube. You can watch it here.
At its heart, the Howard County Autism Society is an organization created, inspired and powered by loving parents helping their own children as well as others with autism find their place in this world. Our Board consists of a group of parents, brought together in their individual journeys through the world of autism.
There is a place for every person with autism in our world—a place of value and a place of worth. Much of the work undertaken by our organization is directed toward raising awareness and educating the general public about the complexities of autism. We believe that once people better understand autism, they are better able to welcome and support people living with autism into the greater community.