The Advocacy & Partnerships Committee
works to enhance Howard County communities and make them more inclusive of individuals with autism spectrum disorders and their families. The committee works to protect the rights of, and secure resources and services for, people with autism and their families through strategic partnerships and through advocacy efforts. The Advocacy Committee functions with two subcommittees: the HCAS Education and Advocacy Committee which works on areas of ongoing interest with regard to the Howard County Public School System; and the Legislative Advocacy Committee, which updates and advises staff and membership on advocacy issues at the state and local level.
The Asperger’s Committee
provides information and support to families and individuals affected by Asperger’s Syndrome. The committee consists of a chairperson and members of the HCAS Asperger’s Support Group. The committee focuses on exploring the unique challenges presented by Asperger’s while promoting the awareness and understanding of the diversity of the Autism spectrum.
The Program Committee
educates individuals with autism, families, educators, support professionals and community members on Autism Spectrum Disorders through information, speakers, support group meetings, workshops, and conferences. The committee also coordinates social events for membership each year.
The Public Relations Committee
supports and promotes the efforts and activities of the Society through published materials, a website, newsletters, advertising, and special events. It also organizes activities to celebrate Autism Awareness Month.
The Transition and Adulthood Committee
addresses issues affecting the transition of youth to adulthood, as well as issues affecting all aspects of the lives of adults with autism, including residential, recreation, employment, social and community inclusion issues.
The Housing Sub-Committee
of the Transition and Adulthood Committee is focused on exploring options for long term housing solutions in Howard County for those on the spectrum. For more information, click here.
The Gala Committee
is responsible for the planning and organization of the annual Pieces of the Puzzle Gala.
The Walk Committee
is responsible for the planning and organization of the annual One Step Closer … Walk/5K event.