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Gala Registration

Gala Registration is now closed!  We thank all of you who have purchased tickets and plan to attend.  Looking forward to a great evening!

 

This year’s event, once again held in partnership with the Hussman Foundation, is set for Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 7pm – Midnight at Turf Valley Resort.

To register or learn more about the event, see our gala page here.

HCAS Walk & 5K Run Results

The HCAS Walk & 5K Run was a fun event despite the rain!
We appreciate all those who were able to participate and contribute to our fundraising event.  But wait, it’s not over!
Please know that the event website will remain open through October for additional donations – so please continue to spread the word to family, friends, and colleagues.
You can view photos from the event on Shutterfly at
and click on the link below for race results at

Sensory Friendly Movie, Pete’s Dragon 08/13

Pete's Dragon Movie Poster

Pete’s Dragon, August 13 at 10:00am

AMC is proud to partner with the Autism Society to bring you unique movie showings where you can feel free to be you! We turn the lights up, and turn the sound down, so you can get up, dance, walk, shout or sing!

We are now expanding our Sensory Friendly Film program to four showings per month.

  • The second and fourth Tuesday and Saturday.
  • Family-friendly movies will continue to show Saturdays, starting at 10am local time
  • We’ve added Tuesday showings at 7pm local time that may appeal to others on the autism spectrum.

Share posts and pics of your family fun with #AMCSensoryFriendly.

June 21

Free Yoga for Children and Teens with Autism, Ages 10-18 years

These classes are a wonderful way to help reduce anxiety and challenging tactile sensitivity issues. Parents are encouraged to participate as well. No need to register, just mark your calendar and join HCAS at the Yoga Center!  Saturday, June 21 3:30-4:30pm

June 7

Free Yoga for Children and Teens with Autism, Ages 10-18 years

These classes are a wonderful way to help reduce anxiety and challenging tactile sensitivity issues. Parents are encouraged to participate as well. No need to register, just mark your calendar and join HCAS at the Yoga Center. The Yoga Center of Columbia. Saturday, June 7, 3:30-4:30pm

June 4

High School Listening Post

The Special Education Community Advisory Committee (SECAC) and the Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) Education Committee are inviting parents of children in HCPSS High School programs to an open forum. We wish to engage parents in a discussion of what is working well and what may need improvement. These listening posts provide us with useful information as we outline our advocacy efforts. This is not an autism-specific forum. All parents are welcome. HCAS Resource Center, 10280 Old Columbia Road, Suite 215, Columbia, MD 21045 410-290-3466. Wednesday June 4, 7 to 8 pm

May 29

LISS Meeting

Join us to learn about the new Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) application process. The more you know the better you chance of getting funding. HCAS Resource Center. Thursday, May 29, 7-9pm:

May 24

Free Yoga for Children and Teens with Autism, Ages 10-18 years

These classes are a wonderful way to help reduce anxiety and challenging tactile sensitivity issues. Parents are encouraged to participate as well. No need to register, just mark your calendar and join HCAS at the Yoga Center! The Yoga Center of Columbia. Saturday, May 10, 3:30-4:30pm:

May 15

HCAS General Support Group

Representatives from Pathfinders for Autism, Autism Speaks and the Maryland Association of Behavior Analysts will discuss recent changes to autism insurance laws in Maryland and the implementation process ahead.

Topics covered to include:

  • What are Habilitative Services
  • The NEW ABA Regulation – WHAT is it and WHO is covered by the law
  • Next steps in the Board Certified Behavior Analysts licensure process
  • Question & Answers

The presentation is geared towards people covered by policies regulated under Maryland law, including people covered by Individual and Fully Funded Plans purchased in Maryland, Plans purchased on the Maryland Health Benefits Exchange, and Maryland State Employee Health Plans.

The new law does not apply to Employer Self-funded Plans (Self Insured Plans), Federal Employee Health Plans, Medicaid or Military Health Plans. However, relevant information will be offered to individuals covered by these plans.

Click on this link for more information or to register.

HCAS Resource Center.

May 14

Transitioning Youth/Adults Support Group Meeting

The Howard County Office of Service Coordination, Inc. provides case management services to people with disabilities in ways that respect their dignity and rights. William Webster, who will be presenting to us, is the Supervisor of Service Coordination, and has had several years of experience helping people successfully transition from the educational system to adult services. Wednesday, May 14, 7-9pm:

Planning With Your Service Coordinator
A Service Coordinator can assist the student and family with transition planning and is also the person that would help a student go through the process to access funding under the Developmental Disabilities Administration.

As part of the discussion and planning process with your Service Coordinator, you may be provided with a variety of resources pertinent to the county in which you live, as well as other regional, state or national resources. This may include information about employment, government benefits, advocacy, college, health insurance, housing, futures and estates planning, recreation, transportation, and so much more. The information is tailored to address each person’s individualized planning.

Topics include:

  • The role of Service Coordination
  • Changes to Resource Coordination Services
  • Changes to DDA Services
  • Services and Supports to consider in planning
  • Self-directed Services

HCAS Resource Center