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Yoga Class & Weather

Yoga and Weather Alert!   Yoga Class is planned for tomorrow, January 18th from 3:30-4:30pm at the Yoga Center of Columbia. HOWEVER, please monitor the weather and be aware that HCAS and the Yoga Center of Columbia will follow the decision of the Howard County Public School System. Should HCPSS cancel their activities, Yoga Class will also be canceled.


CLICK to view results of Saturday’s 5K Run at the One Step Closer Walk & 5K.  Congratulations to ALL of our participants including winners in each age category and overall.  We appreciate your support of HCAS and the autism community.


A H U G E  HCAS Thank You! to everyone who came out to Run, Walk, Volunteer, Sponsor or Cheer this Saturday, October 5th, for the 13th Annual One Step Closer Walk & 5K Run at Centennial Park!  We were proud to host over 700 attendees and are closing in quickly on our goal of raising $65,000 to support individuals with ASD and their families in our community.  Donations will be accepted through 10/31 online at  Click on “Walk & 5K Run to donate today.

Will you Walk or Run with us on October 5th?!

Register today to walk or run in the 13th Annual One Step Closer Walk &5K Run, October 5th at Centennial Park.  On-site registration opens at 9am; run and walk begin at 10am.  This is a family-friendly, community rich, awareness building event and every local dollar raised here stays right here to benefit individuals with ASD and their families.  Register online at  Click on the GREEN Walk & 5K Button to get started!

HCAS Named 2019 ASA Affiliate of the Year!

The Howard County Autism Society (HCAS) an affiliate of the Autism Society of America (ASA), is thrilled to announce that we have been selected as the 2019 ASA Affiliate of the Year! The award will be formally presented at the ASA National Conference on July 9, 2019 in Bethesda, MD. The Autism Society Affiliate of the Year award recognizes an affiliate for exceptional work toward improving the lives of those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States. Currently, ASA has about 80 affiliates nationwide.

HCAS is honored to be recognized for our more than 25 years of work and commitment to provide support, promote awareness, and advocate for change on behalf of individuals with ASD and their families in Howard County, MD.  We celebrate with members of our staff, board of directors and volunteers who, everyday, make our work possible.  At the same time, we salute the work of our sister affiliates and the ASA for their efforts to improve the lives of Americans affected by ASD. Together, we seek to maximize quality of life, ensure the highest level of dignity, and create a society in which their talents and skills are appreciated and valued.


Thank you to everyone for your kind words and support this past week. The Thibaudeau family will host Madhu’s Celebration of Life on April 6th from 4-8pm here at HCAS in the HC Non-Profit Collaborative, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD. (Park and enter from the rear of the building — follow the signs). It is a place very near and dear to her heart, and will be a personal, informal affair.

We will be there on Saturday April 6th (her birthday) and you’re invited to come and go as you please. We will have food and drink and maybe some ‘80s music in the background. From Roger, “I wouldn’t be surprised if you hear Piano Man or Country Roads at some point in the evening either .”

Dress is casual. This will NOT be a sad affair. Purpose will be to celebrate her life, and share some of it with each other. So, bring your stories with you! And you’re welcome to bring your own pictures to share as well.

In order to help with food/drink amount, if you’re planning on attending, please email Roger with the number of people who will be coming with you so we can plan accordingly for food and space (RSVP isn’t mandatory, if you forget and want to come, please come!).

Pass this message along to all Madhu’s friends and family who may be interested. And thank you once again for all your thoughts and prayers.

Gala Tickets Go On Sale Friday (2/1)!

Tickets for HCAS’ 14th Annual Pieces of the Puzzle Gala go on sale Friday, February 1st, at!  The event, this year with a Groovy 70’s theme, will be held on April 27, 2019 at Turf Valley Resort in Ellicott City from 7:00pm – Midnight.

2018 5K Race Results Are In!

A big THANK YOU to all who participated in our wonderful event this morning.  Your support will go a long way to enhance our mission of providing support, promoting awareness and acceptance, and advocating for positive change in the community.

Click HERE for 5K race results.

Walk/5K Results are IN!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our 11th Annual One Step Closer… Autism Walk/5K Run! We raised $61,230 and counting! Race results can be seen here.

Our winning teams are:

Teams Who Raised Over $1,000:

  • Kyle’s Crew
  • Matt’s Mavericks
  • Stanley’s
  • Team Rory & Danny
  • Trey’s Train

Teams Who Raised Over $2,000:

  • Team Phoenix
  • Ryan’s Troop
  • Merrill Lynch

Teams Who Raised Over $3,000:

  • Team Boxall

Team Who Raised the Most Money:

  • Sam’s Squad with over $7,000!

We’d also like to acknowledge:

Our Largest Team: Ryan’s Troop with a total of 28 Team Members!

Our Most Spirited Team: Sam’s Squad for their enthusiasm and efforts to support the Howard County Autism Society with this event!

All of these team won awards during the event. If you have not picked up your awards, please contact the office at or call at 410-290-3466.

Mark your calendars for next year’s Autism Walk/5K Run held on October 6, 2018! We look forward to seeing you there!

Housing Initiative Named Changemaker Challenge Finalist

The Housing Initiative has been selected as a finalist for the Changemaker Challenge competition! Sponsored by the Horizon Foundation and the United Way of Central Maryland, the Challenge is designed to support innovative ideas to address some of the most pressing social challenges facing Howard County. We’ll compete 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.

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. Read about us in The Baltimore Sun.

Admission to watch the Changemaker Challenge is free, but you need to register. Click here to sign up and join us on October 30!

For more on the Housing Sub-Committee, click here.