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Autism Awareness Month 2019!

Below is a listing of planned activities, events and presentations  during April 2019 – Autism Awareness Month! Our theme this year is INCLUSION with beautiful artwork above created for us by HCAS member and artist Jayce Johnson!

Throughout this month, HCAS will be out in the community, with presentations, awareness-building events, mini-fundraisers, and trainings.  If you know of a business, civic organization, school or other group who would like to host an event for us or invite one of our speakers to present at a meeting, please contact the HCAS office at 410-290-3466 or email melissa.rosenberg@howard-autism.org.

Want to be part of this year’s Photo Blitz?! It’s simple.  Click here to download this year’s Inclusion-Themed poster, then take a photo of you, your family, business  or organization with the poster.  You can either post it on social media and tag HCAS OR send it on to us at melissa.rosenberg@howard-autism.org for us to post and share.

  • April 1, 2019 – 6:30-8:30pm  
    Monday FUN-DAY  – A social group for youth ages 16-23 who need support to participate.  Note that this is a volunteer-run program and we are unable to provide 1:1 support. Participants may attend with a parent or caregiver. For more information or to RSVP, email info@howard-autism.org
    Community Outing – Location TBA
  • April 2, 2019 — WORLD AUTISM DAY  
  • April 2, 2019 Presentation at SECU in Linthicum, MD
  • April 3, 2019– 7:00-9:00pm  
    Monthly Speaker Series:  Monthly Speaker Series:  Your Child’s Been Diagnosed with Autism. Now What?  Our panel of parents who have children ranging in age from elementary through adult share their experiences from the ASD journey with you — what they wish they’d known or done and their advice for those just beginning the journey.  HCAS, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
  • April 6, 2019Honestly Autism Day in Timonium, MD sponsored by the Baltimore Chesapeake Autism Society.  Look for the HCAS table!
  • April 6, 2019 – Autism Awareness Event to benefit HCAS at University of Maryland Eastern Shore
  • April 6, 2019– 12:40-2:40pm  CLICK to register (limited spots)
    Sky Zone Sensory Friendly Event! for children/teens with autism and their siblings
    7175 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 
  • April 6, 2019– 5:30-7:30pm  
    Adult Social Group – Game Night & Potluck Dinner!  Please bring a game and dish to share. RSVP to judye1952@hotmail.com.
    HCAS, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
  • April 7, 2019– 1:00-3:00pm  
    Autism Awareness Event at the NEW Verbal Beginnings – Bring the family for a fun afternoon at Verbal Beginnings new location!
    7090 Samuel Morse Drive, Suite 100 Columbia, MD 21046
  • April 8, 2019 – 6:30-8:30pm  
    Monday FUN-DAY  – A social group for youth ages 16-23 who need support to participate.  Note that this is a volunteer-run program and we are unable to provide 1:1 support. Participants may attend with a parent or caregiver. For more information or to RSVP, email info@howard-autism.org     HCAS, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
  • April 8, 2019– 11:00am – 10:00pm – CLICK for flyer
    Ales for Autism!   A fundraiser benefiting HCAS and Linwood Center at Food Plenty.  Rember to show the flyer (paper copy, on your phone, or ask for one at Manor Hill) and 15% of your purchase will benefit our organizations.  Join us during the day, for Happy Hour from 3-6pm and a special trivia contest from 6-7:30pm.  12250 Clarksville Pike, Clarksville, MD
  • April 9, 2019 – 7:00-8:30pm  
    General Support Group – An open discussion support group for families
    HCAS, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
  • April 10, 2019– 4:30-6:30pm  (Pay at LAUNCH)
    LAUNCH Columbia – Celebrating National Sibling Day with discounts for children/teens with autism and other disabilities AND their siblings!  9315 Snowden River Pkwy., Columbia, MD 21046.  
  • April 10, 2019– 7:00-8:30pm  CLICK for Flyer
    Meeting for Spanish-speaking parents of children with autism.  Co-sponsored by HCPSS.  Interpreters and childcare provided.   
    HCAS, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 2104
  • April 11, 2019 – 7:30-9:00pm (Room 143)
    Asperger’s Family Support Group
    HCAS, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
  • April 13, 2019 – 1:30-2:30pm CLICK for Flyer
    A Day of Reading! Join our middle school volunteers for an afternoon of reading — volunteers will read with children with autism and other disabilities ages 3-9.  Siblings welcome!   Miller Library, 9421 Frederick Rd, Ellicott City, MD
  • April 14, 2019 – 9:00-10:30am
    Sensory Friendly EASTER BUNNY!  Join HCAS and The Mall In Columbia for a sensory friendly visit with the Easter Bunny.  We’ll be there before the mall opens so you won’t have to wait in line, the escalator and music will be turned off, and we’ll have fun activities while you wait. No pre-registration.  Just check in with our volunteers when you arrive.  The Mall In Columbia, Columbia, MD (Lower Level – Near Lord & Taylor)
  • April 22, 2019 – 6:30-8:30pm  
    Monday FUN-DAY  – A social group for youth ages 16-23 who need support to participate.  Note that this is a volunteer-run program and we are unable to provide 1:1 support. Participants may attend with a parent or caregiver. For more information or to RSVP, email info@howard-autism.org    Community Outing – Location TBA
  • April 24, 2019 – 7:00-8:30pm  
    HCPSS Transition Journey Parent-to-Parent Meeting 
    HCAS, 9770 Patuxent Woods Drive, Columbia, MD 21046
  • April 26, 2019Training at Howard General Hospital with Pathfinders for Autism
  • April 27, 201912th Annual Autism Awareness Fitness Challenge  sponsored by E Class Personal Fitness Training to benefit HCAS at Anytime Fitness.
  • April 27, 2019– 7:00pm  CLICK FOR TICKETS
    14th Annual Pieces of the Puzzle Gala — GROOVY 70’s Gala! 
    Turf Valley Resort, 2700 Turf Valley Road, Ellicott City, MD
  • April 29, 2019 – 6:30-8:30pm  
    Monday FUN-DAY  – A social group for ages 16-23 who need support to participate.  Note that this is a volunteer-run program and we are unable to provide 1:1 support. Participants may attend with a parent or caregiver. For more information or to RSVP, email info@howard-autism.org
    Community Outing – Location TBA