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Perspectives, April 2017

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Perspectives, March 2016


Perspectives, February 2016


Perspectives, January 2016


Perspectives, Fall 2015


Perspectives, Spring/Summer 2015

Highlights:

  • HCAS Social Groups: Building Connections, Confidence, and Community
  • HCAS Begins Executive Director Transition Process
  • Patty Daley Retires as Executive Director of Special Education
  • 10th Annual Pieces of the Puzzle Gala
  • “Special” Remarks at the 2015 Howard County Autism Society Pieces of the Puzzle Gala by John P. Hussman, Ph.D.
  • How the HCPSS Office of Early Intervention Supports Young Children and Families
  • Sexuality Workshop with Dr. Peter Gerhardt
  • 2015 Transition Symposium Offers a Wealth of Information

A New Format for HCAS Perspectives: HCAS Perspectives will be a completely online publication beginning in January 2016. Our last print issue will be in fall 2015. We want to hear from you. What news and features are relevant to you? Send suggestions to Sara Sommerville at sara.sommerville@gmail.com.

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Perspectives, Winter 2015

Highlights:

  • Transition Symposium: Don’t Panic. Plan Now.
  • HCAS Welcomes Four New Board Members
  • Salisbury University Students Raise Funds for HCAS
  • Eighth Annual One Step Closer Walk and 5K Run
  • Infant and Toddler Playgroups
  • Special Education News Center
  • Sensory Friendly Santa
  • Supported Decision Making: Everyone Has the Right to Make Choices

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Perspectives, Fall 2014

Highlights:

  • HCAS Starts Social Groups for Young Adults
  • HCPSS and HCAS Formalize Partnership
  • Police Department Accepts Applications for New Tracking Device
  • More than 100 Addresses in the 911 Flagging Program
  • Legislative Update
  • Howard County Welcomes its First Project SEARCH Class
  • Helping Others Runs in the Family for Local Dentists

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Perspectives, Summer 2014

Perspectives, Spring 2014


Perspectives, Winter 2014

Highlights:

  • Project SEARCH Job Training Program Launches in Howard County
  • Seventh Annual One Step Closer Walk and 5K Run Attracts Record Crowd
  • New Pathways Program at Howard Community College
  • Special Education News
  • What Will Your Child Do During Summer Vacation?
  • Howard County Police and Fire Station Tours
  • Sensory Friendly Santa
  • In My Own Words

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Perspectives, Fall 2013

Perspectives, Summer 2013

Highlights:

  • Children’s Book Illustrator Reads to Students at Bollman Bridge Elementary
  • Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) Program for Children and Adults
  • The New DSM-5
  • RLifespan Perspective Workshop
  • Community Organizations Promote Autism Awareness, Raise Funds for HCAS
  • Pieces of the Puzzle Gala Celebrates 20 Years of Advocacy and Support
  • Advocacy Tips for Parents: Yes! Bullying Can Be Addressed through the IEP
  • Technology Tools: What I See, I Understand

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Perspectives, Spring 2013

Highlights:

  • Planning for Howard County?s First Universal Destination Sensory Friendly Playground is Underway
  • Sensitive Easter Bunny
  • McDaniel College Student to Facilitate Sibling Workshops this Spring
  • Rapid Return Tracking and 911 Flagging Programs
  • Understanding the DSM-5 Changes to the Diagnosis of Autism
  • What?s Bloggin On?
  • Summer Camp Opportunities
  • Fitness First Returns

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Perspectives, Winter 2013

Highlights:

  • Celebrating 20 Years of Support and Advocacy
  • Special Events Promote Autism Awarenes
  • Sixth Annual One Step Closer Walk and 5K Run Attracts Crowd of 500
  • Advocacy Tips for Parents: ?Just a Bad Day? or Undocumented Suspension? When Students are Sent Home without a Suspension
  • Special Education News
  • Autism Research Update: International Meeting for Autism Research
  • Technology Tools: Workplace Transitioning with Technology
  • Community Spotlight: LeCheval Stable

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Perspectives, Fall 2012

Highlights:

  • HCAS Awarded Community Service Grant
  • Special Occasions Promote Autism Awareness
  • Merry Acres Farm Goes to Pieces
  • ASD Brown Bag Seminar Series 2012 ? 2013
  • Special Education News
  • Student Discipline?Understanding What?s Legal, What?s Not, and What a Behavioral Intervention Plan Has to Do with It
  • HCAS Partners with Howard County First Responders
  • A Book Review: The Autism Revolution by Martha Herbert
  • The Gift of Alex: A Sibling?s Perspective on Special Needs
  • Workplace Transitioning with Technology
  • Fitness First Returns

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Perspectives, Summer 2012

Highlights:

  • HCPSS Allied Sports Program is in Full Swing
  • “Pieces of the Puzzle” Gala with Keynote Speaker Ari Ne’eman
  • John Robison on His Journey with Asperger’s
  • Low Intensity Support Services (LISS) Funding Program
  • Atholton High School Student Project a Sense-ation
  • Summer Learning and Fun with Technology
  • Accommodation vs. Modification: What’s the Difference?
  • Craniosacral Therapy
  • 911 Call Center Request to “Flag” Address Form

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Perspectives, Winter / Spring 2012

Highlights:

  • 911 Call Center Invites Families to “Flag” Addresses: First Responders Will Have First-Hand Knowledge of Individual With Autism Before Arriving at Residence
  • HCAS Welcomes Four to the Board of Directors
  • Annual Walk and 5K Gains Momentum – Crowd of 600 Attends
  • Autism and the iPad: Outside the Box
  • DSE Pilots iPad Use in Schools
  • Book Review: Apps for Autism by Lois Jean Brady
  • Advocacy Tips: Skills Important for Your Student’s Future
  • Biomedical Intervention Approaches: Dietary Intervention

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Perspectives, Fall 2011

Highlights:

  • Preventing Parent Burnout: The Importance of Building a Strong Support Network
  • HCPSS Partners with Towson University; Offers M.Ed. in ASD
  • DSE Expands its Team Approach to Addressing Student Needs in the Least Restrictive Environment
  • HCPSS Sports Season Opens with a New Allied Sports League
  • New Research Programs Study Genes and Environmental Factors on Autism
  • HCAS Brings the Popular Pathfinders for Autism ―ASD Brown Bag Seminar Series to Howard County
  • Advocacy Tips: Communication – Everyone’s Talking About It
  • Biomedical Intervention Approaches: Biomed Basics
  • Community Spotlight: The Outer Office, Inc.

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Perspectives, Summer 2011

Highlights:

  • Preventing Parent Burnout: The Importance of Building a Strong Support Network
  • HCPSS Partners with Towson University; Offers M.Ed. in ASD
  • DSE Expands its Team Approach to Addressing Student Needs in the Least Restrictive Environment
  • HCPSS Sports Season Opens with a New Allied Sports League
  • New Research Programs Study Genes and Environmental Factors on Autism
  • HCAS Brings the Popular Pathfinders for Autism ―ASD Brown Bag Seminar Series to Howard County
  • Advocacy Tips: Communication – Everyone’s Talking About It
  • Biomedical Intervention Approaches: Biomed Basics
  • Community Spotlight: The Outer Office, Inc.

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Perspectives, Spring 2011

Highlights:

  • Premiere of the documentary “Wretches & Jabberers”
  • Sensitive Easter Bunny at the Columbia Mall
  • Bulletin Board Packets to all county public schools
  • Announcements in school e-newsletters
  • Sensory friendly movie events “Hop” and “Rio”
  • Special Showing of HBO movie “Temple Grandin”
  • Sibling Appreciation Event
  • Roller Skating Party at Supreme Sports Club
  • “Pieces of the Puzzle” Gala at Turf Valley

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Perspectives, Fall & Winter 2010-2011

Highlights:

  • Strategic Plan Takes Shape
  • 6th Annual Pieces of the Puzzle Gala
  • Annual Walk & 5K Attracts Crowd of 500
  • New Board Members Announced
  • Fire Drill Freakout
  • Mapping a Genetic Pathway for Autism

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Perspectives, Summer 2010

Highlights:

  • Transition and Adult Issues Workshop Series
  • One Step Closer Autism Walk and 5K Run
  • Advocacy Tips for Parents
  • Guardianships for Adult with Autism
  • Bike Camp
  • Saving Mr. Sunshine — Biomedical Journey
  • Upcoming Events

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Perspectives, Spring 2010 PDF

Highlights:

  • Dr. Jed Baker to Present on Managing Meltdowns & Teaching Social Skills
  • Pieces of the Puzzle Gala
  • News from Executive Director Kim Manning
  • “Lose the Training Wheels” Bike Camp
  • HCAS Reaches Out to the Faith Based Community
  • My Son’s Gone GFCF By Maryanne DellaRocco
  • Upcoming Events

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Perspectives, Winter 2010

Highlights:

  • GALA TO CELEBRATE CREATIVE EXPRESSION IN AUTISM COMMUNITY
  • “Lose the Training Wheels” Bike Camp
  • News from Executive Director Kim Manning
  • Advocacy Tips for Parents: Taking Advantage of Free Facilitated IEP Meetings
  • The Parent University~ provided by Parents For Parents
  • MSDE Extends Use of Categorical Option “Developmental Delay” to Age 9
  • ARE YOU ON THE DDA WAITING LIST?
  • Maryland Commission on Autism: Updates from January Meeting
  • Applebee’s Spring Breakfast
  • Book Signing at Barnes & Noble: Author of “The Friendship Puzzle” ~ Julie L. Coe
  • Local Sensory Friendly Movie Events Extend to the Philippines
  • Special Parents Book Discussion
  • Basics of a Special Needs Trusts Part 2 By Alisa Kobrinetz Chernack, Esquire
  • Brandon Beck featured performer at Pieces of the Puzzle Gala.
  • Winter Pool Party
  • Autism Reshaping Grandparent Role, Survey Says
  • Santa Night Pub Crawl Nets $2200 to HCAS

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Perspectives, Fall 2009

Highlights:

  • Police and Fire & Rescue to Receive Autism Training
  • Kluth and Grandin Leave Lasting Impressions
  • Creating Portfolios
  • Elementary Autism Workgroup Reconvenes
  • “One Step Closer . . . Autism Walk” Success
  • Maryland Commission on Autism Meets in Columbia
  • Autism Trainings at Howard County General Hospital
  • A Mother’s Unexpected Gift by Ruth White

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Perspectives, Summer 2009

Highlights:

  • Inclusion Expert Paula Kluth Presents to Parents and Teachers
  • “One Step Closer . . . Autism Walk” to be Held October 17
  • How to Prepare for the Return to School
  • Celebration Abounds at Fourth Annual Gala
  • Pilot Program to Improve Screening Practices for ASD
  • Vacationing in Disability-Friendly Disney
  • HCAS Welcomes New Development Director
  • Book Review: Just Give Him the Whale!

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Perspectives, Spring 2009

Highlights:

  • Stephen Shore Presents Workshop on Transition to Adulthood (May 2nd)
  • Annual Gala Tickets Still Available; Hussman Foundation Sponsors Gala
  • Top 10 Advocacy Tips for Parents: How To Survive IEP Season
  • High School Assessment Waiver Program
  • Physician”s Toolkit is Distributed to Pediatricians and Primary Care Physicians in Howard County
  • HCAS Participates in “Brain Fair” at Howard Community College
  • Raising Autism Awareness at Local Restaurants
  • Biomedical Group Joins HCAS as Newest Committee
  • Waverly Elementary Walk Raises $2176 for HCAS
  • Chik-Fil-A Designates “Spirit Night” for HCAS Each Month
  • Local Parent-Author Receives National Attention

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Perspectives, Winter 2009

Highlights:

  • Fitness First and Project TEAM Continue Under Auspices of HCAS
  • Annual Gala Tickets Go On Sale
  • Planning for the Future: Basics of a Special Needs Trust
  • Parent University Opens
  • Maryland Biomedical Group Meets Monthly in Columbia
  • The Maryland Developmental Disabilities Administrations: Q&A with Catriona Johnson
  • HCAS Families Turn Out for Winter Pool Party
  • HCAS Elves Raise Funds on First Santa Night
  • PlayWiseKids Partners with HCAS
  • Journey Through Autism: A Mother’s Perspective–Nicholas Helps Reveal the Meaning of Christmas
  • Stephen Shore Workshop
  • Art for Autism

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Newsletter, November / December 2008

Highlights:

  • Walk Brings Friends, Support, Awareness…
  • New Directors Elected
  • The Elementary Years…
  • Join Santa Night
  • Bullying the Brain
  • Get IEP Questions Answered
  • Biomedical Treatment: Viruses

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Newsletter, September / October 2008

Highlights:

  • FAPE Supports Parents
  • Sensory Friendly Movie Showings Go Nationwide
  • Director’s Update on Grants
  • After the Diagnosis…
  • Life After High School
  • Pool Party!
  • Upcoming Events
  • Preschoolers Cook Up Fun(ds)

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Newsletter, May / June 2008

Highlights:

  • New Elementary VB Program
  • Gala Tribute by John Hussman
  • Teens Learn About Disabilities
  • NIMH Launches Autism Studies
  • Krieger To Study Preschoolers
  • Siblings Face Challenges
  • Journey Through Autism
  • Complete Our Recreation Survey

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Newsletter, March / April 2008

Highlights:

  • Autism Service Dogs
  • Gala Enlists Hussman Foundation
  • New Graduation Procedure for Students taking Alternate Assessments (Alt-MSA)
  • Fitness (and Fun) Is First
  • Pivotal Response Workshop
  • Parental Depression and Stress
  • Pool Party Makes a Splash

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Newsletter, January / February 2008

Highlights:

  • Special Needs Movie Event a Great Hit
  • What’s New at the Autism Society
  • Gala Sponsorship Opportunities
  • Workgroup Visits Schools
  • Harley Raffle: Win a Ride for Autism!
  • IAN Height, Weight Study
  • 2008 Autism Reference Guide
  • Asperger’s Research Project
  • Did You Know?

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