As we celebrate Autism Acceptance Month in April, the Autism Society of Maryland (AUSOM) invites you to #CelebrateDifferences with us, recognizing the multitude of experiences within the Autism community.

Acceptance creates a world where everyone in the Autism community is connected to the support they need, when they need it. And by everyone, we mean every unique individual.

From Autistic individuals who require 24/7 lifetime support services and their caregivers, to Autistic individuals living fully independent lives, Acceptance, Inclusion and Connection are critical to ensuring everyone in the Autism community can access what they need to live to their fullest.

You can make a difference this year by supporting our work to advance acceptance through advocacy, education, resources, and community programming. A donation during Autism Acceptance Month will help to strengthen our programs, support, and resources, all of which are available at no cost to the community.  Thank you, in advance, for your continued support.

Below is a schedule of our planned events, activities and fundraisers for April 2024 in celebration of Autism Acceptance Month! 

Check back frequently for additional updates.

Bring the Entire Family to 

AUTISM IN THE PARK in HOWARD COUNTY – April 13

 

There is something fun for everyone at the AUSOM event!

 

PLAYGROUND BINGO • ARCHERY • YOGA & ZUMBA DEMOS

INFLATABLE BOUNCE HOUSE & OBSTACLE COURSE

ROBINSON NATURE CENTER’S OUTDOOR CLASSROOM

SENSORY TENT & PATHWAY • FACEPAINTING • CRAFTING • ENTERTAINERS

HOWARD COUNTY POLICE & FIRE DEPT • COMMUNITY PARTNER FAIR 

FOOD TRUCK • VACCINE CLINIC

MEET & GREET w/ELECTED OFFICIALS @ 11:00AM • & SO MUCH MORE

 

April 13, 2024

Autism in the Park
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Blandair Regional Park (North)
Laura's Place Playground
North Bocce Ball Court
Columbia, MD

Help us kick off Autism Acceptance Month on April 13, 2024 with Autism in the Park!  

The FREE  event will be held from 10:00am-2:00pm at Laura’s Place Playground and the Bocce Ball Court, in the North area of Blandair Regional Park in Columbia, MD.  

Enjoy opportunities to visit with first responders, elected representatives, learn about the Autism community, enjoy interactive play, entertainers, face painting, music and food trucks. FREE TO ATTEND!  

Sponsored by: Autism Society of Maryland, Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks.  

Community partners joining us are Howard County Police Department, Howard County Public Schools, The Arc Maryland, Yoga Center of Columbia, SPIRIT Club, Equipment Connections for Children, Howard County Fire & Rescue. 

LOCATION: Blandair Regional Park, 5750 Oakland Mills Road, Columbia, MD 21045. 

PARKING:  Parking in limited in the lot adjacent to the event. HC Rec&Park shuttle will transport participants from other parking lots in Blandair Park. Please follow the signs on where to park and pick up the shuttle bus!

Raindate is April 14, 2024. 

13 de Abril

¡Todos son bienvenidos!
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Parque Laura’s Place
Parque Regional del Norte de Blandair,
Columbia

Todas las Edades Gratis 

¡Acompáñenos junto a Recreación y Parques del Condado de Howard y la Sociedad de Autismo de Maryland mientras celebramos el Mes de la Aceptación del Autismo! Venga y visite a los primeros auxilios, proveedores, una clínica de vacunas y recursos del condado. Celebremos las diferencias de nuestra comunidad en un ambiente divertido. Disfrute juegos interactivos, animadores, pintura de caras, equipo de juegos inflables, espacio sensorialmente amigable, una experiencia en el aula al aire libre del Centro Natural Robinson, demostraciones, ¡y un día maravilloso en el parque celebrando nuestra comunidad! 

Fecha en caso de Lluvia: Abril 14 

April 13, 2024

FREE VACCINE CLINIC@ Autism in the Park
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Blandair Regional Park
Laura's Place Playground
North Bocce Ball Court
Columbia, MD

FREE Vaccine Clinic 

We will be providing free Covid and flu vaccines at Autism in the Park.  There are 4 different vaccines for different ages available:

  • Moderna Covid-19 2023-2024 formula ages 6 mos – 11 years 
  • Moderna Spikevax 2023-2024 formula ages 12 years plus 
  • Flu 6 mos – 64 years 
  • High dose flu – 65 years + 

Please fill out the registration form below and bring it with you the day of the event. Registration will also be available on-site. Please note NO insurance information will be needed.  

Please note: If people have already received the latest version (2023-2024) which was given out starting in the Fall, they will not be able to receive another one unless they are over 65 years old. 

The day of the event, nurses and registration staff will be available for questions or concerns. 

For more details please CLICK HERE

April 14, 2024

RAIN DATE - AUTISM IN THE PARK
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Blaindair Regional Park
Laura's Place Playground
North Bocce Ball Court
5685 Oakland Mills Road
Columbia, MD

Please note this is a Rain Date - see April 13th date for details

April 18, 2024

Self–Love for Self–Advocates
Webinar Series
Session 1 - Introduction to Loneliness and Isolation
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Virtual by Zoom
Registration Required
Se proporciona traducción simultánea al español

We are kicking off a new FREE 4-part webinar series during Autism Acceptance Month.

This four-part series explores the importance of self-love and self-understanding for Autistic self-advocates who experience loneliness and isolation. Led by Autistics Steven Isaacson and Kristen Letnick, these sessions will be a mix of engaging presentations and reflections that will feature Autistic speakers and panelists. The goal of this series is to share tools and perspectives from past challenges and help participants chart a path forward for their lives. 

Please submit your QUESTIONS that you would like the presenters to address during the webinar IN ADVANCE. Questions can be submitted on the registration form.

Facilitators: 

Steven Isaacson 

Steven Isaacson, LMSW (he/him) works as a Senior Group Facilitator for DC Peers. Steven is a job coach by training and enjoys working with folks on the spectrum in community-based settings. He recently earned his Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. When he’s not working, Steven is tending to his plants, camping, hiking, and pet sitting. Steven is on the Autism spectrum. 

Kristen Letnick 

As AUSOM’s Montgomery County Resource Coordinator, Kristen Letnick (she/her) draws on her background as a clinical mental health counselor and program manager at the Autism Society of Northern Virginia. At ASNV, Kristen coordinated and directed a variety of programs and social events for autistic adults and now, in addition to her information and referral services, leads AUSOM’s Spectrum in the Spotlight adult social group. In her spare time, Kristen enjoys spending time with her cats, writing, word puzzles, online reality games, thrift shopping, and local fairs and festivals. 

April 20, 2024

AUSOM Anne Arundel
GET AIR TRAMPOLINE PARK
8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Get Air Trampoline Park
587 E. Ordance Road
Glen Burnie, MD 21226

To celebrate its expansion into Anne Arundel County, the Autism Society of Maryland, in partnership with the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism and Get Air Trampoline Park, is hosting a trampoline party. Autistic individuals of all ages and abilities and their families are invited to join us for a jump party.

Come learn more about the Autism Society and connect with other members of the community in a fun, welcoming atmosphere!   

This event is FREE but online or on-site registration is required to attend.  Online registration will be open through 8am on Saturday, April 20. NOTE: Autism Society and Get Air waivers must be signed before participating. Space is limited!

Bring your confirmation email on your phone or as a print-out for entry to the event. 

For questions please contact 410-290-3466 or Jessica Deadwyler at 443-518-7682 or jessica.deadwyler@autismsocietymd.org 

20 de Abril, 2024

AUSOM Anne Arundel
La Sociedad del Autismo Fiesta de Trampolin
de 8 AM - 10am
Get Air Trampoline Park
587 E. Ordance Road
Glen Burnie, MD 21226

Patrocinado por la Sociedad del Autismo de Maryland, Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism y Get Air Trampoline Park  para los miembros de la Comunidad del Autismo de Anne Arundel County, MD.  

Este evento es GRATUITO, pero es necesario registrarse en línea o en el sitio para asistir. La inscripción en línea estará abierta hasta las 8 a.m. del sábado 20 de abril. NOTA: Las exenciones de Autism Society y Get Air deben firmarse antes de participar. ¡El espacio es limitado!

Traiga su correo electrónico de confirmación en su teléfono o en forma impresa para ingresar al evento.

Preguntas? Comuníquese con Catalina Ramos al 443-620-8441 o catalina.ramos@howard-autism.org.

April 25, 2024

Spectrum in the Spotlight – AUSOM MoCo
Stretch & Flex: Creative Mindfulness
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual by Zoom

Enhance your well-being by stretching your mind and flexing your creative muscle in these free, virtual art sessions for Autistic adults. AUSOM and Assisting Hands Home Care of Potomac are pleased to sponsor this virtual social event led by Patricia Dubroof, a professional artist and teacher. Participants will create personalized note cards in a hands-on art session. Pens, pencils, markers and paper are all that is needed. 

This event is free and is for adults age 21+ who can participate independently.

About Spectrum in the Spotlight:  Join Autistic adults in Montgomery County for FREE socials sponsored by the Autism Society of Maryland (AUSOM). Come meet and mingle and learn about future opportunities to get connected. 

You must register to receive the zoom link. If you are registering for an attendee, please provide the attendee’s information. Proofread your entries! 

Questions! Contact Kristen Letnick, AUSOM’s Montgomery County Resource Coordinator, at 443-518-7684 or kristen.letnick@autismsocietymd.org 

27 de Abril

CAMINATA POR EL MES AUTISMO 3K
Norma Morales
Grupo De Apoyo para Padres Latinos
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Centennial Park - Pavilion D
100000 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD

April 2, 2024
Autism Acceptance Day with the Legislature

¡Un día lleno de diversión con juegos, camisetas, rifas de comida y mucho más!  ¡Únase al grupo de apoyo para padres de AUSOM para dar un paseo por Centennial Lake, jugar, comer y mucho más! ¡HAGA CLIC AQUÍ para reservar su camiseta del evento!

Para más informatión llame o envie un correo-e a:

Marianela Estrada, emailnella22@gmail.com, 973-223-1024

Alex Arevalo, ax.areval1@gmail.com, 240-374-3368

Catalina Ramos, catalina.ramos@autismsocietymd.org, 443-518-7681

April 27, 2024

NORMA MORALES AUTISM MONTH 3K WALK
Latino Parents Support Group
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Centennial Park - Pavilion D
100000 Clarksville Pike
Ellicott City, MD

May 5, 2024

Autism In the Park - AUSOM Anne Arundel
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lake Waterford Park
830 Pasadena Road
Pasadena, MD 21122

Celebrate Autism Acceptance & Inclusion! Enjoy face painting, food trucks, yoga, playground, & family-friendly fun! Learn about local programs & resources for Autistic individuals & their families!

5 de Mayo 2024

Autismo en el Parque - AUSOM Anne Arundel
11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Lake Waterford Park
830 Pasadena Road
Pasadena, MD 21122

A fun filled day of games, t-shirts, food raffles and much more! Join AUSOM’s Parents Support Group for a walk around Centennial Lake, games, food and much more! CLICK HERE to reserve your event t-shirt!

For more information, contact:

Marianela Estrada, emailnella22@gmail.com, 973-223-1024

Alex Arevalo, ax.areval1@gmail.com, 240-374-3368

Catalina Ramos, catalina.ramos@autismsocietymd.org, 443-518-7681

Autism Acceptance Month Fundraisers

¡Celebre la aceptación y la inclusión del autismo! ¡Disfruta de pintura facial, camiones de comida, yoga, parque infantil y diversión familiar! ¡Conozca los programas y recursos locales para personas autistas y sus familias!​​​​​​​

April 1 - 30, 2024

FUNDRAISER
ROUND UP @ Clarks Ace Hardware
Clarks Ace Hardware
10325 Baltimore National Pike (Rt. 40)
Ellicott City, MD

Clarks ACE Hardware will ask customers to “round up” their purchase to the nearest dollar and match up to $1,000 to donate to the Autism Society of Maryland!  Thank you to our friends at Clarks ACE Hardware for their support,10325 Baltimore National Pike (Rt. 40), Ellicott City, MD.

April 30, 2024

FUNDRAISER
Zoe's Just Desserts
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM
828 S. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD

Zoe’s Just Desserts will donate 15% of all proceeds to AUSOM from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM. Zoe’s Desserts is a local nonprofit that helps individuals on the autism spectrum find employment. Thank you to Zoe’s Just Desserts for supporting AUSOM. 828 S. Charles Street, Baltimore, MD.

Autism Acceptance Day with the Legislature - April 2, 2024

What an amazing day in Annapolis for Autism Acceptance Day! We joined our event partners, advocates, and legislators from across the state to kick off Autism Acceptance Month with a luncheon and dance party. Thanks to everyone who came to celebrate the valuable contributions of people with autism across the globe!