We see the barriers to accessible healthcare and we also see you…

The Autism Society of Maryland (AUSOM) is proud to launch its Vaccine Education Initiative in August 2023 in partnership with the Autism Society of America (ASA), and the Howard County Health Department. The Autism Society believes that improving the vaccination experience is a critical step towards achieving more equitable healthcare for people with Autism and all neurodiverse individuals. The Vaccine Education Initiative (VEI) is a national program of the Autism Society of America that addresses systemic barriers, while promoting vaccine education, confidence, and access.  Funding has been provided through a mission-critical grant from the Aging and Disability Vaccination Collaborative (ADVC). Seventeen affiliates, including the Howard County Autism Society, were selected to participate as sub-grantees, bringing the program directly to local and state communities.

Leading this effort on behalf of AUSOM is Nicole LeBlanc, an Autistic self-advocate who has a keen ability and interest in public policy and the needs of people with developmental disabilities. She will be providing outreach and trainings and supporting vaccine clinics in partnership with the Howard County Health Department.  Contact Nicole at Nicole.LeBlanc@autismsocietymd.org or 410-290-3466.

INFORMATION AND RESOURCES AVAILABLE IN ENGLISH & SPANISH: Social Stories, Communication Boards, Flyers, Informational Sheets, Fear of Needles (for Providers and Self-Advocates)  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS

FREE SENSORY FRIENDLY VACCINE BAGS are available from the Autism Society! Please contact us at 410-290-3466 or email liza.kibler@autismsocietymd.org to reserve yours! Kits contain noise cancelling headphones, fidgets/spinners, squeezy ball, shot blocker, sunglasses and sticker to make your/your child’s vaccine experience easier!


WEBINAR: Did You Get Your Vaccine?! Addressing Disparities in Vaccine Delivery on 1.18.23

Join us on January 18, 2024 from Noon-1pm via Zoom for a discussion of our Vaccine Education Initiative! Se proporciona traducción simultánea al español 

Learn how we are working to:
-Address Systemic Barriers
-Promote Vaccine Education
-Build Confidence
-Expand Access

Presenters: Caden Gabriel (they/them), regional project coordinator, vaccine education initiative at Autism Society of America and Nicole LeBlanc, VEI Coordinator, Autism Society of Maryland

FREE to attend but registration required to get the Zoom link.  CLICK TO REGISTER


Upcoming Community Vaccine Clinics – Howard County Health Department

For more information on upcoming Vaccine Clinics at the Howard County Health Department, visit https://www.howardcountymd.gov/health/immunizations