The Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake (ASBC) founded in 1976, is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to acting as a voice for all people along the autism spectrum in the greater Baltimore area. We are a chapter of The Autism Society, the nation’s leading grassroots autism organization which exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism. Most members of ASBC are parents of children and adults with autism, but our membership also includes individuals with autism, their siblings, grandparents and other relatives, as well as professionals and students in the teaching and medical fields. We exist as a resource for anyone who needs help and support with the difficult job of raising, working with and/or advocating for a person diagnosed with autism.
Our support group meetings are FREE and open to all adults. Both members and non-members are welcome! Our monthly meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital at 7:00 p.m. These support group meetings join together a network of parents, caregivers, individuals on the autism spectrum and professionals in order to provide families in the local autism community with much – needed support, information and guidance. (Childcare is not available at this time.)
In addition to our monthly support group meetings, a special group devoted to parents of adult children on the autism spectrum called the Adult Autism Resource Group (AARG), meets the second Tuesday of each month.
Membership ($10/year) in the ASBC includes:
- Access to an extensive library of autism related books, articles and DVDs.
- A quarterly newsletter detailing upcoming seminars, meetings, social events, as well as legislative and educational information.
- Up to $100 per year in scholarship money for members to attend conferences and workshops of their choice.
- Opportunities for social and recreational family outings at little or no cost for our members
The ASBC also provides and organizes:
- A dedicated phone line manned by volunteers to help answer questions and provide information to the community.
- Honestly Autism Day – an annual event in April for parents and professionals brought to the community by the Partnership Project which is a collaboration between the ASBC and Baltimore County Public Schools’ Office of Special Education. The day is dedicated to increasing understanding and awareness with nationally recognized speakers, vendors of autism related products and services from across the state and featuring a panel of teens on the spectrum sharing their unique experiences.
Our national organization, The Autism Society, offers additional support and resources. We strongly urge our members to become members of National as well.