The Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake wishes to thank it’s partners, the sponsors, speakers, attendees and exhibitors for making this Honestly Autism Day one of the best!  We value your feedback so please contact us at if you did not receive the survey and let us know what you thought!  Also, send your pictures for us to share!  This day means so much to us and we are thrilled you found community and meaning there as well.  

Below are some handouts as promised by several of the breakout presenters:


Honestly Autism Day is a day devoted to understanding autism and is presented by the Partnership Project, which is a collaboration of committed volunteers from the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake,  Baltimore County Public Schools, and the Department of Special Education at Towson University. It is held in April to celebrate Autism Awareness month.  Parents, family members, professionals and people with autism come together to listen, ask questions and learn from each other.  Experienced speakers share their knowledge of vast topics related to autism and individuals with autism give open and honest insight into their lives on the autism spectrum.  It is a positive, uplifting day filled with revelations and shared ideas.


Saturday, April 22, 2017


Radisson Hotel North Baltimore 

2004 Greenspring Drive, Timonium, MD

For the Honestly Autism Day discounted room rate, enter code “AUT17” .

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Keynote Speaker, Chris Ulmer  PRESENTS!

Engaging Neurodiverse Individuals: The Power of Acceptance and Positivity

A message from Chris:

“We each have a profound power within us, that when harnessed correctly, can enable us to form meaningful relationships with anyone, neurodiverse or otherwise. The fear that comes from not knowing how to access this power, has detrimental impacts. We’ve all seen the effects first hand through bullying and the isolation of the neurodiverse community from the rest of society. In order to create a world of universal acceptance, we have to get past the fear of the unknown and our pre-disposition with labels. I have made it my life’s mission to normalize the diversity of the human condition by showcasing how a little understanding, positivity, and acceptance can make a better world for all.”

Chris Ulmer, lovingly referred to as Mr. Chris, began his career as a special education teacher in Jacksonville, Florida. After spending three years with the same students he observed a disconnect between his pupils and society. The intelligence and humor displayed by his students was not typically appreciated by those without special needs experience. For this reason Mr. Chris started Special Books by Special Kids, a multi-media nonprofit that is now spearheading a worldwide acceptance movement. Today, Chris dedicates his time to traveling around the world and teaching others about neurodiversity; performing speaking engagements and interviewing neurodiverse individuals to be featured on SBSK.

Breakout Sessions:

The day provides an opportunity to attend 2 breakout sessions. You will choose one topic for each session.  

BREAKOUT SESSION #1  – CHOOSE 1 – For a list of breakout choices and descriptions, click  HERE (406).

BREAKOUT SESSION #2 – CHOOSE 1 – For a list of breakout choices and descriptions, click HERE (247).


  • 7:15 Check ¬≠In / Coffee & Light Breakfast / Visit Resource Fair
  • 8:15 Welcome & Special Presentation
  • 9:30 Keynote Speaker: Chris Ulmer, Engaging Neurodiverse Individuals: The Power of Acceptance and Positivity
  • 10:45 Break / Visit Resource Fair
  • 11:00 Breakout Session 1
  • 12:15 Lunch / Visit Resource Fair
  • 1:15 Teen Panel Presentation
  • 2:15 Break / Visit Resource Fair
  • 2:30 Breakout Session 2
  • 4:00 Essay Contest Winner Presentation & Door Prizes

You must register in advance.  Space is limited and every year we have sold out so don’t wait!  DEADLINE to register 4/7/17!

Contact: Debbie Page – with questions about the event.

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COST: $50 / per person (Online registration $53.49 includes processing fee.)

We have scholarships available for members of the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake, parents, university students, para educators and aids!  If you need financial assistance to attend, please contact our Scholarship Director by email BEFORE registering. Include your name, the number of registrations and a brief explanation of your need.  

Scholarship Director, Heather Thoms-Chesley  

Remember, if you are an ASBC member, you receive a $100 scholarship to attend a conference of your choice each year!  You can use this scholarship for Honestly Autism Day (will cover 2 registrations)! An ASBC membership is only $10 for the whole family for the whole year!  Membership comes with benefits including our monthly social events!  For more information on becoming a member, click HERE.


CEUs pending for Social Workers, Occupational Therapists and Speech & Language Pathologists.


In addition to fantastic speakers, when you come to HAD you will also have the opportunity to visit with more than 40  autism related vendors and exhibitors!




Express Yourself Contest (41) 

Have a chance to be a special part of Honestly Autism Day by  entering the Express Yourself Contest. Click the link above for more information!



Don’t forget about our PAT ON THE BACK AWARDS to honor those who have demonstrated their support and commitment to the autism community. Award recipients are recognized in a special way at Honestly Autism Day!  

A special thanks to the following:

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