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.


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Saturday, April 16, 2016

  •  LOCATION: Radisson Hotel North Baltimore                           2004 Greenspring Dr., Timonium, MD 21093 
  • COST:  $45* / person –  Scholarships are available for those who need financial assistance. Contact Heather at to request a scholarship.
  • 5.5 CEUs approved for SLPs, OTs, and Social Workers
  • Become a Vendor at HAD 2016 – We are looking for autism-related vendors/exhibitors!  If you provide services, resources or sell something you think our attendees would be interested in, send us an email!   Contact Marlo Lemon at to request an invite.

DEADLINE TO REGISTER 4/10/16 – DON’T WAIT! Spaces fill quickly!

*Online registration $48.24 includes processing fee

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Keynote Presenter:

Dr. Barry Prizant

Barry M. Prizant, PhD, CCC-SLP, is among the world’s leading authorities on autism, with more than forty years of experience as a scholar, researcher, and international consultant. He is an adjunct professor at Brown University and coauthor of The SCERTS Model: A Comprehensive Educational Approach, now being implemented in more than a dozen countries. Dr. Prizant has published more than 120 articles and chapters, and has received many awards including the 2014 Honors of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, 2005 Princeton University-Eden Foundation Career Award in Autism, and the 2013 “Divine Neurotypical Award” of GRASP. 

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Honestly Autism Day is designed for an adult audience. Unfortunately because of space limitations and the length of the day, we are unable to accommodate children.

Breakout Choices:

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

Click on the titles below to learn more about each presentation!

SPECIAL NOTE: Each topic description includes information about the target audience.  We ask the presenters to share that information to guide in helping you choose from the many fantastic offerings. However, EVERY session is open to EVERYONE! Honestly Autism Day is about changing perspectives and learning from one another.  Please don’t feel limited! 

 Session 1

1. The SCERTS Model: An Overview (Social Communication, Emotional Regulation and Transactional Support) (208)

2.  Building Immediate and Long-term Sibling Capacity for the Whole Family Story (126)

3.  Literacy for All: Low Tech and Digital Resources to Support Literacy (Make & Take) (126)

4.  When They Wander or Run Away (135)

5.  Special Needs Financial Planning – Planning for All of Your Family Members (111)

6.  Brenten Sings - A Life Story of Hope (140)

7.  Toilet Training for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (128)

8.  Effective Transition Planning for Parents (130)

9.  SPARK Session: Igniting Possibilities with Innovative Ideas (162)

10. Presume Competence (161)

Session 2

11.  An Emotional Regulation, Relationship-based Approach to Preventing Problem Behavior (170)

12.  Making Dreams Possible through Group Action Planning (117)

13. Literacy for All: Resources for Low Tech and Digital Materials to Support Literacy (Make & Take) (87)

14. Giving Attention: Weaving Mindfulness Training into School Activities and Family Life (151)

15. Peer-Mediated Instruction and Intervention to Increase Social Skills within the General Education Setting (140)

16. Adult Self Advocate Panel: A Candid Discussion on Self‐Awareness, Self-Regulation & Self‐Advocacy (104)

17. Story Keepers: Brothers & Sisters Share What their Lives are Like as Siblings of Individuals with ASD (99)

18.Panel Discussion on Sleeping and Eating Issues for Individuals with Autism (106)

19. Sensory Processing Issues and Effective Strategies (112)

Thank You to Our 2016 Sponsors!

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Also, don’t forget about our PAT ON THE BACK AWARDS to honor those who have demonstrated their support and commitment to the autism community.