Honestly Autism Day
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Sheraton Baltimore North, Towson, MD
2014 KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Patrick Schwarz, Ph.D.
Save the Date HAD 2014 (7)
Honestly Autism Day is a day devoted to understanding autism and is presented by the Partnership Project, which is a collaboration between the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake, the Baltimore County Public Schools’ Department of Special Education & Student Support Services, 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.
Support Honestly Autism Day by Participating in Our Pieces of Pride Fundraiser!
We are raising money for Honestly Autism Day 2014, by selling PIECES OF PRIDE to celebrate and honor the person in your life who has autism: a loved one, a student, a neighbor, a friend, or anyone with autism! If you are proud of them, this is your chance to share your admiration with the community while raising money for a worthwhile event! Upon making a donation, your name and message will be transferred to a large puzzle piece which will be displayed in a place of honor at Honestly Autism Day. We will hang the pieces for all to see and we hope the image of the thousands of our Pieces of Pride will resonate in the hearts of all who attend! Visit our fundraising website for more information and to purchase your Piece of Pride. click here
Maryland Autism Insurance Reform
On June 20, 2013, the Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake hosted an information night to educate the community on where Maryland is, where we are headed, and how we can make a difference in autism insurance reform in Maryland. The overview was led by Judith Ursitti, the Director of State Government affairs with Autism Speaks and Rebecca Rienzi the Executive Director of Pathfinders for Autism. They were joined by MD Delegate Ariana Kelly and MD State Senator Katherine Klausmeier who shared valuable insight into the progress being made and the work to be done. Below is the power point from the presentation. Be sure to join our mailing list to learn about next steps and to stay informed.
UPDATE: As of November 1, 2013, the Maryland Insurance Administration has read all of the public comments on the proposed regulations and has made edits. The new draft will be published in the near future and there will be another period of time for public comment.
In addition, the Habilitative Services Workgroup has issued their report. This workgroup was established to determine “(1) whether children who are entitled to and would benefit from habilitative services under health insurance policies or contracts or health maintenance organization contracts are actually receiving them; (2) if the children are not receiving the habilitative services, the reasons why; (3) any actions needed to promote optimum use of the habilitative services to maximize outcomes for children and reduce long-term costs to the education and health care systems; and (4) the costs and benefits associated with expanding habilitative services coverage to individuals under the age of 26 years.” REPORT