We can’t get together in person but we can be TOGETHER A P A R T !
Click HERE to register for this Tuesday’s general support group! Group for parents/caregivers of children newly diagnosed begins at 6:30 pm except for the 1st Tuesday of each month which will begin at 6:15pm.
Weekly Group For Autistic Adults (18+) Only
A casual, neurodiverse space to connect & share!
Thursdays at 9:00PM
Click HERE to register for this week’s group for autistic adults.
Click HERE to view the recording and for information & resources shared during the discussion!
Can’t participate in an online group? We’ve created a place to house all of the resources and tips shared during the online chats! Check out this cool space HERE!
The in-person meetings below have been postponed until further notice.
Our Autism Support Group meets the first Thursday of every month throughout the year. We meet in the 3rd floor board room of Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital, 1708 W. Rogers Avenue, 21209.
Attendees include parents, self-advocates, family members and professionals. Anyone whose life is impacted by autism and who wants to learn more is welcome.
Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. with announcements about upcoming activities and brief introductions by our attendees, always including something positive that has occurred in the previous month. Some months we have a speaker or speakers; other months are simply round-table discussions of issues we all face in dealing with autism. Ample time is allowed for questions and follow-up discussion, as well as further opportunity for group support and socialization. Light refreshments are available along with informative handouts. Our extensive lending library is also available on meeting nights. Support group is open to all interested adults – childcare is not available, and some topics may not be appropriate for youngsters.
Because of the large number of requests we receive from University students to observe our support group meetings, we ask that those students who are contemplating attending meetings send a request, in advance, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We hope to ensure appropriate meeting dynamics by limiting the number of students in attendance.
Many meetings during the year include Breakout Sessions for Parents of Children Recently Diagnosed with Autism so that parents can get one-on-one support from a parent with experience further along the journey. If you are interested in attending one of these break-out sessions, please contact email@example.com to learn if a session will be held during the current month’s meeting.
We are hoping to start up our Teen Sibling Support Group again. They are for teenage siblings (ages 13+) of individuals on the autism spectrum as an opportunity to meet and get to know each other. The meetings are facilitated by an SLP and Licensed Counselor. These meetings would be held at the same time as our general support meetings in a different meeting room in Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. If you have a teen who would be interested in attending, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and if we can gather enough names, we will start the meetings back up!
If you are unable to join us in person, teleconferencing is available.
If Baltimore County public schools are closed or close early due to weather, our chapter meeting will not be held. To check the status of Baltimore County Public Schools, visit www.bcps.org.
Directions to Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital:
Google interactive map with personalized driving directions
From North of Baltimore:
Take the Baltimore Beltway (I-695) to the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) South. From I-83, take the Northern Parkway exit, 10B West. Make a right turn off the exit ramp and make an immediate right turn onto West Rogers Avenue (the first street off the exit ramp). Go north on West Rogers Avenue; the hospital is on the right.
From Baltimore and South:
Take the Jones Falls Expressway (I-83) North to the second Northern Parkway exit, 10B West. Turn right onto West Rogers Avenue (the first street off the exit ramp). Go north on West Rogers Avenue; the hospital is on the right.
For public transportation use the MTA Trip Planner to find Bus and Light Rail connections.
Adult Autism Resource Group (AARG)
The Adult Autism Resource Group (AARG) is a work-group of ASBC. We are parents of transition age youth and adults with autism spectrum disorders and the professionals who work with them. We provide information about living and work options currently available for adults with ASD, however our goal is to work towards improvement in the capacity and quality of services in Maryland. AARG is not a support group, but we learn from and support each other. This sub-group of ASBC meets the second Tuesday of every month from 6:30-8:30 pm. If you’d like to attend our meetings or join our email distribution list, please email email@example.com
AARG meets at Baltimore Hebrew Congregation – 7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208 – There is ample lighted parking. It is on a bus line and is located inside 695 (Park Heights Exit 21). The building is at the corner of Park Heights and Slade Avenues. From the beltway, you will turn left onto Slade, and enter the parking lot there. You will cross a small footbridge to enter the building.
We would like to extend a special and heartfelt “thank you” to Ellen Feifarek for the many years of hosting this meeting in her lovely home. You have done so much to serve the autism community through the years and we are forever grateful!
Parent to Parent Discussion Series:
A Small Group Discussion Series for Parents
of Teenagers on the Spectrum
This discussion series provides an opportunity to build friendships and extend your support network, gain information and resources from fellow parents, and help others by sharing your experience. Meetings are held in Lutherville. One group meets Sunday mornings from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for six weeks. A second group meets Friday afternoons from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. (participants are welcome to bring their lunch).
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Support Programs for Siblings of Autistic Children
Sibshops of Maryland
Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital
1708 West Rogers Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21209
This unique program is designed to provide peer support for 8-13 year-old siblings of children with special needs. The group activities provide a forum for questions and discussion in dealing with the many issues of having a special needs brother or sister. They occur various times throughout the year and there is a nominal charge. Scholarships are available. Registration is required. To find out more about the Sibshops Program and meeting times, please call 410-578-5169.