List of Autism Resources

Autism Society
The Autism Society is an outstanding organization that is one of the leading foundations of trusted and dependable information. This organization is well known for advocating for autism and supporting thousands of families throughout their life long journey. Through increasing awareness, providing the latest information, and advocating for proper services, the Autism Society is improving lives throughout America. Also, it is one of only a few organizations that has active board members with autism! Make sure to get involved in an Autism Society chapter near you!

Autism Society Affiliates in MD

Autism Source
Welcome to the Autism Society’s on-line Resource Database.
Search nationwide autism-related services and supports by location or service type. The Autism SourceTM Resource Database, created in 2004, is the most comprehensive database of its kind. The Autism Society strives to offer only credible and reliable resources to our constituents, therefore we have employed our nationwide network of chapters and collaborated with other autism organizations and professionals throughout the U.S. It is because of these collaborative relationships that the Resource Database continues to grow and is kept current with comprehensive resource listings.

Abilities Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that assists people with disabilities to achieve their personal goals and reach their maximum potential. Services are customized to offer individuals and families choices. We provide extensive training opportunities for families, child care providers, teachers, and community members with the goal of fostering inclusion. The children, adults and families we serve are affected by a variety of at-risk factors, including a diagnosed disability, lack of environmental supports, low-socioeconomic levels, and limited knowledge about resources and/or the capacity to access them.

ARC Baltimore
Dedicated to helping people with developmental disabilities make the most of their potential since 1949, The Arc Baltimore is one of the nation’s largest and most respected organizations of its kind. Our innovative services support more than 4,000 adults and children with developmental disabilities and their families in Baltimore City and Baltimore County. Our programs help families provide needed care and opportunity for their children, and individuals are able to live and work in the community. The Arc Baltimore is an indispensable resource, not just for people with developmental disabilities and their families, but for the entire community.

Autism Speaks
Autism Speaks is the nation’s largest autism science and advocacy organization. The program’s goal is to change the future of individuals who are impacted by autism spectrum disorders. Autism Speaks is devoted to bringing the autism community together to address this disorder that is on the rise, and to do everything possible to raise public awareness, raise funds for research, and give hope to everyone who is impacted by autism. “It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.” 

Autism Service Dogs of America:
Provider of service dogs for children with autism throughout the United States, Autism Service Dogs of America is a non-profit, community based organization . In 2002, Priscilla Taylor, founder and director, incorporated her love of dogs and her background as a special education teacher and formed a service dog agency to serve the needs of children. Ms. Taylor received some of her education in raising and training assistance dogs at Assistance Dog Institute, the only institution of higher education for dog studies in the world.

The Autism Waiver in MD
The autism waiver, through Medical Assistance, will allow eligible children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to receive specific waiver services to support them in their homes and communities.  Children who apply to the waiver are referred from the registry to MSDE in chronological order.
For more information, contact
Baltimore County Public Schools 410-887-4130
Autism Waiver Registry – 866-417-3480

Baltimore Area Special Hockey, Inc. offers an ice hockey program for both children and adults with a traumatic brain injury or intellectual disability such as Autism and Down Syndrome. The program provides participants the opportunity to play ice hockey in an environment adapted to each of their ability. Special Hockey is not only recreational but therapeutic. It emphasizes social interaction, self reliance, concentration and willingness to adapt to new experiences with a sense of accomplishment and pride.

Baltimore County Family Navigator
Baltimore County Family Navigator Services offers support and guidance while helping families identify their strengths and challenges, find resources, and develop a plan of action. This free service is available to Baltimore County families who have a child with intensive needs related to mental/behavioral health or a developmental disability.
410-252-4700 ext. 26

Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities
Baltimore County believes that a Commission on Disabilities is necessary to advise on the coordination and development of the County’s policies for citizens with disabilities. The County endorses the policy that no qualified person shall, on the basis of disability, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity within Baltimore County. The goals of the Commission are: to achieve an effective and systematic delivery of public, private, and consumer resources to all people with disabilities in the County; to identify the strengths and weaknesses in programs, services, and resources available to citizens with disabilities; and to propose the means whereby the needs of citizens with disabilities can be met.   In support of these beliefs and goals, the mission of the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities is to foster attitudes and promote behaviors which respect and value people with disabilities among County government, its citizens and others.

The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute
The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at Kennedy Krieger Institute is a multi-faceted, multidisciplinary program for children with autism spectrum disorders and their family members. CARD combines research, clinical (assessment and intervention) services, as well as community outreach and training to help improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders, their families, and the community who cares for them. CARD endorses a flexible approach to treatment, adjusting the core set of methods used and goals of intervention to meet the needs of each child and his or her family.

Community Services of Autistic Adults & Children:
Diagnostic Evaluation Service: Comprehensive evaluation services are provided for children with autism spectrum disorder or those suspected of having an autism spectrum disorder. Available services include diagnostic evaluations, behavioral assessments, psychological assessments, and psycho educational evaluations. Evaluations will be conducted by a CSAAC psychologist who will consult with other members of the child’s treatment team including pediatricians, neurologists, psychiatrists, and related service providers. Following the evaluation, the psychologist will provide you with a comprehensive report to include specific recommendations appropriate for your child’s developmental level. The psychologist will also meet with you to discuss the results and your child’s behavioral needs. Social skills groups for ages 6 through 12 are also offered.

Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA)
The Developmental Disabilities Administration provides a coordinated service delivery system so that individuals with developmental disabilities receive appropriate services oriented toward the goal of integration into the community. These services are provided through a combination of state residential centers (providing services to individuals with intellectual disability) and a wide array of community based services delivered primarily through a network of non-profit providers.

First Signs
The First Signs website provides a wealth of vital resources, covering a range of issues: from monitoring development, to concerns about a child; from the screening and referral process, to sharing concerns.

Jewish Social Service Agency: Autism Spectrum Disorders Across the Lifespan: JSSA’s Autism Disorders Across the Lifespan services and programs provide support for the whole family (parents, siblings, and other family members) empowering them to make informed decisions and access needed services that maximize the quality of life, development potential, and functioning of their loved ones and the entire family as a unit. JSSA’s services offer ongoing monitoring, support and education for the entire family through:

  • Identification and assessment of child and family needs
  • Development of an integrated plan of care
  • Specialized counseling, groups and behavioral support
  • Service coordination with multiple providers
  • Information and referral services

The League
The League’s year round Camping & Therapeutic Recreation program provides joyful, life-changing experiences in a safe environment and builds meaningful relationships in the lives of youth and adults. Camping & Therapeutic Recreation is proud to offer summer camp programs, year round camping, assisted travel and community recreation.

Lighthouse, Inc. is a private non-profit youth and family services center located in Catonsville, Maryland. As a member of the Maryland Association of Youth Services Bureaus, Lighthouse provides counseling for children, youth, and their families.  They also have social skills groups for children and their parents.

MarTar Swim School. MarTar Swim School specializes in providing quality, enriching swimming education that gives equal access for everyone to learn at their own pace and abilities. We specialize in teaching individuals with special needs, including children and adults with autism, down syndrome, ADHD, PDD, cerebral palsy and visual or audio impairments, how to swim by employing a variety of techniques including visual aids and sign language. We are committed to providing excellent instruction and a safe, compassionate learning environment. Please check out our site to learn a bit more about us and get in touch!

Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: Developmental Disabilities Administration
Although this website is not strictly used for individuals on the autism spectrum, it is still a great resource for families. The DDA provides a service delivery system, so that people with developmental disabilities can receive the appropriate service that they are entitled to, centered around the goal of getting the individuals involved in their surrounding community. Services are provided through state residential centers, as well as a variety of community based services through a network of mostly non-profit providers. Along with information about the actual program itself, there is news regarding how to get involved, as well as a place to have questions answered about the program itself.

Maryland Disability Law Center envisions a world where people with disabilities are fully included in the workplace, neighborhoods and all aspects of community life. To get a free copy of Special Education Rights and wrongs, call MDLC at 1-800-223-7201.

Maryland Disability Law Center “Special Education Rights and Wrongs”
The Maryland Disability Law Center is a non-profit law firm that was selected by Congress to protect and advocate for individuals in Maryland with disabilities. Using many different methods, including but not limited to, direct representation, technical assistance and community outreach.MDLC works towards advancing the rights of people in Maryland with disabilities. 

Maryland Learning Links
Maryland State Department of Education and Johns Hopkins University School of Education, Center for Technology in Education
Learning Links is Maryland’s online community for anyone involved in education and interested in special education. It is our goal to connect teacher to teacher, family member to family member, and leader to leader around issues related to students with disabilities.

Maryland Technology Assistance Program:
The specialists at MD TAP furnish information and consultation on assistive technology (AT) to aid individuals with disabilities, their family, friends and advocates, state agencies and employers. Information is available on devices and services including: aids for daily living, mobility and transportation aids, augmentative communication and speech aids, assistive listening devices. As well as alerting devices, magnifiers, adaptive computer access devices, home modifications, work place accommodations, and recreational equipment. Information and referral services are handled through each region.

The Parents’ Place of Maryland: A Center for Families of Children w/ Special Needs:
Founded in 1991, The Parents’ Place was created by parents of children and youth with disabilities to help other parents and families facing similar challenges. Today, The Parents’ Place serves families of children and young adults from birth to age 22 with all disabilities.

Pathfinders for Autism
“Our mission is to find a path for our children.”
In 2000, Pathfinders for Autism was founded by a group of parents of children with autism to support and develop lifespan services and provide information and resources for families of children with autism. Pathfinders for Autism is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable organization.

Pediatric Developmental Disorders (PDD) Clinic at Kennedy Krieger Institute
The PDD Clinic is an outpatient clinic treating behavioral challenges for individuals with developmental delay.  The mission of the PDD clinic is to provide consultation and intervention to caregivers of children with a wide variety of developmental disorders (e.g., pervasive development disorders spectrum, intellectual disabilities).  Our intervention focuses on empirically based approaches to behavior management and addresses both behavioral excesses (e.g. aggression, self-injury, tantrums) and behavioral deficits (e.g. compliance, self-help skills, toileting).  An integral aspect of our clinic is also to provide education to caregivers, including provision of information pertaining to community resources, child development, and special education. Additional information can be found on the web at or by calling intake at 443-923-9400.

Real Look Autism
This website gives you some great ideas for working with children who have Autism Spectrum Disorders and also serves as a place to share your own insights. There’s a lot of information out there so we are attempting to present different therapies and strategies using video in a very focused and thoughtful way. Our edited stories will only be a few minutes in length and will be partnered with an article on the same topic written by a parent or specialist…Or both!

Shafer Center
This is an early intervention program for those children on the Autism Spectrum from the ages of 18 months to age eight. Their approach to autism therapy is called the “whole-child” approach. This is a place where a child’s strengths are highlighted and the best services for their needs are provided. Within the Shafer Center there is a resource center where parents can go to contact other parents, professionals, and find services that meet the needs of their child.

Social Security Disability: Applying for Disability Benefits on the Basis of Autism:
This website provides information regarding applying for disability benefits for individuals who fall under the autism spectrum. There are steps to follow and specific information regarding the explanations that are given under the law. There are comments regarding the information as well as links to other important questions that some people may have regarding the issue of funding agencies and benefits for autism individuals.

Taking the Lead, Inc.
Taking the Lead, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, offers 80 acres of opportunities to experience how trained animals can develop skills in individuals of all abilities to cultivate success, community and vocational involvement, and a neighborhood of togetherness. TTL offers the following:
Occupational Therapy Services: Improve life sills, transitions, and community inclusion by meeting goals during animal-assisted therapy sessions!
Hippotherapy: Feel how the rhythmical movement of a horse improves posture, tone, strength, and social participation during a private therapy session tailored to address individualized goals to live life to the fullest.
Vocational Skills Training: Explore animal-related vocations and entrepreneurial opportunities leading to successful employment.
Community OT in mOTion: Achieve your destination and learn independent living skills using animal-assisted therapy.
Community Integration Programs:
Therapeutic Riding: Connect with your horse and friends while learning to ride as independently as possible with this adapted sport.
Service Dog Training: Gain independence and a loyal companion by training your service dog to assist with your life goals. Service dogs can assist individuals with autism and anyone with mobility deficits to increase safety, balance and/or object retrieval for improved inclusion and success in the community, work, or school environment.

Trellis Services
Trellis Services, Inc, headquartered in Hunt Valley, Maryland, is a progressive and innovative agency that provides comprehensive services for children with autism and related communication disorders.   Their professionals use progressive educational and behavioral methodologies, combined with a child- and family-centered approach, to maximize every child’s potential. Their defining goal is to teach children that learning is a fun, playful, and interactive experience.

Verbal Beginnings
Verbal Beginnings is an Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) group that provides home and community based services to children between the ages of 2 and 21 who are diagnosed with Autism. Our therapy is based on the principles of ABA and is focused on the areas of communication, behavior management, social skills, feeding and self-help skills.  Individualized programming is developed, supervised and monitored by a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA).  BCBAs directly implement treatment plans or supervise highly trained ABA Technicians working directly with the children.  Families are trained to implement ABA teaching strategies to insure the continuation of therapy at times when therapists are not present in the home.  Consistent collection of data on behaviors and treatment goals insures that teaching procedures are specifically tailored to each child.  Verbal Beginnings also coordinates therapy with school systems to insure the consistency of treatment and promote skill development.  Additionally, Verbal Beginnings offers diagnostic services by a licensed psychologist to assess for Autism Spectrum Disorder. A medical diagnosis is often necessary to ensure coverage for intervention services, including those outlined above.