Affordable Colleges.com: Provides a guide to financial aid for students with disabilities, including more than 85 disability-specific scholarships and strategies for utilizing state and local financial aid resources.
Autism 360: A website tool that helps you build a profile, find treatment options, track progress, and get reports for your child or yourself.
Autism Research Institute: An organization focusing on biomedical and educational advances in autism research.
Autism Society: The nation’s leading grassroots autism organization, exists to improve the lives of all affected by autism (301-657-0881)
Autism Speaks: Autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.
Brookes Publishing: If you work with or care for someone on the autism spectrum, this Autism Resource Center will make it easier for you to keep up with new resources and best practices.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Online source for credible health information.
Kennedy Krieger Institute: Focused on research, treatment and education for children with disabilities, located in Baltimore, Maryland (888-554-2080)
National Association of Residential Providers for Adults with Autism (NARPAA): Assures the availability of residential services and other supports for adults with autism throughout their lives.
Organization for Autism Research (OAR): An autism organization which focuses solely on applied research, providing answers to questions and funding research studies that investigate treatments, educational approaches, and statistical aspects of autism.
Sesame Street and Autism: A national initiative that offers families ways to manage common challenges, to simplify everyday activities, and to grow connections and support from family, friends, and community.
SPARK: An online research partnership involving 50,000 individuals with autism and their families that aims to speed up research and advance understanding of autism.
State and Local Resources
The Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake: Provides information, advocacy and support for families and individuals with autism.
By Their Side: A non-profit, family funded advocacy organization that works with Marylanders with intellectual/developmental disabilities and their families to make sure their wishes are addressed. Provide advocacy for health, safety, happiness, and rights, even when their parents can no longer be there.
Department of Health and Mental Hygiene–Oral Health Resource Guide: Provides resources for dental services in Maryland catered to special needs populations.
Developmental Disabilities Administration (DDA): Provides a coordinated services delivery system so that individuals with developmental disabilities receive appropriate services and supports.
Disability Rights Maryland: Protection and advocacy agency for the State of Maryland mandated to advance the civil rights of people with disabilities (410-727-6352 / 800-233-7201)
Howard County Autism Society: Provides information, support and advocacy to families, individuals and professionals in Howard County, Maryland (410-290-3466)
Interactive Autism Network: A project of Kennedy Krieger Institute linking the autism community and researchers.
Maryland Association of Community Services (MACS): MACS is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening agencies to better support people with developmental disabilities and their families in their own communities. This is accomplished through advocacy that promotes the highest standards of program excellence; fosters a climate that develops and nurtures a quality workforce; and results in an increased capacity within Maryland communities to support people in inclusive settings (410-740-5125)
Maryland Association of Nonprofit Special Education Facilities (MANSEF): A not-for-profit organization of nonpublic special education facilities approved by the Maryland State Department of Education. These facilities, throughout Maryland, promote quality services for children and youth with disabilities (410-938-4413)
Maryland Autism Medicaid Waiver: The Autism Waiver through Medical Assistance will allow eligible children with Autism Spectrum Disorders to receive additional waiver services to support them in their home and community (410-767-5220)
Maryland Relay: Provides the Maryland Accessible Telecommunications (MAT) program, which offers assistive telecommunications equipment to individuals with limited speech, mobility, or cognitive abilities.
Parents Place of Maryland: Provides peer support to families and information and education to families, professionals and the community at large (410-768-9100)
Pathfinders for Autism: A parent sponsored non-profit organization that provides an online database to enable parents to find a broad range of services in Maryland (443-330-5341 / 866-806-8400)