Autism Resources

State and Local  Resources

The Autism Society of Baltimore-Chesapeake: Provides information, advocacy and support for families and individuals with autism.

Autism Society of Maryland: Provides information, support and advocacy to families, individuals and professionals in Howard County, Montgomery County and Anne Arundel County of Maryland (410-290-3466)

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)

DORS -The Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services (DORS) offers programs and services that help people with disabilities go to work. It is composed of the public vocational rehabilitation (VR) program and the Disability Determination Services (DDS). It also provides services to Maryland businesses.

Guardianship – Guardianship is a legal procedure in which the court determines if a person’s ability to make health and safety decisions for themselves is significantly impaired by disease, accident or disability. If so, the court will appoint a guardian to act as a substitute decision-maker.

Kennedy Krieger Institute: Focused on research, treatment and education for children with disabilities, located in Baltimore, Maryland (888-554-2080)

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 Nonpublic 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. The Linwood School is a MANSEF school! (410-938-4413)

Maryland ABLE: An investment tool for people with disabilities, designed to help Beneficiaries save for their everyday needs, save and invest in a tax-free account, and prepare for the future without losing federal, state or local benefits.

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)

Supplemental Security Income: SSI provides monthly payments to people with disabilities and older adults who have little or no income or resources.

National Resources

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): A guide into the disability rights laws to ensure equal opportunity for people with disabilities.

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 & Dental Care: A guide to oral treatment for individuals with autism. 

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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Online source for credible health information.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA): IDEA information and resources from the Department

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.

Rehab Recovery: Offers free advice and guidance for people with autism who suffer with an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

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. 

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