The University of Maryland Autism Research Consortium (UMARC) is an interdisciplinary group of researchers in the Departments of Hearing and Speech Sciences, Psychology, Human Development, Linguistics, Kinesiology, and Special Education at the University of Maryland.
What we do:
We seek to advance the understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in children and adults, and to contribute to the development of effective treatments and interventions. Our research examines the social, cognitive, linguistic, and neural underpinnings of autism. We also host the Community-wide Learning about Autism Speaker Series: UMARC CLASS, a monthly lecture series for parents, professionals, and students in the community!
November 13, 2018: The AZURE Sensory-Friendly Concert Series will be held at The Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center at the University of Maryland! The performances will be at 1:30pm and 7pm; the event is free, but tickets are required. Contact Jane Hirshberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-405-8172.
May 30-31, 2019: UMARC will be hosting its first ever ADOS-2 Training at the University of Maryland, College Park. More details to come.
Autism Support Group: Beginning in September 2018, this will be held in McKeldin at the University of Maryland. This support group is for those with autism and for those who suspect they have autism. You do not need to be a University of Maryland student to attend. Contact Zach at email@example.com for more information or see below for specific times, dates, and topics.
Research participation opportunities! Learn more here.
November 5-9, 2018: UMARC's Kathy Dow-Burger shared social skills interventions and strategies that help children with Autism during the Parenting Autism Summit with Penny Williams Author and Guiding Exceptional Parents. Get access to full list of the topics and speakers here.
October 6, 2018: UMD Hearing and Speech students who volunteered at the Howard County Autism Society 5k walk/run at Centennial Park in Columbia, MD.
June 7-June 9, 2018: UMARC held the PEERS School-Based Training at the University of Maryland with Elizabeth Laugeson, Psy.D.
On May 9th, UMARC and others were invited to sit on a panel organized by the Theta Nu chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha about the transition from high school to college for individuals with autism. The panelists were Kathy Dow-Burger (Co-Director of UMARC), Zachary Tumlin (UMARC affiliate and Autistic self-advocate), Dr. JoAnn Hutchinson (Director of UMD's Accessiblity and Disability Service), and two people who have siblings with autism, including Jessica Nolasco (B.A.,Hearing and Speech Sciences, 2017).