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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.

Our goal is 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 are also hosting the Community-wide Learning about Autism Speaker Series: UMARC CLASS, a monthly lecture series for parents, professionals, and students in the community!

December CLASS: Special Needs Trusts and Guardianship: How can your family find more money?

With Mark Friese & Chase Philips, Certified Special Needs Advisors & Matthew Bogin, Special Needs Attorney

When: Saturday, December 10th at 10:00am-12:00pm

Where: 0135 Lefrak Hall, University of Maryland

RSVP: Email us at

*Child care will be available for those who RSVP


Mark Friese and Chase Phillips are both certified special needs advisors and will be joined by Matthew Bogin, a special needs attorney to speak about long-term financial planning for families with special circumstances. Parents will learn about tested government benefits and special needs trust, guardianship and the new ABLE accounts. Other discussion topics will include:

  • How can I make sure my child receives the benefits he or she is entitled to ?

  • What steps can I take to protect ensure the financial well being of my special needs family member in the future?

  • Where can I find financial resources to help?

  • How does the new ABLE account fit into our planning?

  • How much will our family need in resources for the future?

  • Why are special needs family’s life and planning so different?

  • What are some tools we can use to be prepared for the future?

Applications are now open for PEERS® for Teens on Wednesdays Spring 2017

PEERS® (Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills) is a 14-week, 90-minute, evidence-based social skills intervention for motivated teens in high school who are interested in making and keeping friends. During each group session, teens are taught important social skills and are given the opportunity to practice these skills in each session during socialization activities. Parents attend separate 90-minute sessions and are taught how to assist their teens in making and keeping friends by helping to expand their teen’s social network and providing feedback through coaching during weekly socialization homework assignments. Tuition is $1400 and enrollment is limited.

NOTE: Four (4) Monday classes will be added to spring term to complete the series. See attached calendar.

*Parent participation is required.
**Initial intake appointment is required & teen must be accepted into the program.

Starting 2/06/17 to 5/03/17 M & W, 5-6:30 PM

Teens Will Learn : Conversational Skills, Strategies for Handling Peer Pressure, Appropriate Use of Humor, Electronic Communication, and Peer Entry & Exiting Skills, Handling Teasing, Bullying, Arguments and Disagreements with Peers, Good Sportsmanship, and Having Appropriate Get-Togethers with Friends

LOCATION: Department of Hearing and Speech Clinic, 301-405-4218
7251 Preinkert Dr., Bldg 0110 Lefrak Hall, College Park, MD 20742

For more information, contact Kathy Dow-Burger, M.A., CCC-SLP,

Online Sesame Street Study

Dr. Laura Gutermuth Anthony with the Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders is recruiting families of preschoolers with ASD for their online only Sesame Street study. They are hoping to show the impact of these positive resources on knowledge, attitudes and beliefs. If you are interested in participating, please contact Dr. Anthony at

Social Skills Groups for Teens and UMD Students with Autism

The University of Maryland's Social Interaction Group Network for UMD students with Autism (SIGNA) is now accepting UMD students for our fall semester. For more information, please go to

Read all about SIGNA in the Supporting Terps with Autism article that was a Featured Story on the BSOS website!

The word Autism in cut out magazine letters pinned to a cork notice board
"We are wonderfully DIFFERENT 
Autism is a journey that cannot be taken alone!
Join us in building hope and community!

 Back to School! Back to Learning, Fitness and Fun at OWCA!

Check out our New Programs for the

 2016-2017 School Year! 

We are pleased to announce
 Three New Programs at OWCA:
RISE (Realizing Individual Social Empowerment) Evening Transitional Youth Program
Registration Night - 9/27/16 at 6:30pm
Program Starts October 4th
"Our World, Our Time"- After School Enrichment Program - Tentative Registration Night October 3rd Tentative Start date October 10th
Please complete the interest form by clicking the link below