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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!

November CLASS: IEP Accommodations

What are the accommodations that can be on my child’s IEP? With Susan Barnett, M.S., OTR/L & Kathy Dow-Burger, M.A., CCC-SLP

When: Saturday, November 5th at 10:30am-12:00pm
Where: Public Health Building, Room 1303, UMD

Please note: This is a different location than most UMARC talks!

* No childcare available due to space restrictions


Parents and other attendees will learn how to differentiate between goals /objectives, cues & prompts, classroom and test modifications and classroom and test accommodations for their child’s Individual Education Plan.  Parents will also learn about the difference between the categories of accommodations from the Maryland State Department of Education as well as ways to investigate and advocate for accommodations for their child.

Susan Barnett, M.S., OTR/L, is an occupational therapist who has worked in private practice, college and school settings for approximately 20 years.   She currently works at Canyon Kids in Bethesda, Maryland,  which is a pediatric occupational therapy practice.

Kathy Dow-Burger, M.A., CCC-SLP, is an assistant clinical professor in the University of Maryland Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences.  She is the program designer for the Social Interaction Group Network for UMD students with Autism  (SIGNA) and runs the PEERS teen group at the UMD Hearing and Speech Clinic. Prior to joining the faculty at UMD, she had extensive experience as an SLP in both public and private schools.


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!

UMARC also is announcing a new social skills group for teens being run by UMARC's associate director Kathy Dow-Burger! Kathy Dow-Burger will be working with speech-language pathology students at UMD to run the PEERS group starting this September. This program will be implemented within a 14-week period for 90-minutes each session (5-6:30 pm Mondays for parents & 5-6:30 pm Wednesdays for the teens). More information can be found here.

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
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