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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!


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.